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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!

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This pretty pink and gold baby shower is filled with perfect details. It was submitted by Jessica of Live the Fancy Life and I am a big fan of her blog, her interior design style and pretty much all the parties she designs. Jessica’s parties are always beautiful and often have a touch of modern and this party is no exception. This event was a collaboration between Jessica and Cassie of Chubbymama Cupcakes.

The unique venue served as a perfect backdrop for this stylish event and you all know I am a huge fan of brunch entertaining. Don’t miss the bubbly bar!!!

All photos by Jessica Rose Photography. Party details told by Jessica:

I teamed up with Cassie of ChubbyMama Cupcakes on a pink and gold baby shower for her fabulous sister Mandi recently. I was hired to focus on event design-the decor, DIY elements, dessert table and champagne/sparkling water bar. Cassie focused on the food and gathering materials. This shower was a lot of fun and the decor was glamorous, but also very eclectic!

The event was hosted at a very cool urban loft-like space called The Engine Room in downtown Minneapolis with exposed brick, hardwood floors, random vintage furniture pieces and high open-beam ceilings. 


The mommy-to-be Mandi is a very stylish woman living in Philadelphia with her sweet husband and soon-to-arrive baby girl. She is manager of product development for Urban Outfitters Europe and has great taste so we really tried to emulate her style in this shower. 

Cassie came up with the theme “cue the confetti” with a color palette of pinks and golds. She is an amazing cake and cupcake baker/decorator, so the dessert table was a huge focal point. We worked with Shannon of Grace & Guy Paperie to come up with all of the custom “Cue the Confetti” printables. Two of the party signs are available for free download on Live the Fancy Life

The shower was at 10 a.m. so we did brunch including donut holes in cute gold cups, quiche, fresh fruit, a coffee bar, a champagne and sparkling water bar and lots of dessert. 

Shower favors were pink and white shimmery sixlets in modern clear packaging to carry the confetti look and feel throughout. We also had a fun photo booth with a confetti wall backdrop made from a simple 3 inch circle punch and vinyl sticker paper from Joann Fabrics. 

DIY projects include cupcake toppers, backdrops, homemade simple syrups for a beautiful champagne and sparkling water bar and more. The simple syrups were a big hit. We had peach basil and orange ginger. Both taste great in champagne or sparkling water. We brought in tons of gold and white pillows and placed them throughout the event.”

What a gorgeous cake! And um….I really want a couple jars of this homemade simple syrup.  I used these same letters from JoAnn Fabrics for Juliet’s Baby Love birthday party. You can spray paint them any color and use any letter combinations to tie into your party theme.
I love this idea of putting donut holes in little cups.


Fancy sixlets!
The pretty momma-to-be.

Thanks to Jessica for sending this stylish affair my way. Be sure to head over to Live the Fancy Life and check out her awesome blog.

Vendors/Resources:

Event styling and coordination: Jessica Flannigan of Live the Fancy Life and Cassie Munoz of Chubbymama Cupcakes.

Photography: Jessica Flannigan of Live the Fancy Life and Jessica Rose Photography

Cakes: Cassie of Chubbymama Cupcakes

Cake pops: Beyond the Bar Bakery

Paper products and printables: Shannon of Grace Guy Paperie on Etsy

Gold BABY letters: DIY spray-painted Joann Fabrics letters

Photo booth confetti backdrop: Vinyl sticker paper from Joann Fabrics

Rock candy, paper straws: Amazon

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On Saturday I co-hosted a baby shower for my best friend, Kristin.  She is having a baby girl in mid-November and her friends and I wanted to throw a very special party for her.  Kristin has LOTS of friends and there were about nine gals that all helped out.  We had the party at my new house, which worked out well because I still have a couple rooms that are unfurnished, so they made for nice, open spaces for pretty decor.

We had a subtle rustic theme, inspired by Kristin’s nursery.  We incorporated branches, lots of browns and a little splash of red, playing on the accent color in her baby’s nursery.

One of my favorite elements was the chocolate dessert table, especially the beautiful chocolate cake that served as the centerpiece.

Best part of all, Kristin enjoyed the shower and had a great time mingling with her friends and family.
When guests arrived, they first saw the wish table.  We asked people to fill out a card with a special wish or piece of advice for Kristin and her baby girl.  We then hung them from twine with clothes pins. The wishes were hole-punched and tied with twine for Kristin to take home (Kristin hosted my baby shower and I stole this idea from her!).  I took maternity photos of Kristin a couple weeks ago, and displayed them in a rustic-looking frame and in an old window.The paper items were super easy and DIY.  I used paper doilies, and folded them over with a touch of glue on brown paper.  I wish I had better handwriting! The drink table for mimosas, sparkling juice, coffee and lemon water.  I found cute, red and white striped paper straws on Amazon I wrapped red baking twine around the coffee cups for a little color.  All the flowers were from the Mpls Farmers’ Market, they were mostly dahlias and were absolutely beautiful. Each mason jar was wrapped with thick twine.  I made a DIY burlap bunting that said “Baby Girl”. I wish I had a better photo of this, it turned out way better than I expected.  I used stencils and white acrylic paint and regular glue to adhere the triangles to twine, it was tied on each end with cream ribbon.  My friend Melanie brought long tables and all the chairs.  We put white tablecloths with a burlap table-runner, and topped with a couple mason jars filled with flowers.  The menu is always one of the most important elements of any party.

We served brunch and included:

Four different types of quiche
Fruit salad
Croissants and pastries
A cheese platter with baguette and crackers
Roasted potatoes
My friend Libby made all the quiche and they were a huge hit.   The beautiful momma-to-be.   Kristin loves chocolate and while we were planning her shower we almost booked it at a chocolate shop inside a mansion in St. Paul.  We ended up deciding against it because it is a new venue and doesn’t seem to have it together yet, so instead we had a chocolate-themed dessert table.

The back-drop was simple white foam core with brown ribbon taped on it, inspired by Live the Fancy Life.
This cake was as delicious as it was beautiful.  Our friend Amy (who lives in DC and couldn’t make the shower) ordered it from Queen of Cakes.   Yummy, mini cupcakes from Sweet Retreat Kristin got tons of awesome gifts.

Thanks to all the gals who helped make Kristin’s shower a big success!

Vendors:

Event styling: Jenna of Eat Drink Pretty
Photography: Jenna of Eat Drink Pretty
Cake: Queen of Cakes
Cupcakes: Sweet Retreat

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This “bundle of joy” baby shower was sent by Callie V and is filled with tons of pretty blue details and sweet touches.  I’m a big fan of the donut tower (duh!) and hanging row of bow-tie onesies. 

Callie is a Minneapolis based photographer and we met a couple years ago through blogging/social media. Remember the Minnesota lake life wedding inspiration shoot (part 1 and part 2) she styled and photographed?

Callie is due in a couple weeks with her first baby (a boy!). In addition to her photography business, Callie recently started a mommy blog that’s filled with yummy recipes and great advice, check it out!

As told by Callie:

“My sisters and my mom did such a wonderful job pulling together my winter themed “bundle of joy” baby shower! The dessert table and the bowtie onesies were my favorite part. The afternoon was filled with sweet treats, fun games, good company and lots of love for Baby V!”

Mmmmm, cupcakes.
A donut tower is always a good idea.

I love a baby shower with booze 🙂

Baby V is set with stylish onesies. It’s a good thing, too because in my experience these little babes need clothing changes multiple times a day!
Thanks so much to Callie for sending this shower my way.  Can’t wait to hear about baby V’s arrival!

Vendors

“Baby V” banner and “It’s a boy” straws – Etsy shop Loralee Lewis
Snowflakes for cupcakes – Etsy shop Modern Luxe Events
“Bundle of Joy” bags – Etsy shop Gosh that’s Posh

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Maylene of Malu Boutiques submitted this sweet baby shower with a nautical theme that she planned for her nephew.  The dessert table looks so yummy and my favorite treats are the little glasses filled with jello that look like boats.  So cute.

As told by Maylene:

“I was so excited to have had the chance to plan my nephew’s baby shower. The venue was at my sister-in-laws house. We had chosen a nautical theme of dark blue, bright yellow, and neutrals. The dessert table was accessorized with a canvas blue and ivory stripe cloth. It worked so well with the theme she had chosen. The sweet treats table included a sail boat theme cake, cupcakes, vanilla pudding, strawberries stuffed with cheesecakes filling, cookies, chocolate covered marshmallow and chocolate cover donuts.”

Beautiful, themed cookies.
Gorgeous tablescapes with simple tall branch centerpieces.
Lovely invitations.

Thanks so much to Maylene for sending this lovely baby shower my way!

Vendors:

Invitation and styling: Malu Boutiques

Food labels: Crazy Designs
Cake and Cupcakes: Cakes by Jeanette
Cookies: Sweet Dough

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My girlfriends hosted a wonderful baby shower for me last Saturday with a shabby chic, pink theme. They used my baby girl’s nursery as inspiration and I was thrilled with all the details and delicious food at the shower.  Best of all, all my favorite girlfriends and female family members were there to share the day with.

All the tables had a pretty pink tablecloth, a mason jar wrapped with lace and  filled with baby’s breath and paper poms handmade by my friend Melanie.

My sister Katie and I.
I made the decision before the shower that I would bring my camera but hand it off to a friend to take photos, so the camera was on auto function and the photos are not the greatest, but the cute details were captured plus a lot of photos of my guests and I, which I’m really happy about.

That’s my 31 week bump.  Getting bigger. 

There was a long food table with brunch items and lots of desserts, including these pretty macarons. 

The menu included:

Quiche
Baked french toast
Caprese salad
Croissants
Scones
Fresh fruit
Cheese
Muffins
Vanilla cupcakes
Red velvet cupcakes
Macarons
Candy
Chocolate chip cookies

My girlfriends know how much I love brunch and since the beginning of my pregnancy I haven’t been able to get enough sweets so they had no shortage of desserts/treats. 

My friend Libby and her husband made this gorgeous toy chest, personalized with my baby girl’s name.  I LOVE it.
There was a drink bar with mimosas, sparkling peach juice, coffee and bottled water. 
Kristin created these cute water bottle wraps.
Each guest wrote out a wish for my baby girl and pinned them to a birdcage.  The hostesses collected all the wishes and tied a piece of lace ribbon around them to create a wish book for me.

The pretty invite.
Yummy cupcakes, I got to take leftovers home!

My sister-in-law, Nikki and my mother-in-law, Karen.  Erik’s mom Karen traveled from North Dakota to attend my shower along with three of Erik’s aunts.

The gals set up baby photos of me.
Three of the hostesses and my three best friends; Amy, Kristin and Melanie.
My mom and I.
My mother-in-law and I.
Good friends Natasha, Emily and Shannon. 

I couldn’t have been happier with the shower and astonished with the TONS of presents I received.  My baby girl has more clothes than me now!  I also received the diaper bag I’ve been coveting (the Charlie by Timi and Leslie), a video monitor, that awesome toy chest, books, baby lotions, a pink Vikings jersey and lots more.  I spent hours organizing everything in the nursery yesterday.

Thanks so much to Kristin, Amy, Melanie, Jill, Libby, Katie and Nikki for your help in throwing me a fabulous shower!!

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