12.07.2009

A Vintage-y Nature Inspired Baby Shower

Over the weekend I co-hosted a baby shower for one of my very good friends. I was actually her wedding planner five years ago, and we have remained great friends since then. Here I am with the gorgeous and fashionable mommy-to-be:

I mean, she looks amazing for eight months pregnant, doesn't she?!

Okay, down to bid-ness. When I found these invites on etsy, I knew right away that they were perfect for the look I was going for. Something a tad vintage and with a hint of nature:

(Front)
I lined the envelopes with a roll of Martha Stewart wrapping paper I got a few years back at Michael's.

(Back)
Sorry for the horrible job blocking out the personal info, kinda kills the whole thing.

The shower was held at our friend Erin's house-big score on that one! No frantic house cleaning for me! Whoo hoo!

Here is the tablescape-I don't mean to toot my own horn, but toot toot! I seriously loved the way it turned out. Everything came together just as I had envisioned it.

I cut rolls of kraft paper in half and used them as table runners. The confetti was made using a circle punch on pages from vintage children's books. Can you spy Bambi's butt in the above photo?

I spray painted cheap plastic silver serving trays found at a thrift store with chalkboard paint to use as a focal point for the centerpieces. Stole some pink chalk from Natalie to write little messages on them.

Following the big trend of terrariums right now, I adapted mine to fit the shower by placing a small baby carriage on top of a big sparkly- petaled flower.

Here is the mantle-can't seem to get away from decorating them with floral arrangements and candles!

Once again, I used Costco flowers-my fave source to pick up flowers for events. They are cheap and there is always a wide selection readily available. The holder is another baby formula can covered in more of the wrapping paper, like I did here.

Made a little garland from twine and tissue paper pom poms. Tutorial here, found via P is for Party

Look at all those gifts-and that was just a few, there were more on the ground!

The hanging paper flowers made with this Martha Stewart tutorial.

I framed the front of the shower invitation as an accent to the gift table.

Here is one of several buntings I made using more vintage children's books.

Pink Velvet cupcakes-delish! I can't take credit for these though, we hired someone to make them.

Ditto on the favors-a baby carriage cookie

Couldn't resist using Mason jars for cups

Some of the seriously yummy food my co-hosts made. My favorite had to have been the baked brie with candied pecans and brown sugar inside. MMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

For an activity, we put together a "photo booth" with props for guests to take pics. They will be put in a memory book for the mommy-to-be. It was a big hit!

Here are my fellow co-hosts and mommy-to-be testing it out. I think they might kill me if they find out I posted this pic.

Don't worry-we really are normal, I promise.

Hope you liked the pics! Have a wonderful day!

15 comments:

  1. Everything was so gorgeous! The cupcakes and the bacterium especially- fantastic!
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

    Charmed giveaway!

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  2. First of all, those invites are just perfect. Man, I'm such a sucker for a good invitation. Love the terrariums and pom poms and vintage books...and all of it, it looks great! Oh and the photobooth. I swear I keep saying I'm going to do that at my next party. Do you use a polaroid or digi or what? I never knew how to pull it off.

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  3. Oh wow! How beautiful! Everything is gorgeous! Looks like a great time!
    Happy new week!
    Federica
    xoxo

    P.s.Just a quick note to remember you the lovely Christmas Giveaway on Sweet as a Candy! Good luck!

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  4. What a great event! I just love baby showers! And the decorating is top notch, way to go girl!

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  5. So beautiful, what a special party!!! I always love the photo booth idea, one of these days I'll have that at a party.

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  6. What a lucky friend. This turned out so great. I especially love the garland and the hanging flowers.

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  7. bravo! you did a wonderful job, love all the little details.

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  8. I think Martha is checking over her shoulder nervously. You did a marvelous job! Loved the bunting. Is it strung on ribbon?

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  9. Wow! You did such a good job on this! I love the decorations, especially the invitations.

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  10. were you a wedding planner before? i never knew but it definitely shows.

    the party looks gorgeous. and your friend aka the mommy-to-be looks equally as gorgeous. barely saw her bump and she's 8 months? wow.

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  11. your friend must have been thrilled with all the great details. you did an awesome job with all the makings of the party decor. where did you find the colored bags for the hanging pom poms/flowers?

    i am so impressed.

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  12. Thank you so much everyone!

    Shannon-I wanted to use a Polaroid, but that fell through so we just went with a digital camera.

    Maggie-Yes, I used ribbon for the bunting, just slapped the flags on with double-sided tape. Super easy!

    Mayra-I was a wedding planner. It was short lived though because I got preggo and stopped doing it. My company was "Elegant Events by Jacqueline".

    Kellie-I found the pink and brown bags at Michael's craft store, and the peach ones at a local floral supply store.

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  13. Thanks for having entered the Christmas Giveaway and good luck to you!
    Have a nice day,
    Federica.

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  14. Wow, Jackie, this is amazing! Everything is so stylish, but not overdone at all! Congratulations!

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  15. first of all, mommy to be is too cute! secondly, wow! what a fantastic shower. all the wonderful details! good job.

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