This Baby Shower Was Probably Bigger Than Your Wedding [PHOTOS]

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Photos courtesy of Dzevad Halilovic
Baby Lorenzo's stage at Grbic.
Dzevad and Selma Halilovic didn't have a big wedding.

The Bosnian Romani couple married and had a small family party before trying for twelve years to have a child.

"We wanted kids, but nothing was happening," Dzevad Halilovic tells Daily RFT.

Finally, Selma got pregnant. And the day baby Lorenzo was born, the Halilovics knew what to do next.

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The Halilovic family.
"We thought, 'We're going to throw Lorenzo a really big party,'" says Halilovic. "We've got a baby now. This is our everything."

The couple decided to throw a baby shower, which typically takes place after a baby is born in Bosnia.

"That is the tradition," says Halilovic. "We've been doing it for a long time."

But it wasn't just any baby shower. Little Lorenzo celebrated his long-awaited arrival in the world at a grand affair more akin to a bridezilla's dream day than to a typical baby shower.

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Baby Lorenzo lookin' fly for his big day.
In five months, the couple planned a baby shower for 250 people, mostly family, at Grbic Restaurant, founded by one oldest Bosnian families in St. Louis. They chose a color scheme -- silver and blue -- and draped the restaurant in coordinating fabric and crystals.

Halilovic wanted little Lorenzo to be the center of attention, so Grbic built him a special stage, complete with a decorated crib.

The best part? The "Gucci" cake. "Because it's high class," says Halilovic.

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This is one high class cake.
Now that the big party's over, the Halilovics only have six months before their next big event: Lorenzo's first birthday. Halilovic says he wants something just a bit smaller than his extravagant baby shower.

"We have some planning to do," he says.

But how will they ever top this?

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Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Grbic

4071 Keokuk St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant


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16 comments
Laura Dee
Laura Dee

I see they went over-the-top because they didn't get a big wedding. I can sorta understand this knowing that. Though, it's still true that it could have paid for college.

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

smh. That could have paid for the kid to go to college.

mojorising
mojorising

Oh c'mon! I, like the rest of you, can understand how this could be construed as over the top tackiness.
But, sourcing the RFT article, they had a minimal wedding reception and have been trying for a long time to have a child. If they want to celebrate in this way, I say let them celebrate!
May many more follow! 

Mags Henley
Mags Henley

I see nothing wrong with this if you have the money. I work at Armani Outlet and a large percentage of our clients are Eastern European. They care about labels and making sure their kids have the best of everything.

xhidden99
xhidden99

And if they have a girl her party will be to get punched in the face no doubt.

CM1303
CM1303

It's like they turned a celebration for their child into the reception they never had. Why not make it more child friendly/baby themed? Even the cake speaks nothing of the baby, minus the crib and the actual baby I would have assumed this had zero to do with a baby. Also, if you have to tell people your label themed cake represents "high class"...it probably isn't. Lol, I kid....

But hey, it's their money and loved ones. If it makes them happy. I hope they all had a great time. I do like the idea of a post birth baby shower...a great opportunity to meet a lot of loved ones and celebrate together. And congrats to them after the long journey to parenthood :)

Buttplug
Buttplug

True, this could have been an opportunity to talk intelligently about an underserved and often ignored St. Louis demographic, but I applaud the decision here to go full-on Bosnian baby shower takedown. What a deft human interest story! And then to divorce it from any humor or cultural background, while still remaining snide about a long-awaited kid, is a rare display of skill. 

svadbamaramice
svadbamaramice

@xhidden99  IN BOSNIA THE BIRTH OF A CHILD IS CELEBRATED DISPITE OF THEIR SEX. YOU ARE THE ONE THAT SHOULD BE PUNCHED IN THE FACE. NO DOUBT!!

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Buttplug That is what Lindsey does best, write like a butt ugly snarky cunt.

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