Real Baby Shower: Italian Theme

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The guest-of-honor, Allison, was treated to a day of Italian pasta, cheeses and yummy gelato with this fabulous Italian-themed baby shower. Emily of Emily Faulknor Photographers, also one of Allison's friends, decorated with lots of red and white gingham, wine bottles and gorgeous sunflowers. There was lots of crafting -- as well as fun and laughter -- amongst the girls with this activity-filled shower.

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From Emily... Allison is having a girl! We were very excited to throw her a shower as she has thrown us each amazing showers it the past. Allison studied abroad in Italy and she fell in love with the country so we thought it would be a great idea to celebrate her daughter, Whitney, in a very Italian way. You can't have an Italian party without pasta and cheese, so of course there was an abundance of both edible pastas and ones just for decoration. Allison's favorite dessert is anything that is gummy, so as a party favor we had cleaned out several baby food jars and decorated the tops with red and white gingham. There were several different kinds of jelly's to choose from and everyone could make their own to take home with them. It was a huge hit. To keep the Italian theme we had Italian sodas to drink, sunflower arrangements as centerpieces and red and white checkered table clothes to create that old Italian cafe feel. We also had little signs that had both English and the Italian translation on them. A huge hit amongst the ladies was the crafting table where everyone made one hair piece for Allison to use in Whitney's hair. The creativity was flowing and so much fun to see what everyone came up with! To top off the Italian theme we served Gillato. It was such a fun afternoon and Allison felt so celebrated and full of love from all the thought that was put into this shower for her. That is what we like to hear. Goal accomplished.


Design & Photography: Emily Faulknor Photographers

Real Baby Shower: Woodland Creatures

Friday, August 26, 2011

Another great baby shower from Traci of 45 Wall Design... Although this one was for Traci, not by Traci. {If you haven't seen her previous two features -- you must!! Rustic Elegance & Vintage Circus} She has some very crafty friends -- Sumiko, Wendy,, SusanRitaShelley, Jaejean, Bates, Lucretia, and Elizabeth! I'm absolutely smitten with all their little details as well as the gorgeous paper designs. And I just can't get over these adorable place card holders... GENIUS! The miniature tree trunks work perfectly for this woodland theme. Hope you enjoyed all the little animals as much as I! Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you bright and early Monday morning with even more baby shower fabulousness!

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From Traci... On Saturday, my incredible, talented, and inspiring friends threw a baby shower for Emilia. And it. Was. AMAZING. I'm still in awe as I look through the photos, read the book inscriptions and wishes for Emilia, and see how each of them poured their heart and soul into making this such an incredible event for me, and for welcoming Emilia into our lives.

They set up this cute little tree at the door with a sign (all signage designed by Wendy of Dozi Design), and this little handmade fox (there were four of the cute little guys, made by Sumiko and Rita): 

Then there was the table...which could've doubled as some sort of display at Anthropologie, it was so beautiful. Everything was so well thought out, down to the tiniest of details. Wendy provided the tree with the felt leaves and she handmade a squirrel stamp for the goodie bags, Shelley handmade the little birds and their nests...there were even fake pieces of bark with moss, little squirrel figurines, and chocolate candies shaped like little mushrooms. Amazing.

And the food...oh my...the food. Elizabeth, Rita, Jaejean, and Bates put together a spread that was so yummy...and beautiful! For dessert, Rita made these adorable mossy cupcakes (chocolate and coconut) and toadstool cupcakes (vanilla and lemon), and Elizabeth made oreo truffles and peanut butter truffles (yum!). They also found adorable little clothespins with toad stools on them, to mark who the glasses belonged to.

There's a general consensus that we all hate traditional shower games, so there were activities instead. There were "wishes for Emilia" cards that everyone filled out (and I seriously can't read without crying), and then little wooden dolls that everyone made of themselves for Emilia. I even made one of me, someone (?) made one of (who I'm hoping is) Herman, and Isabel (Susan's daughter) made one of Emilia. Cute!

And because we all love a good photobooth, there was a great one set up. Susan knitted these incredible fox and racoon set (which I love and cannot wait to see Emilia play with!) for props, Shelley provided the tree decals for the back drop, and Rita provided the photobooth camera set up.

Instead of cards, guests were asked to bring a book (yay!) for Emilia's library (LOVE this idea). She got some great ones!

Sumiko, Wendy, Susan, Rita, Shelley, Jaejean, Bates, Lucretia, and Elizabeth...Thank you, thank you, thank you. You created and put together something that so perfectly captures who I am, and what kind of childhood we want to create for Emilia. I love all the handmade stuffed goodies (and edible goodies!) that you poured your hearts into, and cannot wait to make them a part of Emilia's room and world. She will have them for always. I feel so incredibly loved and cared for and I'm so incredibly thankful that Emilia will grow up around such inspiring and wonderful women.

Seriously...this was nothing short of amazing.



Design & Photography: Traci of 45 Wall Design

DIY Tutorial: Bunting Tablecloth

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I saw this tutorial posted on Facebook from the Sweetest Occasion and thought it was absolutely darling! What a great way to spruce up a plain white tablecloth. PLUS... buntings are so popular. BONUS! Jenny from Hank + Hunt did such a fabulous job putting together this project -- including the easy-to-follow instructions and her wonderful photography. I'm smitten. Are you too??

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From Jenny... Hi, it’s Jenny from Hank + Hunt, with yes, more garland to share! Sort of. This DIY project is the most fun I have had in a long time. Seriously, when was the last time you painted fabric? T-shirts at a slumber party in fourth grade? Yes? Ok, so the t-shirts turned out badly, but the fun was incredible, right? Think about if you made something cool…like this bunting tablecloth. This tablecloth is easy, will last forever, and is insanely cheap. Yep, you don’t even have to buy a screenprinting kit to do it. I tried to use things I had around the house, because you can get your craft on with out breaking the bank.

List of Supplies: 

Fabric paint (I used Tulip Soft Paint)
Tablecloth
Stick-on measuring tape (at a yardage shop like Joanns)
Twine
Temporary fabric pen (disappears with water)
Sponge
Scotch Tape


Please visit the Sweetest Occasion for Jenny's step-by-step instructions and detailed photographs. 


Tutorial & Photography: Jenny from Hank + Hunt for the Sweetest Occasion

Real Baby Shower: About to Hatch

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I've had this next baby shower in my queue... for awhile now... and I'm not exactly sure why I haven't featured it sooner!?!? So many cute ideas from the crafty lady over at Living Eventfully -- including the yarn wrapped letter (similar tutorial here), yummy meringue cupcakes (recipe below) and the egg and nest design and matching pin (similar tutorial here). The favors are SUPER ADORABLE as well. Love the packaged orange and brown little birdies and bird houses. 

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From Living Eventfully... our good friends lacey and james are expecting a little addition to their nest! baby isabelle ruth is due in late april. we celebrated her impending arrival this past weekend with a lovely lunch shower at cucina alessalacey is a graphic designer and made the invitations. as guest came up the stairs they were greeted by this IZZY banner. i hand sewed letters cut out of felt on to the bibs and onesies. pictures of lacey as a baby were hung with mini clothes pins along the feather boa line. one of my favorite things i own. it was perfect to use at this nest and bird themed shower. a vintage canary yellow bird cage used as a card cage/box. lacey's mom helen put together this beautiful diaper cake.

the centerpiece on the head table. i wrapped a foam letter "I" in yarn. isabelle is spelled out in glitter chipboard letters. some guinea feathers glued to the top pull in the theme. the chandelier above the head table was decorated with a feather boa, paper birds and baby pictures of the mommy to be.

menus that matched the invitations and a robin's egg filled with jelly bellies were at each place setting. one egg had a little nest with a family of birds in it. the finder of the bird family won a prize. i painted easter eggs with robin's blue acrylic paint so they would all match. the centerpieces on the guest tables were vine wreaths used as nests and branches with nest fixed on to them. robin's eggs and feathers were then added.

guest were given birdie name tags. i used this site's template to cut them out. our shower "craft" was coloring an alphabet page for izzy's abc book! the favors were sugar cookies cut out into birdies and bird houses decorated with royal icing. the eye and wing of the birdie is drawn on with an edible pen. my new favorite decorating tool! here is the recipe for the cookies. (lemon meringue cupcakes and mini black bottom cupcakes)

while lacey was opening gifts, we played the timer game. an egg timer was set for about every 10 minutes. when the timer went off who ever gave the gift the mommy to be was opening won a prize. the prizes were these super cute reusable shopping bags with soaps and lotions tucked inside.

blessings on you lacey and james! we can't wait to meet lil izzy. i know that the Lord has hand picked the two of you to be wonderful parents to this bundle of joy. i can't wait to see the two of you in this next season of your lives as your family and hearts grow. please know we are here for you, praying and cheering for you along the way!

Design & Photography: Living Eventfully / Venue: Cucina Alessa