"A" Is For Apple – Operation Shower

 Here are the pictures from the Operation Shower-March of Dimes event that I designed & styled on Sunday. Operation Shower gave a “shower in a box” as well as a car seat to each of 25 new or expecting moms, who have husbands serving in the military. This shower was a little different than the usual ones, in that many women had their babies prematurely thus missing out on a traditional baby shower.
 Kmart was the major sponsor of this event and donated so many wonderful items for the boxes, prize giveaways, and the 25 car seats! We even had a special guest MC the event. Wendy Davis from Lifetime Television’s Army Wives was the hostess for the day.
The theme was “A is for Apple” and combined flash cards with apples and pears. The colors used, and the choice of fruit was inspired by the fabric used by Resa Designs in creating bibs for all the babies. The bibs were draped over the backs of the mother’s chairs. I framed a piece of the fruit fabric to be displayed as part of the decor, and made 27 napkin rings with more of the fabric, and attached them with a diaper pin.

Generous Donations:

  • All the flash cards, invitations, box stickers, and place card circles were designed and donated by Kim at TomKat Studio. They were all ‘pear’fectly adorable!
  • Adorable “baby” cupcake wrappers provided by Plates and Napkins.
  • We had a fantastic photographer, Stephanie Beaty of Lifeography, offer her services for the day, as well as donate a photo package to one lucky mom! Check out her blog post and The Give Ten Project.
  • Another great prize was a custom art piece donated by Inspired Design, which can be hung in the baby’s nursery.
  • We had 120 red and green apples generously donated by Turkey Knobb Apples…the best apples grown right here in Virginia! These were used in the decor and then gathered by the guests in there eco-friendly bags, to take home. Great way to save the Earth and your budget!
  • Delicious chocolate ganache covered cupcakes topped with white chocolate fruit pieces were another wonderful donation by one of our readers, Jenifer Helton. She also follows our Facebook page if you’d like to contact her for your own cake needs.
Design Details:The tables were done with a contemporary fruit centerpiece.  The mother’s napkin ring was an apple-shaped teething ring given by Kangaroo Boo, while the guest’s was the fabric rings I made. Small flower arrangements were set in baby food jars and flanked the centerpiece boxes. Each table had it’s own monochromatic color scheme.
You could use this type of decor yourself with a theme such as “Fruits of our Labor,” for a baby shower, or “Apple of my Eye,” or “Perfect Pear(pair).”
I am honored to have been a part of such a special day. Big, big thanks to all who donated their items and their time!!

 

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.

Comments

  1. laura@makemerry! says:

    You all did an amazing job! LOVE it, especially the little circle tags on the stems and the diaper pin on the napkin rings. Adorable.

  2. Shelley@divinepartyconcepts says:

    You did a great job with everything!!!

  3. Susan Crabtree says:

    everything looks incredible-you did an AWESOME job!

  4. Natasha @ Fête Fanatic says:

    Awwww, what a nice event for a great cause. And of course you WORKED it!

  5. Tori {Thoughtfully Simple} says:

    Fabulous work!

  6. katie@tulsadetails says:

    What a great way to donate your resources. Your cards were adorable! Beautiful, as usual!

  7. Fabulous!!! You always do a wonderful job!!

  8. Jessica Morris says:

    The shower looks fabulous!! Love all the details and the centerpieces are so cool! I am new to your blog and simply love your style!!

    I am on a mission to find ideas for a dinner for my husband to celebrate his promotion in the military – would you believe that I have spent literally HOURS searching and haven't found anything worth while?!

    I think I have most of it pulled together at this point (it will be just him, our sons and a family friend present) but I having looked at your blog and your fabulous ideas I was wondering if you'd done anything like this? I didn't see a search bar on your blog, otherwise I would just have searched for it :)

    Have a blessed day!

  9. Elizabeth Howard says:

    What a beautifully creative event! Thanks for sharing with us all! Great work for a great cause.

  10. Donna @ Party Wishes says:

    Just amazing! Everyone was so generous with their donations. You should be very proud!

  11. Looks like it was a great event for a really great cause! Everything looks awesome! Good job. (like the unique "out of the box" centerpieces, too!)

  12. Not just a Mommy! says:

    Once again, a FANTASTIC job! Everything looks so beautiful. Did I miss something? I went to the O.S. website, and didn't see a listing of where they have been or their next "assignment". It just said bases across the country. I live near several, and as a military spouse, I would love to get involved if they are coming out my way.

  13. Chris @ Celebrations At Home says:

    Operation Shower has not announced their next group shower. They do, however, have a big fundraiser event planned for February in St. Louis…If anyone is interesting in donating for future OS events!!

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