Real Baby Shower: Vintage + Twinkle Lights

Monday, April 2, 2012

Starting this week off with another fabulous vintage baby shower submitted by Cate Wnek of Full Circle Works. Cate not only is wonderful graphic designer but also a fantastic photographer! She also enjoys entertaining, food, and crafting... along with the hardest job of all... stay-at-home mom. WOW! I'm also quite smitten with all of her inspiring life photos on her personal blog, Life Comes Round. And... let me tell you what else I'm smitten with... those twinkling lights and Rice Krispie heart pops. I'm head-over-heals in LOVE with them! Aren't you?????

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From Cate... I was thrilled to throw an unabashedly decadent baby shower for my sister Emily, and I spared no detail! She had quite an uphill trek to get to where she is now, seven months pregnant, after two rounds of IVF. So I wanted to spoil her properly, along with her friends and family. It was a true celebration of the new life about to enter into our world. I simply cannot wait to get a snuggle in with the little b after she is born.

I chose to host the shower at Emily’s new home in Winchester, as a little bit of a house warming as I have found that the best baby showers are in the home. Since she didn’t have much in the way of furniture, I was thrilled to find Jillian McDonough of NEW ENGLAND VINTAGE and her amazing stash of whimsical vintage items which we could rent for the event. Jillian also arranged the flowers, which we selected together at the Boston Flower Market. Bouquets of ranunculus, David Austin roses, Kabuki roses, spray roses, hyacinth and wax flowers were arranged in antique mason jars.The drink bar included wine, sparkling, Honey Rose Lemonade and Lavender Ice Tea. Drinks were served in antique mason jars with paper swirl straws garnished with raspberries and mint. 


Since I was looking for chichi boutique catering, Jillian suggested her friend Valery Scott of Basil Catering. Two of Emily’s favorite foods are raspberries and pistachios, so those two ingredients and colors set the tone for the event. Jillian and Valery are two extremely talented ladies as they brought my vision to life so perfectly! This is the first time these two have worked together, but I am sure that is not to be the last! Valery’s rustic-chic food complements the vintage decor exceedingly well.

Savory menu items included sweet and savory panini, topped with roasted grapes or fig or raspberries. Brie & chutney minis and eggplant & mushroom tartlets were to die for entirely! Sweets included French macarons from FROMAGGIO KITCHEN, mini-cupcakes were from SWEET, and Raspberry Champagne sorbet from THE GELATO FIASCO that was passed as a pallette cleanser on antique spoons. Valery’s creations were divine – the best being the beautiful croquembouche for dessert!

Emily has always wished for a baby book, so I created a first year book for guests to help decorate and sign, which doubled as the guest book. We premade the page headings and laid out photo corners in a scrapbooking book. Pages included Aunties are for spoiling me, Mommy and Me, and Playtime and Dreaming.



Design, Styling & Photography: Cate Wnek of Full Circle Works / Catering: Valery Scott of Basil Catering / Vintage Rentals: Jillian McDonough of New England Vintage / French Macarons: Fromaggio Kitchen / Mini-Cupcakes: Sweet / Sorbet: The Gelato Fiasco

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