Shower Idea: Cupcake Topper Bar

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"If you build it, they will come".  Well, when Elizabeth and I laid eyes on this ga-ga-GORGEOUS
build your own cupcake bar that Amber from Enjoy Cupcakes created we wanted to hop right into Kevin's (Amber's hubby) warm and welcoming photographs.  (Don't you just love a creative power couple?!)  And, when you add Jennifer Young to this dream team, no delicious detail was left out.  We adore the vintage rustic elements that pop up around every sprinkle and homemade sauce and syrup dish.   The fresh blackberries and sauce look absolutely scrumptious!  Oh, and carving out pumpkins to use them as bowls for cupcake toppings -- genius!!  But, there are plenty of other sweet details below, so take your time devouring the beautiful photos below.

Isn't this such a clever idea?  And, how adorable is Amber?  In case you can't tell -- we heart -- no, super heart this dessert idea and photo shoot!  Well, there's even more sweet ideas and details over on the Green Wedding Shoes, including tips on how to recreate this cupcake bar for your party theme.  Perfect. :)

Design & Photography: Amber and Kevin from Enjoy Cupcakes

Real Baby shower: B is for Baby Shower

Monday, November 29, 2010

We love a fun shower theme -- and even more so when the boys can be involved!  (Yes, fellow baby shower planning warriors this is a picture perfect coed shower).  And, that's just one of the reasons we think Katie Henry of Passies & Parties shower is just a little beyond fantastic!  Plus there are so many fun DIY ideas tucked inside Chelsea's photographs -- and, lucky for us, Katie has shared all of her crafting secrets with us in her sweet note below.  (We think the paper pom-pom flowers are fantastic and the perfect decoration option for during the blustery months of December).  So, get your printers and glue guns ready because you'll want to craft every one of your shower details after checking out the sweet details below!  

From Katie Henry of Passies & Parties... Coed showers are so much fun to plan but they are also tricky.. You want to come up with a fun theme that is not too cheesy for the boys but still fun and honoring to the new baby. I came up with this "B" theme because the new parent's last name was Bailey and they were having a Baby Boy so it was fitting that everything else started with "B". So get ready for some major "B" overload!

The menu for the night consisted of: Beer, Burger sliders, Boiled shrimp, Bar-b-q shrimp, Berry salad, Buffalo wings, Broccoli Salad, Baked potato bites, Banana pudding, cake and wine. Yummo!

Need a way to save money on a shower? Do tissue pom pom centerpieces instead of fresh flowers, they are adorable and cheap!! After I though thought of this theme I had no idea how many B words that had to do with a Baby. So I printed off words like "Binky", "Bottle", "Boogers", "Booty", "Blocks", "Boy", "Boobs" (Ha! j/k about that one)... All the "B' words were designed from Print shop and the "B is For" on the mantle were all bought from Hobby Lobby and painted by yours truly!

"B" is for Books! To go with the book theme we put a personalized book with Dyer's name on the cover for people to write a welcome message. It turned out to be such a sweet book!

The daisy pomander balls were made by me. Since the men attended this shower, of course these balls were taken out of the vases and thrown all over the house! Of course. One of the hostesses, Alexis Hurdle did the adorable and yummy cake! "B" is for Banana Pudding and Baby Spoons. I purchased Baby spoons from the Dollar Store and made labels for the spoons. We filled mini martini glasses with the banana pudding.

Labels were designed and printed from the Print Shop program and the bottles are from Social Couture. I filled them with an orange candy from the Dollar Store and then cut a slit in the bottle nipple for the cards to stand up in.

For a coed shower don't be afraid to serve beer, wine and other fun alcoholic drinks. Boys need it when they go to a baby shower.. ;) Party favors... B is for Bubblegum! Everyone got to take a scoop of bubblegum home in a cute monogrammed baggy.

All the host and hostesses!! We had so much help and could not of pulled this awesome shower off without all of them. Thanks for all your help! Such a fun party, it's fun to go back and remember these memories! Chelsea thank you so much for the doing the amazing pictures!

Since this shower was a while ago, Baby Dyer Bailey arrived safe and sound! He is an absolute doll and his parents are so amazing already.

Photography: Chelsea of Sloneker Photos / Planner & Design: Katie Henry of Passies & Parties

Inspiration Board: Fall Baby Shower + Interview

So, tell us, dear readers -- how many turkey sandwiches have you eaten over the last few days?  One? Seven? or, Twenty-two zzzzz ... Elizabeth and I were laughing about it on the phone yesterday, and we guess that we're getting close to an average of two per day!  (This just means we're probably three or four more away from being completely sick of them -- maybe).  :)  But, before we bid adieu to turkey leftovers, November, and all her stuffing and potato glory, Elizabeth and I just wanted to share with you an extra blogging treat we did during November.  Now we know brides love inspiration boards (and, who are we kidding -- we do too!), so when the lovely Sharon from Cupcakes and Cutlery asked us to do an inspiration board for a baby shower and answer a few questions for her, we squealed with delight (no, seriously, just ask our husbands).  :)  We had so much fun creating this board posted below, and we'll be curious to know if this is something you would like to see more of on Bump Smitten?  We know Sharon's readers adore these types of features!  (And, she has quite a few good ones on her site).  So, head on over to the ever-so-fun and adorable Cupcakes and Cutlery -- and be inspired.  Who knows -- maybe you'll even want to create an inspiration board of your own too!  And, don't worry, this won't be our only post for today.  We promise we'll be back later on in the day with a new shower!  (After all, we've got some catching up to do on the baby shower goodness that didn't make it up last week, thanks to some wonderful head colds).  

Photography Sources: Top Row via Style Notes / Invitation via Oh So Beautiful Paper / Pumpkin via Twig and Thistle / Cupcake via Snippet & Ink / Acorns via Amy Atlas / Napkin ring via Once Wed / Soda bar via Project Wedding / Tree guest book via Serendipity Photography / Cake via Style Me Pretty

Real Baby Shower: Garden Cranes

Monday, November 22, 2010

We know Monday's are a bit hard to face sometimes -- especially when you're staring down a short work week filled with lots of turkey and pie!  So, take a moment this evening to unwind from your
day with this beauty of a baby shower photographed by Adela from Adela + Armand Koentjoro! Like Adela's photographs this shower is so perfectly simple and elegant with just the right amount of surprises around every corner.  Yes, we're talking about you, gorgeous flowers.  And, there's so many more wonderfully enchanting DIY ideas tucked inside Adela's images -- like Elizabeth fell hard when she laid eyes on the M&M designs.  (She told me it's something her mother used to do to her birthday cakes as a little girl).  And, well, the flocks of paper cranes just made me smile.  They're such a fun and inexpensive way add more pops of color to an already wonderfully feminine color platte.  And, just think of how many little cranes you could create this Thanksgiving with all of those helping hands from family and friends ... mmm hmmmm ... we're just saying it could be a fun activity to do while everyone is letting their mashed potatoes digest.  :)  To hear more about the gorgeous, spring-like details that D-Tales dreamed up during these darker months of winter, check out Adela's sweet note below!

From Adela... Enam wanted a color combination that is perfect for a baby girl, but does not involve pink. We decided to go with different shades of purple, with a touch of yellow and white.

We tried to keep the buffet table simple, elegant, yet eye-catching, by using different shapes and sizes of clear glass vases, holding different types and shades of purple flowers. Sometimes simplicity can create more DRAMA!! Purple tulips and purple hydrangeas were the perfect choice of flowers. Submerged purple lilies added an elegant touch to the table, while yellow tulips added a punch of yellow and also functioned as food-sign holders.

We carried the color themes to the favor table through purple flowers and purple, yellow, & white candies. To add uniqueness to the favor table, we decided to create little origami storks, each carried a favor on its neck. We use different colors and patterns of origami papers, which made the favor table more festive. The birds acted both as a decoration and as something special that the guests can keep. 

For the message table, we used hollowed-out egg shells, decorated with color ribbons, to hold messages for Enam and her little baby girl. 

Design and Decor: D-Tales / Photography: Adela + Armand Koentjoro

Real Baby Shower: Sweet Sundae Shower

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Hello, baby shower planning weekend warriors!  Elizabeth and I didn't get this little gem of a shower out to you on Friday, but we figured let's post it today anyways! (Better late than never, right)?  Plus, who doesn't love a little blog browsing on the weekend?!  :)  Now it's a little snowy and cold in Utah this weekend -- so, it's a little hard to wrap our heads around eating ice cream, but after looking through Jordan's absolutely delightful baby shower photographs, we're thinking of cranking up our heat and getting our sundae toppings out of the cupboard!  This shower that Jordan from Polka Dot Prints put together is so perfect for hosting inside (and even outside when the weather starts to warm up).  We are so smitten with the type that Jordan used for the invitations -- we love seeing the little surprises inside the lettering on the invitations and favor bags (baby mushrooms and flowers -- how sweet)!  We know we've said this before, but we love little details like these -- they make us smile and make a shower really stand out.  And, we're happy to let you know that Jordan has these (and many more) printables available at her newly created online store -- so you too can create just as sweet details at your upcoming shower. :)  So, hop on over, and if you seeing something particularly cute, be sure to share it with us in the comments section!

From Jordan... I was given free reign to host and style up my sisters’ baby shower I used this opportunity to use some creative ideas I’d had floating around in my head for a while, including this idea of an ice cream bar! The invitation really did set the tone for the event. It was summery, fun and ‘sweet’. I incorporated lots of subtle illustrations within the type, including strawberries, rainbows, ice cream cones and baby items.

For the dessert table, I used mixed mediums, such as tin, wood, hessian and glass at the ice cream bar, to keep the look soft and ‘natural’ but still fun. On the day of the party, we had guests decorate a ‘onesie’ cookie when they arrived, which then served as our guests’ take home favour.

The dessert table featured large ‘BABY’ letters to give some height. Ice cream was served from an ice-filled galvanised tub, and then there were the toppings! So much to choose from; cookie dough, crushed Tim Tams, gummi bears, marshmallows, cherry ripe as well as garnishes & sweet sauces, all displayed in jars or pots with scoops and mini tongs. It was a big hit, and everyone loved it…who doesn’t like ice-cream?

"Jordan captured completely the vibe I wanted for my shower starting with the
invitations. It was a really fun shower with everyone interacting straight from when they arrived at the cookie decorating station. And then to see all the different ice cream creations all the girls made, I couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon!" Eden, mum-to-be (& sister!)

Some styling highlights were the pink lemonade in glass bottles, cookie dough balled and served in cupcake papers, and sprinkles scooped from brown paper bags and presented in an Asian steamer. I also love the wooden scoops which I found at
wheel & barrow. I had a lot of help from family supplies, baking onesies and preparing for the party, I couldn’t have done it without them!

It was an even better day when the baby we celebrated actually arrived into the world! I had the privilege of also designing his
birth announcement. What a handsome little chap!

Photographer & Designer: Jordan from Polkadot Prints / Onesie Cookie Cutter: Little Betsy Baker / Cookie Dough Cupcake Cups: Little Betsy Baker

DIY Shower: Colorful Mobiles

Thursday, November 18, 2010

If you've been reading our blog for a bit, you know that Elizabeth and I love balloons!  Besides having a big smile on our faces every time we see them in our submission photos, we think they're a pretty easy baby shower decoration -- fairly inexpensive, take up a lot of space, and provide a ton of color to the party!  (Plus, there's just something a little magical about them, right)?  :)  Well, when we saw these bright and cheery mobiles that crafting genius Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day created -- we couldn't help but grin from ear to ear.  Her mobiles are the happiest looking decorations we've seen in a long time!  (Not to mention we love nothing more than a DIY project that will have a big impression on your friends and completely transform a room)!  And while we think Jordan's colors for her project are stunningly beautiful, we love that you can cut the strips of paper from any color, so these colorful mobiles can match your theme!  (Plus, we think these would look absolutely charming above your little one's crib)!  So, enjoy Jordan's photographic DIY tutorial, and if you want in on the extra details check out her written directions on Project Wedding!

Design & Photography: Jordan Ferney / Linens& Rentals: Abbey Party Rents