A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Bedtime Stories Baby Shower Part 1

Happy Friday! I’ve been meaning to post these pictures for a while but I’ve finally had time to sort and edit them during this mini vacation. Here’s a baby shower that friends and I threw for our good friend Diana and her little Noah – who’s due any day now.

The adorable invites were designed by Jennafer of Oh Creative One on Etsy. She contacted me to partner on the project and I love how they turned out! Jennafer was wonderful to work with and turned my broad ideas of a colorful starry sky, cute little owls and a bedtime story book into the perfect invite.

I’m not sure where the idea of a Bedtime Stories shower originated from but I loved that I could decorate with everything books. There was no intended color palette but much of the room ended up in shades of blue by the time decorating was finished.

The ‘sprinkle’ shower was held at night and on a weekday but it was an ideal time to gather the group together during the busy holiday season. Sometimes the best celebrations are the ones that include a glass of wine and yummy appetizers after a hard day’s work – that plus nannies for the evening!

I snapped most of these pics during the day, which means no food or people in these photos but hopefully a few clearer shots of the details.

Decor was simple with a few handmade details. I made two sets of fabric bunting (which I kept in soft, gender-neutral colors because I knew I would use them time and again for all sorts of parties), ribbon ‘flags’ on twine, plus a large pin board for little fabric onesies we all designed. Two friends helped me with cut-out stars which really helped to set the ‘bedtime’ tone.

It was a small shower with maybe a dozen or so of us celebrating the newest member to Diana’s family. We played silly games including one competition where we had to recreate belly bumps with small balloons. Hilarious! We ate delicious food provided by some of the guests (potluck style!), and we created customized little onesies and burp cloths out of fabric and embroidery thread.

Here are a few shots from the night of. A big thanks to the ladies that helped me pull this shower together, and a big welcome to baby Noah who will literally be here this week! (Diana’s due date was the 27th)

More details to come as I break down (and finish editing photos…) of a few of the easy decorations.

New Year’s Eve Celebration Inspiration for 2011

New Year’s Eve is just a few days away! Wow has this year flown by. But before reminiscing, I thought it might be fun to share a few favorite party, food and drink ideas for the upcoming holiday. Oh what pretty inspiration!

This shimmery silver and mocha dessert table (featured on HWTM) by Enchanted Events & Design is beautiful. I love the modern use of baby’s breath as a big, globe shaped centerpiece and the color palette is wintery and soft.

Check out this inspiration from The Celebration Shoppe, Martha Stewart and BHG. The beautiful glitter stars are a favorite this year and mixing blush pink into the mix makes for a sweet New Year’s Eve palette (check out those adorable DIY glitter ballet flats).

I love this silver glittery banner and the classic white tabletop by Caroline Anderson and Sofie Lawett via Olivet. I think both would be easy to recreate for the special holiday.

This bling bachelorette party featured over at Style Me Pretty is a bright and shimmery take on the holiday as well!

Whew! So much sparkle and glitter. Yay for New Year’s being just a couple days away! More shimmery inspiration from last year posted over here (featuring one of my favorite feathery parties by SMP with a green, pink & white tablescape) and here (for even more silver and green).

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