Tuesday, January 21, 2014

{My Parties} Candace's Lullaby and Goodnight Baby Shower

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This party has turned into one of my all-time favorites! 
I love doing baby showers so much. This one was for a very special honoree, who also happens to be one of my favorite clients. Candace is the hostess from the Boy Meets World Baby Shower from 2012, and the Super D Birthday party from 2013.
But now, it's her turn to have the party thrown for her!
When Candace' mom told me that she wanted "neutrals" for her party, I knew exactly what look she was going for. I included picture of this party from Chris at Celebrations at Home in my proposal and they loved it. So, burlap and lace was the order of the day!
Candace really wanted a Lullaby and Goodnight Theme, so I wanted to incorporate the mixing of music and the moon, sun, and stars in with this neutral palette. 

My first contact for this shower was Gretchen at Three Little Monkeys Studio. I knew that her style would be perfect for this shower! She was kind enough to work with me to custom design a collection based upon this theme. 
How beautiful is this invitation? 
When she lists these, I know she will sell tons of them. They are just so romantic and lovely.  

The location for this party is Simply Done Catering and Cupcakes on the quaint little town square in Collierville. I have worked with the owner, Karen, on several  parties now (with catering), but I had been looking for the perfect clients to send her way for the venue. 
Her venue is an old church from the 19th century with gorgeous stained glass and the perfect riser on the back wall for displaying food tables. This is the view as the guests came in to the door. 
Karen already had this PERFECT buffet piece. It's a family heirloom. I might have squealed like a little girl when I saw how perfect it was for this party!
 Karen also provided this lovely lace tablecloth that I used for a backdrop. I love the burlap behind it really gives the pattern contrast. 
Gretchen also designed this gorgeous banner for Baby Elliston. (Cute name, right?) The top has a gorgeous lace pattern!
A few months back, I was approached by Oriental Trading Co. to use some of their products at one of my parties, in exchange for the review on my blog. I thought this party would be the perfect opportunity to show how versatile party products are! Since this is a romantic, custom baby shower, you wouldn't necessarily think that I shopped at an online party retailer for this, but I did! Can you guess what I used? 
Lanterns and honeycombs! 
Its hard to tell, but the cream colored ones had a very fine lace detail on them. Just gorgeous! And since I was mixing metals on this party, I had to have these silver and bronze lily patterned ones! 
But that's not all! This ribbon garland was made with Oriental Trading products too! I ordered the gold, white, and burlap ribbon from them and then added some lace and also some silver quatrefoil ribbon to the mix to get the look I was going for. 
I love how it turned out! 

 I knew I wanted to do a custom cupcake stand for this party, much like the faux-cake that Chris did in her party from the above link. 
So, I spray painted some hat boxes with metallic paint, and bought some music note scrapbook paper, along with some burlap and lace ribbon, and some other little embellishments at Hobby Lobby and Michaels. 
The details were really beautiful up close.  

Gretchen also did a stunning lace-designed cupcake wrap for me and Karen did these beautiful mint colored cupcakes. Candace wanted Key Lime cupcakes because those are her favorite!

For the toppers, I simply cut out stars and moons from some glittered scrapbook paper. I hot-glued them onto some toothpicks and voila!  

 The hostesses really wanted a chocolate fountain, so Karen and I displayed the fruit on a two-tier server from her collection, with the fountain on top. 

 I also wanted to do a gift-opening area that was special, so that the backdrop of her pictures had some dressing-up. 
So, I decorated the wrought iron railing in front of the sweets display with some more lanterns and this gorgeous wreath by Bethany at Sweet Georgia Sweet. 

 It was so beautifully done and I know that Candace will be able to keep it for the baby's room or hospital door when he arrives. 
I wanted to keep it for myself! Go check out Bethany's Etsy shop. She does gorgeous work!
Here are some more pictures of this gorgeous location. 
 Each table treatment was a little bit different. Some tables had burlap, and others lace. The hostesses put baby pictures of Candace and Enri, her husband, at each table. 

 For the centerpieces, I bought metal cookie containers on sale at Hobby Lobby after Christmas for 88 cents! I then covered them with scrapbook paper and other embellishments. Every one was unique. 
I spray painted plastic baby blocks from the favor section at Hobby Lobby in mixed metal colors. 
I also bought these die cut musical notes and stars and painted them as well. Then, I got glued then to a skewer for extra height. 
I picked up the hydrangea and alstromeria at Kroger that morning. White hydrangea is the perfect centerpiece flower for just about any occasion.  
 I couldn't resist this stained glass window in the background of the picture. So pretty!

Karen displayed the savory food in another part of the venue. I love these lace overlays that she had in her stock. 

She even wrote the menu out for them on a chalkboard!

In the foyer of the venue, I set up a welcome table. This big E was a $17 clearance find at Hobby Lobby. It was red and I painted it this nickel color and glued on some embellishments. I hope she can use it in his room later.  
 Candace's mom framed one of the invitations. I put it alongside a frame, thanking the hostesses. We couldn't fit all their names on the invitation, so this was a nice way to recognize them. The frame was a plain cream frame, but I added lace and embellishments. 

 I hope you loved this party as much as I did!

And because I just had to throw these in...a few of the actual party in progress!

Candace and her hostesses
 Beautiful mom to be!
 Candace, Enri, and their parents. 
 The parents to be. Are they a cute couple or what?!


Oriental Trading: Tissue Balls, Chinese Lanterns, Ribbon
Three Little Monkeys Studio: Invitation and Printables
Sweet Georgia Sweet: Burlap and Lace Wreath
GreyGrey Designs: All Styling and Photography

I received product directly from Oriental Trading in exchange for review. No compensation was received for this review. All opinions are my own. 


  1. I love every detail about this party and the invitation is amazing absolutely perfect in every way this entire shower!

  2. So beautiful! Congrats to the family and welcome baby E! Well done Brittany :)


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