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'So much genuine joy': Happy tears as TODAY celebrates Savannah Guthrie's baby shower

July 9, 2014 at 3:00 AM ET

The food was delicious, the decor was adorable and the guest of honor was glowing. 

At Savannah Guthrie's baby shower, the women of TODAY gathered to celebrate her pregnancy. By the end, Savannah wasn't the only one crying happy tears.

Video: TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie thanks everyone who came to her baby shower, including her fellow anchors, and says she and her husband don’t take all the love, advice and support for granted.

"I have never felt in my life so much genuine joy. Because when you say that you're happy for us and you give us a hug or you rub the belly, I know you really mean it. That means so much to me and to us," Savannah told the guests, her voice catching. "We are so thankful and just hope we can rise to the occasion and be good parents, and we'll be turning to all of you for your advice."

Watch Savannah make her baby shower speech: "Destiny is set"

Video: The latest People magazine issue has some adorable photos from Savannah Guthrie’s baby shower.


She didn't have to wait long. The moms at the shower offered their words of wisdom:

Jenna Bush Hager: "You are adventurous and fun and you have great imaginations and I know that you will see the world through your children's eyes, which is what I try to do."

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Savannah with her husband, Mike Feldman, at her baby shower hosted by the women of TODAY.

Jenna Wolfe: "Get this child on a good exercise program early. If you really work on the core then the crawling will come, all of it. People are going to tell you that that's not important — it's the most important thing. [She was joking, folks. But seriously...] Collect all the great advice you get from everyone, every piece of it, every part of it, listen to every single word, stick it in a box and lock it up and then go raise this child with everything you have up here (pointing to her head) and everything you have in here (pointing to her heart)... and a little bit of the core."

Video: TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager, Jenna Wolfe and Erica Hill toast mom-to-be Savannah Guthrie and her husband at their baby shower and share parenting advice.

Happy baby shower, Savannah!
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Happy baby shower, Savannah!

Erica Hill: "One of the things that really shocked me after our oldest son was born was how all of those things that people tell you really do come true: There is no way you can imagine this love. ... We created this miracle and we now get to witness it discover the world and discover life and to be a part of that, and to be invited into this little one's world is one of the greatest gifts there could be. One of the best things you guys have going for you is the incredible sense of humor you two have. We all know in life you need to be able to laugh and God knows that's true with children."

A TODAY onesie... part of any newborn's essential wardrobe!
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A TODAY onesie... part of any newborn's essential wardrobe!

Two of the main men in Savannah's life, her boss Don Nash (executive producer of TODAY) and husband Mike Feldman (whom she mistakenly introduced as Matt — OOPS — yes, Savannah, you can blame pregnancy brain for that) made an appearance and shared some words as well.

Don Nash: "If you read Savannah’s blog, if you talk to Savannah, if you talk to Mike, they really truly feel blessed by what is about to happen. And I will say, as the father of two young girls, prepare not to be disappointed. You will experience joy like you have never felt before, you will experience love like you’ve never ever imagined. You will experience a little frustration but I guarantee you every bit of it is worth it."  

The cute couple: Mike Feldman says a few words at wife Savannah Guthrie's baby shower.
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The cute couple: Mike Feldman says a few words at wife Savannah Guthrie's baby shower.

Mike Feldman: "I’m grateful for my wife, because I’ve watched her over the past several months already turn into a mother and somebody I’m so unbelievably taken with and in love with for so many reasons… now to watch her turn into this unbelievably strong and wonderful mother-to-be. I couldn’t be happier and couldn’t be more grateful, couldn’t be more blessed. Thank you guys for all the love and support. I can’t wait for you to meet our child."

Because Savannah loves books, each guest brought a book as a gift and a book to donate to a family in need.
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Because Savannah loves books, reading was a big theme of the shower.

Everyone who came the shower brought two books, one for Savannah's baby and one to donate to a family in need (through the charitable organization Baby Buggy). And the generosity didn't stop there; Minted, the company that provided the decor and invitations for Savannah's shower, wants to give an amazing baby shower to one lucky mother-to-be. Click here to learn more and enter to win!

Sweet wishes!
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Sweet wishes at Savannah's shower!

More details about Savannah's shower:

Who was there: Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager, Tamron Hall, Gayle King, Amy Robach, Jenna Wolfe, Cynthia McFadden, Deborah Roberts, Kate Bolduan (of CNN, also pregnant), Erica Hill, Dylan Dryer, Contessa Brewer, Bobbie Thomas and Jill Martin. Savannah's mom and Mike's mom were both there, too. Natalie Morales was on assignment in Brazil, covering the World Cup. 

Baby on board! Savannah with her mother and mother-in-law at her baby shower.
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Baby on board! Savannah with her mother and mother-in-law at her baby shower.

What they did: Guests decorated onesies, filled out a Savannah-pregnancy-themed crossword puzzle, and posed at a photo station.

Theme: "Extra, extra, read all about it!"

Food and drinks: Peter Callahan – Catering & Events

Video: It was the party to attend and Kathie Lee and Hoda were there! The ladies give the scoop on Savannah’s beautiful baby shower.

Invites and decor: Minted. (Get Savannah's look here.)

Onesies: Burt’s Bees Baby

Gift bags:  MintedHanky PankyRita HazanSprinkles

TODAY-- Savannah Gurthrie Baby Shower -- Pictured: (l-r) -- (Photo by: Andrew Walker/NBC)
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Guests went home with a gift bag full of fun stuff.

Flowers: Blossom and Branch 

Event styling: Rock Paper Scissors Events

Furniture: Taylor Creative Inc.

Venue: The Glass Houses, Chelsea, NYC.

For more on Savannah's baby shower, check out the story in this week's People magazine.

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Mmmmm.... donuts. Desserts included donuts, soft pretzels and blueberry smoothies.
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Before the shower, the men of TODAY decorated baby onesies for Savannah.
"Blueberry" is the nickname Savannah and Mike have given their baby ... they're keeping the gender a surprise!
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"Blueberry" is the nickname Savannah and Mike have given their baby ... they're keeping the gender a surprise!
Guests could fill out a crossword puzzle with Savannah pregnancy trivia questions like, "Which wig-wearing songstress touched the belly before her TODAY show appearance?"
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Guests could fill out a crossword puzzle with Savannah pregnancy trivia questions like, "Which wig-wearing songstress touched the belly before her TODAY show appearance?"
Savannah and her mom share a hug amid all the party action.
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Savannah and her mom share a hug amid all the party action.

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