One my dearest friends Michelle is expecting her first baby - a boy due this summer! We have known Michelle and her husband Pat for years and I was honored to host her baby shower alongside some of our closest friends earlier this season. The second I found out Michelle was expecting I bought the napkins and bunting.
Call me crazy but I knew I HAD to plan her shower and that is HAD to be the perfect event. Michelle is the friend in our community that is always extending herself for others, always running the errands, planning the parties, picking up dinner, cooking, baking, babysitting and shopping. She is a total gem and one of the most caring and compassionate women I know. We all wanted to give back to her as she has given so much to all of us and enriched our lives with her generosity and time.
The shower was held at my amazing friend Katie's Redondo Beach home. Katie is so gifted with events and hospitality and the Lord has blessed her family with a wonderful home in which to host events. She jumped at the chance to host our brunch and I knew it would be the perfect setting.
We made sure the entrance grabbed the attention of our attendees, complete with my signature chalk board entry sign and the cutest inflatable donut. (I adorned the invitations with a similar brightly colored donut sticker seal).
Katie, myself and our friend Jenn who helped host, all agreed unanimously on the theme of donuts and coffee. Michelle has loved our community in many ways but chief among them is her generosity with bringing Dunkin Donuts wherever she goes. We knew it would be the perfect way to celebrate her next chapter!
We decided on a brunch as coffee, donuts and mimosas (for the guests) seemed most appropriate to serve in the late morning.
Jeff and I had a sleepover at Katie's the night before which allowed us to do the majority of the decorating early. I picked up most of the decor (a theme of turquoise and white with pink and gold accents) from Party City, the Target dollar section, Amazon and TJMaxx.
My vision was of a long table dressed in white with tiers of treats and sparkle. I wanted the event to have a touch of glam and obtain a certain level of upscale soiree without too many cheesy baby themed bits. (Not that I don't occasionally love those :)
The entry way was the perfect spot to place our "Letters to the Mother" station as well as the Thank You Cards Michelle requested we have the guests fill out.
Hosting Tip: I highly suggest helping your bride or mom-to-be out by allowing guests to fill out their address on a thank you card envelope to save a step in the process. Genius!
I also love how nice the hand-made bunting turned out, shout out to my Mom for making and sending those polka dot swags!
Katie also put together the sweetest little favors which we placed by the door so the ladies could grab them on their way in or out. How adorable are those mini blue donut soaps?!
We dressed the wall behind the dining table with cascades of bunting and I LOVE the way it turned out. It really became the focal piece of the space and displaying all the food made it easy for guests to find their breakfast. Opposite the table we also hung a photo backdrop for ladies to take photos with Michelle. You might recognize the ribbon curtain as I frequently re-purpose it for events.
In the open kitchen, we created a station for coffee (with cute to-go cups found at Target) and plenty of delicious cremes and toppings curated by our Barista Jenn. She always does the best coffee spreads. And of course we had plenty of juice and champagne for our celebratory mimosa bar.
Last but not least I made a balloon arch. I had seen a photo on Pinterest of a similar arch and decided it would be a fun and grand element to WOW Michelle and the guests. I watched this tutorial, picked up balloons and a helium tank - which worked briefly but ultimately was a fail as I think we accidentally left the dial open and it leaked overnight. With the help of Jeff and Katie's husband Andrew we blew up some 40 balloons (with about 10 containing Helium for lift) that I then tied in a chain. I circled back and hot glue gunned some of the balloons together. Hot glue guns are safe on balloons! We then lifted one end of the arch and tapped it to the wall and beams. SUCCESS! I have to say I am pretty proud with how it turned out.
We asked Michelle to arrive 15 minutes early so that we could spend some time with her before all the guests arrived and so we could fully see her reaction to her LA shower. The ladies started to arrive around 10 am and we spent the first hour gabbing, snapping, sipping and brunching.
After allowing all the ladies to catch up, we segued into some classic baby shower games in the living room. Katie lead a round of Guess the Price with items we passed around in a little basket. She printed out the guess cards and I passed around some pens I had bought at the dollar store and placed in a decorative gold box.
I then passed out the baby bingo cards for the ladies to guess what gifts Michelle might receive. I found the chicest looking guess cards on Amazon which I know I can repurpose for other bridal and baby showers.
Hosting Tip: Purchase items like game cards, bunting and linens in neutral colors to make it easier to re-use and repurpose them.
We then began my favorite part of opening gifts for the Mother-to-Be. Gifts are my love language and it is always so fun to see what Moms are blessed with by their friends and family. Jenn provided some fun coffee themed prizes for the Bingo winners, Dunkin' Tumblers and Starbucks gift cards. Michelle got a ton of sweet gifts and cute outfits for her little guy. We tried to plan enough time to open presents and also make sure we started early enough to not disappoint those who had to leave a little early. Playing gift bingo also helped to keep everyone involved in the present opening process. Even little Lincoln loved playing along.
I am so happy that Michelle is about to become a Mother and being able to surround her with friends and family was a true gift itself. I could not have done it without the help of Jenn and Katie and am already excited about the next party we throw together.
Planning a shower can be overwhelming but when you plan with friends it become a lot more fun and gives you the excuse to spend more time with your closest gal pals. Whether you DIY or DIBuy ;) hosting can be simple.
I have listed where I bought everything down below:
1. Turquise and white bunting and swags: Party City
2. Coffee cups and cozies: Target
3. Balloons in blue and pink: Party City
4. Bingo Cards: All-Ewired-Up on Amazon
5. Michelle's Sash: Beistle on Amazon
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse inside our Donut Themed Shower! Stay tuned for more events and hosting tips and be sure to leave yours in the comments below.
~ A ~