Thursday, April 28, 2011

Aqua and Orange Baby Shower!!

I'm so thrilled to share these photos!! You may have seen this party last week via Courtney at Pizzazzerie, who kindly featured our shoot. Working with some amazing folks—Kara Kull of How Fab and Delightfully Engaged, Jacin Fitzgerald of Lovely Little Details, Amanda Reapsummer of One True Love Vintage Rentals, and photographer Gavin Farrington—I had an amazing time putting together this Aqua & Orange themed baby shower. Our dear Kara is pregnant, you see, and when I heard that, I knew it was time to rally the troops and put together a beautiful photo shoot in her honor.

It all started with this Anthropologie shower curtain. Kara is using it as a curtain in the baby's nursery. Add to that the inspiration board I put together here, and an owl cookie jar my husband bought me, and we had the start of a charming little party! The group then brainstormed the look of the party via email and had a final meet-up to decide what everyone would bring to the shoot.

Amanda provided tons of vintage props for the day, from pitchers to mason jars. She had the amazing teal suitcase we filled with baby clothes. She also happened to have a beautiful aqua and orange tin, as well as all sorts of fun vases and compotes.

Talented mother-to-be, Kara, made these adorable favor bags full of handmade frosted animal crackers. Love it! She also made a gorgeous (and tasty) rustic peach tart. Can you believe she just happened to have this lovely orange frame hanging empty on the wall? It was meant to be!

Major points go to Jacin, who painstakingly created dozens of mini cupcakes with orange ruffled frosting, only to accidentally leave them on her trunk on the way over. Poor girl. It was a cupcake-tastrophe when she drove away, and she rallied to get us these beautiful cupcakes instead. She even got Safeway to paint them the perfect orange! Jacin also artfully arranged the flowers, using tulips, ranunculus, and baby's breath.

What really made this baby shower look so good? The outrageously gorgeous photography of Gavin Farrington. Gavin was a good sport to put up with all of our styling and re-styling as we obsessed over every little detail.

As for my own contributions, I went crazy with my sewing machine. I whipped up the bunting you see in the frame, along with another 3 yards of flags not seen in the photos. I also sewed the three stuffed owls. Finally, I decided that rather than buy a new cake stand, I'd give one of mine a makeover with a ruffled cake stand skirt! I'm planning to make more, so look for a tutorial to come on Host-It Notes (someday).


Design & Styling: Host-It Notes, Lovely Little Details, One True Love Vintage Rentals

Photography by Gavin Farrington

Peach tart, favor bags and cookies by Kara Kull

Props: Pitcher, bottles, compote, vases, tins and suitcase via One True Love Vintage Rentals

Curtain: Anthropologie

Cookie Jar: Plasticland

Food: Paulette Macarons


  1. Randomly stumbled across your blog, and I LOVE!

    Excited to be a new follower :)

    xo Alanna



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