Real Baby Shower: Tiny Tiny Itty Bitty

Monday, February 28, 2011

An ode to everything Itty Bitty! Tiny cupcakes. Tiny decorations. Tiny favors. Tiny flowers. Tiny Invites. Love all the tiny details, photographed by Kari Herer, in this PRECIOUS baby shower. Christina Wnek from Two Fresh Threads, you make my heart go pitter-patter for this fresh design. Many thanks!

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From Kari... The soon-to-be mom loved everything "tiny" so we themed it a, "tiny tiny itty bitty baby shower". The idea was to have very small treats for the food and decorations -- small sandwiches, mini cupcakes, small flags, individual tomato Benedict and cute petite favors. The invitations were designed and made by Jaime Allen from William Arthur.

I made the earrings by purchasing the cabochons off of Etsy.
I got the silver backs from Michael's Craft store as well the as the paper cutter to cut the corners of the earring holder. The poms where made by Pomlove. I ordered the French Macaroons from Paulette Macarons. (the best ever)!

Mini Cupcakes - The frosting is SO yummy and almost like marshmallow. The mini cupcakes are taken out of the book, Cupcakes, by Elinor Klivans. They are the Chocolate sour cream cupcakes and it makes about 60 cupcakes. The vanilla buttercream frosting is from Ad Hoc at Home, by Thomas Keller.


Photography: Kari Herer / Decorations: Christina Wnek from Two Fresh Threads / Invitations: Jaime Allen of William Arthur / Flowers (Ranunculus): Whole Foods

Real Baby Shower: Blue Baby Blocks

I love the french bistro feeling to this adorable shower designed by Lynn Maestas with Party in Bloom and gorgeously shot by Melissa Jill. The gerber daisies and the glass balls along with the blue and green color motif made this party one to remember. The different sizes and designs of the blue blocks were beyond beautiful -- I especially love the ones that were made especially for Max.











From Melissa Jill... Today I had the pleasure of shooting a beautiful baby shower full of gorgeous details--always a photographer's dream :). All the credit for every detail of this shower goes to Lynn
Maestas with Party in Bloom. Her site is still in the works but definitely bookmark it if you have a 
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The baby shower was thrown by the residents of Esplanade Place Condominiums for one of their own in the building's clubhouse. The amazing invitations, shown above, that Lynn designed, created and sent out to the guests complete with a silver baby-toy-block style box.

Some of the fabulous details included: fun and bright table settings, napkins wrapped like a diaper, the place-holders, little ornaments that hung off the back of the chairs, the bright-colored drinks the guests were served upon arrival, and Lynn even took care to decorate the ceiling.

Natalie, the guest of honor and mom-to-be, looked radiant and thrilled with the results. Great work Lynn! What a fabulous party in preparation for baby Max's debut!


Photography: Melissa Jill / Planning & Design: Lynn Maestas with Party in Bloom / Venue: Esplanade Place Condominiums - Phoenix, Arizona

Sneak Peak Friday + Weekly Wrap Up

Friday, February 25, 2011


I was looking forward to warm and sunny days with my LA trip, but unfortunately its gray and raining... Keeping my fingers crossed for next week! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and see you Monday morning -- bright and early. Here's a little sneak peak from Melissa Jill photography.

Catch up and enjoy these adorable posts from this week!
Welcome to the South -- a stunning pink baby blocks baby shower + invitation
A vintage heirloom baby shower inspiration board
Ahoy It's a Boy -- lots of red, white and blue decorations in this nautical theme
"Cootie catchers" fortune menus DIY tutorial and free download
A bright and cheery baby shower made with 100% love

Real Baby Shower: A Colorful Dinner Party

WOW!!! What great DIY ideas from Breanna of the Bayou Moon -- mismatching mini cake stands (click here for a tutorial), a table runner made from curtains found from a close-out sale, vibrant tubs filled to the rim with various paper flowers, the adorable chair garland, and fabric flower pony tail holders doubling as napkin rings and favors. AND... check out the handmade invitations. You can tell this baby shower was made with 100% love! Oh, and by the way, the tutorial for the paper flowers is coming soon. Get excited!

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From Breanna... This is the most rewarding shower/party that I have ever planned! Not only did I think that it was sooo cute, but every idea that I had anticipated using, was! I have to admit that usually I run out of time and something is sacrificed, but not this time! I definitely can't take all the credit for the outcome...we only had about 45 minutes to set up and I had LOTS of helping hands!! THANK YOU!!

I LOVED seeing all the adorable mini cake stands! {is is bad that i made my sister help make them?} I loved them all. It was impossible to choose a favorite! Each had a mini pound cake topped with powdered sugar and a strawberry. There were 3 different shapes of cakes.

Along with the cake stand, each place setting had a menu card that resembled the invite. Behind the trim was a menu with the 3 entree choices and a game card. The favors were fabric flower ponytail holders, which also served as the napkin ring.

The table runner was made from curtain panels that I found at a close-out store. The digging definitely paid-off the day that I found them--the contrast really made the cake stands pop!

Along with the cake stands, there were big colorful jars full of paper flowers!

And to add some fun to the gift table...a few white ruffles :)

I definitely wanted Heather's chair to have something cute on it, but could not decided what. Then I saw this idea in the new Martha Wedding magazine the night before. It was perfect!

Thanks to everyone for all of the help!! It was a lovely shower, and fun was had by all!

Photography & Design: Breanna from Our Life Right Now...

DIY Tutorial: Fortune Menus

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I saw this idea on Ruffled's blog and thought it would be equally cute as a baby shower menu. For your FREE DOWNLOAD, I have 2 menu options to choose from. (Special Note: please leave a comment for additional menu template requests) I was also thinking it would be a fun idea to add baby names to the inside flaps with the meanings underneath. Another great conversation starter. And... might possibly help the mommy-to-be in her upcoming baby naming decision. :)

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Click on one of the descriptions below to download your baby shower Fortune Menu:
Template #1 (Beverage, Appetizer, Lunch, Dessert)
Template #2 (Appetizer, Salad, Main Course, Dessert)

Materials:

Plain paper (colored or white)
Trimmer or scissors
Printer

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Download the template
2. Open your desired application for inserting text
3. Insert this pdf as an image
4. Insert 4 text boxes below the headers (rotate three at 90, 180, and -90 degrees)
5. Print out the completed menu
6. Cut off 2.5" from the bottom -- leaving a 8.5" square
7. With the blank side up, fold over the four corners
8. Turn the paper over and then fold over the four corners again
9. Gently lift up the B-A-B-Y flaps forming a fortune teller

Special Note: This concept was originally created by Ruffled for a wedding and then tweaked by us for baby showers. Check out Ruffled for some fabulous inspiration! :)

Real Baby Shower: Ahoy It's a Boy

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Its always nice to have a theme in mind for the baby nursery (and shower) before you even know the sex. Thank goodness the ultrasound announced this couple was having a boy. Ships Ahoy! Loving all the red, white and blue decor brilliantly photographed by Elle G Photography. And that cake... Sweet Cheeks Baking Company -- GORGEOUS! I'm also going to have to order some of those fill-in-the-blank custom guestbook pages from the Guestbook Store. What a wonderful idea!

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From Christina... Before learning the gender of our first baby, my husband Jon and I frequently discussed how we would decorate the baby's nursery. For a boy, we knew it had to be a nautical theme, as I grew up sailing both in San Diego and Lake Tahoe. As a couple, Jon and I love sailing. For a girl, we were very undecided -- ranging from a preppy pink and green motif to butterflies and flowers, etc. As it got closer to our 20-week ultrasound appointment, I started hoping for a boy as it would make designing a nursery easy. We were, of course, elated to learn that we were indeed having a baby boy and the nautical baby shower theme at the San Diego Yacht Club was a just given!

My dear friend Becky Howe co-hosted the shower with my mom. A few years ago, I hosted Becky's shower for her first baby girl Olivia. Truth be told, I LOVE to plan and host parties. So, both my mom and Becky knew better and pretty much allowed me to do just about all of the planning for the shower!

If you look closely, the red velvet cake has both the San Diego Yacht Club and Tahoe Yacht 
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flags. My family is a member of the Tahoe Yacht Club and Becky's family are members of the San Diego Yacht Club.

The guestbook was interactive and engaged all of my guests -- new and old friends, co-workers and family from near and afar. They were mixing, mingling and laughing out loud. The energy in the room was contagious. And we get a kick out of reading the guest's predictions and new parent advice now that our son Carson has arrived.

Photographer: Elle G Photography / Venue: San Diego Yacht Club, Staff Commodore’s Room / Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company / Floral Arrangements: Flowers of Point Loma / Sailor Bear Nautical Diaper Cake: Diaper Cake Mall / Anchor Cap Diaper Cake: FancyChic / Invitations by Noteworthy Collection: “Set Sail Announcement” from Fine Stationary / “Ships Ahoy, It’s a Boy” Personalized Menu, Games, Favor Tags and Candy Wrappers: PartyPlace  / Anchor Place Cards: OhHappyDayCreations / “Ahoy, It’s a Boy” Banner & Table Confetti: Get the Party Started / Interactive Guestbook: Guestbook Store / Sail Skewers: Retro Planet / Favors: Pottery Barn Seashell Candles 

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