Party Planner : Baby “K” Baby Shower
Who: Expecting Mommy & Daddy
Where: Urban Saloon, Philadelphia
What: Celebration of Baby K
When: 4 weeks before due date
Why: I was honored to have been asked to throw the baby shower for my very close friends
How: Well…here is how!
Invitations: ”Bow or Beau” from Tiny Prints [BE AWARE & ORDER AT YOUR OWN RISK]
The Space: The place I held the party was a private room in the back of a dark bar. I transformed the space. I had ivory color table cloths (don’t use white! Pick a color)! I added tons of color and made the room look harmonious through having all the tables set the same. The best way to transform the place is by using color but also by filling the space so I used pom poms from Luna Bazaar in the colors scheme of the party (yellow, gray, ivory). This made a huge difference! (Side note: set some time aside to assemble).
Food: It was catered by Urban Saloon.
CAKE!: I designed this myself from Bredenbecks Bakery. It was to die for!
Party Favors: Happy Family Squeezes [organic snacks], personalized water bottles labels from Beau-Coup.
Games: Guess The Baby’s Birthday (along with yellow pencils that people could take home as well), baby bottle drinking game, and an assortment of other baby quizzes and word scrambles.
Tabel Settings: Personalized napkins (also from Beau-Coup). Since there was a budget, I had to get creative. the center pieces were small glass votives ($.99/ea) from Michaels and filled the bottom of each with small crystal stones (1 bag $7.99). I put one hydrangeas from Trader Joes ($6.99/ea) in each votive and placed 3 on each table. I placed 3 yellow rubber duckies around the flowers. In the middle of the 3 vases, I had a mason jar ($10.99/pack of 12 from AceHardware) filled 1/4 of the way up with sugar as a candle holder-I placed a ivory, vanilla scented candle in the jar. At each place setting, there was a “Guess the Baby’s Birthday” sheet with a pencil, a Happy Squeeze and a personalized water bottle.
Onesie Decorating Table: I bought fabric makers and fabric paint, tons of onssies and bibs. I bought a thick piece of rope to hang a clothes line, and added a teddy bear and a couple pairs of sneakers.
I also added to the drink table miniature size Perrier cans with striped straws also from Beau-Coup. You can find everything and anything at Beau-Coup for any occasion!
The only bad thing that happened…<cue tears>
This was my biggest event I’ve throw and organized thus far. It was for a party of 65 people! It was a lot of hard work, so many little details, but the outcome was worth the blood sweat and tears. Yes, tears!
Order from TINY PRINTS at YOUR OWN RISK! This company is pathetic and this is why…I ordered Beau or Bow invitations, and since we were only a month away from the party date, I decided to have them not only print the invites and envelopes, but to have them shipped to the invitees as well. HUGE MISTAKE!
Some people got no invitation, some people got one, some people got two, some people received three and four! An invitation I sent to myself got a “return to sender” stamped on mine and returned to me at the very same address that was the to and FROM! I’m still not sure everyone on the list received an invitation. It ruined my reputation a bit-“why did this girl send me 4 invitations?!” Well it’s simple, I really wanted them to be there but also because they needed to bring 4 gifts. Ha! Trying to make light of the situation!
My mother always taught me, “if you want something done the right way, do it yourself.” I have always used this life lesson, actually on a daily basis, but for some reason I ignored it this time around, because I wanted the invites to go out right away. If I had just been patient a day or two, what ensued would have never happened.
Moral of the story…always listen to your mother!
Hope you enjoy!