Today I finished the first of my custom inspiration boards and Cindy was kind enough to let me share it with you. This March, she'll be hosting a baby shower in Houston Tx for about 40 people. She didn't have a theme, but wanted something classic and modern... not too cutsie. After she gave me some further details about the event and the mom-to-be, I provided her with 5 shower themes to choose from. She actually liked several of them so much that she had me create 2 boards, but this is the one she decided to choose because it matched the colors of the baby's nursery: Photo Credits
Theme: Simple Monogram "KWD"
Color Palette: shades of blues & greens with brown accents (nursery colors)
Setting: a seated lunch for 40 in a conservatory style hotel dining room
Invitations: to be custom designed. use a simple natural white card stock invite with a monogram icon at top. continue the monogram icon across all paper goods at the shower.
Centerpieces: consider periwinkle, green and white hydrangea bouquets. low arrangements in white ceramic or silver vases.
Favors: monogrammed cookie favors in glassine bags with ribbon, or a sweets buffet with candy in blues & greens. include tags or stickers with monogram.
Cake: cupcakes in a tower with monogrammed toppers.
Other: set up a small table with pens & note cards, and have out a paper suitcase or an apothecary jar with a sign for people to write wishes for the mom-to-be and baby.
Row 1: monogrammed cookie via gumdrop cookie shop; flowers & baby bottles via my recipes; stacked blocks via melissa jill; dessert table via brides
Row 2: tablescape via brides; paper suitcase with monogram mug copyright BG; onsie cookie via flickr; invite via haley hardcastle
Row 3: knox onsie via etsy; hydrangea in mint julep cup via ms weddings; brownie pops via beau coup; tablescape via real simple; jellybeans via brides
Row 4: cupcake via country living; monogram gift via southern living; candy buffet copyright BG; monogram cards via hot ref
This traditional Nautical party is sure to brighten up your winter’s day. It came to me from Jennifer of The Tillman Family blog and I flipped for it as soon as I saw the color scheme of red and pale blue... my blog colors of course. She went above and beyond to create a natural handcrafted look that brings this theme to life. Galvanized buckets held the food and the centerpieces she made herself from wooden toy boat kits. A lunch of ‘fish and chips’ was served in red plastic pub style baskets. Fabric banners tied with twine surrounded the playground... sails topped the cupcakes.... paper hats were created and decorated by the kids... there was even a cardboard boat to play in, complete with fishing poles! Aye aye captain Jennifer- you did an amazing job.
Last week I announced a new service available through Birthday Girl- custom inspiration boards! In order to kick things off and help spread the word, I've decided it's high time for a giveaway... so from now through the end of the month, I'm offering a chance to win your own custom inspiration board for FREE!
To enter, simply leave a comment here with your upcoming party theme or occasion. Share this service with your readers through your blog or website, and earn a BONUS entry by leaving a separate comment with your link back.
You have until Saturday, January 30th at Midnight PST to enter. The winner will be chosen by random.org.
Looking forward to inspiring you!
I’ve been saving this birthday party for you because it’s such a fun start to the new year! The details are courtesy of Lorell of Sweetly Sweet, created for her daughter’s 2nd birthday. She designed all the paper goods herself and was inspired by other bloggers to create special details... the cupcake toppers were inspired by the Tomkat Studio, the candy buffet by Amy Atlas and the Cupcake Pops by Bakerella. The cupcake candles were handmade by a local artisan and she says they looked and smelled just like the real thing. Every detail was attended to, even the prizes and games were designed to compliment the theme. With this great effort comes great love... Lorell and her husband were not sure they could have children, so when Lorelys Maia was born it was a miracle for their entire family. And as it should be... every single birthday she has will be truly be something to celebrate.
20 or so clean, dry strawberries with stems intact
1/2 lb. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped or chips
1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
crushed pretzels or nuts (if desired)
Place chocolate in the top of a double-boiler or a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir chocolate and oil until melted, about 5 minutes (start with 1 tbsp oil and add more if chocolate is too thick).
Line a cookie sheet with waxed or parchment paper.
Dip strawberries, one at a time, into the melted chocolate. Set on paper lined tray and chill for 20 minutes until set. (note: longer than an hour in the refrigerator will cause condensation on the strawberries).