When my beautiful friend and coworker, Krystal, announced to the women at work that she was expecting we were all so ecstatic for her. As part of a 20+ woman team Mama Krystal gets to share her pregnancy with the rest of us. We all feel for her during months of morning sickness, we all love seeing the belly grow, we are all so excited for the happiness that the baby will bring their new family, and we all feel that the baby is our 'Starbucks baby'.
So, when it came time to celebrate the upcoming arrival we all knew that we had to have throw Krystal a baby shower.
The first stage of planning any party is deciding on a theme - the look and feel of the event. We knew we wanted to use our coworker's gorgeous outdoor party space and make it a low key garden party. For baby shower decoration I like to incorporate the nursery theme. This way the parents have the option of using any leftover decorations in their special space and it's a nice way to honor their tastes while steering clear of the standard 'pale pink' or 'baby blue' themes. Krystal and her husband Dave havechosen a neutral travel theme nursery with pops of bright teal, pink and orange. Armed with this information I turned to Pinterest to create a brainstorming board.
Pinterest boards are useful in so many ways. Not just to give ideas of items to purchase or diy projects, but it also helps to share the vision with the other people who help to make the party happen. Working as such a close knit team it's only natural that the party would be a group undertaking. One person helped with the flowers and the venue, another helped with the diy baby block station, and another lent her hand lettering skills to the decor. My friend, Amanda Intveld of Rustic Events Rentals also helped by choosing pieces from her amazing array of decor that perfectly fit the feel of the party.
A fabulous vintage map from Rustic Events was originally planned for the dessert table, but due to a freak 90 degree day in Washington, we put the food under a covered area and used it to showcase the gifts, placed on a vintage teal bar cart, instead. The map was topped with some premade swags from Target. Fitting with the map theme, I made a sewn heart garland out of map paper and hung it in front of the bar area. I obviously was having too much fun at the party because I neglected to take many pictures.
Rustic Events farm tables and benches were used to create one long family style table topped with vintage teal and white Fransiscan Ware coronado plates and pink and charcoal goblets. We were not serving a plated meal but it was a nice touch to have actual serving pieces that doubled as decor for the ladies to use to dish up whichever nibbles and sweets they chose.
When planning baby shower food and drink I always like to first think of the mama of the day. I asked Krystal what foods she has been craving and she promptly answered, "anything sweet!".
The sweets table was filled with sugar cookies, french macarons, chocolate cake and lemon tarts.
The cake topper was made using a Silhouette Cameo cutter, glitter paper and a few paper straws. Fresh flowers were added at the last minute to jazz up the naked chocolate cake.
For beverages I like to have a little something for the Mama-to-be to enjoy as well as the other guests. We had a bubbly bar and a lemonade bar. Of course, I checked with Krystal beforehand to see if she was okay with there being an spirited beverage option.
Two glass spouted servers were filled with ice cold lemonade and lemon water. The ice bin held various bubbles - rose cava, prosecco and bubbles plus icy vodka and sparkling water. There was an ample supple of mixers and mix-ins - ginger beer, New York Seltzer, orange juice, fresh mint, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, lime slices and a syrup pitcher of blackberry mint simple syrup (see bar syrup recipe below).
For games we opted out of the typical baby shower games and instead filled the time with chatting, eating and drinking.
There was a diy baby block station for guests who wanted to get a little crafty. The table was stocked with 1 1/2" blocks, coordinating paper squares, paints, paint trays, wood letters, Modge Podge, wood glue and plenty of paintbrushes. Plus baby wipes to help wash the paint and glue off of the artist's hands.
We also had a Instax Mini Instant camera and multiple packs of film available for guests to get creative with their photography skills. At the end of the night we filled up a mini Instax photo album with the pics and gave it to Krystal to take home.
All and all it was a beautiful day spent with friends to celebrate the upcoming arrival of
Blackberry Mint Bar Syrup
by Tristin Rieken
- 1 C sugar
- 1 C water
- 1/4 C blackberries
- 6 sprigs fresh mint
- Combine sugar and water in small saucepan
- Bring to a simmer over medium heat, add blackberries
- Simmer until sugar is dissolved
- Remove from heat and add mint
- Steep until mixture has cooled to room temperature
- Pour through a wire mesh strainer into a serving container (or lidded jar), and discard the mint and berries.
- Keeps for one month in the refrigerator