I shared last week that we were planning a baby shower for my sister. Most of the celebrations my family has hosted is the past have been pretty girly… from wedding showers, baby showers and birthday parties there have not been many “masculine” celebrations planned. And I’m really not sure this one qualifies as masculine either but at least I was trying to put a little boy-ish twist on it, while still keeping my sister’s very feminine tastes and style in mind.
The very first thing that came to mind was my mom and aunt’s collection of blue china plates. Both have blue tones in their homes and have gathered some new and some vintage china and are always looking for an excuse to use them. For other details, I starting pulling a theme together from her baby registry – adding in puppies and gingham accents.
Next was finding a location. The historic home about a mile from my sister’s house in Ohio was perfect in every way – from the vintage charm to the pale blue walls and opening dining room with cozy seating areas – we couldn’t have asked for a better spot. Designing destination event always comes with its challenges, but would you believe it if I said we set up this entire party in an hour’s time?
Another fun fact, we used a mix of real and disposable products… can you tell which is which? For people who love the elegance of real china, flatware, glasses, etc but dislike the cleanup, this event had the perfect mix.
We couldn’t actually light a fire in the fireplace and while I love the look of filling a non-working fireplace with candles, timing simply did not allow for this to happen. So we decided to make a different kind of statement and place the cake table in front of it. This allowed the most adorable cake to be a statement piece and take center stage, which beautiful flower framing it and we also used it as a cute photo backdrop
My sister also made these adorable sugar cookie favors, she’s so talented! You can see more of her work here.
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