I got to host a baby shower for Amy's first baby a few years ago, and it was such a delight to get to celebrate her again as she expects baby boy #2!
Her shower was planned for June, and we landed on a bright, fun, summer theme. We wanted the shower to feel appropriate for the baby boy on the way, yet still feminine for the momma-to-be! Seeing her happy face as she arrived was all I needed to know it was a success!
I got to co-host the shower with a dear friend of Amy's (and friend of mine!), Ashley. The three of us are all expecting this year, and we're loving getting to walk through pregnancy together. The three of us also share similar style, which made it easy and natural for Ashley and I to plan for Amy. Ashley also offered her beautiful home for the shower, and it was truly the perfect backdrop for this special event. I've jokingly told her I want to rent out her home for Fox's second birthday party! (let's be real, we all know I'm being totally serious. Keep scrolling and you'll see why!)
Fruit and bright colors were our inspiration, and I loved incorporating fresh flowers with real fruit pieces in the decor. Ashley found this pineapple slicer and dicer which made is super easy to core the pineapples to use as vases and then of course serve the delicious fruit inside!
Just as she did for Fox's birthday, my sweet Momma made custom runners for this event with fabrics I selected. They added a beautiful pop of color, and we used the spare fabric to make fabric banners that I kinda fell in love with.
Amy is expecting her second boy, and she had shared this cute t-shirt with us, so we decided to use the phrase from the shirt, "Raising Boys," in the shower decor. It was a simple and meaningful way to personalize the decor for Amy.
I feel like in planning this event, I learned a valuable trade secret that I will use going forward for creating menus at parties. If you can make from scratch one to two items, it will add a real wow factor to the entire spread. As I shared in my party planning guidelines, you can't do it all and do it well, and its helpful to find things to outsource. For me, this is often food simply because I do not love to cook, and it's the thing that usually causes me the most overwhelm when party planning. So for Amy's shower, Ashley and I both made one homemade item, a breakfast casserole and mini pancakes respectively. The other items were store bought and tasted delicious, but it was the two homemade items that got the most compliments from guests at the shower. I feel like the quality of the homemade items elevated the entire spread, and my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Another quick and easy decor tip is to select ribbon that coordinates with your theme and tie it around serving dishes. This is so simple, but the extra touch makes it feel more meaningful and intentional, which I just love!
It ended up being such a special day, and everyone seemed to have a great time. I love the beauty of flowers and good food and sweet details, but at the end of the day, when people come to an event and feel special, that is the best part of all.
It was an honor to get to celebrate this sweet friend and hard-working Momma, and I can't wait to meet Baby Boy Helzer in just a few more weeks!
Photography // Ashley Bowers
Invitations // Minted
Flowers // Trader Joes (arranged by us)
Fabric for runners and banners // Hobby Lobby (yellow stripe, green leaf, floral) and WalMart
Lemon plates // Harris Teeter (similar)
Straws, Napkins, White plates, forks // WalMart
Ribbon // Hobby Lobby (green and yellow plaid and green pattern)
Summer Letter Banner // Amazon
Confetti Balloons // WalMart
OH BABY gold balloons // WalMart (I couldn't find the exact link, but I found them at my local WalMart for only $5!)