Sunday, June 21, 2009


Finally the baby shower has come and gone. All that planning and shopping paid off as everything came out nice and the mommy was very happy.

Above is the invitation, with all personal info scratched out.

I got the invitation, water bottle labels, banner and picks used in the sandwiches from Etsy. I ordered them from Barbara. She was so helpful and designed these just for me to use.

This is not a good picture at all but the banner says WELCOME TO THE NEST. There are little blue birds on both ends that match the invitation.

It was really cute and went home with the mommy at the end of the shower.

The table was set with blue and white polka dot plates and the napkin rings were made to match the invitation also. The little bird was in the center of each napkin ring holder.

A little nest with blue Jordan almonds were on each place setting. Not only did it go with the bird/nest theme but it also kept the plates from blowing away.

I made the place cards from a kit I ordered from A Cottage Industry.

There wasn't really much room on the tables to decorate. I had purchased lots of things I didn't even use.

There was room for a bird house and some bird salt and pepper shakers as well as another little decorated nest on this table.

The other table had a bird candle holder but I put a little nest with Jordan almonds in there, tiny blue bird salt and pepper shakers and a little floral arrangement with a nest and egg in it.

I was surprised that most people actually ate their Jordan almonds. I thought perhaps they would have been left behind but I was happy to see they weren't.

No one took their nest home even though they were told they could. That's OK though as I can always use them for another party now.

I loved the water bottle labels. They had a picture of the blue bird on the invitation and it said Welcome to the Nest Little One.

We had a hard time finding water bottles to use these on but in the end they came out OK.

The drink table was also decorated with a tiny bird holding down napkins from blowing away and the little white birds holding a vintage baby picture. Also there was a big nest on the table but I didn't get a picture showing that

In the morning as we were setting up it was actually raining. We were in shock! What were we going to do

Well thanks to the lady who let us use her back yard to have the party, because her son knew people who worked for the police department and they let us use their pop up tarps to keep the rain off us.

Even though it stopped raining before the actual shower the tarp allowed us to get out there to decorate while it was still raining. We only had one hour to get everything put together as we kept waiting for the rain to stop.

This isn't a good picture at all but I just had to show you that I finally got the drink dispenser I had been dreaming about. I had seen them on several blogs and was on the hunt for one. I was so happy when I found one

It held pink lemonade which is what almost everyone drank.

We had lots of food. There was something for everyone. Some of the things we had was cheese and crackers, chips and dip, veggie trays, grilled asparagus, candy, pickles, olives, fruit salad, macaroni salad, pasta salad.

I tried to use some items to go with the theme on the food table as well. Like this little bird bath that held blue M&Ms.

This bird held artichoke/spinach dip. I think this bird was really meant to hold a plant but us bloggers know we don't have to always use things as they were meant to be.

Vintage baby pictures were also used on the food table.

Oh yes! We had sandwiches too. There was ham & cheese, Turkey and cheese, chicken salad, roast beef and veggie sandwiches. Like I said, we wanted to have something for everyone.

I used the cupcake picks in the sandwiches since I didn't use them in the cupcakes. They were really cute too.

That is the mommy to be eating. Next to her is Trinity. She just got her braces on. Poor thing couldn't eat the sandwiches

She was a very big help along with the little girl who lived where the party was. They both helped give everyone drinks, picked up the trash, handed out the party favors and served the cupcakes.

They enjoyed being there with all the grown ups and had fun helping out.

This is the mommy with some of her gifts.

After we all ate and played games, the mommy opened up her gifts.

We played three games and the winners all got presents that were bird theme. One was a bird house, one was wind chimes with a bird house on top and the last one was a bird decoration to be used in the garden.

We thought it was a fun idea to have the gifts match the theme.

I showed you the cupcakes yesterday but I wanted to show you the cupcake server I found at TJ Maxx. I thought it was so pretty with all the crystals hanging from it. I also thought it looked sort of like a tree and with the cupcakes looking like little nests they were darling served on this.

I have to share something about the cupcakes that made my day. I was standing around the corner and heard the guest talking about the cupcakes. Of course I couldn't wait to hear what they were saying.

One said they were the cutest cupcakes she had ever seen. One said they were the first cupcakes that taste as good as they looked and one said her favorite cupcakes have always been Sprinkles until she tasted these

Wow! That made me feel so good. I know people always say nice things when they know you made them but these remarks were made when they didn't know I could hear.

I forgot to take pictures of our party favors but I got these darling little soaps that looked like an egg in a nest. Only the ones I had were blue to go with the theme.

Even the little box they came in were cute. They were white with blue and there were little birds, nests and flowers on them.

I think everyone had a nice time and the Mommy was happy. So all the hard work and long days planning was all worth it.



Unknown said...

OMGosh!!! That is the PRETTIEST cupcake tree I have EVER seen! I LOVE it! I wanna know where YOUR TJ MAXX is, LOL! The baby shower looks like it was a hit! I love the bird's nest theme! How sweet! I just love birdies! That's such a loving thing to do for a Mom-to-be! You are quite the part thrower, I've noticed! :)

Anonymous said...

What a CUTE shower...I loved all the bird themed items.

Tracey said...

Joanne, I can't believe all the work you did!! It was fantastic. I am absolutely in awe! I love the cupcake holder.. love the crystals. But everything, I mean every detail was thougth of. Great Work!!

Alison Gibbs said...

Oh what a wonderful baby shower. It all looks so pretty. Loving the cup cake stand

Unknown said...

You out did yourself, it all looks awesome!

A Southern Rose said...

This has to be the prettiest baby shower that I've ever seen. You did great! I might have to use some of your ideas one day if you don't mind.

Unknown said...

You did such a wonderful job for the baby showere! Everything is so pretty!
Hugs, Susan

Colored With Memories said...

oh my goodness! everything looks delightful! what a precious theme for a baby shower...i love it! the invite and all decor were perfect.

i'm sure the momma felt very blessed!

Dragonfly Lady said...

Gorgeous, you did a wonderful job for the Mum to be!! I loved your theme.

Glenda said...

You did a fantastic job with the party. I would hire you.

Glad the mom is doing good.


Photographer Sydney said...

Happy baby shower.. the color of table cloth and untensils are all in blue.. i love it.

Jean Tuthill said...

I loved seeing the tables all set up, the pictures of the food and the pretty birds nests. What a lovely setting for the shower and I'm glad the rain stopped for it! The gifts looked beautiful and I'm sure she got a lot of cute baby things that she will need. Great job on the shower!

Cleaning Melbourne said...

i love baby showers and this is really great..

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Love your party theme. Looks like everyone had a great time. Your decorations are just fabulous. Love all of the detail.

Hugs :)


Allidink said...

That is such a cute idea for a shower! How fun! I would love a shower like that LOL. That cupcake tree is so cool. I just bought some servers there that are like pedestals with crystals and at the Marshall's by my school there were 3 tiered serving trays with crystals like that, like all from the same company or something lol. Cute!

All the best,

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Joann, what a perfect baby shower! I love how you carried the theme throughout and I especially liked the bird bath with m&ms.

Margie said...

This is the cutest party ever! I love everything about it... I am definetly going by tj maxx to see if they have another cupcake holder! Cute cute cute! ~ Margie

Tina Schiefer said...

Joanne -

These little birds are too, too cute!

I just watched five little blue birds leave the birdhouse this morning. What a magical sight!!! I was just so enthralled watching them "move-on" that I didn't think to grab the camera - Maybe next year...?

Great shower pics. Showers are always so much fun!


Holly Campbell said...

Soooooo beautiful! You did such a wonderful job with the decorations! Thank you for letting us see all the decorations and ideas you had. . .

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

What an amazing shower! You did a wonderful job. The love the birdbath with the blue M&M's.

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Joanne
Everything looks just perfect. You did great. I love the cup cakes and the cup cake tree.

Unknown said...

You did a FABULOUS job on this party!!! Oh my gosh, it is so cute! I love all of the special details. The birds are just perfect! Love the cupcake stand and the invites and pics, it is all so beautiful! I am dying over the drink dispenser! I want one of those so badly! Where did you find it??

You really know how to throw a party!


Unknown said...

Love it ...thanks for some great ideas!

Katie said...

Wow this is one of the best baby showers I've seen. I am biased seeing how birds are already one of my favorite motifs but you did a perfect job putting together all the little touches. The cupcake holder was definitely the crowning touch on an already elegant decor! I'm glad you finally got your drink container, I know you'll be using that for years:)

Sandi said...

cute shower! the little nests just made the tablescape!

jackie fo said...

SO cute with the little birds nests!!! That Robins Egg blue is such a pretty color.

Jenn S. said...

Oh I *love* this! Can you please tell me where the paper supplies (plates and napkins) and also the nests are from? LOVE it! What a lucky new mama!

Unknown said...

My husband wanted to have a baby,, but he had an erectil dysfunction problem, so we decided to buy viagra and after that i could be pregnant. All my friend was excited with the new, so they organized an secret baby shower for me. It was wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Gosh this is beautiful and you are so creative. I would love to do a feature about you on my blog.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

What an inspiring celebration...I love all the decor and food! Lovely!

Unknown said...

Nice things ...thanks for sharing
Levitra Generico said...

YEAH!! Exactly what I was looking for! I wanted a bird themed shower for a friend and I only have less than a week, little time (4 YOUNG kids), homeschool, little money (see above ;)) and wanted it to be special! PERFECT!! I think I will spray paint my left over easter eggs (acndy filled kind) to look like robbins eggs. YEAH!! Kristy from a crafty , diy, healthy blog

Unknown said...

I'm planning a feather her nest baby shower now! Would you be willing to share your cupcake recipe? LOve how everything turned out!

Unknown said...

Oh wow, nest baby shower is eye catching. You did wonderful work. I would like to host this DIY party for my cousin who is expecting a baby. We would book prettiest venues in San Francisco. It’s going to be interesting to see what we’ll come up with.