Dec 12 2011
I met my best friend when I was 6 years old. We’ve seen each other through switching schools, bad boyfriends, journalism deadlines, tennis team losses, college rivalries, marriages, new houses and now, finally, pregnancy. I could not be more excited for my friend Kristen to bring her baby girl into the world and that baby, the first girl born to our group of friends, is bound to be spoiled by her elective aunties. To get her started off on the right pink-baby-bootied foot, I hosted a small luncheon shower for Kristen and three of our best friends.
Kristen is this mix of sweet and sophisticated, classic and modern. She is not the sort of Mama-to-be who would appreciate cartoonish or cheesy shower decor–no diaper pins or letter blocks spelling “BABY” around here. I went with blush pink and fuschia for girliness and gray and silver for sophistication then brought in a few snowflake and Christmas elements as a nod to the winter season without going all Christmas-y.
My very favorite part of the decor was the pink and silver ornament chandelier. Ornaments on ribbons are hot for Christmas decor but with the bows, different shades of pink ornaments and ribbon (Michaels) and the slight sparkle from the glittery snowflakes (Kmart), this one was not only beautiful but reminiscent of a baby’s mobile and was big enough to help transform the room.
The placesettings made use of a tablecloth (Calvin Klein), glassware (Bormioli Rocco), flatware (Oneida) and snowflake plates (Target) I already had and new fuschia napkins (Crate and Barrel). Beaded snowflake ornaments (Crate and Barrel) did double duty as napkin rings and favors.
With all this ribbon and silvery sparkly ornaments around, I was able to make chair decor by simply looping ornaments strung on fat fuschia ribbon around my dining room chairs.
The centerpiece couldn’t have been easier and was made with stuff I had on hand plus some affordable grocery store carnations that look lush en masse and monochromatic. White tray (Lowes) lined with pink craft paper (Michaels), sprinkled with cardstock snowflakes from a punch (Martha Stewart) and topped with two rectangular vases (Michaels) strapped together with ribbon and a glittery snowflake ornament (Michaels) on each side.
This was my first time hosting a sit-down shower and I absolutely love it. The food is easy, the decor is fun to put together and you get to actually sit and chat with all your guests. Next up, I’ll show you the dessert table, invitation, signature drink and desserts