Gathering for a Shabby Chic Baby Shower

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My friend Heidi is having a baby girl in July.  We are so thrilled to meet little Ruby.  My friend Tasha and I began planning her shower a couple of months ago (with the help of Chellee, Andrea and Kathy as well!) and decided to go with a Shabby Chic theme to correspond with Ruby’s nursery.

We enlisted the help of my very artistic sister-in-law, Marty, and got to work.  We decided to do an outdoor afternoon tea under the trees.  My mom agreed to let us use her house, which is beautifully landscaped.  The result was lovely in every way.  I have to say it was probably my favorite shower of any kind I have attended.

IMG_0559The shower was truly a collaboration.  Marty and my mom had several tablecloths we were able to use.  We layered lace over solids, then topped the lace with vintage squares.  We brought a variety of our own plates in pinks and whites.  The tables were just long, portable tables and we rented the chairs from a local party supply store for $2 each.
IMG_0560 Mom let us use her collection of teacups. All of them are gorgeous. I brought my collection of mason jars to use as glasses for the iced tea and water. Tasha found the adorable striped straws at Hobby Lobby. Marty brought her vintage blue mason jars and we bought bunches of baby’s breath for a simple floral arrangement.
IMG_0562 IMG_0570 IMG_0572 We found these tags at JoAnn Fabrics. They are from the Martha Stewart line and they went with our theme so perfectly. We stapled the name tags to a tea bag and set a name tag on each plate.
IMG_0580 We bought the eyelet paper lanterns and the garland at JoAnn as well. They are also by Martha Stewart. We loved the look of fresh white against the backdrop of the trees.  Mom had a gorgeous pink begonia on her deck that we carried under the tree.  It was a beautiful addition to the shower.
IMG_0583 Six little girls attended the shower, so we set up a table just for them. It was so cute watching them pour their tea and act like little ladies.
IMG_0584 You can see here how we set up a seating area for Heidi to open her gifts. Thankfully we had perfect weather for the shower. It sprinkled lightly about 20 minutes before the shower and we were a little panicked, but thankfully it stopped just in time. It wasn’t too hot or cold and there was a light breeze under the shade of the tree.
IMG_0590 IMG_0594 We served hot tea, iced tea and ice water with lemon for the drinks. For food, we served simple finger foods. I made pinwheels out of spinach tortillas, garden vegetable cream cheese and ham. Andrea made delicious cucumber sandwiches. Tasha made little toothpicks with half of a strawberry and a slice of banana. Chellee brought mini-scones and little strawberry cookies. I didn’t get a photo, but at the end we served cupcakes in teacups. It was such a cute idea (thanks, Tasha!). We bought pretty teacups and plates at Goodwill, washed them well, and put our peach and tres leches cupcakes inside. The girls got mini cupcakes in mini teacups. As a thank you for attending the shower, everyone got to take their teacup home.
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Chellee looked so beautiful in her white dress.  I just had to snap a photo!
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Tasha worked so hard to make this special day possible for Heidi.
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Heidi and her mom.
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Heidi’s daughter, Lily, is so beautiful and excited about the arrival of her new little sister.
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That’s me with Heidi!
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I love these ladies and had so much fun working with them to pull this shower off!  I have to mention again that we couldn’t have done it without Marty’s help and my mom’s yard!

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What do you think of this shower?  Is there one idea we used that stands out as your favorite?  What’s your favorite baby or bridal shower you have attended?  Do you like planning and throwing showers?  Have you pulled off any great ideas for showers from Pinterest or elsewhere?  I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts! (You can get more party ideas by following me on Pinterest!)

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Comments

  1. Jen says

    Everything looks gorgeous! You guys did a great job- and congrats to Heidi! :) I’d love to share this on my GitG FB page later if that’s okay.

    • Rachael says

      Of course! Thanks :) It’s not often I have this type of blog post…. with something crafty or DIY-related!

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