Remember this spring baby shower I hosted for a dear friend a while back? Well that mom-to-be recently helped host (with her sister) a baby shower for their little sister and I have to share it with you. Kenzi (the new mom-to-be) is a country girl at heart and they wanted to make the shower feel put together but relaxed. I think they accomplished that perfectly. Take a look at this western baby shower.
A homemade burlap banner, old wagon wheel and hay bales offered a casual place for guests to sit and relax in the shade.
Nothing fussy about the food and beverages! Sweet tea & lemonade (no western theme should be without!), snacks and later on guests dined on good ole’ BBQ!
Centerpieces were made of sunflowers gathered from the local farmers’ market and placed in mason jars. Other jars hung on iron garden hooks throughout the space and were filled with other yellow wildflowers.
Placemats were simple – coordinating scrapbook paper (This is my go-to idea! Take a peek at the DIY paper placemat post from a couple of years back). With simple twine used to tie up the napkins and cutlery.
Remember the wagon wheel? Guests filled out little wishing cards for mom and baby and pinned then to the wheel. Such a cute idea!
As guests left, they were sent on “Happy Trails” with a jar of homemade trail mix. The perfect touch to this thoughtful western baby shower!
Great job Kelly and Kaci and a BIG congrats to mom-to-be Kenzi!
This garden party was submitted by Stacey of Elle Belle Creative(you might remember Stacey from the “In a Flash! first birthday theme” we featured last year) and was designed for her daughter and friends to celebrate the end of the school year. With the focus on fresh ingredients from their local farm, this party is not only darling but good for you too!
Vintage seed packet garland makes the perfect garden party decor.
Table decor as told by Stacey:
The tables were covered in burlap, with a row of vintage doilies down the center (I bought the doilies from Our Attic on Etsy and realized when I received the package in the mail that they’re local!). I picked up the green and yellow square plates and the watering cans we used as water pitchers at Ikea. I found the glass jars with the metal latch lids for apple sauce at Goodwill, along with the silverware spoons I used at each place setting, and the parfait glasses I filled with whipped cream.
A close up of the darling table.
And centerpieces Stacey made using flowers from her neighborhood.
Beverages and snack station — perfect to compliment a morning garden party!
For more party pics and details, head on over the Elle Belle Creative and check out Stacey’s complete post. She even has a free printable so you can make your own vintage can centerpiece.
Here is a wedding that I know you have never seen before. I know because it is my wedding — the day I married my love. Not many (quality) photos exists which is why (7 years later) I am JUST bringing myself to share them. The lack of photos? Well, that is for an entire separate post (hint: the title could be ‘The photographer is the most important vendor you will hire’). For now, I will share these few photos with you and although I have no proof for those of you who did not attend, believe me when I say it was much more beautiful than what was captured.
There we are (just 7 years younger!). Even looking back, that was still the “perfect” dress. I don’t think I would change a thing about it. The veil? Eh…. I was NOT a veil person. However, there was some “insisting” by some and well, there I am… with a veil. Brides: don’t be afraid to speak up – if you don’t want a veil, don’t have one (ok PSA over, promise).
The setting was a far off green on a golf course where an 150 year old stone house was located. Here is a line up of all the centerpieces before they were placed onto the tables. Several shades of pink Gerber Daisies with swirls of Lemon Grass in the bottoms of the vases. They were simple but looked amazing.
My bouquet (which I LOVED).
A glimpse at our gorgeous wedding party. Bridesmaids in lovely fuchsia tea length dresses and these darling 3 flower girls (they were so small back then, melts my heart!). The guys wore black tuxes with silver vests and ties.
You can see a (rather blurry) peek at our arch. Boy was it stunning! I hope I can uncover a close up photo someday to share.
Bridesmaids bouquets (this photo makes them appear more purple than they were).
The cake… oh the cake. Not only the best tasting cake I’ve ever had but it was visually stunning. I had NO idea what the floral part of the cake would look like until I saw it at the reception. I trusted my florist 1,000% and told her to surprise me (still shocked I did that, boy how I have changed since then!). The flavor was perfect for a warm summer wedding. White cake soaked with Midori, lemon butter cream filling and a white icing that had just a hint of orange. It may sound odd — but the cake was really refreshing.
So, there may not be many photos that captured that night as I remembered it — but that night, in that moment we had nothing on our mind but the new life we were beginning. No photographer upset, nothing to dampen our mood. I suppose it has taken me 7 years to realize that in the big scheme of things, the poor photographer choice was a minor hiccup.
Plus, maybe we will just have to renew our vows in three years and do it again. But if so, you better bet we will be choosing the BEST photographer we can find!
Clean and simple party themes always catch my eye and this party submitted by Eileen Liu Photography is just that. If you are looking for butterfly party ideas or just a simple and lovey party theme – this one is gorgeous. All the lovely details were created and styled by Liz and all photography was done by Eileen (you might recognize them from the Bird Themed Baby Shower featured last month). This pair has a style I just adore!
The birthday girl – celebrating 8!
Lovely, natural feeling butterfly decor.
Pink lemonade with green and white striped paper straws adorned with a single butterfly – cuteness!
And little treats…
For the guests to take home.
I love the clean, Spring feel to this party. The white and green (with just a touch of blush pink) worked really well. You can see more photos of the colorful food served and the adorable party favor bags over oat Eileen Liu Photography.
I have a special treat for you today (actually TWO treats)! First, I’d like to introduce you to a very talented photographer – Eileen Liu of Eileen Liu Photography. I was first introduced to Eileen’s stunning work from a colleague (thanks Leonard!) and soon fell in love with the way in which she captures people and events in an equally stunning way. The second treat? I’m going to share an adorable bird themed baby shower with you. Eileen captured this darling occasion. The shower was for the anticipated arrival of baby Anna. Between the great photos and home-spun decor, you can feel the love jumping off the screen. Enjoy!
From Eileen: “Since birds will be the theme of Anna’s nursery they decided to make that the theme for the baby shower as well! All the decorations (made by my sister Liz and Stephenie, Timmy and Judy’s good friend) were created to have a nest-y feel.”
I am loving these yarn “flowers,” they give the table such a soft feel.
Precious little handmade birdies!
Sweets, and more sweets – YUM!
And a gorgeous colorful cake!
(this is my favorite photo, I just had to post it!)
And adorable homemade favors: cake pops and button cookies!
Eileen’s sister Liz amde most of the lovely decor seen above. She was kind enough to share with us her inspiration and links to several DIY tutorials for the burlap wreath, yarn balls and more:
Inspiration for birdhouses & birdcage – click here
Hope you liked these baby shower ideas … and if you are looking for more stunning photos, be sure to visit Eileen Liu Photography (I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more of Eileen and Liz in the near future)!