One shower in particular grabbed my attention, because I loved the whimsy of it and the use of color. So I borrowed the idea of using tissue poms as clouds (which I bought from Paperwhite Designs) and hanging strands of raindrops underneath, as well as serving drinks in mason jars outfitted with striped paper straws and punched-out clouds. I'd also seen a shower where they used a crib to hold the presents, and I thought that was such a cute idea. So when I spotted a vintage bassinet at a neighborhood garage sale (for $3, nonetheless), I snatched it up.
So those were the three things I knew from the beginning I wanted to do, but I still had to figure out what to do with the food table (and what food to serve), and other little bits of decor here and there. One bonus was we had gone up to Omaha to help my brother and Mikki move into their new house, which included painting the nursery. They aren't finding out the sex of Baby D until he/she is born, so we used the color scheme for the nursery as inspiration for shower decorations, with pink for if it's a girl, and orange if it's a boy.
As far as food, I knew I wanted all finger foods so we didn't have to worry about utensils and people not having a table at which to eat (I know we've all been to a party where something needs to be cut and we have to awkwardly do it on our laps...). So we ended up serving three kinds of bruschetta, spinach-and-artichoke bites and stuffed pea pods. To drink, we mixed together lemonade and blue Kool-Aid for a pretty teal punch, and also served water and Moscato wine. As for dessert, I knew it would be cupcakes, which means they had to be from Sweet Art, a bakery here in Tower Grove that, in my opinion, serves the best ones in town.
To decorate the table, we did a fabric strand backdrop where we tied the strips onto an antique dressing screen gifted to me by my mom's co-worker. Originally, we were going to hang them behind the couch to decorate the two huge windows there, but once it was made, I thought it would be an awesome backdrop for the table. And with the fabric I had left over, I made another one to hang in the window of the front door so people who hadn't been to our place would know which bell to ring.
Other than that, I made a "Showered With Love" banner to hang across the windows; some prayer cards for Baby D that guests filled out and we put into an album; my mom put together some beautiful, all-yellow flower arrangements in blue Ball jars; and my cousin Kara made these amazing shower scrub favors that she tinted the same teal color we were using through the decorations. Being the absent-minded photographer that I am, I forgot to take a picture of them, but I can assure you they were super cute. :)
|Cutest mommy-to-be ever. Oh, and you see that crocheted giraffe? Yeah, my cousin made it. She's pretty darn talented.|
Overall, I think everyone had a good time, and thanks to the amazing women of my family, it was a fairly stress-free event to put together. So thank you Kara, Kara's Cricut (haha), mom, Jen, Grandma and Tricia and Katlyn for your help in crafting decorations, food and drinks. You're the best! :)