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Monday, August 26, 2019

How to Throw a Beautiful Baby Shower | Tips and Inspiration




I dreamt of this day for so long... I always imagined what this day would look like celebrating my baby and being surrounded by my closest friends and family. During the shower and coming home afterwards I was so emotional. The next day my husband and I went to church and I was so overwhelmed with gratitude. Grateful for this blessing of a child I was carrying and overjoyed with how loved he is already..

 There is just something about party planning that I just enjoy so much and of course being the control freak that I am I had to be in charge of throwing my own shower! I am going to share with you guys every detail of the shower with links below. I wanted a gender neutral theme with boho vibes with pops of greenery. I love eucalyptus and baby's breath and I wanted it incorporated everywhere. Keep reading below for my tips on throwing a baby shower!  




Balloon Garland: (click here

               
                                      (baby sister)                                            (my Mami) 



Dress

This was probably the most stressful thing to find for the shower because it is so hard to plan out an outfit when your belly is growing every week. I didn't want to get it to early and I didn't want to wait too late. I ordered this dress from ASOS about two weeks before my shower. Luckily for me it worked out and fit me. I love the color and the tulle material. I felt angelic and beautiful in it. It was also surprisingly very comfortable. I wanted the dress to be the center so I kept my makeup fresh and toned down and minimal jewelry. 



Location

The first step to planning a baby shower is finding the right location. I searched and sent many emails to inquire on price and after checking out many places I feel in love with ROC Brainery. I love how minimalist it is but with an added pop of lots and lots of plants. The tables are included in renting the space and I love the Scandavian inspired chairs. It was the perfect aesthetic for what I was looking for. The owner, Danielle was so wonderful and helpful. They provided the tables, chairs, sound and if needed a projection machine. 


Table Decor

I knew I didn't want to use a table cloth because I loved the wood detailing on the tables. I did want to create a eucalyptus runner with accents of baby breath on the table. I decided to use faux eucalyptus garland because it was the more affordable option. I found some great garland on Amazon. The baby breath is real and I picked up 10 bunches from Trader Joes. It was such an affordable option at just $2.99 a bunch! I also found these small candles and holders from IKEA and they just added a delicate touch to the tables. 

I wanted table settings already in place so to add touches of gold I found these plastic gold rimmed plates on Amazon. Such a great price for 100 pieces and it was another affordable purchase. We put on each plate two game cards as well as their thank you gifts. 

My sweet sister in law handmade these rustic thank you plates that also had written on them my name and the date. It was such a cute souvenir that was personal and right on theme. 


Food

One of my favorite meals of the day is brunch. My shower had to be brunch style food. We ordered catering and served scrambled eggs, french toast, roasted potatoes, croissants, sausages and mini pancakes. I actually got the mini pancakes idea  from Pinterest and what I did was pick up a box of mini pancakes from Trader Joes and stacked two or three on top of each other. Then I toke a tooth pick and put a raspberry on top and sprinkled a little bit of confectioners sugar on top. 

For drinks we kept it summery and refreshingly light. I found these two pitchers from Home Goods and made two different styles of water. One was citrus water that included oranges and lemons and the other was strawberries and kiwis. 
We found some glass pitchers from both IKEA and GoodWill and filled them with different juices my mother found at Wegmans. I loved the way it looked. To add some glamour I ordered these gold trimmed cups from Amazon. 


Dessert

One of my favorite tables at any event YUMMM!!! I love mixing different textures and adding sight levels. This was the table I put the most thought into. I had an assortment of different desserts for our guests. My husband's Aunt made many of the desserts on the table such as the delicious macaroons. 

The decorated baby cookies are from a local bakery called Premier Pastry. I gave them a Pinterest inspired photo and they nailed it perfectly. I love the rattle cookie and the bottle. 

For cakes I knew I wanted two different kinds: a naked cake and a coconut cake. The cakes were ordered from Scratch Bakery and they were so delicious. I actually was able to save the top tier of the coconut cake and we froze it with the intention to eat it next year! I love the freshly flowers and greenery on top from Stacy K Floral. Gorgeous simple cakes is my style. 






Shout out to my husband who made this Donut Wall! It is amazing! I showed him a couple months ago a Pinterest picture of a Donut Wall and he immediately said I can make that. It came out amazing! I especially love his creative touch of adding the word "DONUT" on the top but leaving out the "O" letter and replacing it with a donut. 
We decorated the donut wall with faux eucalyptus garland I found at Hobby Lobby. It is such good quality and I always use this garland for fall touches around the house and decorated the mantle for the holidays. 


My husband actually made this beautiful photo booth as well! He found rose gold pipes from Home Goods and once he put the frame together we created the polaroid like frame and hung this boy letter balloons in front. I found the "boy" letter balloons on Amazon. 









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