Real Baby Shower: Fiesta Shower

Friday, May 4, 2012

Let's celebrate tomorrow's Cinco de Mayo with this bright and lively Fiesta Shower from the very talented Stephanie Lyles. Love her designs -- seen in the invitations and all paper goods -- PLUS her photography. Sooo multi-talented. Enjoy the mouth-watering food and vibrant decor and hopefully this will get in you mood for your own fiesta this weekend.

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From Stephanie... Since Courtney is waiting to be surprised, I had to throw a gender-neutral shower. So I went with a red and seafoam-y color palette with other colorful mexican-inspired details thrown in. I designed the invitation to resemble a Mexican picado flag and had them screen printed. Courtney has a love-affair with all things paper so she loved the heavy invitation and saturated ink. Instead of a guest book, people took a polaroid photo with their "baby predictions" and signed the picture for a fun addition to Courtney's baby book. We even had a sombrero for the baby (belly)! The party took place outside by the pool where I decorated with papel picado bunting, cacti in glass hurricanes with dried beans, and, of course, a pinata. I have always loved the fringe garland from Confetti System, so I did a DIY fabric version to hang over the drink table (tutorial). I also made several of the ever-popular tissue paper flowers to hang from trees all over the yard.

My husband and I made all the food ourselves, a true labor of love. Our guests sipped on Strawberry Basil Margaritas (recipe), white sangria, and mojito spa water from mason jars. We also had a non-alcoholic Cranberry Margarita Tea for the mommy-to-be (she LOVED it). For appetizers we had a salsa bar with 4 different salsas: white corn and black bean, peach mango, green olive cilantro, and classic mild tomato. There was also queso, guacamole, and chicken taquitos. For dinner, we served pulled pork carnitas with chipotle mayo and citrus jicama slaw (recipe) and a side of corn, tomato, red onion, and avocado salad. My husband smoked the pork butt for 10 hours. It was so delicious, we didn't have any leftovers! The meal was finished with chocolate cake pops, apple empanadas, and the most amazing tres leche for dessert.

Courtney and Michael left with full bellies, a full car trunk, and full hearts...and that's what it's all about! Can't wait to meet my little niece or nephew!



Invitations, Design & Photography: Stephanie Lyles

1 comment :

Aliya said...

This is gorgeous! Love all the details.