Real Baby Shower: Fairytale Chapters

Monday, December 6, 2010

Any time we hear from the lovely ladies at The Finishing Touch Elizabeth and I can't help but grin from ear to ear.  They are masters at dreaming up the dreamiest of details, transforming any space, and taking you on a magical journey to another time or place.  Last time we heard from Candice, Priscilla, Nicole, Stephanie, and Soroya they took us to the ball game (for Candice's shower) and today it's on a whimsical fairy tale!  And, wow, is this baby shower story innnnnnn - credible!  (Your going to want to take at least a 5 minute break to oooooo and ahhhhhhh over the absolutely charming details)!  The color palette is completely enchanting, the flowers and wishing tree bring just a little bit of a magic to the room, and the photos are so soft and welcoming -- don't you just want to pop in and stay for a fairy tale story or two?  Or, maybe for a piece of cake?  I know we do.  :)

From Soroya... The Finishing Touch recently had the privilege of planning and designing a ‘Fairy Tale’ themed baby shower for our couple Ailyn & Janine. We had a great time working with this awesome couple who are expecting a baby boy. For their invitations, we designed a custom fairy tale story book that featured a small verse along with all of the details of their day.

The shower was held on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Maritime Parc in Jersey City. The ceiling was decorated with ice blue and white paper lanterns in various sizes and the ledges featured various vintage glass jars, votives and flowers. As guests arrived, they were greeted by a tall Manzanita branch arrangement that was adorned with hanging candles, mason jars, and flowers as well as their seating cards. Drinks were also offered to the mingling guests which featured ‘Maritime Punch’ and other mocktails. In place of a sign in book, guests were asked to write their well wishes for the new baby inside the covers of a story book.

Guests were seated at their tables which were labeled as chapters of a storybook such as ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘The Baby Bump’, ‘Happily Ever After’ and more. Tables were draped with light blue and chocolate brown linens featuring leather bound storybooks, glass cylinders decorated with a paper overlay of vintage children’s book illustrations and accented with arrangements of hydrangeas and wildflowers. At each setting was a custom menu which showcased each course that was to be served.

After dining, the guests showered Ailyn & Janine with many gifts for their new baby boy. Instead of a wishing well, guests were asked to bring a storybook for the baby and they placed them in an antique book shelf located near the gift table. After opening gifts and playing some Baby Bingo, it was time for cake!

Confectionary Designs did an incredible job creating a custom ‘Fairy Tale’ cake for Ailyn and Janine. The cake was designed as three stacked storybooks decorated with figurines made out of gumpaste -they even incorporated a Yorkie figurine to represent the couple’s pet! Not only was the cake beautiful but it was delicious as well! For favors, guests received Vintage Moon bookmarks wrapped in white and blue as well as a keepsake photo of each guest with Ailyn in front of the NYC skyline. Special thanks to Melissa Calrow from Photography by Melissa for capturing all of these fabulous details!

We had a great time creating this Fairy Tale shower and we wish Ailyn, Janine and their new baby a very happily ever after! 

Special Note:  Starting in January, the ladies at The Finishing Touch will be swinging by here at Bump Smitten once a month to share with you their secrets on how to create such magical themes and shower details.  Who knew fairy tale showers could come true? :) 

Design: The Finishing Touch / Photography: Melissa Calrow from Photography by Melissa / Venue: Maritime Parc / Cake: Confectionary Designs

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