Real Baby Shower: Shabby Chic Books

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Talk about attention to detail... W.O.W. I don't think Jessica of Design House of Moira missed a thing when designing this exceptional baby shower. I love, love, love all of the different chandeliers that were made out of book pages and crystals as well as the table runner and personalized food and drink labels. SOOO creative! And make sure you check out the invitation and its packaging. ADORABLE! Lastly, lets not forget the person responsible for bringing this shower to us... Thanks Lauren Michal for all the gorgeous photos!

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From JessicaExpecting mama Gaea is a creative woman working in the graphic design industry. It was her passion for design and her playful spirit that inspired this darling book themed baby shower we created for her. We loved the whimsical way the pages of books have been used to create such beautiful, sculptural decor all throughout the space, including tree garlands and a stunning table runner.

For the design, we started with the invitation design. I knew I wanted to include illustrations and artwork, as well as hand lettering. I also knew I wanted to think of an interesting method of shipping. So I ordered an antique set of children’s classics from eBay (the same set my mom has as a little girl) and I tucked the invitation set into the book, wrapped it in brown paper and into the post they went. The suites themselves included the invitation, reply card, a bookplate and a request to have the guests bring their favorite book to start baby Claire’s library. I also included a bookmark so people knew to open the book when they got it in the mail. 


The shower itself included shades of pinks, corals and oranges. I rummaged the throw away books from our local thrift store and disassembled them to create chandeliers, tables-capes, sculptures, table runners and centerpieces. All the food and beverage was also book themed, including Jack and the Beanstalk tea sandwiches, Neverland Swords (caprese salad on mini skewers), Humpty Dumpty deviled eggs, 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea shrimp, and so on. 

 Rather than shower games, I gave this creative group the task of creating onesies for little Claire. I prepped the project with fat quarters in matching colors, and ironed on the first side of iron-on backing. Guests then cut out their shapes, ironed them on, and added details in paint and fabric pens. I was blown away by the amazing artwork that resulted!


Event design, rentals, catering, and invitations: Design House of Moira / Photography: Lauren Michal

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Real Baby Shower: Bees Shower

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

First, I wanted to apologize that I've been MIA for a couple of years. As most of you can understand, between being a mother, wife and full-time graphic designer, I had very little time for anything else. And... if I did have time, I was WAY TOO tired. :) I am glad to report that I am back blogging and am excited to share more baby showers, maternity & baby photos and DIY projects.

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This bright and colorful, yet neutral, BEE themed baby shower is super sweet! I love all the personal touches from event planner, Emily Elizabeth Events and the mommy-to-be.  There are a ton of DIY ideas that are beautifully captured by Jennifer Davis Photography, such as the fabric streamers, the beehive table, and all the different chalkboard labels. Its all about the little details!!

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From Emily… Erica had a lot of sweet ideas for a “jack and jill” baby shower and she pulled me in to help both with the overall vision and itsy-bitsy details. Inspired by her father-in-law’s beekeeping, we made bees the theme and chose a unisex color palette for a more modern look. We went for a simple elegance and shabby chic elements such as the re-purposed beehive that greeted guests as they entered the space. 

Erica and John held their tented BBQ in the backyard with the bees and they and their guests enjoyed a few hours of sunny weather despite a weekend that was otherwise plagued by tornado warnings and rain. It was important to them that they include all their friends and family members in the celebration, including babies and kids, and thus hosted a gathering in which more than 100 of their nearest and dearest attended. Erica also showcased the talents of her cousins who provided their event planning, photography, and catering services, making it truly a family affair. It was a relaxed afternoon with something for everyone. Lawn games, socializing, and comfort food gave it a laid back atmosphere that everyone enjoyed. 

BBQ classics were accompanied by lemonade, sangria, beer, and wine for the adults in attendance, while the dessert buffet catered to all. Doozies Donuts provided a smoothie station, chocolate fondue and dipping ingredients, as well as a mini donut station where donuts were made to order. Needless to say, the sweets were one of the highlights of the party and no one got away without trying at least one of the tasty treats! 

DIY projects by Erica and EEE (Emily Elizabeth Events) included the fabric streamers hung in the tent and above the buffet, glass bottle and daisy centerpieces, baby clothesline, chalkboard food/beverage labels, rolled napkins, and guest book baby libs. Both the baby bottle chocolates and bee and hive cookie favors were creations by Erica’s aunt. The cookies were then decorated by hand by Erica and a couple girlfriends. Mason jars, drink dispensers, and galvanized kitchen items will all be used again for future parties hosted by Erica and John. The art prints and wood toys that were incorporated in the décor will soon be put to good use in the baby’s nursery. 

Jennifer Davis Photography captured all the lovely details and gave the soon-to-be parents some great memories to start their next chapter!

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Event Planner: Emily Elizabeth Events / Photography: Jennifer Davis Photography / Dessert & Smoothie Station: Doozies Mini Donuts