Tuesday, April 1, 2014

{My Parties} They Found Their Missing Piece Adoption Shower

Post contains affiliate links

This little party is very special to me. You see, my very best friend since high school  and her husband decided to adopt a baby several years ago. They already had two beautiful girls, but wanted to give a home to a new baby who needed them.  
After jumping through 100 hoops and getting their hopes up only to have them dashed with their first match, they finally got their little bundle of joy this December. I can't tell you how much my girlfriends and I prayed that this baby would come to them. And, I always knew it was going to be a boy. Call it best friend's intuition. 
Jill is one of the kindest, most wonderful, loving people that I have ever met, and I am not just saying that because she is my besty. There is a reason that we have all stayed in each other's lives for the 17 years since we graduated high school. 
So, since the adoption process can be so very tricky, we decided to hold this shower after the baby was born and safely within their care. Plus, everyone wanted to see him!

Our inspiration was the idea that the family had found their missing piece. So, we literally did a puzzle piece themed shower!  Gretchen at Three Little Monkeys Studio designed this gorgeous invitation for me. 
On the ones I mailed to the invitees, I hand glittered one of the blue pieces, to reinforce the theme. Plus, it was pretty! 
For the backdrop, I cut these large jigsaw puzzle pieces out of cardboard. 
I used craft paint to paint them in these colors to match the theme. To tie them together, I punched a small hole and used clear craft lacing to give the illusion of them floating. 
That backlight was giving me fits, so forgive the pictures. But, here, I could care less, because it's the sentiment that counts, and not the pictures. 

We wanted a boy color scheme without screaming BOY! So, I think this turquoise, lime, periwinkle, and taupe really was a fun, modern choice. 
 The cake stand is a plant holder from Hobby Lobby. They are still carrying these in their Spring/Garden section. The miniature mason jars are from there too. 
All the beautiful turquoise and lime plates, utensils, and cups are from my friends at Birthday Express. 

 For the cake, I kept the design simple. A friend of a friend, Robyn Wolf, did the cake for us. We had a minor cake emergency when it shifted in my friend, and fellow hostess, Meredith's car on the way to the shower. But the fondant puzzle pieces disguised it pretty well! And, it tasted awesome!
I topped it with these wooden puzzle pieces for some height. 
We did some light "Ladies food" for the guests. My friend Kari did all the food, and she made this delicious pasta salad that everyone raved about! 

 The lovely Bethany at Sweet Georgia Sweet did this gorgeous wreath for us. She coordinated it to the invitations and it was the perfect thing to welcome the guests! Isn't it pretty?
 I really wanted to do something special for the tablecloth. I didn't want it to just be white. So, I got this brainstorm to hand-dye it. So, I bought 3 yards of white muslin and then used fabric dye in a spray bottle to create this watercolor effect. I am pretty obsessed with it. 
Chic tie-dye.  
The puzzle garland was made with actual puzzle pieces and chipboard puzzle pieces from Hobby Lobby. I painted them with craft paint and hot-glued them to craft lacing. I LOVE these!

 I had a "Hallelujah! Light-Shining-Down-From-Heaven" moment in Hobby Lobby when I saw this frame. 
How can this be that there was the PERFECT FRAME in the perfect colors? 
I would have paid $100 for it! I had to have it!

Here the the beautiful momma with her former baby, now middle child!
 And the man of the hour!  
Look. at. this. face. I adore him. 
 These girls are everything to me. My best girls since the 90s! 
Just for fun, here is a pic of us at Prom in 1997! Sweet limo, right? 

Welcome to the family baby Karter. Your "aunts" love you so much!


Cake: Robyn Wolf
Plates, Napkins, Utensils, and Cups: Birthday Express


  1. Very beautiful arrangements! I loved the cake and the puzzle theme

  2. I absolutely loved all your ideas. I, too, am using the puzzle theme for my new grandson. You are truly a very special person.

  3. Beautiful party. I want to share it on my website www.louderthandna.com May I?

    1. This comment went to my spam folder! Yes, of course you can share it!


01 09 10