Inside Porsha Williams' 'Magical' Winter Wonderland-Themed Baby Shower for Daughter on the Way
Porsha Williams‘ baby shower was a fête fit for an ice princess.
Held on Feb. 24 at Suada Studio in Atlanta, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star’s celebration for her first child on the way (a baby girl!) had all the makings of a proper winter wonderland.
Williams’ 80 guests — including sister Lauren and her RHOA costars Kenya Moore and Cynthia Bailey — wore white for the elegant event, entering the transformed space that featured ice sculptures, white flowers from Akeem Clayton, delicate linen napkins and more among a white-and-rose-gold color palette. The initials “PJ,” a nod to her daughter on the way, adorned the backs of the chairs while the floor read, “Celebrating PJ.”
“The day was magical,” the mom-to-be tells PEOPLE exclusively for this week’s issue, sharing a collection of photos from the stunning shower thrown by her “loving fiancé,” Dennis McKinley and planned alongside ellyB Events. “It was amazing to walk into a room and feel that much love. I have such a tremendous support system around me and women who lift me up and are just so incredibly happy for me.”
“I’ve waited a really really long time for this moment,” adds Williams, 37 (the star announced her pregnancy in September, six years after suffering a miscarriage). “I am cherishing each minute and enjoy every day being pregnant. It’s a blessing for us.”
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The delectable spread provided by Chef Donald Wilson included hors d’oeuvres like seasonal fruit, baked brie, teriyaki chicken tenderloin and shrimp ceviche served on edible spoons.
For the buffet station, Williams and McKinley’s family and friends could choose among organic kale salad, lemon rosemary chicken breast with caper sauce, pan-seared salmon with red-onion marmalade, roasted potatoes, orecchiette pasta with chardonnay cream sauce and pesto, green beans and grilled ciabbata.
House-made banana pudding and Georgia peach cobbler made up the sweet portion of the buffet, while guests sipped on sparkling mango beverages and lemon, strawberry and mint water between bites.
“There also wasn’t a space on the dance floor,” Williams (who wore a custom, handmade dress by Derron Cherry and was styled by Jeremy Hanes) tells PEOPLE of the “nonstop” portion of the shower. “The room was filled with laughter and zero stress — only well wishes for the McKinleys.”
And just in case banana pudding and peach cobbler weren’t enough to satisfy party-goers’ sweet tooth, Williams offered a hot-chocolate station and lavish display of desserts provided by Sweet Details, which was chock full of items like macaron towers, cheesecake shooters, chocolate-truffle cake pops, cupcakes and cookie stacks.
The confectionery centerpiece? A gorgeous (and tasty) multi-layer creation by LaMeeka Custom Cake Designs, featuring vanilla bean, butter-almond and red-velvet pastry goodness.
GB Design House provided the napkins for the event, hot-chocolate supplies, popcorn boxes, chocolate truffles for guests to take home, stir sticks and advice coasters, which guests filled out to give their best parenting tips to the mom- and dad-to-be.
Lauren (outfitted in a dress from Williams’ new line, Porsha Williams) and Dish Nation co-host Gary Hayes hosted a hair game. As Williams, owner of Go Naked Hair, explains to PEOPLE, “They had a contest among women [of] who could style the hair on plastic heads the best. The ladies were extremely competitive and it was so much fun!”
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Aside from the truffles, Williams’ family and friends left with a goody bag that included fans sponsored by Peanut App and The Stretch dresses from the mom-to-be’s Porsha Williams for Minx Star clothing line, which can be found on her website launching next week.
“We created a dress that I continue to stretch out every way and I can’t wait for others to have it!” she jokes. “It’s also fun seeing family and friends sending me their pics in it after bringing it home in their goody bags. The entrepreneur in me never stops and with this pregnancy, it’s been hard to turn off and shut down. I’m always thinking now about what do moms need? I absolutely love creating, and the magic that happens [when] turning an idea into a reality.”
As far as her baby girl, Williams is “most excited to look into” her “eyes for the first time,” she tells PEOPLE, adding, “I’m also excited for her to meet her daddy face-to-face for the first time. I lost my father years ago — he was a really special man. It’s hard at times, but keeping his memory alive is important to me.”
“Although Baby PJ won’t get the chance to meet him, I know he is here in spirit and guiding me,” she continues. “I can feel his presence. … We are blessed to watch our mothers be grandmas to Baby PJ. We love our moms! We were both raised by very strong women and this feels full circle for me. I’m also so excited to read her her first book, do late-night feedings and have the privilege of singing lullabies to our baby girl!”
For more details about Porsha Williams’ stunning shower for her daughter on the way, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
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