This past weekend I designed a baby shower for the Richmond “Dream Baby Shower” contest winner. This is a locally sponsored contest (with $1500 worth of prizes) that is presented by Richmond Mom and introduces expecting mothers (nominated by friends & family) to readers, who then vote for a deserving recipient. The winner of the contest is expecting twin boys and chose an invitation from By Invitation Only, with a lovely birds-in-a-tree motif. This turned out to be the inspiration for my design.
We set the scene with 4 different, but coordinating tabletop designs. We used burlap runners on all the tables, with 2 tables featuring birdcages and rustic accessories, while the other 2 featured branches with rustic bird houses. Florals were done in shades of green and white, and small button flowers were attached to the Manzanita branches to add color and detail. The button flowers are very hardy and hold up without being in water, so I cut the heads off the stems, hot glued it to a piece of yarn, and tied it onto the branches.
Place settings were simple white and clear plates with embellished canning jars used for drinks. Each guest received a tiny chocolate birds nest favor with Jordan almonds (eggs) inside. I made the nests by melting dark chocolate and mixing in crushed shredded wheat cereal and crunchy chow mein noodles. I then created a “nest” by filling the bottom of a muffin tin with a bit of the mixture. Place the “eggs” (Jordan almonds) inside the nest while the chocolate is still melted so they will stick to the nest without falling out. Let it harden in the refrigerator.
The dessert table is always a lovely focal point at parties. Delicious cupcakes from Two Sweet cupcake boutique were provided and dressed up with toppers from Bird’s Party designs. The backdrop is a painter’s canvas wrapped with fabric. I made a “BABY” banner by draping lace across the front and attaching painted wooden letters with a cloths pin covered by ribbon. Bird’s Party also created the “baby shower” sign which instructed the guests to write a few words of wisdom for mom and place it in the bird cage.
The final element to this party was the delicious menu provided by Green Monkey catering, a company specializing in natural and organic food. Thanks to the vendors and sponsors this turned out to be beautiful event!
Alright, ladies. Time to pick those jaws up from the floor. It makes you want just ONE more baby so you can do this, am I right? Or a LOT of friends who are expecting, at least. Who knew how elegant a baby shower could be? If you loved this (and I have a feeling you did) you will not want to miss these other great ideas from Christine!
Thanks, again Chris for sharing your phenomenal ideas with all of us. Each and every one is absolutely elegant and gorgeous. I hope you’ll join us as a guest again VERY soon! Which of these amazing ideas inspired all of you? I can’t wait to hear from you!