Real Baby Shower: Beasts & Books Baby Bash

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

With only a little time to plan, Jessica of jffwright Photography pulled off this fun, colorful, book-themed baby shower that would probably take months to plan for most. Love all the DIY details -- like the white painted letters in the flower vases, children's book inspired food signs, the marshmallow stand, and wall decals from Wall Art CornerJessica also used my featured Strawberries & Cream tutorial (from Anna and Blue Paperie) as part of her dessert spread... TRULY flattered!

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From Jessica... I recently had the privilege of hosting a shower for my dear neighbors, Julie & Paul. We have such a tight-nit, historic neighborhood we couldn’t help but surprise the couple with a party! Both avid readers I felt the book/animal themed party was perfect for them!

I had very limited time to plan so many of the items I did myself. I used the invitations from Gartner Studios as a guide for the rest of the shower. Each guest was asked to bring their favorite childhood book signed for the new baby. Guests were welcomed with a sidewalk chalk design and bright colored paper lanterns. For decorations I bought small letters at Michaels and painted them white to place inside the clear vases for the flowers. Reusable wall decals from Wall Art Corner. Were placed throughout the house on the walls. I made a stand for the marshmallows using a wall box and covering foam scrap booking paper. Multiple old books were found at local thrift stores for additional vintage touches on tables. Tissue paper poms and paper lanterns completed the d├ęcor.

Since we live in Houston, Texas, everything revolves around fantastic food and this party didn’t fall short! Each food item corresponded to an item found in children’s books! Favorites like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, If You Give a Moose a Muffin and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were used to help plan the menu. Delectable items including, caramel covered rice crispy treats, oreo truffles, hand painted chummies, chocolate dipped marshmallows, cream cheese stuffed strawberries (thanks to a prior post on bumpsmitten,) meatballs and mini sandwiches. Stickers were placed on top of mason jars for guests to drink the peach tea and strawberry lemonade.

Each guest departed with favors boxes bought at Paper Source
and were decorated with illustrations from an old Stuart Little book along with stickers printed with the parents names. Each box was stuffed with different types of teas and chocolates as well as a journal . They were tied together with twine for a vintage look. 


Design & Photography: Jessica Wright of jffwright Photography / Invitations: Gartner Studios / Wall decals: Wall Art Corner / Favor Boxes: Paper Source

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