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Modern Baby Boy Storybook Shower


The afternoon was an elegant, modern baby shower using soft hues of blue and gray and to appeal to all attendees with the use of storybook themes and details.  Guests enjoyed the interactive centerpieces and the food names with storybook / nursery rhyme themes.

Design Inspiration

The inspiration was the desire for a modern storybook shower, using the soft blues and grays throughout the afternoon.

Decorating Style

The shower was elegant and simple, with an eye on the details to create a special feeling for the mother-to-be.

Project Details

Guests began the afternoon with a pianist playing lullybye tunes as they walked under storybook garland to pick up their table assignments.  Instead of table numbers, guests were assigned to a "book" name.  Cat in the Hat, Hansel & Gretal, etc. 

Half of the centerpieces (provided by Kehoe Designs) were accompanied by the Steve Light Story Boxes and the other half by books of the tables name (photos included).

All buffet items were labeled using board books from my library.  They were covered in coordinated blue/gray paper and the menu was translated into storybook/nursery rhyme themes.  [Humpty Dumpty Benedict; One Potato, Two Potato; One Fish, Two Fish, A Smoked Salmon Fish].

After lunch, guests moved to the next room to enjoy milk & cookies (and other desserts) while the mother-to-be opened presents.  The dessert options were also given story names and listed as Table of Contents in a white frame (purchased on  Milk was served in a cute narrow glass with a paper straw.

As the honoree opened gifts, there was a storybook themed clothesline of onesies as her backdrop (Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, etc.).

Guests were given a keepsake bookmark with the quote: "Children are made readers on the laps of  their parents"

Invitations, Table Assignment Cards, Bingo Game, Bookmark Favors, Table Numbers, Book Food Labels, and Dessert Menu Cards were designed and printed by k622 Creative [email:].  Created together to play off of the soft blues/grays with patterns of chevron and polka dots.

Storybook Garland and the Gray Striped paper straws were created by Little Free Radical.

Onesies were purchases on Etsy by O'Dell Sisters Boutique , Stella's Shoppe, and Just Delivered.

Favorite Items

My favorite part was being able to find someone to create the storybook garland and the onesies clothesline.


Renaming the foods to fit the theme was something the guests really enjoyed.  It was not expensive and really had an impact. [though I was definitely reaching on Twinkle Twinkle Little Lemon Bars]


Wednesday 1st of May 2013

That Rapunzel centerpiece is so cute and adorable!

Freya Natasha Fernandez Dy

Tuesday 7th of May 2013

I agree! It's what really caught my eye first. How about the little "installations" for the other books?


Tuesday 23rd of April 2013

Very cute idea!

Tracy Shook Carlson

Thursday 25th of April 2013

Thanks! I had a lot of fun doing it!