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Real Baby Shower: Vintage Pickles & Ice Cream


Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Smitten with this romantic twins baby shower designed by Patricia of Karma Flowers. They were not only the party stylists, but also the fabulous florists. I especially L.O.V.E. the raw floral cotton centerpieces -- simply breathtaking!

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From Patricia... To begin, we knew we needed a shower concept {the word "theme" makes me itch} that had two components because our family is welcoming twins. Pickles and Ice Cream just seemed too cute of an cliche to pass up, and it was an idea we knew we could put our vintage spin on, especially in the venue we had booked. We chose The Harvest Moon Inn because of it's quaint and homey feel and more importantly, because of its delicious menu. Lunch included an heirloom salad, a hearty soup, and a scrumptious main dish. 

Being that we specialize in flowers, we knew we wanted to incorporate a variety of stems in the table and room decor. There were blush peonies and ivory roses, as well as, some good 'ol carnations and button mums, which provided just enough visual interest and texture. But the real show stopper was the raw floral cotton we placed in the center of the four tables in vintage loom needles and vases. The structure of the dome cotton arrangements was perfectly complemented by the looseness of the various other arrangements placed on the window sills and ledges throughout the room. Vintage ice cream churners and pickle jars were also scattered about. With the lace curtains pulled tight so that the light had to fight hard to cast the perfect glow, and the fireplace lit, the feeling in the room was, in a sense, nostalgic and romantic.

The menus at each place setting were adorned with a funny little conversation starter. Referencing pickles and ice cream, we reminded everyone that the best things in life come in pairs {touche!} and that John and Luna would be no different! We then went on to list some other interesting, tried, tested and true food pairings {some popular, others not so much}. And just in case anyone wanted to give them a whirl, we provided the real recipes for three of them on the back {Pizza Deviled Eggs, Beer Pancakes, and Black Bean Brownies.} Yum.

We were lucky in that Pickles and Ice Cream themselves {hand puppets can be quite busy} made an appearance and posed for pictures long enough for guests to create an "Adventures of Pickles and Ice Cream" storybook made from random craft materials and a little ingenuity. In all seriousness, while I purchased the socks and decorations that would become these two adorable characters, it was my large, blurry stepfather that would sit on his dining room table floor with a hot glue gun to bring them to life {true story}. The storybook table was not without at least one visitor throughout the entire shower and my sister and her husband have a storybook comprised of twenty-odd individual adventures, created and autographed by the friends and family anxiously waiting for these bundle of joys to arrive.

As a partying gift, every guest received delightful recipe cards so they can continue to capture their favorite food pairings, stuffed in vintage ice cream and pickle favor bags. The favors were loaded into an old tin bucket where they were displayed until they were passed out at the end of the lunch.

You know, we do plenty of events throughout, but there is always something to be said for designing an event that you have a real, true, personal connection to. My sister, her husband, and the guests all seemed to really enjoy themselves and so the pleasure, really, was all mine.



Floral and Event Decor: Karma Flowers Lebanon, NJ / Photography: Ash Mari Photography, Pennsylvania / Raw Cotton: Floral Cotton Waldorf, MD / Banner: Moving Beauty, http://www.etsy.com/shop/movingbeauty / Venue: The Harvest Moon Inn, Ringoes, NJ