Maryliz and I hosted a baby shower for my daughter-in-law Charlotte. It was amazing and today we are sharing our baby shower decoration ideas.
I am going to be a grandma in less than two months and I am so over the moon! This is one of the most exciting things ever and I feel so lucky that we were able to celebrate my amazing daughter-in-law this past weekend. We had so much fun creating the baby shower decoration ideas and I cannot wait to share everything with you.
Baby Shower Decoration Ideas
This is my beautiful daughter-in-law Charlotte who is 33 weeks pregnant and as you probably guessed she is having a baby boy. His name is Graham.
Mary Liz and I had so much fun planning this baby shower. Thirty-two family members and friends joined us so we set three tables which were located in the dining room, family room, and back porch.
This is the table in the family room. And since the tables were all in different rooms, we set each table for 8 so that Charlotte could have a place to sit at each table. Once we sat down for lunch Charlotte rotated and spent about twenty minutes at each table.
This worked out so well and allowed her to have great conversations with all of her guests.
I made a lot of baby shower items on my Cricut Maker and Charlotte took a lot of polaroid photos during the party. And look at the cookies, aren’t they the best! Maryliz found a great local baker Rori from J.A.M. Bakery who made the cookies.
Some of the guests were family, some were friends of mine and some were friends of Charlotte’s so not everyone knew each other. We played a really fun ice-breaker bingo game that got everyone talking to each other. It was so much fun, we decided that the winner filled the entire card, not just one row!
We also found some super cute “Advice and Wishes for the Mom to Be” cards. Everyone filled them out and I am sure that Charlotte will treasure the sweet sentiments that everyone shared with her.
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As I mentioned, each table was set for eight, and we made the flower arrangements after a trip to the Los Angeles Flower Market early on Friday morning.
I own all of the blue and white dishes which probably seems a bit crazy. For many years I have collected blue and white china and I loved that I could use so many of them in one day!
Dining Room Table
Family Room Table
Back Porch Table
Baby Shower Decoration Ideas for the Tables
I cut out place cards using my Cricut Maker and attached them to white card stock with a small baby clothespin.
All of the scatter (the baby item cutouts, including Graham’s name) was also cut on my Cricut. All I did was go to the Cricut Design Space site on my computer and I searched in the library for “baby items”. I then saved the ones I wanted to use and cut them out.
I added the text of Graham’s name and cut those out too.
The party favors were a small apothecary jar filled with blue Hershey’s kisses and tied with three different shades of blue organza ribbon.
Here you can see all the items I made to decorate the tables.
Baby Shower Centerpieces
We wanted to keep the centerpieces simple and within the color palette of blue and white, so as we made our way through the Los Angeles Flower Mart, we loaded our pull cart full of blue hydrangeas, white ranunculus, white roses, white dianthus carnations, and white gerbera daisies.
To make the centerpieces, we started by separating the flowers into groups, then trimmed the leaves and stems. We determined that we needed twelve arrangements, six medium/large-sized arrangements, and six small/medium arrangements. So that each arrangement would have the same number of flowers, we divided up each type of flower, counted out the stems, and divided them into twelve piles.
The next step was to build a bouquet with white flowers.
The hydrangeas were the perfect shade of blue and we added three stems of hydrangeas around the outside of the bouquet and then popped the flowers into the vase. Last, we added the gerbera daisies around the edge.
I love how the flowers turned out, they were the perfect compliment to the tables.
The Beverage Bar
Maryliz and I set up a fun beverage bar which included my Nespresso Vertuo Coffee machine, lots of fun Torani coffee syrups, and iced tea, lemonade, and juices.
I own way too many Rae Dunn coffee mugs so I was happy to be able to use those too.
We also set up a mimosa bar and lots of chilled white wine.
The menu was wonderful and it consisted of Fire Roasted Tomato Bisque Soup, Three Cheese Grilled Sandwiches, and a Pear and Chicken Salad.
We set a buffet on the island in the kitchen and let everyone fill their own plates. It was a cold afternoon so the soup and grilled cheese were perfect with the salad.
I don’t have a recipe to share for the salad because all I did was mix together Spring lettuce, dried cranberries, candied almonds, and sliced pears. I added grilled chicken and a Champagne Vinaigrette dressing.
Maryliz made a lot of soup and there wasn’t any left when we were done!
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 Cups finely chopped yellow onions
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 3 Cups Chicken Stock/Broth
- 1 28oz can and 1 14.5 oz can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
- ½ cup half and half
- 4 leaves fresh basil, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 loaf of Texas Toast
- 1 brick gruyere cheese, sliced thinly
- 1 brick sharp white cheddar cheese, sliced thinly
- 1 brick mozzarella cheese, sliced thinly
- 4 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 tablespoon butter
Fire Roasted Tomato Bisque
- Place olive oil and butter in saucepan over low to medium heat. When oil and butter are combined and bubbly add onions and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent and beginning to brown. Remove from heat.
- In stock pot on low to medium heat, add chicken stock/broth, both cans of tomatoes (do not drain). Stir to combine. Add onions, garlic and oil.
- Add half and half and basil to pot, stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Once combined and cooked through, remove from heat.
- Transfer soup to blender. Pulse until smooth.
- Return to pot. Soup can be made ahead and refrigerated. When ready to serve, warm slowly before serving.
Grilled Cheese Sticks
- Cut away crusts from bread. To assemble each sandwich, use two pieces of bread. Layer slices of gruyere on top of the bread. On top of the gruyere, layer the sharp white cheddar cheese slices. On top of the cheddar cheese, layer the mozzarella slices.
- In a saucepan, over medium heat, add 1 TBL of olive oil and 1 TBL of butter. Once the olive oil and butter is combined and bubbly.
- Carefully transfer the bread layered with cheese into the pan, bread side down. Place the second piece of bread on top of cheese.
- When the bread is golden brown, carefully flip the sandwich to brown the second piece of bread.
- Once both sides of the bread are browned, transfer the sandwich to a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper.
- Place in oven heated to 300 degrees. Bake sandwich for 10-12 minutes until cheeses are melted.
- Cut sandwiches in half and serve with soup.
For dessert, we served our favorite Lemon Pie. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the recipe!
Celebrating with Friends and Family
These photos are so wonderful and I think they share what a wonderful time we all had! Charlotte loved all of our baby shower decoration ideas which made us all so happy.
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