Sea To Shining Sea Baby Shower {Operation Shower}

I’m excited to share the most recent Operation Shower event I helped with in Norfolk 2 weeks ago. This was my 5th shower with the organization and it just keeps getting better. We were delighted to have some of our other Virginia based party planners come out and volunteer, and boy did we have a blast! I met Ebony of Sparkling Events & Designs and Deanna of 5 to 9 Events for the first time, and was re-acquainted with Sarah of Sheek Shindigs, and Lindi of Love The Day (actually Lindi & I are more like sisters at this point). The theme was “Sea to Shining Sea” and was brought to life with 3 different tabletop centerpiece designs, stunning graphics by Love The Day, and some amazing dessert items. Check out all the details and get inspired to throw your own nautical inspired shower.

Amy’s signature design is to create 3 different but coordinating centerpieces. She did it this time with large flower pots wrapped in nautical map paper and a flag coming up through the center to add height. Next, she grouped bud vases with rustic nautical accessories, and third she topped wooden crates with model sail boats and included rope balls and more flower vases. Small lighthouses and rope embellished frames were placed and highlighted some of Lindi’s paper designs.

Each mother has her own place card – a great personal touch, and napkins are tied with rope and a pacifier. The color scheme couldn’t have been better as everything seemed to pop against the white table cloths and chair covers.

For the lunch buffet we had typical deli food served in commercial containers. We were able to add some style to them by decorating the table with more flowers and accessories and adding a simple back drop with banner. FYI, that is my “traveling” backdrop used below.

The dessert table came to life with the incredible cake from Sugerland bakery - the same bakery that provided the cake for the “Obama” shower in Camp LeJeune. They amaze me with their skill and quality. We also had the sweetest themed cookies from Firefly Confections and flavored popcorn bags from Just Pop In. We filled custom boxes with cashews and displayed gumballs in pipettes and my vintage soda crate (seriously one of my favorite ideas of the day). And Amy created a backdrop here with felt place mats – quite an undertaking for me, Lindi, and Sarah to hang that thing!

At the end of the day 40 moms were showered with thousands of dollars worth of gifts. They also received special hand-made items from volunteers in Texas and Maine (where the fundraisers for the event live) including “lobster” bibs and knitted “cowboy booties”.

And there we are (missing Deanna) after the event: me, Amy, Sarah, Ebony, and Lindi – love these gals!

Much thanks to Stephanie of Lifeography for the photos, who also gave a short testimonial. She has lived the life of a pregnant wife while her husband was deployed and wrote a letter to her not-yet-born baby. As she read the letter to us, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. It was very sweet and touching.

To find out more about Operation Shower and how you can donate please visit their site.

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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. I absolutely love your work and blog. What are the gumballs in? Were they packaged that way already or did you buy the gumballs and package them in the clear containers (pipettes)? Where can I find these? With red and green, this would be a fun gift for my coworkers for Christmas (would fit nicely in our mailboxes). Thank you.

  2. Just awesome!!!! Everything looked perfect and for such a great cause. Who could ask for anything more.

  3. Deanna, 5-9 Events says:

    It was so nice to meet you, I hope there are other events in our area so we can collaborate again!

  4. Absolutely Stunning! Everything is perfect! Sooo much talent for one event!

  5. What a great looking event!

  6. Another gorgeous shower, Chris! Lindi did such an amazing job with the printables. Everyone must have been so proud to be a part of Operation Shower.

  7. Beautiful shower by beautiful ladies!! :D
    LOVE every detail!!

  8. love it, so gorgeous! the theme is fabulous.

  9. So fabulous ladies!! I love it!

  10. Looks lovely – you all did a beautiful job!

  11. Erin @ Bliss Celebrations says:

    Wow, what fabulous details and such an amazing cause! We love a good nautical themed celebration here in New England and this was in just perfect!

  12. Lauren @ Baby Lifestyles says:

    Gorgeous as always. And I’m sure the moms loved every moment of it! That’s what it’s all about!

  13. Beautiful!!!! Chris, I’m impressed as always – such great work for such a great cause!!! You all did a fantastic job.

  14. Lana Wescott says:

    Hi Chris,
    It was so fun meeting you in Norfolk.This shower was amazing, and the easiest ‘fundraising job’ I ever had :) I am flying out for the LA Shower next month. Hope all is well. Let’s keep in touch!
    Lana

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