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Baby Love Story :: Baby Shower Theme

book themed baby showerBaby showers are a special occasion. Baby shower honoring family? EXTRA special. Here’s a look at a baby shower I hosted to help celebrate the arrival of a new baby niece; she’ll be here soon and we are over the moon about it!

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The theme just sort of happened. The mom-to-be loves reading and knew she wanted to incorporate children’s books into the shower somehow. I know her personal style of romantic with a touch of vintage and just put it all together. Baby Love Story was born.

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Sunshine Safari Theme Baby Shower

Well, it’s been over a month since I helped out with the Operation Shower Sunshine Safari theme event in San Diego and I’ve been dying to share photos with you! The experience was AMAZING and I was honored to be asked to join in showering such deserving military moms. The baby shower was hosted by Operation Shower, Birdies for the Brave and the Farmers Insurance Open  — who all came together to honor 40 deserving moms whose spouses are deployed while serving in the military. Pottery Barn Kids donated a ton of goodies not only for the new moms and babies but also for us designers to use in our tablescapes.

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Here’s a glimpse at my table. Inspiration came from the cheerful safari printables created for the event by paper and cake [you can get them here] and I selected a few Pottery Barn Kids items that I thought would work perfectly. I used elephant pillowcases from PBK in the large vases and their glass pink and yellow bottles to hold flowers at each place setting.

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Here’s a close up {images above courtesy of Jackie Culmer}. And see that little orange monkey above? The SUPER talented Edible Details created the most adorable fondant animals to match the safari printables. They were SO cute!

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 I played with layering a combination of textures (burlap, grass mats, charger plates, ribbon and florals) and also combined the earthy colors of brown and green with bright & vibrant pops of pink, orange and yellow.

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Fresh flowers are my staple. You can make any table look gorgeous with great flowers.

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My centerpiece was my favorite element! This giraffe was a Hobby Lobby find (I spray painted it white) that I made the focal point of the table. I added the pink single rose to the bed of moss at the last minute and just loved how it all turned out.

A warm thank you to Operation Shower for inviting me to participate in this event, I can’t wait to help with another.

A little bonus was meeting up with party gal friends (old & new!)

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From left to right: Shannon of Cupcakes & Cutlery, Rebekah of A Blissful Nest, Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations, Jenn of Hostess with the Mostess & Kim of The TomKat Studio.

There was so much talent amongst all these designers, I want you to see each table they did — they were each so unique. Check out this post on A Blissful Nest for a great photo-recap.

I’ll leave you with a gorgeous image of the dessert station styled by the super-talented Marie of Sweets Indeed.

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Be sure to check out Marie’s post for all of the dessert details and sweet vendors!

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It’s a Sunshine Safari with Operation Shower

How’s your week going friends? Fantastical I hope (yes, that’s a real word — we’ll at least it should be). I’ve been a little quiet this week so I wanted to check in with you all and say “hello” and share what I’ve been working on.

Operation Shower Sunshine Safari

I’m super excited to be helping with an amazing baby shower next week for a group of very deserving military moms. I’ll be one of a handful of party stylist  working on next week’s Operation Shower. If you’re not familiar with Operation Shower, here’s an interview I did with chief party planner Amy a while back (it’s worth the read!). This baby shower will be presented by Operation Shower and Birdies For The Brave and will be sponsored in part by Pottery Barn Kids, Carousel Designs and Carl’s Jr. It’s been a blast working with PBK during the design process. Check out our group Pinterest board where we’ve been gathering some virtual inspiration:

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With darling printables from paper & cake and great finds from Pottery Barn Kids, I’m in total brainstorming mode. The creative juices are flowing — here’s a sneak peek at what I’m up to (it’s sort of a creative mess in my office today!).

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See that cute little guy in the middle? Yep, he’s coming with me (and bringing some pals too). I can’t wait to show you more soon.

Now, I better get back to work, only a few more days until I head to San Diego. I just realized that next week I’ll be knocking TWO items off my Party Planner Bucket List (#3 and #5) which is a bonus! I can’t wait to reunite with many of my party planning friends and meet up with many for the first time in the flesh :).

Updates to come on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest — I can’t wait to share all of the great deigns and more of this soon-to-be amazing event!

 

 

 

 

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Western Baby Shower

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.

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A homemade burlap banner, old wagon wheel and hay bales offered a casual place for guests to sit and relax in the shade.

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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!

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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.

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Remember the wagon wheel? Guests filled out little wishing cards for mom and baby and pinned then to the wheel. Such a cute idea!

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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!

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Bird Themed Baby Shower

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!

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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.

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Precious little handmade birdies!

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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:

Burlap Wreath – click here

Yarn Ball Flowers – click here

Shortbread Button Cookies – click here

Cake Pops – click here

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)!

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Pink & Green Baby Shower

Looking for ideas for baby shower decoration ideas? This pink and green baby shower is perfect for welcoming that sweet baby girl! Hosted by my very best friend – this shower was planned around thoughtful touches and a clean, simple feel. I think she did a fabulous job!

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A “Baby” sign welcomed guests as they arrived. This simple decoration can be made using white wooden letters from your local craft store. Glue them to a 1.5″ gingham ribbon and secure to the door. Simple! One of my favorite baby shower decoration ideas is the clothes line (you might have seen me do it here and here). You can purchase baby clothes in the color scheme of the shower and then after, place them in a basket and give to mom-to-be.

What I love about this tablecape is that it is so clean and simple. Groups of flowers (all picked up from the local farmers’ market that morning) add a pop of color to the light green table runner.

Lovely, isn’t it?

Mixing types of flowers adds texture to your table. Feel free to mix it up!

These pink lemonade jars were placed at each setting. A darling white and green striped paper straw tied to each one.

These simple DIY wine glass charms added a nice touch to the champagne glasses.

Baby shower food consisted of salads, pastas and warm sandwiches. For dessert, mini cheesecakes with a topping bar including these gorgeous fresh berries.

A book of “wishes & advice” was created using scrapbook elements and guests were asked to leave their thoughts for baby & mom-to-be.

Guests were “showered with thanks” with these plumeria soap bars. They smelled AMAZING and were handmade by thesoapguy.com (a great favor idea!).

I custom designed invitations for this shower, but I am really liking these 4 above. Any of them would set the tone well. 1. Baby Girl 2. Vintage Baby 3. Spring Swirls 4. Birdies

Thank you to Sarah for sharing this event with us and to Priscilla for allowing us to use these wonderful photos. And congrats to mom Melissa!

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