We wanted to have a small, low-key, coed, adult-friendly baby shower with our closest friends - something that wasn't necessarily too baby-themed. As a result, we came up with the bottle theme: a beer bottle to represent my husband, a champagne/wine bottle for me, and a milk bottle for Baby Lucy.
The inspiration came from the customizable milk jars I found on Beau-Coup, a special occasion online favors shop. They were surprisingly inexpensive, easy to assemble (stickers shipped on a separate sheet for adhering), and made the perfect take-aways for the ladies.
For this event, I went with a contemporary feel, woven with graphic prints that my husband was able to contribute (he's a graphic designer). We used the design element to tie our theme together from the custom invitations to the poster we used on the day of the event, to the labels on the milk jars and the custom labels on the home brew beer.
- We designed the invitations and posters at home (it really helps if you have anyone who knows their way around design software) and had them printed at FedEx/Kinkos.
- To reveal the baby's name, we hung a banner (also customizable, purchased at Party City) that read: "Waiting for Lucy" rather than going with the usual "Baby Shower" wording.
- To tie the bottle theme together, we used milk jars from Beau-Coup to serve mimosas and sangrias, and my husband brewed a special batch of peach-flavored beer (Sweet Child of Mine) and created a custom label to give each of the guys who attended. The ladies each also took home a mini champagne bottle favor.
- To save money on centerpieces, we purchased Hydrangeas & Spider Mums from our local wholesale florist, Berkeley Florist Supply in Miami and set a few stems in simple glass mason jars.
- Instead of cards, we asked guests to bring a book to build our baby's first library.
- For the sign-in book, we asked guests to take a picture with our polaroid camera and had them tape it to a page in a scrapbook with their thoughts and advice.
- Location & Catering: Angelique Euro Cafe in Coral Gables, FL
- Custom Guava Cupcakes: Not Just Cakes by Patty
- The large, white wooden letters used in front of the cupcake display were very inexpensive and found at our local Michael's craft store.
My favorite item is still the milk jar favor. I brought one home as a keepsake.
Custom orders don't always have to be expensive. If you have the time, shop online stores and check for coupons and deals. I found the one I used on Pinterest while searching for baby shower ideas. Sometimes it's best to go with fewer key pieces to pull your theme together, which allows them to really be noticed. And, above all, don't be afraid to make it your own! To view other details about the shower, and to see our garden-themed baby shower, visit my blog, Bubbles & Ink.