Baby Shower Idea: Afternoon Tea

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

How GORGEOUS is this photo shoot by Natalie Hunfalvay and designed by Romi Weinberg of Bo Peep Productions?!?! I love the white table linens, white chairs and white place settings. Its very fresh and modern chic. The sweets from Hello Naomi is also perfect for this setting -- with the white 2-tiered cake, scones, lemon cookies and vanilla & coconut macaroons. I'm really liking this tea themed party. Such a wonderful idea for a small baby shower.

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From Naomi... i was SO excited when these arrived in my mail box (my real mail box) yesterday! i knew the photos were going to be gorgeous but not THIS GORGEOUS!

there are just too many pics to choose from so i will do another post tomorrow... anyway a little while ago i worked with romi from bo peep productions (bopeepproductions AT gmail DOT com) on this amazing kitchen tea that she styled. she arranged the most beautiful party and i made a variety of white + rustic style sweets to suit. the sweets list included a vanilla bean buttercream cake, cake pops, vanilla + coconut macarons, scones, profiteroles, belgian white chocolate rocky road, lemon glazed knot cookies, white chocolate apples and sponge rolls... all for a VERY long table- phew!


in addition to enjoying an amazingly beautiful afternoon tea, the guests also made bath tea bags! this is such a great idea for an activity!

From Romi... guests were given a little instruction card to make up their own mixtures of bath teas or they could follow our suggested recipes .... we had oatmeal, lavender, rose petals, goats milk powder, lemon verbena, orange peel, epsom salts and jugs of various yummy essential oils. The idea was they could mix, blend and create whatever fragrance they liked. I then heat sealed the bags and gave back to them (in the little brown heart bags you see pictured) to enjoy in their baths at home. It was a huge success!!



Design and Styling: Romi Weinberg of Bo Peep Productions / Photography: Natalie Hunfalvay / Cakes: Hello Naomi

Real Baby Shower: Coco Chanel

Friday, May 27, 2011

At last, its Friday! ...and a long weekend. Yeah! I'll leave you this week with this sweet Coco Channel inspired baby shower designed by Blair Britt Weddings and Events and photographed by Alice Hu Photography. Originally posted on Hostess with the Mostess, this baby shower is the perfect blend of pastel colors, gorgeous flowers and an exceptionally stunning cake! Such a clever idea to change the infamous "Channel No. 5" to "Peyton No. 2". 100% PRECIOUS!

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From Kacee (the mommy-to-be)... The theme was flirty, feminine Chanel no 5. I envisioned soft gray’s and soft pinks with lots of ruffles! Food included tray-passed hors d’oeuvres of Bacon-wrapped Filet, Kobe Beef Sliders and Tomato Soup Shooters with Grilled Cheese Wedges. The remainder of the lunch included grilled veggies, summer cherry salad, chicken empanadas, fresh fruit and Caprese skewers. For drinks we had champagne and french pink lemonade.


Photography: Alice Hu Photography / Catering & Cake: Jay’s Catering / Design: Blair Britt Weddings and Events / Perfume bar/favors: Kamilyin / Floral: Floral Elements / Dress: Badgley Mischka – Rent the Runway / Invites: Tiny Prints

DIY Tutorial: Handmade Onesies

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I'm always on the prowl for fun baby shower activities -- and this one is super cute! These personalized, one-of-a-kind onesies make a great gift for the guest-of-honor. (note: purchase onesies plus t-shirts in different sizes and colors so they last a long time) Thanks Patti Milazzo, Fiskars Crafting Expert, for showing us this new technique as well as some great ideas.

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From Patti Milazzo... Onesies are the standard functional everyday baby outfit. They’re inexpensive and the practical design of the simple snapped bodysuits make diaper changes and mom’s day that much easier. However, as a plain white tee they tend to lack personality. You can find onesies in colors and you can even find those that are already appliquéd and embellished. They can be found everywhere - in catalogs, on-line and in department stores. But often the price of these decorated onesies is more than you might care to pay for a baby’s bodysuit. 

So why not create them yourself? They’re not difficult to make and you can have one complete in just a few minutes. And by doing it yourself you can keep things cost effective by dressing up an existing onesie you already have. Or if you plan to use them as gifts, plain bodysuits are inexpensive and easily found in multiple packs at any department store. Family, friends and neighbors who are expecting or who have new arrivals will appreciate the unique handmade gift.

Materials:

Cupcake, Flourish and Woodland Tree Shape Fiskars Templates
Heatbond
Fabric Scraps
White Onesies

Instructions:
For my appliqué designs, I wanted to use a few of Fiskars new Shape Templates. The Cupcake, Flourish and Woodland Tree Shape Templates have a variety of shapes from which a multitude of appliqués can be made. To start, I planned out a few designs on paper by tracing the shapes on paper so that I could determine the overall size of the appliqué and to show how pieces might need to be layered for the more complex designs.

Once I had a plan for each appliqué, I ironed Heatbond onto fabric scraps. I then traced each shape I would need for a design onto the paper backing of the Heatbond attached to the fabric and then cut out the shapes.

For a first attempt, I suggest keeping it simple with a basic, bold clean design without too much detail. I chose the bird as my first try. It was only 4 pieces and very little layering. I ironed on pieces, stitched around the edges of each piece and then ironed on the other pieces and stitched again. Be sure to keep the back of the onesie out from under where you are stitching. A decorative stitch (satin or zig-zag) is most often used around the edges of the appliqué. If you choose this stitch be sure to keep the stitch within the edge of the appliqué design. Going past the edge onto the stretchy onesie fabric will often cause the stitch to slip or for the material to become caught in the machine. However, I chose to use a simple straight stitch for these since the Heatbond I used will securely hold the edges in place.

For the cupcake design I followed the same basic steps of layering and stitching.

More unique designs can be made from the Shape Templates with a little imagination. Try turning the templates in different directions to see if the shapes resemble other things or objects. See if you can combine shapes from multiple templates to create a design. I created the turtle and jellyfish designs by combining shapes in unique ways. The turtle’s body is half an oval and his head, tail and feet are from the Flourish Shape Template. The jellyfish was made using the Cupcake Shape Template. Look beyond the obvious and think creatively to come up with your own one-of-a-kind designs.

I can honestly say that making these adorable little onesies is addicting. Once you start, you’ll want to do more and more. The design possibilities are endless with the various Shape Templates Fiskars has available. And you can take your customized designs beyond just onesies and try appliquéing other items such as bibs, burb cloths and more.







Design & Photography: Patti Milazzo, Fiskars Crafting Expert

Real Baby Shower: Sock Monkeys

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I LOVE sock monkeys! So much that I used pictures from this book to decorate my son's nursery. (I only used the cute ones -- there are a couple scary ones) My daughter has them now and hopefully we'll not have to trade them out for fairies any day soon...  So, its NO surprise that I absolutely adore this baby shower designed by Posh Paperie and beautifully captured by Jackie Wonders Photography. Thank goodness I saw this featured on Half Baked, as well as On To Baby, so that I could also share it with my smitten readers. Its FREAKIN' adorable!!!!!!

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From Karrie... I just had to start the 2011 blogging off with something near and dear to my heart.. *MY* baby shower for my sweet lil’ son that is due in THREE weeks! The theme was Sock Monkeys as you can tell.. and Everything was done to perfection!! Elizabeth truly knows how to spin in the
details! There were *so* many details… the personalized pacifier, mini sock monkeys, and even down to the straws! Jackie Wonders took all the fabulous photos that you see here! ( besides the last three taken by the ever so talented Melody of Sweet and Saucy ) I am so thankful that I have such wonderful family and friends that are going to love my lil’ guy as much as I do already!

It is just a fabulous shower of brown, white and red.. something so nice and different from the typical baby blue. For paper products.. we made the invitations.. tent folds for the candy bar, cupcake picks, signage, treat bags and a cute banner that will be in another post to come!!

Not only are we so excited for what 2011 is going to bring us.. I am excited to add my lil’ son into our lives!! ( and e’s nephew!! )


Special Note: Please check out Half Baked - The Cake Blog for more details from Elizabeth of the Posh Paperie.


Design & Paper Goods: Posh Paperie / Photography: Jackie Wonders Photography / Cake: CAKE