Baby Shower :: Ugly Dolls & Zolos Baby Boy Shower

Well, well, well. Today I am going to share my baby shower with you that took place about 3 years ago! Now, please forgive the photo quality in these. I did not yet know I would ever start a party blog where photos (or I!) needed to look decent, and I certainly didn’t have the “baby camera” yet. (You know? You have a baby, then a big fat DSLR comes out right after? It always happens that way!) Anyway, if you can look beyond the quality, you might just take a few brilliant ideas away. So let’s go back in time, shall we?My mom and my sister put together a shower that was beyond perfect for me. I have to admit I was in a bit of a state of shock for the entire 9 months I was pregnant with my first son. I was so excited about the baby… I just didn’t really understand all the gear that came with one. I had a mini-breakdown while registering, so all I registered for were Ugly Dolls. True story. I did NOT want a shower or presents at all, but my wise mom & sis decided otherwise on my behalf. Lucky for me, because this shower was so un-baby-ish and totally cool and super fun. It felt like a… well… a party! And a party I wanted to be at. It was perfect!As a young girl, I absolutely LOVED Zolos. Did anyone else have this incredible toy? They make plastic ones now but I had (and still have!) the original wood set. I was totally thrilled to walk in and be surprised by Zolos and Ugly Dolls all over the tables. They are so colorful yet funky so they made the most fun centerpieces. Using wheat grass, gerber daisies, and making flower balls out of floral oasis’, the created the most hip tables. The only bummer was that it ended up being a 90 degree day – which never happens by the beach – so all the grass and flowers were pretty wilted by the time the guests arrived and these photos were snapped. You can still get the idea though. Just pretend the wheat grass is standing up! It really was darling.How fun are those daisy balls? (Did I really just write that sentence?)This was the place setting. Too dang cute right? That’s a real diaper cloth and pin used for the napkin and a cookie favor tucked inside to take home. I love these funky cafeteria trays too. They just added to the fun vibe.Speaking of cookies, I could NOT get over the ones my mom made for this shower. She made some look like Zolos with sticks coming out of them, some bottles, some baby carriages……but look at that baby head! Love it!They also had a candy counter filled with orange, green, black, blue, and white candies.Cute, cute, cute.The drink station was equally fun. I love that fabric they used. I think it was from Ikea. (Don’t they have the best fabrics?)That black little Ugly Doll up there had a sign around him that said “Get your drink on.” I love funny details like that.They hung a clothesline outside with baby boy clothes. I ended up snapping a photo of my son on that blanket every single week for the first year of his life. I didn’t know then how special it would be to me now.They hung lanterns from the kitchen and one of my favorite things was that my sister came up with “10 reasons Meatball will be oh so lucky!” and framed it on the wall. (PS: We nicknamed him Meatball while he was in my tummy. I assure you we came up with a better name for him than that.) What a really sweet detail.The guests had a great time, I was in Heaven and it was really such a cute and funky day. And I love how the hostesses dressed in the colors of the shower. I always think that’s so fun!I think the biggest take-away from this shower is to go with what you know the guest-of-honor will love… no matter how bizarre. The strangest ideas can be the best ones! Thanks for time-traveling with me! Have a great Wednesday!