Thursday, April 15, 2010

"oh boy" baby shower - 3.10.10

So this past Saturday was the "oh boy" themed baby shower for Wendy who is a very special friend of mine... she also happens to be the first to become a mommy of all of my close friends!  You can view the invitations and the inspiration used to help plan and design this event in this previous post.

We had been experiencing some great weather prior to the weekend we had scheduled the "oh boy" shower... But became a little nervous with the looming, gloomy weather forecasts for the weekend.
However, we were truly blessed with perfect weather for our event! 

We hung light and airy lantern and tissue pomander decor from the patio covering
for additional bursts of  the blue color scheme.

Here's the mommy-to-be modeling the "oh boy" drink flags 
and coordinating mason jars for shower beverages.

I also created this banner using complimentary cardstock and my handy cricut machine. 
We displayed the banner near the area where Wendy opened the gifts 
she had been showered with.

Another view of some of the decor details - you might notice the various children's books displayed... we surprised Wendy by asking all of the guests to bring a favorite book to help stock their nursery for future story time.  For an extra special touch, we asked the guests to write a special note in their book that Wendy & her hubby can read to their son in the future! {sigh}   =)

Here are the florals we put together for the event - they sat on a gingham fabric square with a pinking edge.  I had originally planned to have 3 components - but after finding these daisies with 
blue centers{of all things} I scrapped my idea to fill the galvanized buckets with white carnations and decided to use these cute daisies, paired with some vintage bottles filled with white ranunculus, bud vases with fresh picked sweet peas, and grouped with the ribbon tied hurricanes 
topped with a button mum pomander.
We also incorporated some of the smaller books in each table grouping.

Here's another view of the tables, I just love those little daisies!  You probably will also notice there are silverware rolls at each place setting, we wrapped those with a striped band 
{which actually happened to be the striped pattern from the shower invitations!}

Lots of love... and LOTS of gifts!

Grandma-to-be saying hi!

Two of the three games are shown below:
At one point we passed around a ball of yarn and asked each guest to guess/cut a piece that they tought equaled the circumference of Wendy's tummy!  Below: Wendy with the winner and one of the other soon-to-be mommies using her tummy to help!
We also purchased a variety of baby items and played "the price is right." We gave out game sheets and asked everyone to guess 
the prices and the closest without going over the real price won.

We also created these coordinating pennant banners which hung at the dessert table and near the gifts.  We also chose a burlap fabric as the backdrop to help ensure the banner colors would stand out.

Wendy's a big fan of sweets, so we made sure there was an ample amount of goodies!

We served brownies, Chicago carmel corn {her mom brought those as a treat as her parents currently live there}, red velvet mini cupcakes, lemon bars, coconut blueberry cheesecake bars, wite chocolate dipped pretzels, animal cookies, and the desserts wouldn't have been complete without.....

the "oh boy" cookies from Ethel O's... Loved them!

Gift time! This will be the baby's USC exit outfit from UCLA Med Center, where she will be
 having the baby. Being a fellow Trojan, I just think that's hilarious =)

Testing out her new rocking chair which had been re-upholstered in her nursery 
colors and given to her by her sis-in-law & mom-in-law, so sweet!

I have to say a big THANK YOU to my friends, fellow hostesses, and soon to be aunties...
Thank you gals for your help assembling and setting up this shower for our friend, thank you
so much for helping to make this event a reality - we make such a great team! Love you girls =)

Also, thanks go out to Shayna of Huff Photography for the photos, thanks for capturing the event lady!

Monday, April 12, 2010

{sneak peek} oh boy baby shower - 3.10.10

Just got my first peek at the photos from this weekend's shower - I'll give you a taste by showing one of my favorite details from the party... now let's be honest, I loved lots of the details from the day, especially the desserts....

But these cookies... were just oh-so-cute! Thanks go out to Ethel O's for the adorable treats!

Not only were they cute and went with the party's theme of "oh boy," but they tasted great too!  I'll be posting more info for Ethel O's cookies in my full post about the party.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

happy easter!

Nothing says Easter like fabulous spring colors.... and take a look at these!

Isn't that dessert table awesome?  I just love the patterned backdrop, to me it says "move over spring, HELLO summer!" Wondering where I found it? Well a wonderful mommy named Kim {she's not just a mommy, she's the force behind TomKat Studios} created this for a recent birthday party she threw for her little girl's third.  I just couldn't help but share even though I'm patiently waiting for more details from her party. =) While we wait, if you'd like to see the slideshow the photog put together - check it out here.
And more about the party, check out her blog.

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you get to spend the day with those you love =)