Real Party: Sparkle of My Eye Baby Shower

My friends Katie, Julie, and Leslie recently threw a baby shower for their bff Sam.

Sam was expecting a girl, and they went all out with sparkles and pink when designing this celebration.
sparkle baby shower

 The theme of the shower was “Sparkle of my Eye.”  There are so many fun, sparkly details!

baby shower door sign

The party was held in the backyard.

baby shower drinksGuests were greeted by a sparkly beverage bar…

(The sign says “She leaves a little sparkle everywhere she goes”. It was repurposed as art for the nursery!)

baby shower appetizers

…and some light appetizers.

baby shower sparkle flowers

Katie painted mason jars with different shades of pink and shimmery sparkles and placed them all throughout the party space.  Pretty, pretty.

baby shower table

The gorgeous place settings included gold beaded chargers and gold flatware.  Swoon!

Guest filled out “Wishes for Baby” cards that were tucked into each pink napkin.

Criss-crossing bunting banners hung above the table.

baby shower dessert table

After a lunch of salads and sandwiches, guests were treated to a dessert bar.

Desserts included chocolate cupcakes, macaroons, chocolate dipped Oreo pops, mini ice cream cones, and pink cotton candy in cones.

chevron cupcakesThe chevron fondant toppers on Julie’s cupcakes were adorable.

baby shower activityBetween eating and opening gifts, guests did a little crafting and put together headbands for the baby girl.

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Sam and her hostesses. :)

(I’ll share what the crew did for Leslie’s shower soon!)

Congrats Sam! Cannot wait to meet your baby girl! xoxo

Resources: 

Linens, tableware: Danny Thomas Party Rentals

Invitation: Print Your Heart Out

 

Real Party: Ice Cream Baby Shower

First of all, I’d like to officially welcome you to the new site!

I’ve been MIA as most of my (unfortunately limited) “blogging time” lately has been dedicated to getting the new site up and running.

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And now, the reason you are really here: a new – and super cute- baby shower!

My friend Katie was sweet enough to share a few pictures of a recent shower she threw for her sister in law, Whitney.

This is such a fun theme!

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Simple invites set the stage for the theme.

You know I always love a kids book as a guest book at baby showers!

ice cream shower guest book

Katie used “Should I Share My Ice Cream?” Too cute!

ice cream shower banner

A sweet banner for the new baby, and several of Katie’s ice cream cones hung on the mantle. The cones are fabric covered styrofoam balls on paper cones! Katie added a little ruffled embellishment around the edge. So cute!

Lunch was pulled pork sandwiches and a few different salads.

  ice cream shower lunch

With a few more ice cream cones hung above.

ice cream shower food labels

Cute little food labels to match the invitations.

The star of the show was the dessert: ice cream, of course.

ice cream baby shower desserts

I am loving the sweet display!

ice cream shower ice cream toppings

The paper cups, wooden spoons, food labels, everything is so cute!

Perfect party favors: colorful sprinkles!

ice cream shower party favors

Resources:
Ice cream cups and wooden spoons: Sweet Shop Lulu

 

Real Party: Blue & Orange Garden Party Sip & See

My friends Leslie & Pavel’s son is Dylan. Dylan’s Grandparents recently hosted a gathering for friends and family to meet little Dylan.
I was asked to help with decorations and desserts.  Of course my partners-in-crafting Lindsay and Drea helped to execute the plans.
What a beautiful day it turned out to be. Leslie’s parents have an incredible yard for entertaining. It served as the perfect setting for the gathering.
Leslie chose this invitation from Minted.com and just reworked the wording so it wasn’t for a birthday.  This invite was our inspiration for the color scheme. The invitation was perfect because Leslie had really wanted to incorporate some of the 36 inch balloons we had used at her baby shower.
My husband made this chalkboard for me recently.  It was perfect to point guests to the backyard.  (We literally found the frame on the side of the road and he added the center wood, painted it with chalkboard paint, and then put legs on the back. I have so many uses planned for it already! Yay!)
This beautiful display lined the pathway that guests walked to reach the party area.
Leslie punched hundred and hundreds of circles and attached them to sticks.  Wow, that was a lot of work. But it looked so great!
The party area has lots of trees, so our main decor was hung from them.
We cut hundreds of triangles and sewed dozens of yards of bunting.
And Leslie ordered a bunch of paper lanterns in different shades of blue.
I thought it was stunning.

We had some round tables spread across the grass lawn.

Dylan’s Grandma put together some simple white flower centerpieces.  Lindsay and I made some fabric squares for the centers of the tables.

Now the most important part: Food & Drink!

There was a bar and 2 food stations: one with Mexican food, and one with Chinese food. Yum and Yum. We used more bunting and balloons to decorate the tables.

Lindsay, Drea, and I worked together to make lots of cupcakes.

We topped them with m&m’s in greys and blues, and built a simple little display with some fabric covered boxes. We put a few pictures of the guest of honor in Ikea frames.

Dylan and his Mom.

Too cute.

Resources: 
Invitation: Minted
Party Rentals: Danny Thomas Party Rentals
Chinese Food: New Orient
Mexican Food: El Paisa Taco Truck
Paper Lanterns: Jade Time
Balloons: Bargain Balloons

Real Party: Moroccan Baby Shower

My friends Drea and Eddie are expecting a baby girl this fall.
If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you might remember Drea’s gorgeous wedding. Or her fun bachelorette party. Or her super stylish bridal shower.
Anyway, now its time to celebrate the new addition.
Oh Creative One created the perfect invitation to set the stage for the party. I was so happy with what she designed for us!
Isn’t it perfect?!
I have to admit that I was a little overwhelmed when we settled on this theme.  Jewel tones and metallics are not my typical party looks. Most of my supplies lean more toward the rustic realm.
Amazing how a few trips to thrift stores and garage stores, some spray paint, and some borrowed signature pieces, came together so well to create this party.  I could not have been happier with how it turned out.
When guests arrived, we had appetizers and drinks out. People mingled about and we encouraged them to sign the guest book.
I purchased How the Camel Got His Hump from Amazon. I chose it because of the camel, but the colors on the cover ended up being perfect also. (I love that!)
Some gold doilies transformed an ordinary vase of flowers into a gorgeous vessel that fit our theme.
Lindsay found some yummy brightly colored sodas to serve along with white wines.
Since all of the hostesses have young babies, we had to keep the food pretty simple. We didn’t want to be cooking all morning.  I saw this post and we all knew it was the perfect solution.
Lindsay and I filled a cart with these bowls from Ikea, and we built our own salad bar.
 This was so much fun! I expected people to like it, but they all loved it! And I’m so glad we used the clear glass bowls because all the different colors of the toppings were beautiful.
Lindsay and I tossed guests’ salad with their dressing of choice in large plastic bowls and then scooped it back onto their plates.

We had seated tables for lunch.  We had alternating red & purple foil chargers over beautiful gold linens.  Lindsay and I scoured thrift stores for candle sticks in the weeks leading up to the shower.  A quick coat of spray paint to turn them old gold, and we had our centerpieces.  I also scored a huge bag of think gold hoops at a garage sale. We used them as napkin rings and sprinkled extras around the tables as well.
We also placed a large glass vessel with pita triangles and hummus on each table.
Placecards matched the invitation.

We rented a few umbrellas to scatter between seated tables.  We hung metallic bangle bracelets from the undersides of the umbrellas.  These were the one metallic thing I could find when I started hunting around my house originally! It was an easy touch.

Then it was time for gifts!

We created a cozy little area for gift opening, including large bedazzled pillows and colored glass stars.  We referred to this area as the “Moroccan Oasis.” ;)

After that healthy salad lunch, it was time to splurge!

We stuck with the “bar” theme and had a build your own sundae bar.  Featuring San Francisco’s famous handmade Mitchell’s ice cream, of course. Yum Yum!

Drea loved the headshots I did at Katie’s shower, so we did it again for hers. We encouraged people to wear their big, bright jewelry to the shower and many people did.
The star of the jewelry show was Johanna’s wrist though. It didn’t make the headshot collage, but I couldn’t leave it off completely.

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Congratulations Drea!!
We cannot wait until she’s here!!!

The countdown is officially on for these two!

Thanks to the shower crew: Lindsay, Leslie, Deb, & Katie!
Vendors:
Printables: Oh Creative One
Party Rentals: Danny Thomas Party Rentals 
Photos by Lindsay Little

Real Party: Dual Gender Baby Shower

My friends Katie & Casey are expecting their first child. I recently helped to throw her baby shower with 4 of her other girlfriends.
They have decided to wait until he or she is born to discover the gender.  Katie’s bff Sam was determined to avoid the standard “gender neutral” shower. Instead, she wanted to throw a shower celebrating both genders. A dual gender shower. We all had so much fun designing a shower that was 1/2 pink, 1/2 blue; 1/2 masculine, 1/2 feminine. There were so many fun touches!
Enjoy… :)
Of course, we turned to my go-to invite designer Jennafer of Oh Creative One to capture our vision.  She knocked it out of the park as usual.
Guests were greeted with the following display:
…and encouraged to “wear their vote” to predict the gender.  Snails for a boy, flowers for a girl.  Sam made the adorable snails with poster board and twine.  Too cute.
Guests were also asked to sign the guest book.
I found the perfect book on Amazon to compliment our theme.  The Book of Boys (for Girls) and the Book of Girls (for boys) is a funny kids book full of gender stereotypes.  Ha! It even mentions snails and sugar & spice! I could not resist.  Guests signed the inside cover.
Then it was off to the backyard, where we had two food tables set up.
One feminine:
And one masculine:
For the “girl” table, we used soft pink linen and a lace runner. We used our prettiest serving trays and bowls.  Food labels were pink polka dot labels held by clear glass photo cubes.  Pink and white poms hung above. Food items included green and fruit salads, turkey and vegetarian roll-ups, and a “dessert tower” which featured cream cheese stuffed strawberries, cake pops, and strawberry mini cupcakes.
For the “boy” table, we used blue a blue linen and burlap runner and pulled out all our rustic serving trays.  Mini chalkboards were food labels. We topped it off with brightly colored party poms and a bunting banner.  Food items on the boy table included pulled chicken sliders, mac and cheese muffins, potato salad, monster cookies, and “dirt” cups.
We had a seated lunch at tables that continued our theme.
Two were feminine:
And two were masculine:
 We used the same linens as the food tables.
The girl tables featured clustered flower arrangements, rhinestone napkin rings, silver chargers, and wine glasses.
The boy tables featured a simple wood centerpiece, mason jar drinking glasses, brown wicker chargers, and burlap napkin runners.
Even the chairs were part of the theme: brown for the boy table, white for the girl.
Party favors were inspired by something I found on Pintrest.
Lindsay and I made 1/2 pink and 1/2 blue striped pretzels and packaged them up for guests to take home.  Cute and easy!
I managed to capture almost all of the guests with their wearing their gender guess pin. (A couple people managed to escape me & my camera!)
What a fun record for Katie to have!
There were definitely more snails… :)
Congratulations Katie!!
I cannot wait to meet him or her!
Resources: 
Invitations: Oh Creative One
 
Katie’s bridal shower is here
Katie & Casey’s wedding is here and here.