This post is LONG overdue! About a year and a half ago, my mother and I hosted a baby shower for my sister to welcome my sweet nephew, Benjamin. I had to keep the photos secret for awhile, as they were to be featured in my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties. I’m thrilled to share it with you today, and have so many fun DIY details that I hope will inspire you to incorporate into some of your future events.
Guests were invited with the Chic Baby Stork party invitation from our new Baby by WH Hostess collection. it offered up a trendy, gender-neutral color palette of aqua blue, coral, and white that we carried out throughout the party. I wanted to create an event that was chic, yet didn’t really have a theme – like rubber duckies or teddy bears. Instead, I incorporated classic baby elements throughout the event, including baby shoes, baby blocks, a chic stork, a rattle, etc. and tried to keep the event feeling like it was to celebrate the Mama-to-be and her design aesthetic.
Guests were greeted with my fresh daisy “rattle” hanging on the front door. I was inspired by a photo I saw on pinterest of a faux flower one, and knew it would be the perfect addition to the shower. I literally made this in under 10 minutes, right before the party started. Trust me, you too, can make this statement piece!
Supplies: 8-10″ half-moon floral foam | 3″ floral foam ball | empty paper towel roll | 2 colors of ribbon | 3-4 dozen daisies
Instructions: Wrap the empty paper towel roll with your desired color of ribbon (I used 7/8″ grosgrain), attaching the ends with either a glue gun or double-stick tape. Insert one end into each the side of the half-moon and the floral foam ball to create your rattle shape. Cut your daisy stems to be about 2-3″ long and starting in the center working out, insert them into the floral foam. Continue until both balls are covered. Tie a ribbon around the base of the top ball, and leave a loop at the back to hang it on your door.
I wanted to create a couple key focal points throughout the home, one of them being the living room fireplace, which was to serve as a backdrop to gift-opening. The mantel was accessorized with custom poster prints that were placed in IKEA frames, vases of flowers, and garlands made of braided ribbons. I hung newborn onesies in our color palette off the garland with mini wood clips.
The tables were set with crisp white tablecloths, white dishes and basic silverware and glassware. We used a coral napkin as a pop of color, and each placesetting was topped with a copy of my Celebrity Baby Name Game, and a custom pencil that said “Sweet Baby Ware.”
My sister’s chair held a special “Mama-to-Be” sign identifying her place of honor.
Each table held a large, rose-bowl centerpiece made up of white hydrangeas, coral roses, and orange and white parrot tulips. I did a quick little DIY project to dress up basic vases….glitter polka dots. This was a simple project that was inexpensive, quick to do, removable after the party, and could be done in ANY color palette to match ANY party. Gotta love those projects! See below for the instructions.
Supplies: basic vase | glue dots | glitter in your choice of colors (I prefer the Martha Stewart Shimmer colors)
Instructions: after peeling the glue dot off the backing, dip into desired color of glitter and attach to the vase.
One of my favorite additions to any baby shower, is a Guess the Baby’s Birthdate Calendar! This chevron one has been such a hit, we now offer a coordinating design for each of our baby shower party collections. It’s a great way to get guests to interact, and makes for a fun take-home for the parents-to-be!
Since we were serving lunch to a group of ladies, we opted for a few different salads, popovers with strawberry butter, and a “quiche bar” consisting of 4 different varieties, each labeled with a coordinating food tent card. Signage is a great way to make a little concept make a big statement.
The dessert table was dressed in a sequin chevron tablecloth, and held white cake stands and platters. Each was dressed with coordinating Cake Plate Clings. Desserts included bite-size lemon tarts, raspberry mousse, lemon bars, cake pop rattles, cupcakes and cookies.
I asked a couple of my favorite sweets vendors to create couture desserts for the occasion. Allyson Jane made these darling sugar cookies, and Lynlee Beckett made the adorable baby shoes fondant cupcake toppers and “baby” banner that hung on the cake.
One of the DIY projects I created for the dessert table, were the baby blocks that I used to prop up platters as cake stands. You could certainly duplicate this look using scrapbook paper that coordinates with your event.
Supplies: wood or cardboard blocks | scrapbook paper | modge podge
Instructions: cut your scrapbook paper to the exact size of your blocks. Attach with the modge podge, and then glue your letters on top. Once all sides are covered with paper, liberally apply modge podge on top of the paper, sealing at the corners and sides. I suggest a couple of coats (allowing it to fully dry in between) to give it that glossy finish.
One of my favorite desserts were my cake pop rattles, and are a DIY recipe in my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties.