I love any reason to throw a party and I can’t think of a better one than for a friend who is expecting her first baby girl! Two weeks ago I co-hosted a lovely baby shower for a dear friend, Alisha, who also helped host mine! Alisha’s cousin, Elaine, and neighborhood girlfriends, Karin and Missy, joined in hosting a Saturday brunch for the beautiful expectant momma.
The menu had plenty of delicious choices. Mini quiche, petite blueberry muffins, sugar glazed bundt cake, cinnamon rolls, skewered fruit, pasta salad and croissants filled with chicken salad were displayed on gorgeous light pink silk linens. Alisha’s mom was kind enough to let us throw the shower at her beautiful lake front home. She, along with Alisha’s grandmothers and aunts helped in preparing some of the delicious fare.
Guests sipped on mimosas with fresh fruit or could fill a mason jar with chilled cucumber water or pink raspberry lemonade. A few details added to the drink station were charming wooden signs that we actually borrowed from the expectant momma (she entertains quite a bit herself!). Inspired by this pin on Pinterest we had a monogrammed tub filled with ice for the champagne that she could later take home and use for future parties for baby Makyla!
Tutus, lace leggings and monogrammed bibs and burp cloths were strung across clotheslines hanging in front of the drink station and behind Alisha as she opened her gifts. Oversized mason jars were filled with delicate baby’s breath and gorgeous roses and mums. Scattered throughout the party were paint dipped baby food jars used as bud vases (same ones used at Lily’s party). Baby pictures of the expectant parents were displayed in white frames throughout party.
As guests watched Alisha unwrap gifts they were treated to a table full of sweets. If ladies saved room for dessert they had their choice from a three-tiered pink ombre cake, Starbuck’s cake pops, petite fours, and banana crème cups. A few days before the shower Tampa weathered Tropical Storm Debbie and the only remnants were the typical hot, humid Florida climate and melted whip cream! Don’t let the picture of melted whip throw you off…it was scrumptious!!! So good I am including the Southern Banana Pudding recipe by A Sweet Spoonful Karin used to make them!
My favorite part of the shower was the sign in table. When guests entered they were asked to fill out a card with a wish for baby Makyla. The cards were placed in individual envelopes in a white linen sketchbook. This idea came from my dear friend, Emily Ley, and the birthday party she threw for her son, Brady. Emily also made the lovely invitations, wish cards and monogrammed coasters scattered through the party. The book used was inspired from a post from Centsational Girl blog.
The first few pages held a few surprises for the expectant mom. Alisha’s mother, mother-in-law, and grandmothers hand wrote letters to sweet baby Makyla with their own wishes, hopes, and dreams. A sweet keepsake that Makyla can read as she gets older. Another surprise inside the book were cards filled by many of Alisha’s friends from high school that I secretly contacted via Facebook! One of my favorites was one penned by a young lady Alisha babysat in college and who was a flower girl in her wedding! As the guests left that afternoon they were thanked with homemade sugar scrub for them to take from Alisha’s shower to theirs!
All photography by Kimberly Photography.
Paper goods (invites, wish cards, monogrammed coasters): Emily Ley
White tub: Target
Linens: Connie Duglin
Favor jars: Ikea
Lace leggings: Mudpie
Wooden forks and stamped spoons: Think Garnish
Pink Straws: TomKat Studio
Monogrammed items were made by Karin.
All vinyl monograms on the tub and favors were created by Missy. Her husband works for a sign company and was able to make them for free! The company does not sell these, so turn to Etsy as there are many vendors that make them!