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A couple weeks ago a few friends and I hosted a baby shower for our dear friend Emily. She is having a baby boy, due on New Years Day. We are all so excited to welcome her little one into the world.

Emily’s husband, Jesse, is at talented musician so we wanted to incorporate a subtle music theme throughout the shower. We kept the decor fairly light and focused on serving really great food, with small, special touches.

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I made the cupcake flags and they were extremely easy. I just googled vintage sheet music and printed out a couple images I found, then cut out flag shapes, and glued them to toothpicks. The whole thing cost about a dollar (I already had some stock paper) and about 30 minutes to assemble.

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We served simple cupcakes from Target bakery and delicious macarons from Whole Foods.

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The dessert set up along with her vintage music invite displayed in a frame (purchased the printable invitation file from Etsy).

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We had fall-inspired decor such as these berries. The candles were for each guest and once Emily is in labor we will send around a text-chain for Emily to send well-wishes and light their candles.

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Delicious anti-pasti skewers

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Two different types of salads. I can only remember one; it had avocado, grapefruit, toasted pine nuts and poppyseed dressing. Delicious. 

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The food set-up. The shower was hosted at 1pm, so we served appetizers, desserts, coffee, hot chocolate, sparkling water and a lavender-infused champagne cocktail.

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I provided two different kinds of toppings for crostini. This was the brushchetta (super easy, just cut up cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, add a splash of balsamic vinegar, 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and salt/pepper to taste).

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The second crostini topping was one of my favorites, parmesan artichoke.

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An assortment of macarons. These were devoured quickly. 

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I purchased pretty, fall flowers from Target and arranged them in multiple mason jars.

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The adorable momma-to-be

The events/parties I’ve been hosting lately are a bit more laid back then I’ve previously executed. And I’m ok with that. Now I enlist lots of help (or be sure to always co-host as opposed to doing it all by myself) and limit decor. This shower was still an incredible time spent with good friends and delicious food. It was all about focusing on the mom-to-be and her journey towards motherhood.

With that being said, Juliet’s birthday is coming up in a couple months and now that she’s old enough to choose her own theme (Peppa Pig!) I really want to make it special for her. I have a Pinterest board started and even though her birthday is still a ways away (mid-February) I am trying to get a few things started because I know time will be scarce once baby girl #2 is here in January.

I hope you are all enjoying the long Thanksgiving weekend!