I had the opportunity to throw a baby shower for a sweet friend of mine and I was super excited! Her mother was my co-host, but I knew she'd leave the design details up to me and let me run with it. And with great power, comes great amount of time spent on trying to think up perfection! :)
The first order of business....come up with an invitation. This was the hardest part for some reason. I spent a month creating a bunch of different designs until I scratched them all and went with my gut. My biggest challenge being that the location already had a very specific theme going on. It was at a Key West Style hotel and the room we were renting was called "The Hemingway". Sooo you pretty much get the idea. But I wasn't going to let that free-styling cat lover get the best of me. Only I didn't want to do another coastal party. And I LOVE anything coastal as does the mommy-to-be. But I was REALLY intent on leaving the baby whale out to sea this time.
The nursery was going to be lilac and green. The only room in her house that wasn't ocean inspired and I decided we were going purple and green! And we were going to purple and green the crap out of this room. I then found the perfect digital papers and THE PERFECT vintage tricycle to go with it. And thus was born the invitation. I hand applied a rhinestone onto the purple flower on each invite and it was the perfect amount of 'bling'. I carried that same purple flower over to the outside of the envelopes that read "You're invited...". It all felt very official at this point and it was on to the details.
I was very set on putting my time and efforts into this party to make it that much more special for her. I wanted to make a long fabric pendent banner to go across a long bank of windows and I thought how cute for her to keep it for the nursery as well (and what am I getting myself into, I only bought my first sewing machine a month ago!). I had pinned a yarn letter a while back and wanted to add that to the mix as well. It's amazing how much time you can spend on the littlest of details. And sometimes you think, will anyone even notice this? I'm going to walk away from this party with no discernible fingerprints left from the hot glue and will anyone even care? They totally do! And it made it all worth the months of details. I think my best bet will be to walk through the party via photographs. Oh yeah, I also played photographer. There should be an official rule, if you host, you can not also be in charge of photos. You find yourself furiously snapping with no regard for settings as you try to beat those on time guest! Late guests are largely undervalued. :)
One of the first things I decided on were the favors. Lilac filled burlap satchels. 1. Because it seemed very fitting all considering and 2. I was still trying to get rid of the 5lbs of lavender I had purchased for my wedding in 2005. 5lbs of lavender is A LOT of lavender. And Ironically, (due to the size of the satchels) I didn't have enough for this and wound up ordering another pound. DOH! I ironed on the tricycle to each one of them via t-shirt transfers. Tied them up with purple baker's twine and attached a thank you label. The mommy-to-be was trying to stake claim on the entire basket they smelled so good.
Additionally, I wanted to do a small candy buffet. Nothing major, but all the food was being taken care of by the location and this was a way I could personalize it a little more. I designed Hershey Nugget wraps (and most certainly did not resist the temptation to make sure the chocolate was still fresh at all times) and Hershey Kiss labels for two 5lb bags of each! (I have a thing with 5lb bags, don't I?) I imported the kiss designs to silhouette and cut them out on sticker sheets with my cameo. Made that process a littler easier to grab a sticker and go! I was told over and over I was nuts!
I went simplicity on desert. Good old fashioned cupcakes. Easy to eat and self serve. And Publix never fails on making them delicious. Now I will tell you that Publix and I have a different views on desert styling. I really think the lady red marked my order with a big warning after I gasped at the idea of a sheet cake (which I would eat faster than you can say sheet cake) and asked them not to use the star tip for the icing on the cupcakes. But after I gave her a copy of the invitation she understood and even glitter dusted all my cupcakes having seen the rhinestone. On record, I ate at least two of them.
Digital Paper used to design invite: Mulberry Lane Papers from Etsy
Vintage Tricycle graphic used to design invite: Room 29 Etsy Shop
Online Printing Company(that printed my invite design): Digital Lizard
Polka Dot Balloons: Polka Dot Market
Green & Purple Sparkle Gumballs: Polka Dot Market
Hanging Crystals: Party Spin
36" Jumbo Balloon: Balloon Maniacs
Paper Umbrellas & Lanterns: Luna Bazaar
Various Fabric: JoAnns
Burlap Satches: Uline