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.
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.
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 our Starbuck’s Baby Krystal and Dave’s baby girl.
Blackberry Mint Bar Syrup
- 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