My husband and I wanted to have a welcome party for our newest addition so we decided to combine the traditional baby dedication with a baby naming ceremony/welcome to the world celebration and this is the result.
Since our daughters name is Kyla (Kai) which means water/sea we chose a loose beachy feel and went with a coral and turquoise colour scheme.
Vintage, shabby chic, eclectic
We began with a ceremony and ended with a party. We couldn't have asked for a better day as the weather was beautiful. Since it was held in a backyard I wanted the food selection to be unique and easy to grab so guests could spread out around the yard. Instead of a fruit tray we did cherries in individual bags. We had a popcorn station, tea sandwiches, skewers with mozzarella and tomatos and other easy to grab snacks. A good way to bring in your colour theme is through dessert items such as cupcakes - ours had coral wrappers and other unique treats, we had meringues made in three shades of coral. Most of the colour came from the food but we added a few accessories to help make things pop. The banner is an easy DIY project. We made small signs using cute vintage inspired straws and hung mason jars filled with simple peach and coral mini roses. Mason jars are fabulous for all kinds of things, it is worth having a few in the house for events. I made a small cake with coral on the side and small starfish on top. This also added colour to the table. Be sure to check out my blog for more details and photos - littlewhitebirdblog.blogspot.com
The popcorn station turned out great but in the end I was so pleased with the meringues, I loved the finished look and they were a big hit served with whipped cream. I also loved the way the invitations, programs and thank you cards turned out. I used the program 'Pages' on our Mac as I had a clear idea of what I wanted them to look like. We have a great printing company we use who rounded the corners on the programs and printed for an awesome price! I added an oversized popcicle stick so the programs could be used as fans as it was a hot summer day.
There are all kinds of ways to decorate for an outdoor party while not having it cost a fortune. I made tissue paper pom poms, which are so easy and inexpensive. The banner was an other inexpensive DIY project as well. Be creative and if you do have to purchase pieces make sure they are pieces you can use for the next party. There are lots of ways to do things on a dime and still achieve a great look!