Chrissy is one of my dearest friends and this fall, she and her husband Charlie will have their first child.
A little boy.
Unfortunately, when her son and my girls are teens we’ll have to cease being friends…..because he will no doubt be an adorable heartbreaker and we can’t have broken hearts in my house…
But, I digress.
I had the honor of planning Chrissy’s baby shower with another good friend, and let me tell you, it was SO much fun. It all came together so well, I couldn’t help but share it with all of you.
This was my very first big themed event. I planned one other party that was organized decor-wise, but nothing on this scale. And while I don’t think event planning is a future career, I do believe I will have to plan parties like this again for family, friends….or you know, myself.
The baby shower we planned was a Chic Alice theme. It was inspired by a bridal photo shoot we saw at Party Wishes – you’ll have to pop over there and then come back to tell me if we pulled it off.
On a side note, don’t you love how Chrissy made her outfit a “Mad Hatter meets Baby” ensemble by adding that fun bow and flower broach? She is so stylishly clever.
Ok, onto the decor….
This is the dessert table complete with crooked Alice cake from Bella Cakes in Virginia. We sent them the link to the cake we saw at Party Wishes and they did not disappoint.
On one side of the table, we had apothecary jars – one with green wrapped Lindt Chocolates and one with corks to add in a natural element. I found the sage Fleurs box at Ross. It was intended as a planter, but I used it for the cutlery and napkins. I cut some rose buds from my rose bushes and bunched them up on top of an espresso stained pillar candle stand to round out the display on that side of the table.
We put fruit tarts, fudge and baklava (from The Fresh Market) in pastry stands which I placed on top of my antique wooden boxes that hold my grandmother’s silver. The crocheted overlay on the table was made by my husband’s grandmother. The other linens were purchased from CV Linens online. I found the pastry stands at Ross for half the price of the swankier entertaining supplier Williams-Sonoma. If you give yourself enough time to hunt down some of these items, you can really find some wonderful goodies at Ross and TJ Maxx. These discount stores were a saving grace for me in regards to the ol’ budget.
I found the Baby Love sign at i wished for you on Etsy. What I appreciated about this vendor is their willingness to do a quick turnaround. I found them and fell in love with their burlap signs. It was the natural element I was looking to add to the decor but since I found them two short weeks before the shower, I wasn’t sure it would get here in time. They assured me they could do it and early in the week before the shower, the sign was in my mailbox.
This is the fireplace mantle in our living room. On a regular day, you’ll find my family in those frames, but I transformed it into a decorative element for the shower by placing pictures of Chrissy and her baby bump, ultrasounds and a picture of Chrissy and her husband Charlie together. We finished it off with a string of baby clothes and a sign that read….
This was another find on Etsy from Low Key Creations and the great part – it was very inexpensive! I sent it home with the Mother-to-be as a keepsake.
This is the table set up. We converted our living room for the event. My husband is the master of furniture moving and managed to fit all of our living room furniture in the dining room to create a cozy seating area at the front of the house so we had the space to make this a more formal luncheon event.
The table linens were all purchased at CV Linens online. It’s a pretty inexpensive event linen company that I have used once before. I was able to use chair covers and chair ties to cover my coffee tables for the gift area.
I was able to keep the table settings pretty inexpensive by using my regular dinner plates that happen to be ivory with a subtle design imprinted. The “chargers” were just circle place mats which was my compromise for real chargers which can run $10-20 each. The placemats were only $3 each which allowed for me to have the effect of a charger without the large expense. The napkins, napkin rings and placemat chargers were all found at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
These were the centerpieces – we stacked colorful antique teacups on top of antique books. I found the teacups at a local antique shop and while they were expensive, I looked at them as investment pieces. I found the antique Alice in Wonderland book on Etsy. The bud bases were found at Wal-mart.
This was the food table! On the menu for the luncheon – mini-crabcakes with remoulade sauce, tomato mozzarella skewers, mini- chicken salad croissant sandwiches, Spinach Salad with Shrimp and Feta, Orzo Salad (not pictured – oops!) and a vegetable tray. The decorative display included a framed clock image and a rabbit sculpture that my friend Megan found a local gift shop near her home. You can’t have an Alice themed shower without the rabbit! The serving dishes were all found at Target and Mikasa, the wooden pedestals with the sandwiches and framed pictures are Pottery Barn.
We had iced tea and lemonade for drinks. The drink dispensers had “Drink Me” framed signs draped over the top. The dispenser on the left is Pottery Barn and the on the right is from a department store in my friend Megan’s hometown.
We had the option to spike the drinks with Vodka for those of us celebrating the fact that we’re done with being pregnant…..I have twins….I’m good. Bring on the booze.
Finally, we had the favors for the guests set up on an entry way table that I covered with another white chair cover and a sage overlay. My friend Megan found these adorable “A Baby is Brewing” teabags that were personalized with the Mom-to-be’s name and shower date – I haven’t found the link for these specific teabags, but there are many options online for similar favors. It was the perfect addition to the teacups found at World Market which were handed out to guests as they left.
The rabbit stone picture was found at the same local gift shop in my friend Megan’s home town mentioned earlier. Her rabbits brought everything together so well – I had no luck myself finding them, so it was great. The clock was from Wal-mart. Linens were CV Linens.
All of the flowers throughout the shower were seasonal bouquets from Costco – ordering from a florist would have been a lot more expensive, so this was our compromise.
We had a lovely time celebrating this wonderful milestone in our friend’s life. It was a big hit and I was so tickled to plan it with the help of my friend Megan. I know that I have some lasting memories from that day and it was such an honor to share this day with all of Chrissy’s family and friends. I hope you enjoyed reliving it with me!
Do you enjoy planning events like this? Have you ever planned something similar? Link it up in the comments section so I can see. I love new inspiration for future parties.