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Real Baby Shower: Sweet Lullaby


Saturday, December 31, 2011


Just recently featured on Hostess with the Mostess, this ADORABLE lullaby baby shower, styled by Christine from Pure Joy Events, has been on my radar for some time now. I'm in love with the soft pastel colors, the crib frame doubling as a dessert table as well as the cute buffet cards and matching crib skirt! Beautifully photographed by Rebecca Watkins Photography, each image reveals all the sweet details making this shower one to remember.

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From Christine... The whole family was overjoyed when my sister, Linda, and brother-in-law, Frank, announced that they were expecting their first baby in November. Inspired by a vintage lamb planter that Frank's dad had given to his mom the day Frank was born, and this Cuban lullaby that his mom sang to him as a baby, we came up with the idea of having a lullaby theme for the baby shower.

duermase mi niño, duermase mi amor, duermase pedazo de mi corazon, este niño lindo que se va a dormir y el picaro sueño no quiere venir

To carry out the theme, a sleigh crib with a coordinating crib skirt was used as the dessert table. White canopy netting, pom pom clouds, and two dozen sky blue balloons created a dreamy effect. Handcrafted by Gifts Define, a counting sheep mobile was suspended above the 3-tier banana and caramel cake from PhoebeCakes.

Desserts included Cuban favorites like, coquitos and flan, as well as moon pies dusted with powdered sugar. Pistachio macaron pops with chocolate ganache made by 6 Bittersweets, were displayed in parfait glasses filled with colorful origami stars from Trinkets by Dana. The dessert tents, invitation, and other custom printables were beautifully designed by my long time friends, Darin and Riya of Blue Lotus Company.

Paper stars were also sprinkled on the dining tables and used to decorate the gift table in the front entryway. For the centerpieces, yellow chrysanthemums and tulips, and white hydrangeas from Costco and Wegman's were arranged in vintage blue mason jars.

Guests were asked to give the parents-to-be tricks and tips on how to get the baby to fall asleep and how to get some zzz's with a newborn. A hanging display was created to hold the advice cards, using long strands of ribbon and an embroidery hoop.

Once again, Rebecca Watkins Photography was on hand to photograph details of the event. I'll be covering the fun activities/games, and the delicious spread of Cuban and Vietnamese food later this week, so be sure to stop back.



Party Styling: Pure Joy Events / Photography: Rebecca Watkins Photography / Custom Invitations & Printables: Blue Lotus Company / Cake: Phoebecakes / Macaron Pops: 6 Bittersweets / Counting Sheep Mobile: Gifts Define / Origami Stars: Trinkets by Dana / Printing: Brick Wall Printing And Graphics

Real Baby Shower: Holiday Sip & See


Friday, December 30, 2011


Here's a belated holiday themed sip & see from Sarah Crawford of Lil Hoot Parties. Perfect for those winter months! I also heart the pink and gray elephants theme -- always a cute baby shower decoration. Sarah used one of my favs, Paiges of Style for all the GORGEOUS paper goodies and such a wonderful photographer, No. 8 Photography, for all the lovely photos.

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From Sarah... Baby Anna was born in Bangkok and resides in Vietnam. This was her first time to the US and was visiting family in New England for the holidays - it was the first time family and friends had the chance to meet baby anna so we wanted to provide her with a special sip & see. We used an elephant theme because the elephant has such terrific symbolism in Asian cultures {see guest book sign}. Paiges of Style created food labels and other fabulous paper goodies.

An elephant on parade garland was used to guide people towards the front entrance. Big holiday wreaths with pink roses and dusty miller were used for decor and a Christmas tree to place the gifts. Elephant ornaments were used for favors which were hung on the tree.

Delicious macarons in festive flavors {eggnog and pink champagne!} and mini cupcakes were served, as well as a variety of brunch items, including muffins, quiche and croissants. And of course pink champagne!


Party Styling: Lil Hoot Parties / Paper Goods: Paiges of Style / Photography: No. 8 Photography / Macarons: C. Crowell / Cupcakes: Pickwick Baking Co.

Real Baby Shower: Milkaholic


Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Love this super modern Sip & See from baker and party stylist extraordinaire, Carrie Sellman of Half Baked. Also featured on Hostess with the Mostess, this party has adorable decorations PLUS lots of yummy treats -- cookies from The Cookie Jar; chocolate covered oreos from Sweeties by Kim; caramel desserts & brownies from Caramel Swirls. And let's not forget to mention that cake... That is one absolutely, STUNNING cake from Half Baked!!!

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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

Real Baby Shower: Honeybee Reveal


Monday, December 5, 2011


The new popular baby shower is the baby reveal party. Its supper fun plus it provides a great interactive activity for the guests! LOVE THE IDEA!! This Honeybee Gender Reveal Collection from Nicolle of Libby Lane Press is especially cute. The sweets, from Bundles of CookiesLibby Lane PresSugar Babies and The Chocolate Box, are equally adorable. And Nicolle's backdrop... Impressive! An extra big thanks to Julie Marie Photography for capturing all these wonderful details.

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From Nicolle... Gender reveal parties seem to be a growing trend that I personally adore. Had I known how fun this would be I would definitely have hosted this little soiree when revealing the gender of my own child rather than a conference call with the family. Nonetheless, this all prompted me to start staging what I think would be a fabulous {and DIY infused} gender reveal party.

Decor & Display: I chose four different colors and patterns of fabric, along with lace and burlap, ripped them into long strips then knotted the strips to a large dowel rod suspended behind the dessert table. For the table linen I had a vision in mind but was unsuccessful in my quest to find it so I called on my talented friend and fellow blogger, Amy of Grayce Lane. I explained to Amy that I wanted to use a natural color material and have layered ruffles and from that description she created an Anthropologie - esque table cloth made of unbleached muslin. To keep with the color scheme, I incorporated buttery yellow, weathered black and cream throughout the table to coordinate with the printable invitation from the Honeybee Collection. The printable party circles were tied with ric-rac while the lace that was used on the backdrop was tied to the apothecary jars. The lids of the hive jars were covered in burlap and tied with coordinating natural ribbon. The apothecary jars were filled with alternating layers of white and yellow candy melts. The hive jars were filled with Honey Comb cereal while the large centerpiece was filled with jumbo marshmallows. My goal was to incorporate affordable alternatives to expensive candy to fill these popular, yet large, jars that appear on so many dessert tables. The cream colored flower pots were filled with foam and topped with ornamental wheat grass and served as the home to the bumble bee cake pops.

Desserts: The cupcakes were topped with coordinating fondant toppers made by Sugar Babies and displayed on a white tray atop a bed of chocolate chip morsels. The jumbo marshmallows were drizzled with yellow, white and dark chocolate, then dipped in sprinkles. They acted as a jar filler and a yummy dessert. The almond vanilla cookies were custom made by Bundles of Cookies to perfectly match the invitation all the way to the identical font! The cookies would serve as a perfect party favor for a gender reveal celebration using the printable Honeybee Collection. Honeycomb patterned chocolate covered Oreos were made by The Chocolate Box and topped with the sweetest little fondant honeybees also created by Sugar Babies. The bumblebee cake pops were made by me using a combination of Bakerella’s Cake Pop book and a tutorial found on Hostess with the Mostess Modern Bumble Bee Birthday Party feature in July. This was my first cake pop making experience and with a little trial and error I am happy to say it was a success. Printable food labels from the collection were used to customize the treats on the table.

Drink Display: The drink table was placed outside near the garden and water with floating lemons was displayed in a glass beehive beverage dispenser {found on clearance at Home Goods}. Recycled Starbucks Frappuccino bottles served as glass bottles for water which were adorned with pale yellow and white striped straws from Shop Sweet Lulu. Printable flags were added to the straws for an extra touch.

Activity: “What’s your Guess” would allow party attendants to write down what they think baby will ‘bee’ and group together the pink and blue guesses until the final result is revealed. The printable “What will it Bee” banner coordinates with this game suggestion. The printable beehive yard signs, found in the shop, can be decorated with ribbon and left-over fabric pieces from the backdrop. The signs are versatile and have the option of being placed on small dowel rods (as shown) or used as hanging signs. Either way you choose, it is a great way to involve the guests and keep with the theme and decor before the big announcement.



Invitation Design& Party Styling: Libby Lane Press / Honeybee Gender Reveal Collection can be purchased here / Photography: Julie Marie Photography / Cookies: Bundles of Cookies / Cake pops: Libby Lane Press / Fondant Toppers: Sugar Babies / Chocolate Covered Oreos: The Chocolate Box / Striped Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu / Serving Pieces & Glasswear: Home Goods / Fabric Backdrop: Libby Lane Press

This photo shoot has been featured on: Hostess with the Mostess and Chic and Cheap Nursery