From Carrie... I’ve been dying to share this event with you for months! It debuted yesterday on Hostess with the Mostess (yay!) and I’m thrilled to share some additional images and details with you today. My husband and I hosted a co-ed baby shower for our friends, Ted and Meredith, in honor of their newly adopted son, Colin. Ted and Meredith anxiously waited for Colin’s birth and we were all thrilled when he officially became their son. We were honored to welcome Baby Colin with this modern Milkaholic Sip & See baby shower.
‘Milkaholic’ just seemed fitting for a Sip & See considering how much time a newborn spends eating! That meant baby bottles, milk and cow print. Yes, cow print! (I was slightly nervous about the cow print but it stepped up nicely into this mature and modern role). The color scheme was black and white with pops of turquoise. Swiss dots and stripes were used throughout to add a fresh and modern feel.
I designed the invitation and let it set the tone for the party decor. Sleek and modern yet baby themed was the intent. The Milkaholic baby bottle became a logo that was used throughout the party. The back of the invite featured cow print and a turquoise “I ♥ MILK’ stripe that matched custom address labels from Minted.
With this being a co-ed event, we wanted to keep the decor more modern and less traditional ‘baby’. To create a unique backdrop for the dessert table, I painted a canvas to match the party invite. Black and white patterned bunting was hung along the wall above the painting. Mini bottles were filled with milk and given sleek milk labels. The bottles were stacked in tall vases on ice and also mixed into the tub of adult beverages. The theme even permeated the coffee station with mini milk bottles serving up the cream and sugar. The Milkaholic logo was updated to include the baby’s name and then framed for additional decoration. White hydrangeas were arranged in tall cylinder vases tied with black satin ribbon.
We wanted to provide an array of miniature desserts so that guests could sample several different items. Delicious sweets from Caramel Swirls were served including their Little Treasures (milk caramel and shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate – yum!), Cafe Caramel Cookies and Espresso Brownies. Adorable custom sugar cookies were created by The Cookie Jar to match the theme. Sweeties by Kim created chocolate-covered Oreos to match as well. Of course, I designed the cake! Additional desserts included meringue cookies, white chocolate pretzels, cream puffs and cheesecake shots. Cold milk shots were served to wash it all down (along with some adult beverages and coffee).
So many delicious treats! And with the boys around… we made a serious dent in this dessert table!
Activities for a co-ed baby event can be tricky. Not wanting the male guests to feel awkward, I opted for non-organized activities that would still be fun and entertaining. Guests were encouraged to write humorous thoughts onto diapers to provide Ted and Meredith a little chuckle later on. The Diaper Thoughts station gave the men an avenue to showcase their best and most clever diaper humor! A Well Wishes station encouraged guests to write something sentimental on keepsake cards which were then placed into a glass bubble bowl. Of course, the main activity was oohing and awing over the guest of honor, Baby Colin!
Guests were given a small box filled with ‘Kisses from Colin’. Hershey Kisses with patterned labels inside a white box wrapped with coordinating paper and tags.
Everyone had a lovely time meeting Baby Colin and indulging in some sweets. We could not be more thrilled for Ted and Meredith and were honored to welcome their son Colin into this world!
Party Styling & Decor: Carrie Sellman of Half Baked / Invitation & Paper Goods: Carrie Sellman of Half Baked / Address Labels: Minted / Decorated Sugar Cookies: The Cookie Jar / Chocolate Covered Oreos: Sweeties by Kim / Caramel Desserts & Espresso Brownies: Caramel Swirls / Cake: Carrie Sellman of Half Baked / Paper Baby Bottles: Tracy Mason / Painted Canvas: Carrie Sellman of Half Baked (available for purchase, if anyone is interested!) / Milk Bottles: DIY found HERE