C&G Hosts: A Baby Shower BBQ

I love to plan events and entertain and I am so excited to bring you the first post in my series City and Grace Hosts.  

I was honored to be asked by my dear friend Lauren to plan and host her baby shower BBQ which was held at her home in LA. Lauren and her husband Sven wanted to keep the party family friendly and low key. We held the event in their beautiful backyard under the shade of their covered lanai and with plenty of delicious food and drinks.

The food was provided by Baby Blues in Venice and all I had to worry about was setting the mood with additional decor and styling. I constructed the welcome with a large chalkboard display which directed guests to the backyard. 

Because of the BBQ theme I chose a selection of red gingham and mint accents to add some feminine detail for their soon to be baby girl. So that I didn't break the budget, I borrowed some wooden crates and additional mason jars from a girlfriend. 

I wanted the BBQ Buffet (a focal point of the party) to have a beautiful display with dimension and height to complement the high hedges. I mixed in some wildflowers I bought and foraged from our street and placed them in various jars around the table. I really wanted the food service to feel like a picnic and so I added some fun paperware and used cloth napkins to line the crates and stands. 

For the deserts (cupcakes from Jamaica Cakes) I used mixed cake stands and a basket for plates and napkins. I love using cake stands for any type of dessert because they make everything look sweet, delicious and special. A basket for plates and napkins kept in the picnic theme as well. I even added the table runners from my wedding (which I inherited from my best friend's wedding) to add a little country chic to the BBQ spread. You can never go wrong with burlap and lace, especially for an outdoor affair. I also added some sweetness to the table with fresh roses in bright hues.

Lauren preferred to not open all the gifts in front of their guests to leave time to visit with friends and family. I still wanted to showcase the gift table (after all, it was a shower :) and decided to create a faux back drop from a ribbon wall repurposed from my wedding. I added a genuine picnic basket gifted to us by our parents to serve as the card holder and of course some more wildflowers. 

It can be so easy to feel like you have to purchase all new decorations for a party. For Lauren's shower I borrowed and repurposed so much from our wedding for the tablescapes. From the platters to the burlap bunting I reused so many pretty details for Lauren and Sven's special soiree. 

I am so so pleased with how the Baby Shower BBQ turned out and we have since welcomed their beautiful baby girl into the family! I hope you enjoyed this first taste of hosts posts! I will leave a list below of where I sourced the decor and some more details from the day. 

Catering: Baby Blues BBQ in Venice & Jamaica Cakes in Culver City

Venue: Lauren and Sven's Home

Gingham tablecloth and plates: Amazon

Picnic Basket: Amazon

Park Basket: HomeGoods

Cake Stands: Bed Bath & Beyond

Mason Jar Dispenser: Bed Bath & Beyond

Pales and straws: Target Dollar Section (a fave!)

Thanks to this beautiful Mama for letting me host her baby's shower day!

Stay tuned for more parties! #cityandgracehosts


~ A~