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Gender Neutral Baby Shower

A Gender Neutral Baby Shower

These are a few snippets from my baby shower which took place earlier this year. The venue, the greenery and rustic touches were all so beautiful and perfectly fitting for a gender neutral shower.
 

Watercolor Baby Sprinkle
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Watercolor Baby Sprinkle

The watercolor elements seen throughout the sprinkle décor were inspired by the beautiful Oh Baby invitations. Working with the color palette of sea glass green and gray was an effective way to carry the simple theme from the tablescape, to the florals, to the desserts.
Although I am an amateur painter at best, I attempted to create several of the watercolor items myself including the backdrop to the dessert table, painted paper fans, dip-dyed cloth napkins, and the circle garlands. It turns out that abstract watercolor painting is very relaxing for me and I really enjoyed it. The Oh Baby photo display included some more watercolor painting along with b&w photos of babies from many generations of both sides of our family. Perhaps those family photos gave the guests a glimpse of what our baby boy will look like.
Sweets are always a big part of designing an event for me. The dessert table for the sprinkle boasted a gorgeous, 2-tiered watercolor cake with white wafer paper roses. Little details can make such a big impact and I loved having the “Oh Boy!” engraved cake server and personalized napkins right by the cake. Hand-painted macarons and passion fruit cream tarts adorned with white chocolate pearls rounded out the sweet nibbles. Also, I can’t forget the monogrammed sugar cookies that served as edible place cards for each table setting. Function and beauty at their best!
One of my favorite elements at the sprinkle was the framed watercolor “You Are Loved By Me” painting that was lovingly created by my friend Mollie of The Prints and the Pea. The quote is shortened from a song written by a favorite children’s band of our family called Hullabaloo. The simple lyrics to the song can be summed up by, “You are good, you are strong, and you are loved by me”. Such a beautiful sentiment that I think all children should hear and believe about themselves.

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Teddy Bears and Ruffles Baby Shower

My baby shower was a small luncheon with fun games! I decided to have it at the country club my family is members of, and we hosted it in one of their more casual dining rooms.
We kept things simple, but still very chic.
I loved the simplicity of the invitations we used. I adorned the large “baby” font with pink flat back Swarovski crystals.
For Centerpieces I found these really plush teddy bears on Amazon, and added a baby bottle with a crystallized table number. I had that surrounded by an assortment of Pink flowers that a local florist made for me. The bottles were purchased from the Dollar Store!
As party favors, I ordered teddy bear sugar cookies and adorned them with a pink ribbon. On the back of each favor was a number for guests to use for certain games! For prizes, I used candles, pretty note pads and jeweled picture frames all purchased from Home Goods.
My cake came along with the sugar cookies from a bakery in Clarkston. I surrounded it with popcorn that was drizzled with white chocolate, and pink white chocolate. (So Good!!) I Included scoopers & little favor bags that didn’t make the photo.
This event took place in June of 2012!

Glamorous Life Baby Shower
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The Glamorous Life Baby Shower

I designed this baby shower for a soon to be new mommy. She loves pearls and everything girly. I didn’t want to do your traditional pink so I went for golds and mint greens. I was inspired by a piece of fabric that I found with all the colors. I used that fabric as part of the table decor. I went BOLD by using metallic gold chair covers for a fab feel. The  gold stork as a centerpiece with a tutu was one of my favorite details.  Instead of one cake…9 cakes were designed to represent every month of her wonderful pregnancy. I spray painted a jewelry chest that I had laying around gold. It really made it come to life! I used a life size crib to house all the great gifts to the new arrival and added a rug…paper flowers and vase to look like a baby’s room. A large gold K for the baby’s name was used as a sign in for guests and will be later used in the baby’s room. Monogram K and pearl K’s were used on the votives and vases. The menu cards were simple but yet elegant. Everything was really sweet.

Boho Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Some of our very best friends were expecting a baby, but were waiting to find out the gender. Although some would think this made it difficult to throw a shower, my friend Lily and I felt the complete opposite. There is so much you can do with neutrals. We decided to go with a boho dip-dyed theme since our friend loved indigo.
We made little dyed onesies and invitations to keep the color theme and my friend lily made gorgeous paintings to hang above the mantle. We also hung little square prints that documented the couple’s pregnancy.
 

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Our Little Prince’s “Once Upon a Time” Baby Shower

My mom and my sister threw this beautiful baby shower for our little boy. The theme was “Once upon a time”, so storytelling!
Guests were asked to bring a children’s book in lieu of a card to build our boy’s first library.
The amazingly beautiful and delicious cupcakes and cake are customs orders made by Serendipity Cakes by Olivia, in Ottawa (Canada). They were coconut/chocolate flavours and gluten free :-)
Some really cool elements were: vintage books garlands; the guest signatures poster ; the “guest book” (Little Prince) made of polaroid pictures taken with mom to be (moi!) during the baby shower and accompanied by loving notes to our boy; the fantastic diaper cake made by my best friends; macarons and handmade bookmark favours; etc.

Felt Floral Baby Girl Shower
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Felt Floral Baby Girl Shower

My long distance best friend of 10 years is pregnant with her first child. When she found out it was a girl, I was over the moon with excitement and couldn’t wait to plan the shower of her dreams! Being my best friend I tend to help her in decorating your house as well, so for her shower I wanted to come up with a theme in which she could keep the majority of the decorations and incorporate into the nursery. Real flowers of course are stunning but not something she could re-utilize, so I created all of these gorgeous felt flowers with intentions of using in her nursery. I made a large arrangement for the diaper cake so she could add to throw pillows, creating a 3D effect. They are beautiful on the pillows!! I made the tapestry behind the cake table so she could hang as a focal point in the room. She was able to utilize all of the frames, hand painted globe, and frame the digital floral artwork as well. The whole shower was perfect and exactly what she was dreaming of!

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Welcome To The Tribe Baby Shower

 

This May I’m expecting my first born and have been feeling the love from near and far both from family/friends and from our Shiki community! Being an AZ resident but a CA native I was thrilled when my Little (Alpha Chi Omega sorority little sister) Ashley offered to host a shower at her Huntington Beach home so I could celebrate our little guy with my family and friends back home!
Being a creative entrepreneur I instantly started dreaming up shower ideas the moment I found out we were expecting. I have to say all of my late night pinning didn’t prepare me for the insanely thoughtful and over-the-top cute shower Ashley and my lovely mama Kala threw for baby Tatum and I!
Staying true to my American Indian heritage the party was themed “Welcome To The Tribe” and was absolutely flawless from start to finish. I’ll blame my pregnancy hormones for the fact that I cried when opening the individually made invitations, come on check these out, she made each one of these on her Cricut and assembled each one by hand…if that isnt a labor of love I don’t know what is!

Now onto the details from the party!
Party Theme and Inspiration:
This Powwow party was inspired by my native heritage along with the adorable tribal motifs that have been trending recently.
Colors: Black, White, Neutrals with pops of yellows, reds, and oranges
Activities:
– Guests were welcomed by a stunning photo-booth set up, along with custom made props and a Polaroid Camera. Each person took a photo with the mama to be ( me!) and added their picture to the photo board which was used as a guest book!

 
– Upon arrival everyone grabbed a balloon and a thumb tack to kick the party off with a “POW” and a “WOW” we all popped the balloons in sync and whoever had the paper proclaiming them the winner received a prize. The prizes were leather detailed bracelets adorned with beads and charms.

 
– Another party hit was the baby play-dough game where everyone had 5 min to craft a baby out of play-dough. Each submission was assigned a number and we all took a vote for the best baby figurine. 99% of them were quite frightening, but oh-so hilarious! Much love to sculptures, clearly its not easy!

– All of the ladies had a chance to use stencils and puffy paint to make onesies for baby Tatum and string them on the clothes line! I loved these because they will make great keepsakes!

 
– The favors included mesh bags of Cedar shreds ( a smell that instantly reminds me of our tribal powwow, and my grandparents) Such a nostalgic touch! Along with delicate feather charms (So Shiki!)
Food/ Drinks/ Dessert:
Holy moly was there a spread! The finger foods alone would have been enough to fill everyone but like I said this shower was above and beyond! After indulging in adorably-tasty appetizers we piled our plated with tacos, and I went back for seconds ( possibly 3rds…for the baby of course) is was so delicious!
True to Ashley’s hostess nature every drink, and food item had coordinating signs complimenting the shower theme! Here are just a few of the delectable treats this mama-to-be enjoyed:
Taco bar
Popcorn & pretzels
Cucumber and cream cheese teepee sandwiches
Fruit arrows
Mini bluberry pies
Smores station

Decor:
Here is one of the many reasons Ashley and I were a Big & Little match made in heaven…. our love for crafting is serious! Her eye for style is uncanny and while many would mistake her beautiful Huntington Beach home for a staged Pottery Barn home its really just that she just has a knack for style and decorates everything herself ( and she’s a savvy bargain shopper which you’ve got to love!) Okay, back to the shower decor! WOW…. I have no words. So many hand crafted components, so I will just highlight a few and let the photos speak for themselves. From the handmade teepee, to delicate arrow garland, and “advice for mama” cards at every perfect place setting there wasn’t a detail forgotten! Many of the props she found a Hobby Lobby and Homegoods, and everything else you see pictured was hand crafted

Elephant Baby Shower

Elephant Baby Shower for Baby Boy #2

I wasn’t sure about throwing a shower for my second baby, but several of my friends kept asking about it and I decided to put one together. One of my good friends who loves decorating parties decided to help me and in just a few weeks, we put together a great little party.
I was inspired by the decor theme I had chosen for the nursery, which was elephants. I started searching and found a really cute set of plates, napkins and decor that featured an elephant with an umbrella! From this, we started developing our ideas…always with pinterest as inspiration.
We put together a simple and elegant cake table featuring gray chevron table runners, a two-tier cake topped with an elephant holding an umbrella, several trays of Brazilian sweets (chocolate and coconut truffles), and of course some flowers. For the backdrop, we used white balloons as clouds with gray and blue raindrops.
For the gift area, we setup an umbrella also with raindrops falling from it, that was hung from the ceiling. Guests placed their gifts under the umbrella and it was a really cute scenario for gift opening.
In the entrance we had a welcome table with advice cards for guests to fill out and also a three-tiered tower of favors. I decided to give out as favors PocketBacs (mini hand sanitizers) from Bath & Body Works because it’s a very practical gift especially since most of my friends have kids.  I bought the scents that came in the party colors, so it would fit into the decor.
Finally for the food, we had mostly Brazilian hors d’oeuvre such as cheese breads, chicken empanadas, and so forth. We also offered some hummus and fruit salad. The table had the same chevron runner and was decorated with blue and white flowers including tulips and hydrangeas.
It was a great party and I’m so glad I decided to do it!

Lumberjack Baby Shower
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Woodland Lumberjack Baby Shower

For the baby shower theme, we decided on Woodland Animals with a mix of lumberjack buffalo plaid.
For food, we had a finger food table set up which included acorn cookies, butter tarts, brownies, timbits (donut holes), a hedge hog cheese ball, a variety of finger sandwiches, cheese & crackers, pinwheels, veggies & dip, and fruit & dip.  To drink, our guests could choose from homemade punch displayed in a large mason jar drink dispenser, or water bottles decorated in printable bottle wrappers.
The DIY projects included the paper “Sweet Baby” bunting, tissue paper poms poms, folding food labels, round food toppers, water bottle wrappers, custom treat bag toppers and thank you tags.  All paper printables from Pretty Paper Studio (ThePrettyPaperStudio.etsy.com).
My favourite element was the homemade “Moose Munch” (caramel corn mixed with a variety of nuts and drizzled in chocolate) used as favours for the guests with custom bag toppers reading “Thanks for popping by.” Paired with a mini bottle of Coke with paper straw tied on using rustic twine. Packaged together in a kraft paper bag.

Purple and Yellow Carriage Baby Shower
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Purple and Yellow Carriage Baby Shower

This Mommy-to-be wanted to incorporate her favorite colors, purple and yellow into her shower theme. Though she didn’t have an actual theme, it was up to me to make it look very simple, pastel and baby. I added carriages into the theme to give it more of a baby look. The turn out was better than I had expected. I didn’t think I could pull off the colors but I did. I contacted my florist Carmen from MDCFlowers and asked for the most beautiful floral arrangement she could make using only purple and yellow and some greenery. Boom! Loved it. Next was to have my sweets confectioner Rosario from Sugar Studio create beautiful pastel colored sweets with a tint of gold accents. She did an amazing job making chocolate covered apples, chocolate covered oreos, cupcakes, cake pops and pretzels.
 

Welcome to the World, Little One Baby Shower
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Welcome to the World, Little One Baby Shower

I planned a “Welcome to the World” map-themed baby shower for my sister and her husband, the parents-to-be, in pastel colors with hot air balloons, hearts, and lots of loving touches. I was inspired by their love of travel and their adventures together around the world. One of the things they hope to do after their baby arrives is travel with him around the world, and his nursery is also travel-themed, so I wanted to throw them a shower that was perfectly themed to their style and tastes.
 
The mama-to-be – my sister – likes to keep things simple and minimal, so I knew that too many decorative items would be a bit over-the-top for her. Instead, I focused on meaningful details that I knew she would love.
 
I started with a Pinterest board, which was fabulous for inspiration. Once I had narrowed down the theme, I turned to Etsy to purchase many of the creative items, including the “Welcome to the World, Little One” wreath sign, “Wishes for Baby” printable, Atlas wreath with burlap flower, hot air balloon and heart garland made out of maps, favor bags, heart map stickers for the bags, and tent cards. The hot air balloon touches are my favorite because my sister loved hot air balloons when she was a child, and one of her earliest birthday party themes as a toddler was a hot air balloon theme. I loved bringing it back for her baby’s shower.
 
I scoured my local Michaels and HomeGoods for other themed details, including the hot air balloon box for the wishes cards, the journals with travel quotes on the front, the map papers which I used as a wrap for the flower vase, and the suitcase for the favors.
 
I borrowed the globe from my son’s room and uncovered a few books from our library to use on the wishes table, and found the adorable globe foil-wrapped chocolates on Amazon, which ended up being a great resource for all sorts of party items, including the mini clothespins, the New York City “mapkins” (a nod to the dad-to-be’s hometown), and our paper and plastic cups and plates.
 
The vegan menu was catered locally, and a friend did calligraphy for the beautiful map-themed tent cards. I adored them! The grandmother-to-be made all the cupcakes, which were also vegan, and we set them up on different platters and cake stands. Our flowers were from Whole Foods, and the daffodils were picked from our yard just one day before a spring snowstorm killed them all.
 
Guests took home favor bags at the end of the shower, which included organic dark chocolates from Whole Foods and foil-wrapped globes.
 
My sister adored her shower, and can’t wait to welcome her little one to the world very soon!

Vintage Aviation Baby Shower
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Vintage Aviation Baby Shower

I styled and designed this vintage aviation themed baby shower for a beautiful Mommy-to-be expecting her first child!
I used a color scheme of navy, red, tan and accents of silver!
Dessert table
I used navy linen, purchased from balsacircle.com to dress the table and adorned with a banner reading “Baby Stats”. The dessert items included carrot cupcakes, almond, cupcakes, chocolate cake pops, Oreo cake pops, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate covered Oreos and a custom ombré cake!
I found the cute wood/metal dessert stands at World Market and thought it would work perfectly to hold the cake pops! The chocolate and Oreo cake pops made by Sweet Serendipity had navy flags which read “Baby Stats” and “It’s a Boy”. The flags were made by Heather Nelson Designs. The two large apochary jars were filled with Twizzler Bites and dressed with a navy ribbon and 2″ label.
I used my trusty macaroon stands to hold the chocolate covered Oreos. I found the plane chocolate mold on Amazon.
The backdrop was designed by Kortnee of Oh La La Design!
 
Mimosa Bar
I love adding Mimosa Bars to events! So much fun for the guest!
The beverages included orange juice, apple juice, cranberry juice,  pomegranate juice and of course champagne. The garnishments included oranges, lemons, raspberries, mint and blueberries.
 
Vendor Credits
Styling | Design | Props/Decor | Photography | Strawberry Cheesecakes | Chocolate Covered Oreos
Ashleigh Nicole Events
www.facebook.com/ashleighnicoleevents
IG- @ashleighnicoleevents
Graphic Designs
Oh La La Posh Designs
 
Cookies
Creeative Cookies by Ree
Cake Pops | Cupcakes
Sweet Serendipity
Cake
Susie Cakes
 
 
 
 

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Bun In The Oven & Burgers On The Grill: Co-Ed Baby Shower

Shower Host: Liz Meyers ( Mom To Be’s long time best friend )
Mom & Dad To Be: Whitney & Taylor Ford
Theme: All American BBQ: Built Ford Tough
When it came to planning this shower we knew we wanted to incorporate the Ford last name into the theme. Spring in Arizona is our most beautiful time of year so it lent  itself perfectly to a backyard BBQ, ideal for a co-ed celebration of baby boy Ford! Not only is “Ford” an all American brand, the Fords are undoubtedly two of the most patriotic people ever, which inspired a color pallet of Red, White, & Blue with pops of Yellow and Mint!
Guests enjoyed playing corn-hole on a custom bags set built by Taylor Ford & and buddy of his, along with creating collages predicting which features baby Ford would have out of mom & dads faces. Each guest received a mason jar filled with strawberry & blueberry infused water adorned with a Ford emblem.
Food:
We fired up the grill and cooked up burgers and bratwurst, served in red baskets with checked liners accompanied by various chips, fresh watermelon, and strawberries. Desserts created by Grandma Dixie Ford included sugar cookies, red velvet cupcakes, and peanut butter chocolate bars!
Drinks:
Ice Cold beer, Sweet Sangria, and Infused water kept party goers cool as they mixed and mingled in celebration of the baby on the way!
Decor Highlights:
Custom party decor all created by Shiki came together to set the scene for the ultimate BBQ! Letters spelling “FORD” and oversized pinwheels staked in the lawn helped guide guests into the backyard of the Meyers home, and chalk art of a Model T welcomed guests to the shower as they arrived. Giant prints of the honorees from childhood on added a personal touch that everyone truly enjoyed! Custom a custom laser cut Model T silhouette mounted on a square of wood made for a darling guest sign-in and keepsake!
Patterned paper flag bunting blew in the wind and coordinating rosettes and pinwheels lined the fences and wood wall backdrop. Giant Tassel garland, paper-chains and fabric bunting added pops of color to dessert and food tables.
Overall the shower was the ideal combo of a causal BBQ and adorably themed celebration of baby Ford that encompassed the couples personal style to a tee.
Photos by Cacie Carroll Photography http://www.caciecarrollphotography.com/

Shiny Gold Baby Shower
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Baby Harper Grant’s Shiny Baby Shower

My sister is having her first baby. She is a young lady that loves all things shiny. As a matter of fact my girls call her auntie glitter! We wanted to give her a baby shower that recognized her love of all things shiny and still honor her baby boy Harper. The whole shower was DIY.

Mamas and Mocktails Baby Shower
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Mamas and Mocktails Baby Shower

This baby shower was actually for 2 mamas to be! That’s how I came up with the theme – Mamas & Mocktails. I’m involved in a local women’s acting group and two of the girls were pregnant at the same time, with really close due dates. With their permission, we decided it would be easier to have a joint shower.
Both of our Mamas were having girls, but they didn’t want it to be too girly, so we opted for a black, white, and citrus color scheme.
The food was light and healthy and the only shower activity was a decorate your own wine glass, which doubled as a favor.
The majority of the decor was DIYed, but the florals were created by one of the mamas to be!

Garden Party Baby Shower
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Garden Party Baby Shower

Party Details told by Cristina
I will never forget, the gorgeous Baby Shower my sister Gaby threw for me when I was expecting my first child.  I had just moved to a small town in Maine and didn’t know a lot of people yet Gaby managed to put together a beautiful celebration in my honor with basically every women in town.  When she was expecting my niece, I knew I had to plan something special for her.  Her only wish was that she wanted something intimate with her closest friends.  An afternoon Baby Shower Garden Party was perfect for the occasion.
The Baby Shower planning began when I found the perfect invitation at Tiny Prints.  It had a blackboard design with a delicate pale pink font.  The color Palette of the party consisted of different shades of blues, pinks and yellows.  We mixed gorgeous Tissue Flowers with natural flowers to achieve a spring garden feel.  To honor my beloved sister we displayed a gorgeous photo of her on canvas next to the cake as well as a beautiful acrylic photo block of her on the main table.  It was a great gift and a way to preserve this special moment of her life.  We created a relaxed feminine atmosphere by DIYing a wavy tent above the dining table.  We served an array of mini desserts that included gorgeous floral cake pops designed by the so talented Vy of Vypassetti Cake Pops, darling Teacup and Flower Cookies by the fabulous Madgeline of Madgeline Cakes as well as cupcakes and cake balls displayed in Petite Blossom Cups.  My mirrored vanity came handy when it came to displaying the Charlotte Cake that I made for the party.  I loved the gorgeous Candy Kabobs the amazing Marie Dannetelle of Sweet Indeed custom designed.  My favorite part of the decor was the flower backdrop we created with Tissue Flowers and satin ribbon.  It was the perfect frame for the party photos.
Our dining table had a mix of floral partyware from delicate shabby chic plates and napkins to intricate cupcake stands, all available at the Via Blossom Shop.  We served a refreshing watermelon lemonade in our Champagne Flutes which is one of Gaby’s favorite none alcoholic drinks.
This memorable afternoon was captured by very talented Spencer of Lovely little’s Photography.