When throwing a baby shower for a couple that remains in the dark about the gender of their baby, it’s important to choose a gender-neutral color palette, and a theme that appeals to the parent’s design aesthetic. Today, I’m sharing the details of my “What Will it Bee?” Baby Shower – a chapter from my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties. The full party, DIY projects, recipes and printable templates are available in the book, and you can purchase a signed copy here.
A bumble bee theme is classic choice for a baby shower or a child’s birthday party, and is typically executed in a crisp yellow, black and white color story. To bring a fresh approach to this classic theme, I swapped out the black for a French blue and added in some preppy provincial touches, such as textile-mixing with a clover pattern and a tight stripe.
This party was inspired by the Bumble Bee Topiary collection from WH Hostess, which combines these playful patterns, along with a lemon topiary tree, and a classic bumble bee icon. These charming elements can be repeated throughout the party décor and details to create a cohesive look for your Mama-to-Bee.
Carrying the details throughout your party décor will help you create a cohesive party. For this theme, we used lemons as a detail to both reference the lemon topiary tree on the invitation, but also to infuse the bright color yellow throughout the entire party. Tip: produce can be a great, affordable centerpiece for any party. Take a peek around your grocery store for inspiration that could work with just about any color palette.
The crisp, white location for our “What will it bee?” baby shower really made our French blue and yellow color palette pop. White Chivari chairs saddled up next to tables dressed in tablecloths made from a textured white fabric from Dwell Studio. The modern chain link pattern is one that we use frequently to infuse texture into tables or backdrops. We layered navy blue charger plates, white china and basic silverware onto the table, and accessorized it with blue goblets.
Napkins were dressed up with personalized honeycomb place cards (a DIY template in the book) that were wrapped around with a yellow grosgrain ribbon.
A hanging menu card is a colorful way to dress up the white Chivari chairs and also inform guests of the details of the meal they are about to enjoy.
Often times, guests remain seated at their tables while the guest of honor opens her gifts. It can be fun to engage the guests in a simple game during this time, such as baby bingo. You can find our coordinating baby bingo cards now in the shop!
Whether it’s a cocktail, a mocktail (non-alcoholic for the mama-to-bee) or just a party staple like lemonade or iced tea, I like to continue my party theme into a signature drink, complete with coordinating accessories. For this party, lemonade was served up with a dash of honey, a sprig of mint leaves and a wooden honey stick…. delicious and stylish!
Desserts are always a treasured treat at any party! They are not only delicious, but a well-styled table can also serve as décor and a main decoration for your party space. It’s a great place to pull together all of the elements of your party to create one gorgeous surprise!
A simple white tablecloth was enhanced with a clover patterned square topper in our French blue and yellow color palette. We covered a large board to serve as the table’s backdrop with the same white textured fabric from Dwell Studio that was used for tablecloths on our lunch tables. This allowed the yellow candy and desserts to really stand out, and created a sense of continuity with the other tables in the room.
All white and glass serving pieces were used to highlight the array of yellow candy from Candywarehouse.com. We dressed up the cake stands with Cake Plate Clings (reusable, washable, non-adhesive liners) in coordinating patterns to add a pop of pattern. The monochromatic candy was displayed in either glass apothecary jars or stacked up on cake stands. To tie in with our lemon element to the party, all of the candies were lemon-flavored.
Some of the dessert highlights included a lemon mousse cake, mini cupcakes with flags that asked “what will it bee?”, honeycomb-shaped cookies with tiny sugar bee decorations on them, and darling bumble bee cake pops from Sweet Lauren Cakes that flew above the candy on the table.
My favorite dessert of the afternoon was my honeycomb-shaped lemon tart. One of my go-to recipes for parties; I re-vamped the tart crust to be a hexagon shape. When laid out together on a serving tray, they look just like a honeycomb! The recipe and directions for making the lemon tarts is available in the book.
A little pot of honey is the perfect take-home treat for guests to remember this special event. Dress up your jar with a fabric or paper embellishment on the lid, and a customized label.