Shabby Chic Baby Shower

Last month I posted about my inspiration for a shabby chic baby shower, and today I’m sharing the result! Several months ago I was asked to do the styling for the winner of the Dream Baby Shower – a local contest run by Richmond Mom. As you may remember I styled the one from last year {my Little Birdies shower} and was excited to be a part of the project again. I take on very few “real parties” these days since my business has changed course, so it’s nice to get my feet wet and style a real event.

The winning mom wanted pink, and shabby chic and I think it all came together beautifully. The shower was for twenty and I designed a cupcake table and seated tables using some items on hand, plus some new treasures I found while antiquing. Here are the details below – done on a budget.  Let me know what you think!

Styling Scoop:

  • My fabric covered canvas is a party staple. I simply change out the fabric for any given party, AND it’s light weight enough to be mobile. Guess where I got the fabric….it’s cut from an old comforter from my daughters “little girl” bed!
  • Remember the antique window I found on a recent  thrift store shopping spree {it had mermaids painted on and shells attached}? I gave it new life by scraping off the mermaids with a razor blade, and then painted on the word “Bebe” with my own stencils. The awesome news is that I can scrape off this paint job and use the window in another party scene!
  • I’ve been eyeballing these pregnant wire forms from T-Marco for years and I decided it’s finally time to buy some and use them in this shower. I bought this mini size and a larger size {which didn’t make the cut here but I have other plans for it} and just love them.
  • I used my daughter’s baby shoes and put ribbon through for the laces and sat them on top of these stackable storage cases. It was adorable.
  • In my inspiration post I included a photo of a chalk board painted silver tray and I was thrilled to find a silver tray for less than $10 that I didn’t feel bad about painting. With a container of chalk board paint {$5}, I have a stylish “sign” that can be used and customized over and over.
  • My next little project was to do something ‘interesting’ with an empty frame. I decided to fill it with contrasting fabric and apply fabric flowers, buttons, and a tiny onesie to give it some personality.
  • Pink lemonade was served from my drink dispenser which I embellished with fabric and a flower.

How do you style 4 tables for 20 guests on a budget? Here the scoop:

  • To give the biggest impact for this buffet style party I started with my paper place mats. They were the perfect style for this shabby chic party and kept the budget on point.
  • I love doing vintage or rustic style because that means I can use my canning jars for drinks! Tied with a little coordinating fabric and striped straws {from Petite Party Studio} added, these fit right in.
  • For party favors I made chocolate “button” lollipops. Another savvy money saver and adorable themed table decor at the same time.
  • The centerpieces took on several incarnations with the final decision being made the morning of the shower! I knew I wanted to do small vignettes and use empty frames but everything I had tried just wasn’t thrilling me. I FINALLY got the bright idea to use some of my silver trays to tie into the silver chalkboard tray on the cupcake table, and it all came together, thankfully. I ended up using 2 empty frames and 2 silver trays, filling them in with moss, and adding shabby chic details. I really love how they came together, and I was excited to use the scrabble game pieces too – I’ve been admiring that look on the wedding blogs forever.
  • Tea cups and saucers were placed on my painted candlesticks {leftover from my Pink Princess party} and everything was held in place with glue dots. I filled the tea cups with pink and white flowers and it was a darling centerpiece.

Random Ramblings: Notice the little button details throughout? – that was done out of necessity. I bought the button lollipop mold for another project I’m working on, and decided they would make great favors for this shower too. Once that idea was in place I had to bring in more button details to other areas so it would all make sense. You never know how your ideas will be inspired!

You’ll also notice the room photos lack flowers or punch. That’s because the shower was held in the evening and I had to get the photos before it got too dark. Once the flowers and pink lemonade were in place it all came together!


Thanks to local vendors, Wild Greens Catering and Frostings for providing food and cupcakes.


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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 has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. It looks so great! Doesn’t look like a budget at all!

  2. Oh my gosh love this Chris!! So sweet and whimsical looking.

  3. so pretty, chris, i love it! love everything you do!

  4. You did a wonderful job, the onesie in the frame is fabulous

  5. Soooo adorable! I love it!!

  6. Totally darling Chris!!! LOVE every detail!! I am throwing a shower for friend in a few weeks and you just gave me some inspiration!! xoxo

  7. Love the vintage and dainty details, and of course all the tips for throwing a budget friendly event for a big group!

  8. I love the framed collage and those place mats are adorbs!

  9. Hi Chris! I love all of your shabby chic detailing especially the chalk board silver try (gotta steal that one!) Fab job as usual!


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