Monday, January 9, 2012

Party: Chevron-Dot Baby Shower (Printables)

I have always loved hosting get-togethers and parties, and always loved cards and invitations, but I realized that it just may be that designing the party "printables" is filling the PowerPoint void left when I retired from my marketing career to stay home with my girls. At work PowerPoint always inspired me to spend more time than necessary designing and nudging and playing with motifs in my presentations, and a party takes this to a new level! So fun! A bit obsessive, but fun.

My favorite party is always my most recent, but I have to insist that this baby shower had a lot to love. First, we were celebrating a baby boy! Such a different vibe for this house of girls. I loved playing with the traditional blue color palette and giving it a more modern spin to fit the mother-to-be's aesthetic. It all started with this invitation. I gave into the popular chevron pattern but combined it with a stitched polka dot and dashed typeface.

And then there was the chevron chenille blanket as baby gift. I really love combining fabric and paper elements and it was an extra, small thrill to pull the theme through the gifts I made, including a swaddling blanket with a stitched polka dot garland.  I bought a bunch of extra chevron fabric to use as tablecloths and likely future chenille blankets!

And, the baby shower was a great excuse to put together a themed dessert table. I was smiling while my husband's eyes were rolling and he wondered aloud who I thought would eat all the sweets! It was eye candy as much as anything--and it tasted good too. (Tutorial for the polka-dot garland here.)

(Click to read the details).

The shower was a lunch for the ladies:

A green leaf salad tossed with apples, dried cherries, almonds, goat cheese and champagne dressing.

Still and sparkling water.

Rolls with orange butter.

And, one of my favorites, Orzo Salad with Chicken, Artichoke Hearts and Olives (recipe coming).

And for dessert:

Blueberry cupcakes with almond frosting.
(I love the fondant dots, which match the polka dot garlands I stitched for the tables, and the dotted cupcake wrappers.)

Macaroons. Lemon cream cake pops.
(Inspired by these and made, along with the cupcakes, by my friend and great-baker neighbor.)

Cream cheese whoopie pies (using my "underachiever" recipe and rolled in blue decorator's sugar).

And, as if that weren't enough sugar, I threw in some old-fashioned rock candy suckers, blue gummi bears, and blue-wrapped menthol chips. Hope that didn't just give you a headache!

Did I already pick my favorite thing? I may have used the word earlier, but my true favorite is the party favor:

Using this tutorial for covering composition books in patterned paper, I made a stack of mini books for the guests to take home (one also served double duty as a place to take notes about who gave what shower gift). I love how the patterns look all stacked together and was so happy the mother-to-be wanted to take home one of each--be my guest!

I also created this "wishes for baby" booklet for her to take home with a page filled in by each guest. I saw this one and rewrote the questions--some light and some more serious but all open to lots of different points of view. I think it's a great alternative to a shower "game" and would be fun to flip through years from now.

Here's a peek at the Chevron-Dot printables, available in my Etsy shop. They're 30% off for the month of January. Just enter the coupon code "INTRO30" (there is a place to "apply shop coupon code" in the shopping cart).

Now for the question. Should I do a spin on this in girl colors? I think it would be so fun in corals and pinks!


Natural-Nesters said...

I absolutely love all the designs! You did a wonderful job on ALL OF IT! and yes def. do one for a girl! People would love that and you are right pink & coral would be GREAT together!

Also did you cook all the food? It looks amazing! I love the desserts part too! So pretty! and I'm sure yummy too!

Great job!

Karin Marie said...

Wow! This is amazing! All the food looks so yummy! I want to make everything on your table and eat it! lol I love the paper designs! So cute, makes me want to have a boy but I got my hands full with 3 girls. lol I bet everyone loved it! It's so sweet of you to offer your designs for free. Chevron and Dots together are just perfect.

Karin Marie :)

Annelies said...

You are SOOOO talented. Only thing missing was the girls in their matching chevron dresses (G)!!!! What a lovely party and what a lucky "mom to be". XXX

Anonymous said...

Love it! Now that the parties over, can I have that chevron tablecloth to make a cheniile baby blanket? Love your blog!

@jenhalloran said...

Pure perfection. Absolutely love it all -- that little S is so lucky he has you for an auntie! (And "of course" on the girl version -- toss some brown in, too?)

Elasha said...

Amazing. You do know how to throw a party. I'm loving the cloche pattern (made them for my daughters and their dolls). Thanks for sharing your creativity! Best wishes to your and your family this new year!

Seaweed and Raine said...

I LOVE IT ALL!!! And yes, you should do a girl spin, but why not try something like orange, yellow and pink (just to avoid pink overload) or even a green themed one for people who do not know the gender of their baby? You are a legend Anneliese. :)

blytheponytailparades said...

This is ALL SOO SOO gorgeous! I love chevron and that pretty tealy blue color. I have a rug that looks very much like the tablecloth. Gorgeous blog you have :)

*f said...

Wow, what a great theme, and teal is such a now color. Do you have a tutorial on the big flowers hanging from the ceiling. I LOVE those!!!

Anneliese said...

Those are tissue pom-poms. I made them for a party a couple years ago and keep reusing them, though they aren't as fluffy as they once were. Here's a link to the party, which includes a link to a pom-pom tutorial as well as my own tutorial on napkin flower centerpieces: Thanks!

Amanda said...

What is the tablecloth??

Anneliese said...

@Amanda: the tablecloth is some Premier Prints zigzag fabric I purchased at! Love it.

Márcia said...

I loved the design, but my party is for a 40 years old baby (if he lets me organize it...GRRRRRRRRRR!!!); so it is possible to obtain a more grown up version of the printables?

How much will it costs?

Also I am struggle between the blue and grey (blue is he's favourite colour) or orange na grey, just because will go better with my house decoration...

Best regards,
Márcia Silva

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