Real Baby Shower: Birds & Butterflies & All Things Girly

Monday, October 4, 2010

We hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and are ready to gush over the sweetest of sweet baby showers. I promise you -- this shower is going to stop you in your scrolling tracks! Now, I recognize Elizabeth and I may be sliiightly biased by the loveliness of the shower Emily from Frenchie & Flea created because we adored the color pink and butterflies -- but what really makes our heart go
pitter-patter is that everything in this shower is made with 100% hand-crafted-love. You see, in the
baby shower world, there are DIY inspired showers and then there are DIY showers where an
amazingly talented woman hand-paints, glues, and sews her sweet baby shower details to perfection! And, this little beauty we are featuring this morning is the latter. Yes, Emily created the fairy tale centerpieces, modern table runners, eye-popping floral arrangements, and ... oh my gosh, there's just
too many breathtaking details to list! Let's just say this shower is going to make you smile, so scroll on down to see the whole shebang and read Emily's budget saving advice for creating a designer baby shower for less!

From Emily of Frenchie & Flea... A Birds & Butterflies Baby Shower for my dear friend, Sue. This day was PERFECT! The weather was beautiful, the company was delightful, and celebrating Sue and her baby girl {on the way} Zenna Reese with lots of girlie goodness was just so wonderful!

The inspiration for this baby shower was pulled from the nursery theme: birds, pink, green and brown. 

I wanted to give it a more modern vibe, using Amy Butler geometric prints for tables runners (from the Midwest Modern Collection) but also have a vintage touch with antique inspired birdcages and mercury glass vases. I used a lot of white, to allow the colors, flowers, desserts and decor to really pop (white linens and all white serving platters and dishes, as well as white birdcages). I also didn't want it to 
feel like a pink overload, or too "baby-shower cheesey" - so that meant NO GAMES, NO DIAPERS 

For decor I found birdcages at Home Goods, Ross & Marhsalls and spray painted them all white to coordinate. For the table runners, I purchased 2 yards each of the coordinating Amy Butler Midwest Modern fabric... I like wider table runners, so I didn't trim it down at all. To save time, I just pressed 

the edges under with an iron (no - sew). For the flowers, I used mercury glass vases and votive holders and purchased Pink Ranunculas, White Daisys and Green Button Mums, as well as one large bunch 
of Pink Flowering Quince for the dessert table. I purchased delicate pink and white butterflies from Paper Source and clipped them to the quince as well as the birdcages for each table's centerpiece. 
I made circle garlands using Paper Source's Round Labels (no cut, no sew!) to drape from the tables. 
I also used Kraft Paper to cover the table tops of the dessert buffet and present table for added color 
and texture (SO CHEAP!).

For the dessert buffet I purchased mini scalloped paper loaf pans you can bake right into from Bake It Pretty and made mini cakes. I also bought the cutest Mini Donut Pan from Sur La Table and baked mini donuts, as well as cookies, and chocolate dipped pretzels. Then I purchased mini biscotti and whoopie pies from trader joes, coconut marshmallows from Bake it Pretty, and strawberry cheesecake squares from Cost Plus World Market. I also bought tons of candy in pinks, greens, and browns and used them on all the tables. I bought pink twist ties and cellophane goodie bags from Bake it Pretty as well, so guests could fill bags full of goodies to take home with them. Doing this doubled as the favor!

For a guest book option, I purchased a Rag & Bone 4x6 "Brag Book" that matched the theme of the shower. Then I created Wish Cards with 4x6 pieces of pink and green card stock with vintage inspired WISH tickets attached to each one. Guests were asked to write wishes for Baby Zenna and put their cards into the photo album for the guest of honor, Sue, to take home with her. It was a huge hit and a very easy project that doubled as a great gift and keepsake!

Since I hosted this shower alone, I wanted to find ways to save money. I threw the shower in a restaurant to avoid having to rent tables and chairs or linens, as well as to avoid having to cater the food or make a huge mess in a kitchen (I also live out of town from where the shower was held). Usually restaurants don't charge food minimums or rental fees on Sundays (especially in this economy) so the shower was held on a Sunday afternoon, and all I ordered were light finger foods and beverages. Bringing in my own desserts was a HUGE money saver, and restaurants will usually only charge $1 per person for you to do so...a lot less expensive than ordering all your dessert through them. Plus the ease and clean up factor was so worth it...and we had a server all to ourselves! I find that guests feel more comfortable at a restaurant as opposed to a strangers home, and I honestly cannot tell you how many people THANKED me for not playing shower games! 

Event Design & Styling: Frenchie & Flea / Photography: Ellie Grover Photography / Venue: Bistro 33 in Davis, California / Flowers, Dessert Table & Invitations: Frenchie & Flea / Fabric for Table Runners: Amy Butler / Name tags, Butterflies & Garland Supplies: Paper Source / Fabric: Small Grapes on Etsy 

1 comment :

Alyssa Coberly said...

i love so many of the details and so this is going to sound silly but i wish they would have ironed the table cloth (I KNOW! awful sounding) but it was the first thing that caught my eye instead of all the pretties.