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Baby in Bloom | Hosting a Baby Shower

2/06/24

As we covered in our most recent newsletter, hosting often comes down to the simple act of making things feel intentional. As much as that word gets thrown around, making people feel like you’re doing something on purpose — or like a choice was made — goes such a long way in creating a moment people cherish, or an event they remember.

I (Anna) had the honor of hosting a baby shower for my dear friend, and she loves all things flowers and art; so my first act in attempting to make things feel special was picking a theme, which I decided would be ‘Baby in Bloom’. 

Invitations:

My starting point was using Sound of Script who designed the most stunning shower invitations (I so wish I had known her when I got married)! It was basically a flower explosion captured on paper through lovely illustrations. Call me old school, but there are few things I love more than a traditional, mailed invitation. 

Food & Drinks


I used orange juice and this ice mold to create mini oranges to put into a glass and be topped with champagne. Trader Joe’s sells boxes of mandarins that have the stems on them (which are safe to consume) so after I gave those a good wash I filled the tray with orange juice and placed a leaf in each sphere. Close the tray (with the leaves in between the top and bottom) and freeze overnight. Once I pulled them out of the mold, I kept them in a dish in the freezer. The last step was to placed one in each glass a few minutes before serving. Here’s an example of what it should look like before it goes into the freezer.


Everything I used: 

To add an extra touch to the champagne bucket I got a larger sphere ice mold and cut garden roses of various colors to put in them. I used filtered water and didn’t have any issues with the clarity of the ice once it was frozen. Because this ice was not going to be consumed (it was only chilling the champagne bottle) I didn’t need to worry about using food safe flowers! Once frozen I used a bag of normal ice to fill the bottom and put the floral ice on top surrounding the champagne bottles.

Everything I used: 

This was a late morning shower so we had some brunch-y foods catered by Maman who is my go-to! These absolutely stunning cookies (that tasted amazing, too) were done by @cococasakitchen.

Activites


Paint Station: Admittedly, I’m not the biggest fan of shower games but I like the idea of guests having something to do. In a New York City apartment it’s great to have activities spread out for traffic flow as well! Savvy (our mom-to-be) is an artist and a self-proclaimed sap, so we had an 11×14 blank canvas and acrylic paint and asked each guest to paint a flower on the canvas. The final product was so beautiful, even though there were only one or two true artists among us! It was an abstract piece and represented every friend of hers that was there to show love to Baby Wolfe. 

Everything I used: 

Bloom Bar: In lieu of favors and to add to our activities list, we set up a bloom bar! This gave everyone a chance to be their own botanist, and everyone left with a bouquet/favor! For 13 people, I had 12 bunches of various flowers, three of them being good ‘filler’ flowers. I had pre-cut flower wrap and ribbon set out so it was easy to grab and go! 

Everything I used:


Gifts 

I found this sweet basket to display gifts in that Savvy could take home with her and use in the nursery. As a side note, I think asking the guest if they want to open gifts in front of everyone is so important! That display of attention is not everyone’s forte and some would rather have intentional time to mingle with everyone! If you want to see the guest of honor open what you got them, you can always pull them aside before leaving and have them do that (my love language is gift giving so I understand the want for that). I hope this helps if you have a shower on the horizon!

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  1. Sandra says:

    I absolutely love all this inspiration! I may need to buddy up with a friend who’s pregnant just so I can put these ideas to use immediately!🤣

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