Real Baby Shower: Pink and Paris

Monday, June 30, 2014

Jaye Kogut Photography was not only the photographer, but also the amazing event planner for this fabulous Parisian themed shower. C'est Magnifique! Hosted at New Jersey's Cafe Paris, the perfect setting for a french themed soirĂ©e, this baby shower had the most stunning dessert table -- a mixture of parisian accents with pink, red and white goodies. And... If that wasn't enough... Jaye has also shared the OH SO CUTE baby photos here. Yeah!

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From Jessica... The inspiration came from Bernadette. She visited France a few years ago and fell in love with the culture, the food and the atmosphere. When her family found out she was pregnant, her best friend and sister threw her the best shower a girl can get - Parisian themed! Everything was DIY at this shower. The cupcakes AND cupcake stand were hand made - the candy buffet was garnished with all feminine/girly colors; red, pinks and whites. French Macaroons were even shipped in from France! The bouquets were handmade by the hostesses and adorned with black glittery bows that the soon-to-be grandma helped create! The paris and travel themed books were from Michaels along with the Eiffel tower wish card stand (which was actually a jewelry stand -how clever!) The wish cards were made in lieu of a guest book and let the guests finish sayings like "I hope you love.....I hope you learn...". The mom to be was ecstatic and completely surprised by this shower. It took place at a beautiful small FRENCH cafe in the heart of Metuchen, New Jersey, with real fresh, French cuisine. The pink 'french' Essie nail polish and nail file favors were adorable and of course, no baby shower is complete without cute baby outfits and gifts to open!


Event Planning & Photography: Jaye Kogut Photography / Restaurant: Cafe Paris / Invitations and menus: Paper Heart Company

Bump Smitten Maternity: Samantha Goh Photography

Friday, June 27, 2014

How can you not be smitten with this beautiful couple and parents-to-be in this gorgeous outdoor setting?!?! Samantha Goh has a way of capturing the light and beauty in everything that she photographs. Enjoy all these precious moments Samantha has thankfully captured and shared with us!

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From Samantha... Back in the fall, I had the opportunity to photograph a wonderful couple, Jenny and Andrew, as they were expecting their baby girl. The two of them share an enviable love with one another and are just so at ease in each other’s arms. I couldn’t be happier for them! We decided to do their maternity session in Prospect Park, where they had the beautiful fall foliage as their backdrop.


Photography: Samantha Goh / Location: Prospect Park in Brooklyn

Real Baby Shower: Gray & Yellow Trains

Thursday, June 26, 2014

So... as you know I am already a sucker for yellow and gray baby showers. But throw in some choo choo trains on top of that and I'm SMITTEN. The very talented Dominique Albrecht of Bough & Annex threw this gorgeous baby shower to mirror the beautifully designed nursery -- with yellow and gray suitcases, burlap garlands, a bright and cheerful lemonade bar and postcards to welcome him home from his journey into the world. Enjoy!

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From Dominique... I had such a great time putting on this gray and yellow train baby shower for sweet Duran and his gorgeous mama-to-be Jessica. A week before the shower, her grandmother passed away and we had to reschedule the event. I wanted to make this a time to display all of the love of family and friends she has in her life.

Because of a smaller, strict budget I had to do a lot of things in house, literally. The shower was hosted at my own home and I did a lot of the projects.

Jessica did an amazing job decorating Duran's nursery, all centered around grays, yellows and trains. I wanted to work right off of that fun theme when planning the shower. My first thought was what's more fun and bright than lemonade? Especially being in warm San Diego weather!

The Lemonade Bar was my favorite part of the shower. The table was draped in a nice natural cloth, I used some solid yellow wrapping paper in the middle of the table from Paper Source to break up the color and add a little extra protection under the drink dispensers. I draped the letter from twine "D" for Duran in the center of the paper. On the table was a pewter vintage train that Jess could add to Duran's nursery.

Over the table, I draped some greenery garland and added a "Lemonade" burlap banner to give the room a nice rustic feel.

On the table were mason jars that i wrapped with brown twine and attached a wooden tag too so guests could write their initials to keep track of their glasses. I added a sign from a gray frame I owned that said "Grab a glass, Add your initials, Its yours for the night". In each jar was a gray and white striped straw with a yellow flag made of washi tape that I cut myself.

I made 3 types of lemonade: Pink, Mint & Ginger, and my own "Vintage" blend which was traditional lemonade. Also, I cut up fresh strawberries and lemons and also had bowls of of blueberries, fresh mint and maraschino cherries for guests to add to their drinks.

My talented friend and best friend of the mom-to-be made the sweetest 2-tier rustic cake with fresh white hydrangeas adorning it. Each tier was a different flavor - chocolate and vanilla - with berry filling between the layers. It was incredible! 


The cake and cake-stand were perched on top of a mini suit cases in yellow that I found at Land of Nod. Another pewter train was next to a white painted vase of more fresh white hydrangeas. Using a custom stamp, I stamped "Welcome Duran" onto all of the cake napkins and we used wooden forks, all arranged in another mini yellow suit case. The cake table was covered in some gray chevron burlap fabric that I found on sale at my local Joanne's fabric. More greenery and a burlap banner with "Duran" was draped over a mirror I used as the backdrop.

Each guest took home a little brown kraft bag filed with teabags, stamped with "Welcome Duran" and closed by a mini clothes pin.

Before they left, I asked everyone to send Duran a "postcard" to welcome him on his journey into the world. The little postcard were filled out and then dropped into a little gray suitcase for Jessica to take home and read.

We had such a great time and we are so looking forward to meeting sweet baby Duran!



Design & Event Planner: Dominique Albrecht of Bough&Annex / Cake: Anna Bundy / Custom Burlap Banner: Southern Wedding Belle / "Welcome Duran" stamp: MJs Art Stamps / Vases: Anthropologie / Straws: Puppycat Crafts / Kraft Bags: Bella Creationz4u / Suitcases: Land of Nod / Cake table fabric: Joann Fabrics

Bump Smitten DIY Tutorial: Popsicle Garland

Monday, June 23, 2014

With summer finally here and popsicles on the brain, I just HAD to share this garland tutorial with you! It's the perfect addition to your next ice cream, "Ready to Pop" or "She's About to Pop" shower theme. Kathleen of Snowdrop and Company recently featured this on Oh Happy Day and I am OH SO HAPPY she did. This cute and easy tutorial can be found here.

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Click here for even more photos and the step-by-step tutorial


DIY Tutorial & Photography: Kathleen of Snowdrop and Company  / Featured on Oh Happy Day

Bump Video: Our Little Baby Bump

Saturday, June 21, 2014

T.G.I.F. I'll leave you this Friday afternoon with a very cute video produced by Ryan Dailsay. I'm totally adoring this couple's unique way of announcing if they are having a boy or girl! Enjoy the surprise and have a wonderful weekend.



Videography: Ryan Dailsay

Real Baby Shower: Vintage Fabrics

Friday, June 20, 2014

Amanda and Jessica, the girls behind Be Crafty, have put together this whimsical baby shower made from all sorts of vintage fabrics and lace. I was beyond excited to preview these gorgeous photos since I have been admirer of Amanda from the day I featured one of earlier Baby Showers on Bump Smitten. She has an amazing eye for detail and I love all her DIY crafts. Be sure to check out her upcoming workshops throughout the country!

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From Amanda... On Saturday Jessica and I hosted a little baby shower gathering for our sweet friend Jenna. Just short of a year have I known Jenna. We meet at our winter Be Crafty creative weekend retreat. I felt an instant friendship and am in awe by her creativeness, and her passion for her handmade business.

After finding out Jenna was expecting Jessica and I thought it would be fun to throw her a little shower at our studio. With Jenna's love for sewing and fabric we knew we had to have a vintage fabric theme.

We hung fabric wrapped lampshades from the ceiling along with my hanky lampshade that I added lance and pom pom yarn too.

This past spring while out thrifting I found these beautiful pink plates. I was so excited to finally have the chance to use them at a party. Each place setting had a pink plate, and a different patterned hanky for their napkin. Lace and glitter yarn were wrapped around the painted bamboo silverware.

Look at this cake. Yes it was at good as it looked!!! I will admit that it is my all time favorite, vanilla coconut. I convinced Jessica that we had to get it for the shower. If you are in Minneapolis check out YUM. They will sell you just a piece, and you will probably hate me for telling you because you will want to eat an entire cake ...

With a crafty group, we had to have a little crafting fun as we all know baby "O" will one day grow up to love crafting. We each painted and stamped with doily stencils creating cute onesies for Jenna to take home with her. I have heard that you can never have enough onesies.

As we sat around the table eating cake, smelling the beautiful flowers, laughing and hearing all about the dream's Jenna has for her new family and Baby "O". I soaked in the day as we gathered and celebrated. I pray daily for Jenna and all the new mom's as they take this new journey into motherhood.



Design & Event Planning: Amanda and Jessica of Be Crafty / Cake: YUM / Flowers: A Day in Provence

DIY Tutorials: Bump Smitten Paper Cones

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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You've probably seen these paper cones in a good number of online baby showers. They are easy-to-make and so darn cute!! A great way to serve caramel popcorn, candy or anything else small and sweet. You can use any type of paper (preferably of a thicker stock) for both the cones and stands to match your baby shower theme and/or color palette. Enjoy!

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Materials Needed:
6" square pieces of paper
Large sheet of white paper or wrapping paper
Styrofoam blocks
Double-sided tape or regular tape
Ruler
Exacto knife
Scissors

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Paper Cones:
1. Fold down one edge of the paper, which will be the bottom of the cone.
2. Put double-sided tape or glue on the bottom edge to the left of your fold.
3. Gently, roll the cone until secure with tape or glue
4. Repeat until done

Paper Cone Stand:
1. Measure and make initial holes in styrofoam with a pointy pen. If using 11x17 paper and a 12" inch styrofoam blocks, shoot for three evenly spaced holes at 2", 6" and 10".
2. Make the holes larger with a marker or highlighter - you'll want the holes to be about a half inch diameter for the cones to sit securely
3. Place the styrofoam on top of your sheet of paper. Center and trace around the styrofoam and mark the cone holes.
4. Remove the styrofoam and cut a small "X" where you've marked the holes
5. Wrap the styrofoam, like a present with tape. (Make sure the holes line up)
6. Place the cones in the slots

Optional: Secure the stands to the table with tape if your putting something a little heavier in the cones such as M & M's


Tutorial & Photography: Elizabeth from Bump Smitten