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Real Baby Shower: Pink Woodland Owl


Thursday, April 19, 2012


SO trendy and SO adorable! I just love the new craze... Owls... seen everywhere in the party world! I'm absolutely SMITTEN with this very rustic chic baby shower from April Cenora of Events Inspired by Love. And the images by Amanda Bevington Modern Photography? Stunning! The table settings are fabulous and this dessert table is totally precious. All-in-all, this baby shower is one to remember.

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From Amanda... A woodland themed baby shower for Marci of Entwined Design Florals.  Creative contributions by April Cenora of Events Inspired by Love.

I had the honor of photographing Marci's wedding a few years ago and feel so lucky to have been a part of this joyous occasion celebrating Marci's little bundle of joy on the way!

The entire baby shower was driven by Marci's desire to have a woodland themed nursery for baby, incorporating a hand painted tree mural with dainty birds, colorful owls and squirrels. The invitation sent to guests was a smaller version of the mural and theme. To transfer the theme from the baby's room to the shower, Marci & April had to think of ways to create a woodland feel for the guests. They decided to use long rectangle tables so guests would feel as though they were in an intimate space, close to all the details of the shower. Each table utilized real Grapewood branches, a variety of Succulents, Crespedia and Ranunculus in seven different shades of color. Miniature birds were perched inside and atop of the Grapewood branches as if they were nesting in their homes.

The cake was based off a sketch of an owl with a pink bow placed on top of the owl's head. Laurie Hocker, a family friend, took creative freedom to design the confectionery owl, Squirrels, florals and trees which were inspired by the invitations. Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, topped with Pink buttercream frosting, were also adorned with a pink owl.

Instead of creating a sign-in book the ladies fashioned a sign-in tree where guests chose between an Owl or a Bird and signed in with their name, or word of wisdom for the baby. The adorable handmade sign-in animals were created by the talented April Cenora of 
Events Inspired by Love. April also created the AMAZING banners that hung above the cake table and the banner that framed the head table. The first banner stating: Sweet Treats and the second banner stating: It's a Girl. The paper goods for each place setting were handmade by April, utilizing the continuing theme of baby birds and owls. The sign-in tree was created using Curly Willow, Yellow Forsythia, Esperanza Roses, Grapewood Branches and Fishhook Succulents.



Event Planner: April Cenora of Events Inspired by Love (All paper products used were from "Close to My Heart" along with the stamps. Paper cut outs were made with a Cricut Personal Cutting Machine) / Photography: Amanda Bevington Modern Photography/ Flowers: Marci Gerlach of Entwined Design / Table linens: Erin Taylor of Events Taylor Made in Huntington Beach

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