Turtles, Snails, and Alligator Tails are what little boys are made of. And what a fitting theme for my best friend's baby shower since she was welcoming her THIRD son into the world.
Anna, my friend, is a girly girl (have you noticed that mom’s of boys are usually girly?) and the plan is that this is her last baby. With these things in mind I wanted things to still be feminine for her. The bright accent colors that I used were a golden yellow and bright oranges. From yellow tulips, to silvery pewter serving pieces and frames, to the graphic linens and wonderful ladylike brunch food the girly details were elegantly covered.
The geometric pattern that I used throughout the theme was actually inspired by a pattern I saw on an upolstered chair in a magazine. Not only did it work perfectly, but added a modern touch.
My decorating sytle is usually bold in color, simple, as well as modern with a twist of the traditional. I am pretty classic in my tastes, but I love the uses of bold color and modern elements with a timeless look. I tried to marry that here.
For the favor boxes, I found the die cuts on sillouette.com. Any crafting paper could be used. I strongly suggest using a decent weight cardstock so that the boxes will hold up and fold properly.
paper goods, styling, favor boxes, and photography: The English Pea Studio
cake pops: local friend, Ruby Byers
orange bags, green buckets, and yellow, geometric napkins: Target
burlap loop wreathes: Ballards Back Room
green striped straws (used in toppers): Cakes and Kids Too
I have two. My first is the name sign. There is nothing more special than something specifically personalized. My friend didn't even know the meaning of her son's name so it was extra sweet to see his meaning as well as simple sentiments that I knew because we are close friends.
My second were the coffee sleeves I created. Not only were these easy to make but they were a fun additiol to our coffee bar. Most of the guests thoroughly enjoyed the coffee bar and the sleeves just added a little festive touch.
Keep it simple. Sometimes I purchase things to use in the decor and when I am setting things up it just doesn't work. I find that it is better to either leave it be or find another place for the item. And honestly, if it doesn't work, don't use it. An example, I also purchased asparagus to use throughout the decor - because of it's scaley, green appearance. We didn't need it. I could have added it somewhere, but it wasn't really necessary. Sometimes it is good to know when to stop.