When my sister-in-law told me she and my brother were expecting a baby this October, I cried like a baby myself. It'll be the first kiddo in my immediate family in over 15 years. Insane! I was smitten to help design and throw her surprise baby shower in August. The theme the soon-to-be Grandmas and myself decided on was, "Oh the Places You'll Go" in pastels and of course - PINK! Though it wasn't a surprise for Ms. Kristin (it's so hard to catch someone off-guard these days) you could tell she was excited about the food, decor, gifts, and guests! Oh well. We tried! (click through to see photos from the shower!)
Mostly all the invites were done digitally with e-mailing the invite above and sharing it with guests on the Facebook private event page. I made the invite using clipart bought off Etsy and some fun texts through the A Beautiful Mess App. I pulled it into Photoshop, made small adjustments, and sent it out! Even with my sub-par graphic design skills, I was naiive to think that was going to be the most difficult part of party prep.
Let me continue by apologizing about the quality of the photos. Not sure what happened with the camera, but I'm just excited to share so bear with me.
The party decor included etsy banners, balloons, adorable cupcake picks, cloud papers for labels, maps, onesies, and confetti! The centerpieces were made to look like hot air balloons. They took almost an entire day to make, but they were such a triumph to complete! I'm obsessed with the result. We used fresh flowers and decorated with hand cut clouds and pendants throughout. I joked all day about how the next family baby is just going to get paper streamers and helium balloons because of how much work went into this shower. Of course, I was kidding and I can't wait to get my hands on my next DIY party already!
The baby shower took place at the Taunton Yacht Club where my parents are members. It was a buffet style lunch with a mix of dishes. There were cupcakes that looked like clouds, a watermelon fruit salad that looked like a baby, pretzels that looked like rattles, and countless other delicious goodies for everyone!
Kristin had mentioned months prior that she would love to have Brenton at her shower, so we hosted a Jack and Jill shower! We played games and asked everyone to write advice for the new parents while they opened gifts. The invite requested everyone to pair their gift with a book instead of a card to grow the baby's book collection. That kid already has a lot of classics, and most of the guests wrote cute notes to the parents and baby in the cover.
It was a fun event with laughs, tears, an almost unbearable amount of onesies! These soon-to-be parents left with almost everything they need to invite this little girl into the world next month. Thanks so much for letting this (almost) Auntie be a part of your big day!