Real Baby Shower: Vintage French Circus

Thursday, July 24, 2014

You know you're in for a treat when you receive a baby shower submission from Sophie Parrot and Ashley O'Bryan of The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co. Their Vintage French Circus party is simple and classically beautiful. Smitten with the color palette of pale pastels along with all the tiny details captured by Misty Sims Photography making this baby shower styled to perfection. I L.O.V.E. the mommy-to-be in the final photo, as seen below -- You can feel the joy that was shared at this special event.

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From Ashley... Baby Hal's shower was not your everyday "cake n' punch" event or a stodgy afternoon tea. Instead, this "grown-up partea" included lots of bubbly {champagne for the guests + sparkling cider for the mummy-to-be}, a tea-quila station and more fun than a Sunday afternoon can handle! 

We tailored all the decor around the client's chosen theme of "Vintage French Circus," creating a fanciful & playful environment filled with special touches & joyous moments including the hand-made matchstick boxes & paper caps {which were a big hit with the fellas}, vintage children's books, toys and flashcards and even an antique Corona typewriter with a personalized message to "King Hal." {Our mummy-to-be's favorite game was the wooden chicken pecking paddle & ball.} 

The menu included an artisan fruit & cheese display, bite-sized tea sandwiches, French macarons, tri-berry and rose vanilla petit fours. 

Guests sipped their beverages of choice from vintage highball glasses, tea cups & champagne coups and listened to French music played on an authentic phonograph or relaxed in the sunshine on the outdoor "king's throne" lounge.


Catering, Food, Rentals & Decor: The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co. / Photography: Misty Sims Photography

Bump Smitten Maternity: New Mexico

Monday, July 14, 2014

Talk about scenery... How gorgeous is this location?!?!? I love each and every one of these photos captured by Breanna Bloomquist of Blooming Images. The lighting is perfect. The setting is perfect. And most of all, the baby bump is perfect!

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From Breanna... Lori is pregnant with her second child, a baby girl. She is an aspiring photographer and so this photoshoot was a teaching tool to her. She wanted to wear something formal so I creating the feeling that went along with her outfit.


Photography: Blooming Images / Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico / Submission from Two Bright Lights

Real Baby Shower: Ready to Pop + Garland

Thursday, July 10, 2014

This baby shower is over the top bright and colorful! Smitten with the combination of purples, pinks and oranges as seen in all the decorations from Kim Keller of Craft & Honey. How cute are those coke bottles with the matching labels and straws?!?! See all the amazing details captured by photographer, Stacey Lanning, below.

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When mamma-to-be Morgan Wessel, told her her best friend and graphic designer Kim Keller she was having a baby girl, Kim immediately started designing a shower invitation. Kim knew she wanted the shower colors to be bright and cheerful and incorporate Morgan's favorite color, orange. From the invitation the rest of the party started to take shape. Kim and fellow party host Stephanie Ritchie, came up with other party details and decided to avoid a lot of the "typical baby shower items" like a diaper cake and games. Instead, the morning would be more about celebrating Morgan and her baby girl, on the way, Olivia Clair, in a fun and colorful way and of course there would be hints of glam mixed in, just like the fashionable momma-to-be (who is a market manager for a large national shoe chain).

The event took place on a beautiful early August morning at Stephanie's Moorseville, North Carolina home. As guests entered they were greeted with a guest book to sign, "Olivia and the Fairy Princess" and encouraged to write notes to baby Olivia. Guests then proceeded to sip on Mimosas (or Momosas--- orange juice and sparkling cider---for the several pregnant women at the shower) and watermelon infused water. The drink glasses were edged in pink and orange sprinkling sugars and accompanied by a gold and white paper straw to add a festive touch. The food, which was prepared by Stephanie, included several of Morgan's favorite brunch items like Ham Delights and caprese frittats. For dessert, coca-cola cupcakes with peanut butter frosting, topped them with custom monogrammed toppers were set up for guests to grab at their leisure.

During the shower a headband making station was set up and guests were able to make unique headbands for the baby girl. Guests, who included friends from High School and College, had a great time picking out the band, flower and any embellishments they wanted to add. Even the un-craftiest of the ladies had fun making headbands (which they just had to hot glue together). Tags were also provided so that Morgan knew who made each headband.

As Morgan opened opened gifts, a stack of envelopes with thank you notes that matched the invitation inside each one, were passed out so that guests could write their address on the front of each envelope. This simple idea was one of Morgan's favorite things and made getting thank you notes out after the shower so much easier.

Once all the mimosas were drank, cupcakes devoured and gifts opened, guests were given a party favor bottle of Coca-Cola classic that had a custom wrapper that said "Morgan is ready to Pop" with a paper straw attached. Regular coke has always been Morgan's non-alchoholic drink of choice so it was a fitting a favor and perfect send off for a day all about Morgan and her baby girl on the way.



Invitations, Thank You Notes, Cupcake Toppers, Name Banner, Food Tents, Signs, Coke Bottle Lables: Craft & Honey / Photography: Stacey Lanning / Cupcake Liners: Simply Baked / Wooden Forks: Sucre Shop / Gold Paper Straws: My Little Otter / Tissue Tassel: Craft & Honey / Pom Pom Cake Table Runner: Craft & Honey / Headband Supplies: Bella Diva Baby and Welch's Workshop Supplies / Location: Friends Home in Moorseville, North Carolina

Bump Video: 40 Weeks Adventure Pregnancy

Friday, July 4, 2014

Here's another wonderful stop-motion pregnancy video that I'm excited to share with you this Friday morning. It was shot in multiple countries over 40 weeks!


Videography: Beet Productions / Adventure Mama (This mother braved sub-zero temperatures in winter, scorching temperatures in summer and many other hiccups and adventures in foreign countries along the way. Tune into her blog to hear these stories.)

Bump Smitten DIY Tutorial: Baby Shower Wish Tree

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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A wish tree is a fun baby shower activity -- especially for the mommy-to-be. You can make a fun book with all the friend's thoughts and wishes PLUS photos from the baby shower. This activity doubles as a wonderfully touching gift that will be treasured for years to come.

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Materials Needed:
White Spray Paint
Glitter Spray Paint
Branches
Large Heavy Vase
Small Rocks (I also used white marshmallows)
Clothespins
Wish Cards & a Wish Sign (Download the 
Sign & Cards pictured in the tutorial)

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Lay out a bunch of old newspaper
2. Spray paint your cut tree branches white (or a different color of your choice) on all sides
3. Let dry
4. Once dry, spray paint the white branches with your silver glitter (or a different glitter of your choice)
5. Arrange in your large heavy vase
6. Fill the vase with rocks or marshmallows
7. Set up your wish tree table with a sign, wish cards, a pen and clothespins.



Tutorial & Photography: Elizabeth from Bump Smitten