The Secret Garden Baby Shower

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This was a baby shower with a theme inspired by the classic children's book, The Secret Garden.  I knew I wanted to play with texture rather than color, and immediately knew I wanted to make a backdrop of paper flowers inspired by the Chanel 2009 runway show.  It was lightweight, inexpensive, and gorgeous!  (Looks awesome hanging on my bedroom wall now, too.)

Design Inspiration

The misty color palette and story of one of my childhood favorites, The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgeson Burnett.

Decorating Style

Creative!  Wherever the muse takes me.  I love trying new projects!

Project Details

This was a completely DIY project, from the savory food (mini pork tenderloin sandwiches; spinach artichoke bites; bacon, date, and goat cheese streudel; cheese plate with homemade crackers) to the dessert table (garden path cupcakes, raspberry mousse, brush embroidery cookies, pink lemonade tea cakes, biscotti, lemon tartlets) to the decor (the paper flower backdrop, the cupcake swing, the onesie bunting, the mirrored cake stands, the custom paint-by-numbers painting activity that I made to match the baby's nursery bedding).  I did it all!

Favorite Items

I think my favorite element was the paper flower backdrop.  It's so striking, but was so simple and inexpensive to make.  There's a tutorial for it on my blog (Tikkido, linked in my profile).


Many tutorials from this party and others on my blog at!


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    Those paper flowers on the food label cards are just gorgeous!!! And your paper flower backdrop is too die for! I bet these flowers are so meticulous to make.

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    It was actually awfully simple!  The little cards I just used a punch that made multiple types of flowers with one punch.  The big flowers, you can actually make really rough shapes and have it look fabulous en-masse!

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