Baby Shower Inspiration

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Even though we’re in the midst of the holiday blogging season, life goes on….and by that I mean moms-to-be are still making babies! A while back, Tiny Prints asked me to style a baby shower inspired by one of their invitation suites. There were so many pretty ones to choose from I hit up Instagram & Facebook to have my followers weigh in and help me decide. The choice was this pretty Sweet Botanicals invitation with a rich dark brown background and delicate floral sprays.

I love using an invitation as a jumping off point, and although there are a multitude of “themed” baby showers, sometimes I enjoy just being able to make a party PRETTY without the confines of a theme. That’s what I did here. I added a few flower accents and baby references, but overall the party was designed around the colors of brown, pink, and aqua/teal blue for gender neutral baby shower inspiration.

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Baby Shower Inspiration – Tabletop:

  • The starting point for me is usually the tabletop. I love setting a pretty table and the possibilities for creativity are endless! For this one I wanted to incorporate some vintage or shabby chic touches, but still keep it modern. I kept the place setting simple using plain white plates without chargers or dessert plates.
  • The influence of the invitation design can be seen in the brown napkins topped with a teal flower, pink and brown glassware, and name cards inserted into painted floral frogs.
  • A favor for each guest {a note pad found for $1 at Michael’s} is laid on top of the plate, along with an activity card for them to fill out for the mom-to-be.
  • The centerpiece is a collection of white mini pitchers and a terrine. Each vessel holds a single flower type, each a different shade of pink; and I couldn’t resist adding babies breath as well!
  • This table is all set for a brunch or light luncheon. A terrific menu might include turkey melt and roast beef party sandwiches, savory & sweet broccoli salad, and my classic pasta salad recipe.

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Baby Shower Inspiration – Sweets and Favors:

  • I set up my bar cart as a small dessert and favor station, and draped it with a tassel banner from The Flair Exchange. My wire pregnant dress form and a simple sign add just a bit more decoration to the cart.
  • I was inspired by the flower-topped cakes from yesterday’s “trend” post and used them as an accent to a small chocolate bundt cake. All I did was insert a shot glass into the center, and fill with water and flowers. I love the look! To fill the space around the cake I added mini chocolate chips which also add to the chocolaty goodness.
  • I worked with Amanda of Semi Sweet Confections, for those beautiful coordinating cookies. I sent her the invitation, told her what I wanted {roughly} and didn’t want, and she went from there. I love what she designed and how pretty they look within the party.
  • In addition to the notebooks at each place setting, I made these salt scrub favors, and attached the Tiny Prints gift sticker to the side. A little washi tape around the lid finishes it off.
  • Since I didn’t use dessert plates layered on the main table, I incorporated my collection of vintage snack sets for serving the sweets on. I collected a bunch of them years ago and it’s the kind of thing I wonder why they ever stopped making! They’re sturdy glass plates with an indention that holds the small punch cups. There are lots of different patterns too.
  • Instead of serving punch I served vanilla eggnog with vanilla ice cream scooped inside. The eggnog is a fun way to incorporate the flavor of the season, the ice cream keeps it cold, and the whole thing tastes like a milk shake.  You could also serve straight milk if you like.

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Other Decor:

  • To add color and a festive detail to the room I hung a tri-colored bunting across the wall and corner. SMART TIP: I made this by combining 3 different sets of bunting {sold at Target}. Such a great idea because it gives you many color options {just mix & match}, you get lots of bunting to work with for a single party, and it’s inexpensive and reusable.
  • The bunting is hung with command party hooks and covered by small fabric flowers from the scrapbook section of the craft store.
  • Set up a nice cozy place for the guest of honor to open gifts. Here I covered a bench with a brown fuzzy throw, and added plush pillows. The monogrammed pillow is from Tiny Prints and can be used as a gift for the mom to take home and put in the baby’s room.

This is how I’m inspired by an invitation to create a baby shower. Coordinating colors + a few baby touches + similar details throughout = a fabulously designed celebration! Let me know what you think!

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  1. LOVE the tassels and the little favor jars! Why are small jars SO cute?! And can I have your ghost chairs?? You nailed every detail as usual. 🙂

  2. This is all so lovely and pretty. I like the color combination and the cookies are amazingly cute!

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