July 26, 2012

Savvy Parties... Baby Shower

As I mentioned before I took a few days off, I threw a baby shower for one of my dearest friends this last weekend!  She is expecting her first baby, a boy Hudson Lee at the end of August.  I could not be more excited for her!

When I was thinking of what sort of theme for the shower I kept landing on this baby blanket she picked up at Pottery Barn kids:

So I went with a navy and white striped theme with little pops of green...

There are the invitations I found on Etsy:

And the party turned into this...

I wanted to keep the decor more stylish than baby.  And after spending 5 seconds looking at her Pinterest page... I knew what direction I was going.  We {I had lots of help from 3 other fabulous friends} kept the food simple with small bites and snacks:

Potato wrapped in bacon w. Loaded potato dip
Greek yogurt and avocado dip w. pita chips
Veggie cups w. peppercorn ranch
Strawberry and Pineapple skewers w. vanilla bean sour cream dip
Meatballs w. pineapple glaze and pineapples
Caprese  salad on a stick
Tortellini cups w. arugula and pistachio pesto

For dessert we whipped up blue cotton candy {with togo bags} and purchased mini bunt cakes from a local bakery and served them in mini mason jars to eat there or take home.

Mason jars were also used to serve white citrus sangria and cucumber water.

If there was any theme it might have been mason jars... so very the mom to be!  I used them for centerpieces, adding a bit of green color with limes at the bottom of the jars.  We also made homemade soy candles in the crystal cut version as thank you favors {a tutorial to come soon!}.

I am so not a big shower game person!  And quite honestly, I don't think I have ever met a person that loved shower games... so instead I chose an activity for the party.  Even though the blanket I based this whole shower off of was going in the nursery... it was not the whole theme of the nursery.  The parents are young and funky so they wanted a mix of pattern, new, and vintage.  So I suggested doing the alphabet in different shapes and colors for the wall.  {sort of like Sarah Richardson did in one of her shows...}.  So I picked up craft wood letters at Hob Lob in different styles and sizes.  Then I picked 5 different colors of blue, green, and white spray paint and gave them a base color.  At the shower I laid out all the letters, brushes, and acrylic paint and let the guest go to town decorating them.  At first I wanted to do this outside... but in 100 degrees we quickly moved it indoors!  The guests loved it, once they let their artist came out!

Here is the beautiful mom to be!  I am so excited for them!
We all know that baby Hudson is going to be amazing!


LindsB said...

Cutest baby shower ever! All of those details and the painted letters- I'm pinning all of these ideas!!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

You knocked it out of the park! Everything looks lovely and excellent idea about working on the letters instead of playing those dopy shower games. Good times! :)

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Just about the coolest and best ideas for a shower I have ever seen..and you don't like baby showers! Wow you did one great job! The letters were an ingenious replacement for games!
The FUN came through! Bravo!!!

Maury Kilgo said...

What a fun baby shower! I love the colors and the theme. So cute.

Tamsyn said...

This party looks gorgeous!! I'm thinking about navy and green for the colors in my new baby's room. It's such a sweet, yet masculine combination :)

Katy said...

Very sweet shower--you are such a thoughtful friend! I love the navy/light green scheme. And that food...oh man! So jealous.

Courtney said...

Wow!! What a fantastic party it must have been!! I haven't ever been to a baby shower - we don't really have them much here in Australia - now I want to have another baby just to have a baby shower!!!
Just kidding! ;-)