One of my dearest pals, Erin, from Carosello recently had a precious baby boy. Since she moved away from Tulsa last year, we didn’t get a chance to see her before Emerson was born, so rather than a shower in anticipation of her little fellow, we put together a handmade baby shower as a welcome to world party for him.
You know how I love to throw a party, and I wanted to share a few snippets of my party preparations here on the blog. I was on a really tight budget for this party, so I used a lot of things that I already had around. Sourcing from my home and shops is always a big plus when I’m trying not to spend too much. Also, the husband and I spent the morning of the party driving around Tulsa foraging for flowers, which was one of the most fun things I’ve done in a long time. I’m pretty sure this is going to be a new weekend habit.
A few days before the shower, I started gathering some styling props and making a few little decor items. First step was obviously to make some Fringey Streamer Garland from Jordan’s tutorial out of some sheets of crepe paper that I had around the studio. I also cut some felt letters to make a sweet little Emerson banner that Erin could keep. I just glued the letters onto a colorful piece of leather. Easy-peasy and hung over a gold foil fringe backdrop that I snagged on Amazon.
I wanted handmade favors and browsed Pinterest forever, but settled on making something that I carry in the shop. Pocket mirrors! I made these black, white, and gold, to match the theme of the party. I actually cut the black and white geometric prints out of a book of old knitting patterns and then hand drew the gold hearts on them. I wrapped them up in tissue paper and attached nametags with baker’s twine.
To style the table, I layered tea towels, crepe paper, florals, and treats on the tables. The black and white polka dot pieces were pieces of the gift boxes from AltSummit that I chopped up because they were pretty. See, hoarding lovely things pays off!
I brought over all of my succulents from the shop to add to the summer feel of the party and put some pretty candies in mason jars for everyone to snack on. Since it was a mid-afternoon party, I kept the food simple; a lemoncello cake, berries, and sparkling lemonade. I’ll share my ridiculously easy “recipe” below. I also always like to have a pitcher with ice water and this time I added some berries for a little flavor and because they’re just so pretty.
Here’s the recipe for the Quick Afternoon Punch that I made, as well as a quick list of what to gather, what to make, and what to purchase for you to use as a starting point for planning an easy afternoon shower or gathering. Click through for the free Afternoon Party download.
I wish I had photos of everyone at the party, but I always get sidetracked and forget about that part. I promise, we had fun. Enjoy your parties!