Thursday, June 10, 2010

Real Parties: Baby Shower

Party Details.

Well it’s official. I can finally admit that I’ve entered the time in my life when I’m no longer going to bridal showers and weddings every summer weekend. Instead…it’s a baby boom amongst my friends. And when I found out that my best friend and her husband were expecting a baby, I think that it took me all of 30 seconds to say, “Now that I’m in Chicago, I’ll throw you a shower at my place!”

We had the shower this past weekend, and I’m happy to say that everyone had a wonderful time. And my ignorance on most things baby-related ended up being less of a hindrance than I thought. Here are some of the details that I thought you might like.

Clockwise from top left:
1. Invite: I designed a shower invite using an umbrella theme and creating simple graphics to represent typical baby gifts.

2. Dessert: I opted for a variation on whoopie pies. Orange creamsicle – vanilla cakes, orange cream cheese filling, a slim layer of orange marmalade, and colored sprinkles to fit the theme.

3. Baby bingo: Inspired by a product made by Knock Knock, I created custom bingo cards for our guests. It kept everyone engaged in the gift opening…including the guys.

4. Flower buckets: I found these adorable orange tin buckets at Target for $1 each. Because I didn’t trust that they were leak-proof, I used a clear plastic glass as a liner and then filled them with white chrysanthemums. I was able to make 4 arrangements for a total of $10. What a deal!

Clockwise from top left:
1&2: Gift/Activity: I designed a set of alphabet flashcards that matched the nursery color scheme. Each guest wrote a little note to the baby on the back. I’ll have them laminated so that the parents can use them in a photo mobile as décor…and then as a learning tool as the baby grows older. I like the idea that as she learns to read, she’ll have little notes from family and friends.

3: Flowers: My motto is to stay monochromatic. It’s hard to go wrong and you can easily put together flowers yourself that way.

4&5: Signature cocktail/bar presentation: Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been keeping any neat looking clear glass bottles (from wine, sparkling lemonade, etc). I designed new labels to coordinate with our theme and filled them with a Hip Hostess favorite – Cranberry Ginger Jazz. I like the idea of keeping the bottles non-alcoholic and allowing guests to add a little zing if they wanted. Our liquor of choice was Rosangel hibiscus-infused tequila.

We all had a lot of fun and we were so happy to celebrate such an exciting new step in the lives of our friends, Jade and Zoran. Congrats to you both. We love ya!


Anonymous said...

It's so amazing how you put everything together like that & it's gorgeous! Do you have any tips on put different pieces together?
Thanks, Vanessa

coolkids said...

perfect! Love the bingo game!

Nicole-Lynn said...

Everything looks gorgeous! I especially love the whoopie pies and the invites! Great job girlie!

Unknown said...

Amber...we are so thankful for your generosity, and of course, your creativity! The shower was perfect. We couldn't have imagined a more perfect afternoon!

IU_mama said...

Fabulous party as always! :)

Sarah said...

Adorable, and I love your dessert idea!

Just discovered your blog tonight, and I'll be sure to check back often. :)

ashley said...

I love the bingo card. I have been trying to find some similarly stylish ones online to no avail. You should think about selling the file so others can print it out for their parties. I am sure everyone would love it! I know I would...

Hip Hostess said...

Thanks, Ashley! I'm actually in the process of setting up an Etsy store with those Bingo cards and other products as well. I'll keep everyone posted!