Showering Baby G

I recently hosted a small luncheon at my home to honor a dear friend who is expecting. The minute I offered and she accepted, my mind went racing. She’s a good old fashioned gal who has decided to be surprised and not learn the sex of her bundle of joy (love that!) so I took full advantage of using one of my favorite color schemes – Yellow and Gray. It was the perfect neutral scheme and made the planning really fun. The opportunities were endless and I quickly found myself discovering so many adorable items!
THE INVITE

 I truly believe the perfect invitation sets the tone for any event but the world as we know it seems to be slowly moving away from paper invites. Being a girl who can literally spend hours in a paper goods store, I took full advantage of the fact that I could send invites to the small guest list. I consider myself green in most areas of life but also believe some of life's moments call for a paper keepsake. Mad Props to Cadence Paige, who designed the above. I then used A7 envelopes in Gravel and lined the envelopes with the Yellow Dots wrapping paper in Curry. Paper, envelopes and liner templates were all from Paper Source.
DECOR
It's not a real party in my home without bunting. I used the remaining wrapping paper from the invitation project along with Silver Sparkle card stock to make the sign for Baby G. Mama G loved it and took it home with her after the party.

FESTIVE DRINKS


Refreshments included a basil lemonade gimlet as the theme cocktail while the guest of honor enjoyed a "mocktail" version of the same recipe. Lemonade worked with the color scheme while basil leaves made the drinks look appropriate for a December gathering. I borrowed my mom's amazing crystal punchbowl and it was the perfect centerpiece for the drinks area. If your mom isn't the saver that mine is, Etsy will help you! The Gray and Yellow floral tablecloth was borrowed from a friend who purchased it at Target (Dwell Studio).

Did I mention the cocktails were a hit?!?

 
I have a love for baker's twine. I used white and yellow twine to tie flag name tags around each drink. Suzy Girl's Etsy Shop sells Divine Twine in a range of colors.

Striped Straws make any drink more fun! These were bought at Isakay Boutique and I made festive flags and circles to decorate each one using the same colored labels from Paper Source. They had sayings like "Oh, Baby!" and "Cheers to Baby G!". 
 The vintage aqua mason jars were left over from my wedding and were also purchased on Etsy. The aqua color was the perfect pop to keep the color pallet fresh. Gray and White Chevron runner from Fine Pillow Covers. 

THE SPREAD 


The party was potluck style which really made food prep easy. I decorated the table with baby photos of the lovely parents-to-be. It's also simple to display an invitation to keep the color scheme going and give that paper a longer life!

 I baked the cake (carrot cake, per Mama G's request) and used the striped straws and some of the polka dot paper to make the flag toppers. In my opinion, it's up to the host to provide the item(s) that would be the most difficult for others to transport.

 

Now for the cutest potluck item, brought from my dear and super creative friend... This Baby Buggy Fruit Salad was a hit! Bring it to the next baby-themed gathering and you'll be sure to impress. If you have the patience to gut a watermelon, this is actually quite simple. Check out a how to HERE

 


Cocktail napkins are one of the most affordable, easy ways to add to the theme of any party. I couldn't believe it when I found polka dot napkins that looked just like the envelope liners I used for the invites. The party gods were smiling down on me when I found those. Polka Dot Napkins from World Market. Silver Chevron Napkins were from Caspari, although that style is now unavailable (this style would work).
It seems as though collecting teacups is a lost art. How cute would it be to slowly collect a teacup from different places you've been or that remind you of a special moment? Again, I relied on my mother for this adorable touch. Her collection of vintage teacups came in handy for tea and coffee after lunch. I am already dreaming of an excuse to borrow them again. Mad Hatter party, anyone???

PARTING GIFTS
 Every good hostess should send her guests home with a memento of the day but that doesn't mean one must break the bank. As a nod to the fact that it was Wintertime, I bought hot cocoa and marshmallows and made small favor bags for everyone. Some cellophane bags, more bakers twine and a cute tag made these favors extremely easy to make and very affordable. Tags simply said "Thank You" on one side and "Love, Baby G" on the other.
And don't forget Mama G! While every guest of honor is thrilled with gifts they do lead to the next task: Thank You notes. I couldn't resist making these notes for Mama G. You can go the extra yard and even stamp them if you're feeling really crazy. All items were purchased from Paper Source (where else?).