When you see someone you know in the grocery store, do you approach them and say hello? Or do you head in the opposite direction and hope they didn’t spot you? I’m not going to lie to you, I’m in the second camp. Of course, it ultimately depends on who the person is. But in general, my inner introvert takes over and tells me to run.
That same inner introvert only kept in touch with one friend (my best friend) from high school. It wasn’t that I didn’t have other friends that attended my high school. It was just that life moved on and I’m not that great at keeping in touch (keep mind that this was before Facebook made it possible to know where your third grade teacher had dinner last night). In any case, it was through my best friend (and a good amount of luck) that I eventually reconnected with Whitney 9 years after high school graduation.
Whitney is a seriously beautiful person inside and out. Sure she’s tall, blond, and gorgeous; but she’s also smart, warm, and generous. I am so grateful we were brought together again and that I didn’t listen to my inner introvert that was nervous about reconnecting with an old friend. I was fortunate enough to attend her wedding a few years ago and I’m happy to report that her husband is also a genuinely nice and good person… definitely a keeper. They had their first baby girl earlier this year and I got to co-host Whitney’s baby shower along with 3 other girls.
I kicked off my design process with a custom inspiration board and then started work on the invitation. The nursery silhouette and the color palette of grey, bright pink and aqua were modern and fun without being too juvenile. We decided to include a registry insert with the invitation that also included a request to bring a book for the baby in lieu of a card.
(Please don’t ask about that watermelon baby carriage. It’s a long story!)
From that point, duties were divided among the 3 co-hosts. I focused on the printable designs, some other aspects of the decor, and the sweets table. The backdrop for the dessert table was a custom poster framed by paper fans on either side. I used wrapping paper as a runner to cover the top of the buffet and strung a tissue tassel garland along the front of it. Baked goods included carrot cupcakes, coconut-lime cupcakes, decorated sugar cookies, brownie bites, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and molasses spice cookies.
Guests were seated outside under the patio cover that was adorned with hanging tissue poms, paper lanterns, and crystals. The gorgeous floral centerpieces featured hydrangea, tulips, and mums.
It was an exceptionally warm day for March, so we served the food inside. We also moved indoors for games and opening gifts. It was a beautiful event and the best part was getting to shower the mama-to-be with tons of love, gifts, and well-wishes. Now that baby girl has arrived, I’m not-so-secretly hoping that I can be involved in planning a first birthday party next year.
Party Styling and Printables: a la Mo
DIY Tissue Tassels: Pizzazzerie
DIY Tissue Poms: Martha Stewart
DIY Cupcake Stand: Annie’s Eats