Nov 21, 2011

Party Inspiration: Ahoy, baby shower! A nautical-chic brunch for my sister

Here’s what happens when three creative sisters plan a nautical-chic brunch baby shower. My sister, Sheila, is expecting in February. Yay! She’s having the first grandchild on my side of the family so needless to say, my parents and siblings are little excited. Sheila’s twin, Sharon, and I hosted the shower at my house in Richmond, Virginia. I came up with the nautical theme because it was the same theme as the nursery. Sharon developed the color scheme and the flags idea. She was inspired by her trips to the Newport, Rhode Island known for their nautical lifestyle and hydrangeas. Sheila painstakingly made the the flag banners that hung in the living room and dining room ceilings, and the rest of the decor were drawn from that. I, of course, came up with the food menu. I wanted to keep it a fairly traditional brunch menu incorporating my own style. It was a collaborative effort overall and I hope you enjoy!

The Welcome Aboard anchor was purchased through Ebay for $20. It greeted guests at the door! That’s the proud and happy mother-to-be, our sister Sheila.

As you walk in, the guest favors sat in a basket. We gave away a star necklace purchased from Forever 21. Guest could choose a silver or gold necklace. Each were placed in a small muslin bag stamped with an anchor. The muslin bags were purchased through Celestial Gifts and the anchor stamp by Dragonflybuzz through Etsy.

This was the non-traditional guestbook. We purchased an anchor print from Monorail Studio on Etsy and had guests sign their names with a blue pen Sharpie. The signs for each station was designed and printed by me. They were framed them using 99 cent IKEA Tolsby frames. Sharon made the mini flags in the mason jars. She used fabric scraps to make the triangles and glued them to the flat wooden sticks purchased from the craft store.

The flags were the anchor to the nautical theme baby shower. It was the inspiration. Sheila (the pregnant one), made all the flag banners by hand. She purchased a variety of fabric from Jo-Ann’s Fabrics. Sheila traced out all the triangles, we helped cut them out, and then Sheila spent weeks sewing all the everything together. It ended up being over 25 yards long! They came out perfectly. Etsy, eat your heart out!

The flowers used throughout the baby shower were hydrangeas placed in mason jars. The hydrangeas were ordered through Kroger. We rented 2 high cocktail tables with white linens and 25 chairs all from The Prop Shop in Richmond. I used this vendor for my wedding as well. I just love how professional they are!

We played three games during the baby shower. At the first baby game, guests would guess how many sour patch kids were in a bottle. Laura, their long time friend since Freshmen year of college, won the guess with 68. There were 70 pieces in the bottle. She won a nautical beach bag!

There’s my other sister, Sharon, looking for the winning number. She and Sheila are twins!

We also played a game in which each guest had to make a baby out of playdoh. Much harder than you think! Sheila selected the best two out of the bunch. Winners were Kristal with her talented art teacher skills and Andrea making twins!

The last game was to guess how round Sheila’s baby bump was. Each guest had to cut a string and then measure how close they were. Brittany, Sheila’s sister-in-law, was the winner! She was pretty accurate with only being less than an inch right!

As you walk through my house, people can go in the kitchen to get a drink. The drink station was situated right in the breakfast nook. We served Prosecco, orange juice, Pellegrino and water. I also had lemon and frozen strawberries to serve as ice. All the plastic utensils and plates, napkins and paper cups were from Party City.

I just love this station. People can make whatever drink they wanted. They can add a little Prosecco or a lot. It allowed guests to pick their poison throughout the event.

The frozen strawberries were a nice touch. It kept your drink cold and you can eat them after they defrosted! I’ll show you later on how to easily prep them the night before.

We also had a coffee and tea bar on the other side of the kitchen. We had all the fixings to make your coffee or tea how you like.

And now here is our beautiful, beautiful tablescape. The flag banners hung over the table. The wooden steering wheel was purchase at Hobby Lobby. The vintage turquoise mason jars were found at Susan’s Selections, an antique consignment shop in Richmond. All the white serving plates and bowls from my collection.

That is one good-looking table! Gorgeous!!

The cheese platter consisted of white cheddar, blue cheese and French brie. It was served with water crackers.

Mixed berries of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries served with mint-flavored sugar, which I’ll show you tomorrow!

Mixed spring salad dressed with blue cheese, pear slices, croutons and sunflower seeds served with an olive oil and vinegar dressing or ranch.

I served my roasted fingerling potatoes with a Chipotle dipping sauce. I also served chicken salad with avocado on a slice of artisan white bread. As well as, smoked salmon with cream cheese on a slice of artisan wheat bread. Presentation is everything!

These mini frittatas were a Giada recipe, but I changed it up a bit a bit adding gruyere cheese and replacing ham with pancetta.

For dessert, I served my super easy s’mores cupcakes. We purchased the mini flags from Darling Loves Dapper on Etsy. We ordered both navy and mint green stripped flags.

Thanks for all of those who attended Sheila’s shower! I know she appreciated all the love and support you have given her. I certainly hope that this baby shower will inspire you to be a little creative for your next event!

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