Real Baby Shower: Preppy Whales

Thursday, May 31, 2012

You see lots of cute elephants, owls and giraffes, but not very often do you come across such an adorable whale-themed baby shower like this one. I think whales might become the newest trend... Completely preppy with the bright green and navy colors beautifully captured by Aimee Renee Photography!  I was also totally flattered to see my water bottle labels used alongside the fabulous printables and stickers from The Paper Blossom Shop and Little Pig Press.

















From Syeeda... I was thrilled when I got the news that my baby sister Najma was having her first baby and couldn’t wait to plan the shower. The logistics were a bit tricky as I live in Dallas and she lives in Boston. We decided to hold the shower in Columbus, Ohio, where we grew up and where my parents still live. Luckily, one of Najma’s best friends from childhood, Heather, graciously agreed to host the shower at her house. She was my party-planning partner in crime, and together we put the whole thing together long distance.

I got the inspiration for our color scheme from the invitations I picked out from Paper Source in Midnight, Peacock, and Clover. We knew Najma was having a boy, and wanted to incorporate that into the shower. When I found an “Ahoy It’s a Boy” custom printable party pack from the Paper Blossom Shop on Etsy, I knew it was perfect! It picked up the Midnight/Navy Blue and Clover/Green on the invitations, and the whales, anchors, and boats were absolutely adorable without being too precious or dainty. Now that we had our colors and theme, we just ran with it! We found some nautical-inspired whale napkins, plates, and cupcake toppers online, and with the help of the Little Pig Press Shop on Etsy, designed a preppy blue whale custom sticker with the phrase “Baby Mehter Will Be Making a Splash” to use as a seal on the invitations as well as for the favors.

Heather worked overtime putting together the chocolate bar favors, and even incorporated the colors and theme into the shower games and gifts. We had a fun dessert table featuring our whale-topped cupcakes, jell-o shots inspired by a post right here on Bump Smitten, and Heather’s pistachio trifle. We had simple but delicious appetizers followed by lunch catered from a family friend. Najma had a blast catching up with friends and family she hadn’t seen in years, and I couldn’t be happier to share in her special day.



Photographer: Aimee Renee Photography / Invitations: Paper Source / Custom Printable Party Pack (Banner, Party Wheels, Labels): The Paper Blossom Shop on Etsy / Custom Whale Sticker Labels: Little Pig Press on Etsy / Preppy Whale Theme Napkins/Plates/Cupcake toppers: Party Pail / Anchor and Stripe Water Bottle Labels: Bump Smitten

Real Baby Shower: Hooray for Babies!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! A big cheer goes out to this DARLING "Hooray for Babies" shower from the VERY talented Becca of CAKE. {Inspiring Details for Happy Occasions}. I'm SMITTEN with the colors, a wonderful mix of yellow and aqua, which is also a nice alternative from the usual yellow and gray. Thankfully, Becca has added this printable invitation to her oh-so-lovely etsy shop. Now you too can host this adorable baby shower for your next friend, family member, neighbor, co-worker, etc.














From Becca... Last month I put together a baby shower to celebrate three dear friends who all happen to be pregnant at the same time. The 'Hooray for Babies!' theme started oddly enough as the subject line of an e-mail I sent wishing them congratulations. The more I thought on it, the more it felt like the perfect concept for a shower. Because two of the moms-to-be opted not to find out what they're having, I choose a gender neutral palette of yellow and mint green. I've always loved these colors for spring, and they worked especially well for an outdoor brunch. I wanted to keep things simple and budget friendly so I put together a simple menu and a few DiY projects to make the morning special. 

The little floral arrangements were created from baby food jars that I partially dipped in mint green paint. I wasn't sure how it would work out, but the effect was charming and allowed me the opportunity to send one home with each guest.

My favorite project to make was actually the tassel poms, a new take on the popular tassel garlands. I created the tassels from this tutorial, and fixed them to wooden dowels with a bit of hot glue. They looked great as a centerpiece on the brunch table and held up well when waved around as pom-poms. (Okay sure, the shower was for grown ups, but these would be a great activity to make with your kids).  I even used the extra tissue to make my own bits of confetti and tossed it along the table. Hooray indeed.

For dessert, Michele of
 Cakewalk Baking served as my partner in crime once again and baked up the most moist & delicious yellow cake with chocolate frosting... and as an special treat she brought over some incredible homemade macarons. Just for fun, I designed a set of hooray bunting flags and strung them across the cake between paper straws. I also ordered custom megaphone cookies from Auntie Bea's Bakery with a script hooray to coordinate with the invitation- they were a huge hit!

The favors were ribbon trimmed burp cloths that I made with Michele's help (because I can't sew to save my life), to which I attached custom 'hooray for mamas!' pennant flags. The sticks are actually just wooden rock candy sticks, ordered from 
Confetti Sunshine.

I have 
Sherry Heck to thank for all the beautiful photos of the shower details. As special treat for the moms though, I offered up a little maternity photo shoot for each of them after brunch. I never had maternity photos taken while I was pregnant with my daughter and I regret not having made it a priority... so I thought it would make a nice keepsake whether or not they were professionally done.

Brunch Menu (see below for recipes with *): Zucchini Tart w/ Smoked Gouda and Tomato*, Chicken Apple Sausage, Mixed Berries with Greek Yogurt and Pecan Granola, 'Baby' Lemon Muffins with Cream Cheese*. To Drink: Lemonade, Grapefruit Spritzers (2/3 grapefruit juice and 1/3 sparkling water with lime).



Graphic Design & Party Styling: CAKE. / Cake & Macarons: Cakewalk Baking / Cookies: Auntie Bea's Bakery / Rock Candy Sticks, Paper Straws, Cupcake Liners: Confetti Sunshine / Party Photography: Sherry Heck

Real Baby Shower: Ready to Pop!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Here's a very bright and vibrant PINK baby shower designed and also gorgeously photographed by Katie Day Photography! Love all her craftiness seen throughout these photos -- the paint swatch banner, the popcorn and pom pom centerpieces and all of the matching cupcake flags, water bottles, banners and diaper cake. I'm also in L.O.V.E. with the retro popcorn bag inspired invitations. What a fabulous design, also seen in the popcorn and food labels as well as the Mad Libs game. Simply ADORABLE!

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From Katie... I had the privilege of throwing my Bestie a baby shower. I have a confession. I. Love. parties. I love them. And I love even more throwing them for my dear friends. Allison will be the BEST mom. She already loves my Callie as if she were her own daughter and I can’t wait to do the same for her sweet Elsie. Also, the only thing Allison loves more than babies and hair-bows is popcorn. So please enjoy her perfectly-themed party. (I mean she REALLY loves popcorn. It’s ridiculous.)


Design & Photography: Katie Day Photography