Real Baby Shower: Vintage Browns + Creams

Friday, March 30, 2012

I'll leave you this Friday afternoon with a Vintage Baby Shower styled and designed by Kelly McLeskey-Dolata of A Little Savvy Event. She is definitely the master of vintage baby showers... quite evident in her previous Bump Smitten feature -- part 1 AND part 2. If you haven't already seen them, you'll want to check them out now! This neutral colored baby shower is equally mouthwatering, totally adorable, and jam-packed with tons of sweet details. Love all her chalkboard signs as well as the large kraft paper menu! Too CUTE!!!

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From the mommy to be: When Kelly from A Little Savvy Event told me she would like to host my baby shower, I was thrilled. I have worked with Kelly on a number of her weddings and I knew my baby shower would be a memorable event. I shared with Kelly that I would love a Vintage Inspired theme for my baby shower. The neutral color sceme for my shower was inspired by the colors of the babies room. Due to the fact that my husband and I chose to not know the gender of the baby, we decorated the room in beige, whites and browns. From paper pom poms to handmade garlands, linen table clothes and old vintage suitcases, they created a space straight out of a magazine. Kelly, along with the help of my Mom, used the neutral colors and Vintage theme to create A little SAVVY event.


Styling, Design & Photography: A Little Savvy Event / Invitations: Card Girl Custom Invitations / Chalkboards and Signs: Courtney Cargile of A Little Savvy Event / Desserts: Wine Country Confections / Flowers: Fleuressence / Linens: LaTavola Fine Linen / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Napa

DIY Tutorial: Bump Smitten Mason Jar Cookies

The second tutorial that I shared on My Craft Channel's The One Charming Party Show with host, Brittany Egbert, founder of OneCharmingParty.com, is a cookie mix within a mason jar. ALWAYS a crowd pleaser! Guests get to take these favors home, add a couple more ingredients, and enjoy some delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies. I found this recipe from Kicked Up Cookie Recipes, but you could probably use any type of cookie or brownie recipe. Watch the show now and enjoy the FREE templates -- available in pink or blue!

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Materials:1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar
Large Bowl

1-quart Mason jar
White Card Stock Paper

2" Hole Punch
3" Hole Punch
Ribbon
Rubber Bands
Double-Sided Tape or Glue
Cute Fabric (and a large round bowl for template)
Pinking Shears
Pink Cookie Labels and matching 
Pink Recipe Labels
Blue Cookie Lables and matching Blue Recipe Labels

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Mix the flour, baking soda and sugar in the large bowl
2. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the mason jar -- I found it easier to scoop it in with a spoon
3. Add the chocolate chips
4. Add the brown sugar and compact with the back of spoon or clean hands
5. Add the rest of the flour mixture
6. Print and punch out labels from above with both hole punches
7. Put the recipe card on the lid and screw the lid onto the mason jar
8. Using double-sided tape or glue attach the label to the jar
9. Cut out the fabric with pinking shears, using a large bowl or flower pot as a template
10. Use the rubber band to secure the fabric on the top of jar's lid
11. Place the ribbon over the rubber band and tie a pretty bow

For more instructions, please watch The One Charming Party Show
Find even more yummy cookie recipes like this chocolate chip cookie recipe at Kicked Up Cookie Recipes. They have a huge collection!


Tutorial & Photography: Elizabeth from Bump Smitten

DIY Tutorial: Bump Smitten Candy Wrappers

Let's end this week with 3 posts!! Ready. Set. Go! So... About 6 months ago (I know, its been quite some time), I was a guest on My Craft Channel's The One Charming Party Show with host, Brittany Egbert, founder of OneCharmingParty.com. She is soooo lovely and I am so excited we met last summer at the EVO conference in Park City. I was able to share a couple fun and simple party favor ideas for not only baby showers, but also other special events. The first one was a candy wrapper. Pretty easy and pretty cheap. Watch the show now and don't miss the FREE templates provided below!

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Materials:
Foil wrapped candy bars
Fun patterned paper (or buy a book of scrap book paper like I did)
Double-Sided Tape
Exacto Knife & Ruler (or paper trimer)
Pink Label Templates
Yellow Label Templates
White and Black Label Templates
Aqua Label Templates
Brown Label Templates

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Remove the chocolate bar wrappers
2. Cut the paper to wrap around the bars
3. Using double-sided tape, secure it around the chocolate bar
4. Bring the templates into a word processing program and place text boxes inside each label
5. Print up the labels and then cut them out
6. Using double-sided tape, attach the labels to the top of the chocolate bars.
Use as place settings or a simple favor for the guests. Enjoy!

For more instructions, please watch The One Charming Party Show.



Tutorial & Photography: Elizabeth from Bump Smitten

Real Baby Shower: The Xavier Catholic School Library

Monday, March 26, 2012

Wish I knew someone who worked in the local library... that way I could throw a party JUST like this one! Love all the different decorations, including the colorful pom poms and super cute garlands, big and small -- totally smitten with the mixture of old book pages with the pretty blue, yellow and gray patterned paper. Everything is beautifully captured by lulliloo Photography, especially the adorable parents-to-be! Don't you agree???

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From Mel... Brianna and Jeff wed in 2011 and shortly after found out that they would be expecting their first baby, a little boy named Jude. Jude is due in early May and the couple couldn't be any happier :) When Brianna found out she was having a boy, she began planning a shower with her mama and sister. Even though she knew she was supposed to be 'showered' the party planner in her couldn't resist helping! In lieu of cards, guests brought baby Jude a book for his own personal home library!

Photography: lulliloo Photography / Venue: Xavier Catholic's library where both Brianna and her mama work / Catering: Personal Touch Catering / Flowers: Trader Joe's / Brianna made the bunting for the cake and banners from supplies from her local craft store