American Ninja Warrior host Jenn Brown celebrated her baby shower on Saturday (October 25). Produced by Good Carma Studio and hosted at the Play Vista, Calif. home of her longtime gal pal Erin Brodie, the theme and décor was ‘Southern Gentleman,’ with fun sayings on chalkboards such as ‘Welcome Y’all’ and ‘Yes Ma’am.’
The mom-to-be – who is expecting a son with her husband, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay star Wes Chatham – shares all the details with Celebrity Baby Scoop, saying she “received some of the cutest gifts.”
Traveling all the way from Florida, Jenn’s mom was on hand to share in her daughter’s special day.
Polkatots created a blue velvet Bowtie cupcake that revealed her baby’s gender to Jenn’s guests. With baby blue, peach and sage green colour themes, arrangements of moss elephants with roses and hydrangeas were scattered throughout the house, created by the Bashful Rose.
There was even a shoe tower filled with blue Stride Rite shoes for decoration purposes, but also for Jenn to take home for her baby boy.
Paleta created an organic spread of southern delights: baked chicken fingers with sweet potato fries, peanut butter and jelly waffle sandwiches, caprese salad and pretzel bread mini turkey sandwiches.
Jenn’s friends enjoyed hand, foot and neck massages from Manly Handz. The ladies sipped on sugar free lemonade from Leaf & Love, noshed on Simply Shari’s Gluten Free Cookies, and also enjoyed flavored sparkling waters from La Croix. Guests were treated to a candy bar decorated with Mabel’s Labels personalized in blue ‘Jenn’s Baby Shower’ labels, and went home with party favors including Playskool, Net Nanny Software. And each bag was personalized with Mabel’s Labels Bag Tags, all with an elephant theme.
After the baby shower, both Jenn and Wes opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about impending parenthood.
CBS: Congratulations on your pregnancy! How are you feeling? Are you experiencing any side affects and/or weird cravings?
JB: “Thank you! I was very fortunate in the beginning because I didn’t suffer from morning sickness. I remember that every morning I would wake up and I kept thinking to myself, is this the day I’m going to be sick? I did get car sick a few times, so I learned my lesson pretty quickly: no reading my phone while Wes is driving!
I’m in the home stretch at this point and I’ve been feeling good. I haven’t had any weird cravings, but I have now become a dessert girl. I was always more of a chips and salsa person and a ‘skip on the dessert gal,’ but now I definitely have a sweet tooth — and I’m enjoying it.”
CBS: When are you due? Do you have a birth plan?
JB: “I’m due at the end of December. I’ve decided to not overwhelm myself with the baby’s birth plan and I am just praying for a healthy baby.”
CBS: You kept your baby’s gender a secret until now. Do you have any names picked out?
JB: “We kept it a secret for a while, but are now happy to announce we are having a boy. We do have a name picked out but have decided to keep that between just our close family and friends for now. I was just happy that Wes and I were able to agree on both a boy’s name and a girl’s name.”
CBS: In regards to becoming a mom, what are you most looking forward to?
JB: “I’m really just can’t wait to meet this little guy! I feel like I already have such a close bond with him and I just can’t wait to see who he is going to become.”
CBS: You work in a very male-dominated industry. Are you hoping to teach your child to break gender barriers? If so, how do you plan to do so?
JB: “I’ve never been intimidated or given much thought to gender barriers in my profession because I think some amazing women have done phenomenal jobs at breaking them down. I am going to try my best to teach my son how to be respectful towards women and be a good southern gentleman, just like his father.”
CBS: Have you discovered any must-have mommy and baby products yet?
JB: “At my baby shower I received some of the cutest gifts. This little guy already has a better wardrobe than me [laughs]. There was a shoe tower of Stride Rite shoes and I’m pretty sure he now has a sneaker collection to rival any Air Jordan collections out there.
Right now I’m focusing on designing his nursery. I’m excited to have Oilo Studio design it and we’ve decided on a grey and white room with furniture from Newport Cottages. As for the other big item must-haves like car seat, stroller, etc. , I’m still researching the amazing brands I saw when I was at the ABC Show in Las Vegas recently.”
Questions for Wes:
CBS: Congratulations on impending fatherhood! Are you feeling nervous/excited/prepared for fatherhood?
WC: “I’m excited. I don’t think you ever feel prepared. But I’m confident I’ll be able to keep the baby alive, so that’s good.”
CBS: How do you see your role in the delivery room? Are you looking forward to the birth? Nervous? Excited?
WC: “I’m very much looking forward to the birth. My role is a supporting actor. Just to be there and try not to get in the way and be as useful to Jenn as I can. I am definitely going to stay by Jenn’s head during the delivery because I don’t really have any business elsewhere.”
CBS: In regards to becoming a dad, what are you most looking forward to?
WC: “To be honest, there’s not much that I’m NOT looking forward to. I’m really excited to become a dad, a teacher, a friend and to having a child of our own to give all my love to.”
CBS: As a teen, you were kicked out of high school. Do you plan to talk to your child about your past and openly share your struggles? Are you nervous about the teen years?
WC: “Kicked out is a strong term. I was politely asked to leave, which ended up being the wakeup call I needed to get my life on a different track. Of course I am going to share the knowledge I have gained from the mistakes I’ve made so hopefully my child won’t have to go through the same thing. Am I nervous about the teen years? No, because one of the advantages of being a delinquent growing up is you already know all the tricks they may try to pull!”