Baby Shower :: Cover Girl Theme

invite2Calling all cover girls! My beautiful and chic friend Susannah is expecting a daughter soon and I was so excited to a part of the planning! Since she lives in Arizona, we took the party on the road and had help from many people who already love this little baby so much!invite3Sus had chosen some really fun Barbie prints for the nursery so we riffed off those and tied in a “cover girl” theme. The nursery is going to be grey and lavender so the colors were a no-brainer… just added a splash of cream.welcomeWe used tissue fans and made garland out of doilies to kind of keep it on the shabby chic side of the spectrum.signsdoily1doiliesdetailspennantSusannah’s amazingly talented sister-in-law Alicia was a godsend when it came to planning since she also lives in Arizona and is a craft goddess. overviewShe refinished an old wooden highchair and table to make into the dessert bar. highchairsetupTotally unreal right? Oh and that wreath?wreath Yeah. She made that too! So so cute! When she starts a party planning biz, I will be the first to give her a shout out! She was a dream to work with!champsI really wanted to put the tissue fans all over the wood but in a test, we noticed that the glue dots were probably going to ruin the cabinets. Had I been there a day earlier, I probably would have figured out a way to do it but I think it still looked cute. watermimosaOne of the things that came “on the road” with me was my grandma’s vintage Dior suitcase. I thought it would be a perfect prop for the shower. We used it as a water bottle holder and it did the trick!water2Dried lavender, a vanity mirror and pearls dressed up the mimosa bar as well.drinksetupOutside we set up simple table with Serena & Lily fabric I found for $8 a yard instead of $50! Deal! We put white roses into lacey Ikea vases and called it a day. flowersWe were going to add makeup and pearls but took it all away. Sometimes simplicity is key. (Did I just say that?! Ha!) Less was definitely more in this instance.outsidesetupWe also used her nursery art to dress up the outdoor fireplace.outsideprintsBack inside we did two activites.wishes4 wishessign  One was the “Wishes for Baby” and the other was where we asked Sus’ husband Brent questions and Sus had to guess what he may have answered. wishes1It was such a hit because Brent is such a funny and heartfelt guy. The answers were hilarious!caketableAlicia was the go-to-girl for all the dessert items and she knocked it out of the park! From the cake stands to the mannequin bust, the entire (refinished!!!) table looked adorable. The showstopper? That cake!cakeIf you’re in the Phoenix area, Amanda from The Cake Baketress will blow your everloving mind! Alicia showed her the invite and talked a little about what we envisioned and poof! What we got was perfection! Simply adorable and I felt so bad to it sliced up.treatsOh yeah… I forgot! We actually ate too! eatforksOne of Sus’ favorite places is Postino Wine Cafe so she got them to cater with a Bruchetta Bar. Perfect and amazing food.brushcbarbruschettaIt was such a wonderful day for an even more wonderful person.cutemom We couldn’t get enough of her teeny tiny bump!handsSus provided the favors for everyone which were Essie nail polishes. Very Cover Girl, don’t you think?favorSuch a fun first party to throw “on the road!” And so thankful for all the in-state help! We love this little baby cover girl so much already!

Baby Shower :: Russian Nesting Doll Theme

Today I am sharing a really special baby shower with you! I think it might be the most darling thing you’ll ever lay eyes on… but I may be a bit biased. This is the “sprinkle” my mom, sister, and sis-in-law threw for ME! I was in shock and overwhelmed from the minute I opened up the invitation my mom made. (Ugh! Forgot to take pics of that but will get to it one day!) Also note that THIS WAS ALL THEM! Again, I had nothing to do with throwing this party… which was especially cool because I just got to show up, get spoiled, and have the best time ever with all of my local girlfriends. If you follow along, you’ll know that I have two young boys already, so to be surrounded by so much pink is a total thrill for me! When I walked up to the house, I knew I was in for a beautiful evening.Probably my favorite thing they did was create beautiful paper chains with a kick! How much do you love the detail on the pink paper? They turned the booth area into a little lounge and it just looked beyond darling. My mom covered the cushions and curtains with the same fabric I am using in my little lady’s nursery. They also kept with the navy blue & pink color scheme throughout.Steal this idea! It’s so dang cute! She has a craft punch that made that design in the pink paper. Talk about time consuming! Using all the blue & white ceramic pieces my mom has collected, they went heavy on pink hydrangeas and really went with a lush, layered, über-textured look throughout. I positively LOVED it!Everything was beyond adorable!Nesting dolls (or Matryoshka dolls) were placed throughout the house which now are living among the flamingos in my daughter-t0-be’s nursery. As you know by now, many of my close friends and family call me “Cakes” so they made the party for “Baby Cakes.” So so fun! My mom made that beautiful quilt and both darling pillows above for her newest granddaughter. I am obsessed.And here are the other lovely hostesses! Love these ladies!The mantle was filled with pretty presents for the little miss to wear. I cannot get over the adorableness of girly stuff!For favors, my mom made each guest a ‘babushka’ scarf thing for their hair. It was so cute to see everyone wearing them! And look how they displayed them… I thought they were pennant banners at first. Such a unique idea for a favor. Loved it!Everything foodwise was super cute!They even had a cotton candy machine – but of course we never took photos of the actual cotton candy! Oh well! It was darling… and I guess people gobbled it up before we could snap photos.My mom even tracked down my silver baby cup so she got to come to the party as well!Remember when I threw this party in that enormous power outage last year? Well, guess what? I must have that electric touch because an hour after the party began, the power went out for the rest of the night! Never fear! My mom has enough candles to light the entire state of California so the party continued through the dark! Totally hilarious! It was probably the only day in July that it’s rained in many, many years. That being said, it was still super hot and muggy. Super weird weather! But everyone kept saying how fitting it was that it “Sprinkled on my sprinkle!” True that!I cannot believe how lucky I am to have a shower like this thrown in my honor. I was truly overwhelmed by all the love surrounding my baby girl that night… so much so that I couldn’t sleep because I was so grateful. It makes me glad to know that this little lady will have so many wonderful women in her life to guide her and love her. What a stunning, fun, and wonderful night. I’m still welling up just thinking about it.

Baby Shower/Sprinkle :: World Theme

Get ready world! My nephew Hutch is on his way! To celebrate, Crafty Jan & I threw my sister Ellie a wordly sprinkle.I’ve been wanting to do something with globes for the longest time, and since Ellie is doing a mapped up nursery, this theme fit the occasion perfectly.My mom found an enormous atlas at a used book store for $12 and we cut it up (which actually kind of pained me a bit!) to use as envelopes and as a backing to the invitation (and much more as you’ll see throughout the party.) I love how those envelopes looked. As for the invites, I printed the “Hutch” banner separately, then sewed it onto each with my sewing machine so that there would be a little bit of a 3D pop. So let’s welcome this little one into the world.We had the shower at 7pm on a Thursday night with Ellie’s local friends to try to keep it on the low key side. We also decided that we wouldn’t focus on anything actually good for you to eat and went straight to desserts. The invite said it was a “cupcakes & cocktails” party but we had a few more sugary items to choose from!Cupcakes, marshmallow pops, chocolate covered strawberries, macaroons, whoopie pies, mini ice creams, popcorn, and “Oreo worlds” filled our tummies.In case you’re wondering where those beautiful cookies came from (ha, ha!) I proudly admit that they are another failed attempt at confection perfection by yours truly. In my head they were so much cuter but you get the idea! I dipped Oreos in candy coating, waited until they were dry, then took a stencil I made with cardstock and an x-acto knife and spray painted them to look like worlds with edible spray paint. Honestly, why I keep trying to make it work in the kitchen is beyond me. I’m telling myself that they were made with extra love. Moving on!We used burlap through the party… which is a nice, inexpensive way to add some texture.I bought 12″ paper mache letters from Jo-Ann’s, covered them with pages from the atlas and strung them from the ceiling using fishing line and jute twine. It was probably my favorite thing about the party… and I was even happier that Ellie liked it so much that she’s planning on hanging these in Hutch’s room.
Ripping more pages out of that fabulous atlas, we made bunting by sewing them together with seambinding. I think I am addicted to this atlas!On the mantle and in other parts of the house, I cut smaller strips of the atlas in varied sizes and strung them together over the jute twine. They are super small and cute. I think I am going to keep them up forever. Okay, at least until the next party.The atlas even worked heart-shaped.Aren’t they cute?My mom has a pretty big vintage globe collection which made decorating a breeze. I added in the couple I had as well and we were all set.I’ve collected blue bottles for years so we pulled those out and put fresh white tulips in them. Simple, simple.In case you’re wondering, that white thing above is the ice cream holder… which is really an old art marker holder that we spray painted white. I took these photos before the party began which is why it’s ice creamless. My mom gussy upped the signs with rope and rosettes made from the atlas pages.Water was cute, but wine was much more fun!Instead of having guests bring gifts, we noted on the invitation that no gifts were necessary, but if they were so inclined, we’d have a “Double Stroller Donation Jar” they could contribute to. Though Ellie is having a different gender this time, she’s got all the clothes she could possibly need since this little nephew of mine has 3 older boy cousins’ hand-me-downs. What she really could use was a double stroller.It worked out great. No presents were opened at the party, and she will definitely be able to get her double stroller now… which is probably the most necessary item a mom of two needs.Most people brought their donation in cards, but if they just brought some bills, I had business card sized papers they could write on and slip their moola through.Ellie had my brother-in-law Elliott (yes… Ellie married Elliott!) come by to sneak a peak before the party. Aren’t they the cutest? We had a full house of fabulous friends to celebrate this little munchkin… and it seemed like half of them were pregnant too! Lots more baby parties in our future, methinks!For favors, we repackaged lip glosses. We were well aware that lip gloss and worlds go together like… well lip gloss and worlds… but we try to give favors that people may actually take and use. We were actually looking for those cute chocolate globe candies but couldn’t find them in time.The last of the guests didn’t leave until nearly midnight… which in pregnancy terms is like partying until sunrise. We pregos felt super hungover the next day even though all we drank was Pellegrino! We had the best time on EARTH, the biggest blast on the PLANET, and we love little Hutch more than anything in the WORLD.
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Baby Shower/Sprinkle :: Orange, Pink, & White Squirrels!

For reasons I won’t go into, we’ve always called my brother “The Squirrel.” My sister-in-law Kelly has embraced this odd fact and without her knowing about it, my mom, sister, and I planned a Squirrely Sprinkle for her second baby! This time she gets a girl! Because this is her second pregnancy, we wanted to keep the sprinkle very small and very mellow. Therefore, we went with a ‘cozy breakfast!’ And it was just that! Super cute and cozy!Keeping things bright with an orange, fuchsia, and pink color scheme. The fabric on the tablecloth and the fur used for place mats was ordered from fabric.com. The curtains were actually taken down from the nursery in my house since we’re changing it to pink but they worked perfect so we just put them up.We bought about 5 funky squirrels from eBay and HomeGoods and spray painted them white to keep things fresh. We wanted it squirrel-modern (ha! Did I just write that?) but not woodland. For a quick pop of color we chose bright orange gerber daisies and placed them into spray-painted votive candle glasses, then put moss on top.Cutting that fur into place mats was SUPER messy but it was a funky touch to the table so worth the fuzz all over the floor. I found paper napkins as well as the lanterns at Target and it was like they knew we were throwing this party! Perfect colors! As party favors, Crafty Jan whipped up ribbon-wrapped wooden bracelets which we used as napkin rings – then sent home on the arm of each guest. I love when party props work double duty.Water bottles were at each place setting and the squirrels served up pastries.Since we had such an early start time (and since Kelly is usually the go-to-girl for the food portion of these parties) we kept things simple by ordering out what we could. My sister dialed up Panera and they delivered us the perfect breakfast… ….various pastries and amazing personal quiches……added to melon balls scooped into french fry bags that my mom made using her cricut machine.Throw in some mimosas and we’re all set!Simple! Especially for a 9:30am party.The mantle mimicked the table. Yay for Kelly!It was such a great morning! And don’t parties look so much better with people at them? I think so!Yay for the newest squirrel on the block! And in case you’re wondering, YES – my sister, sister-in-law, and I are all having babies this summer. No, we did not plan it. Yes, it’s a little creepy now, but will be super fun when these wee ones are on the flip side! And YES, my sister Ellie’s sprinkle is this week so there are more parties coming! Stay tuned!

Baby Shower :: Sugar & Spice Theme

Today I am thrilled to share with you a really fun “Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice” baby shower my friend Jess put on her for her sister-in-law Lisa. What a FABulous job she did! Aside from helping her with the printables, Jess and her mom did everything themselves. I am totally dying over the lollipops up the driveway! What a way to set the tone!Jess’ friend Christina of A Sweet Addition created this gorgeous candy bar. Jess made the cake pops herself. I just love pink and green for baby showers! So fresh!Balloons, tissue poms, and banners were hung everywhere.I keep saying baby “shower” but really this was a “sprinkle.” This is Lisa’s second child but first girl! How sweet! Above the photobooth Jess requested a sign that said “Say Grace!” since the baby girl will be named Gracie. Just adorable. One of my favorite touches was the pink sugar-rimmed mimosa glasses. How much fun would it be to drink out of these?Jess’ best friend’s mom, Barb Sowles, made the banner for the mantle among other adorable things like pillows, quilts, etc. She is a master seamstress… If you’re interested in anything of the sort, leave me a comment and I will see if she’s taking on extra orders.The clothesline got a fun kick with the addition of GRACE spelled out.One of the dearest things they did was create big baby blocks for the guests to sign. What a great keepsake and they already have a home in Gracie’s room. I love this idea and have never seen anything like it before. So clever.sdsfJess was a busy bee because she sent everyone home with cupcakes in little mason jars. Just adorable. You guys really nailed it with all the fun details. Thanks for the photos of this sweet sprinkle! I think I need me a cupcake!

Baby Shower :: Circus Theme

While there is no shortage of circus themed parties on the blogosphere, I have to say that this one is one of the cutest! This was my friend Chelsea’s baby shower thrown for her by her mother-in-law and insanely talented artist Cherisse, and sisters-in-laws Leah of Mustard Seed Design & Nicole, a fabulous graphic designer. With credentials like that you know it turned out totally incredible! (Please note, I had nothing to do with it’s incredibleness. I just know awesomeness when I see it!) Let’s comb through the big top for ideas, shall we?
One of my favorite details was how they wrapped the flower vases with admission tickets. What a high-impact, low cost way to set the tone for the party. Just adorable!I also really loved how the place settings looked. Again, totally crushing on how they used those tickets. A napkin ring! Genius!The ladies chose to host the party in a beautiful seaside park… and they got one of the prettiest days ever so it made the day even sweeter. Speaking of sweets… Check out that sweet table below there! I adooooooore the pennants Nicole created. Everything just looked so fresh and fabulous, did it not?I love the color palette they chose. That fabulous blue, bright red and black just sings when combined and I’m pretty sure this shower was belting one out. Pinwheels on each table added to the adorable factor.They set up little circus tents throughout the park and used them to play games like Ring A Duck…
(Since I know you may ask, I think the tents are from Restoration Hardware of all places. Unfortunately, they were found a long time ago by Crafty Jan) …and they also used a tent as a shady spot for cupcakes. Yum and cute!They also had a popcorn bar.…and a place to doodle on onesies as well as prep for the photobooth. Clown noses for all!
What an adorable day for a beautiful lady! Great job gals! What a dream team you make!

Baby Shower :: Thai Theme

Yes. That’s right. Two of my girlfriends and I hosted a Thai themed baby shower. It’s actually a cute story. The mommy-to-be April actually got pregnant on a trip to Thailand, so she and her huz nicknamed their wee-to-be the “Pad Thai Noodle.” We decided to just go with it and made the baby shower a Thai paradise. The funniest thing about it was though we knew April was calling her baby the Pad Thai Noodle, none of her family did… so when they got these invitations they were pretty puzzled! She got many calls inquiring about this Pad Thai Noodle baby and why it had this name. Mini oops! Still, the shower itself turned out fabulously!So welcome!I designed the invite using an elephant holding an umbrella (subtle “Thai Shower” reference) so we decorated using the same. Cost Plus World Market was the place for decor for this shower. The parasols and some of the elephants came from there and they have so many great imported items. It was hard to stop!My brother randomly owns that big wood elephant, so I stole him for the party, turned a big wine storage box upside down for elevated food displaying, and the monstera leaves on the table are actually place mats from Pottery Barn. The leaves in the vases were plucked from my sister’s house. This was an afternoon shower so we kept the food light. My friend Kasey is an incredible cook so she whipped up a Thai chicken salad that we put in Chinese (or in this case let’s just say Thai!) take-out boxes and served with chopsticks. It was a hit!Once again we did the “wishes for baby” cards. Such a hit! 
And no surprise here, diaper doodling strikes again!This time we added a celebrity baby game as well. The winners took home bamboo kitchen tools.There were also tons of wood elephant statues and orchids all around the house, but again – didn’t know then that I would have this blog now, so the photos of those details are burned into my brain only.As a gift option for guests, some of us got together and bought April a fancy-schmancy stroller. I love the idea of group gifts because you can get something you definitely need (stroller, crib, etc.) but that not a person alone could afford on their own.
Quick side note: If you’re planning group gifts at showers in the future, you should really look into Groupit.com as a way to collect money. It’s a fabulous company and a great way to collect the funds without any awkward calls.We sent each guest home with a pretzel bag and a smile on their face. It was a lovely day. And these days April’s Pad Thai Noodle is quite the stunning 7 month old baby girl. Have a great Monday!