For this shower, Kim, the mom-to-be LOVES all things French which made for a surprisingly easy theme for a baby girl shower. One of her favorite childrens' books is Madeline. For me, a theme starts with the invitation. This toile invitation from Tiny Prints was absolutely perfect.
Here's a sample of the book label I created -
Of course, I borrowed some book-themed stuffed dolls and animals from my childrens' large stash to decorate the area. The basket is from HomeGoods but I made the basket liner (more on that later this week) with the same fabric - "Over the Moon" (white) by Covington - as Kim chose for her custom nursery bedding.
Once everyone was inside, they went into the kitchen where we had drinks set up on the island. For some reason, I don't have a picture of the island with the glasses all set up. Everyone had a wine glass with a name label tied on with a small pink ribbon. I printed the labels on white card stock, punched a hole in each, and tied it on with the skinny satin ribbon you often find in the dollar bin at the craft and fabric stores.
I love this for showers and small parties because everyone only uses one glass and it also doubles as a name tag!
I decorated both mantels with pink and French themed stuff that I collected. Here's the living room which includes Kim's Eiffel Tower. Kim usually notices EVERYTHING that is out of place in her house but somehow in the shuffle of moving furniture to prepare for the baby, she didn't know that I "borrowed" this with the help of her hubby (and loyal HOUSEography reader - Hi Buck!).
I also decorated both the dining room and kitchen chandeliers. I kept the theme the same but changed them up a bit. As you can see, I hung baby socks from both chandeliers, but I used different socks and different bows in both rooms.
In the kitchen, I used the socks again (Mary Jane socks this time) and a cute, fun bow on each of the arms that did not have a sock and one at the bottom. The onesie decorating area was set up on the kitchen table.
On the dining room table, I used a strip of the same fabric as a faux runner down the middle of the table. I didn't sew it but just folded it over and ironed a crease. It added a little something extra to the table and looked great with the rose pink tablecloth.
Finally, I made this French memo board using a 50 cent yard sale frame (thanks Mom), which I'll show you how to make later in the week. I gave the board to Kim and Buck for the baby's room. I figure they can keep some keepsakes and pictures on it and it's relatively small so they should be able to find a spot for it inside the closet door at least!
For the shower, I hung it in the dining room and put pictures of Kim as a baby, and a few of her with her mom as a baby.
So, along with several arrangements of fresh flowers from a local florist provided by Kim's mom and cousin, that was the basic decor in the house. I think it turned out beautifully if I do say so myself and I think Kim really enjoyed everything. It's so wonderful to give a shower to friends who really notice and appreciate the small details.
Any great baby or bridal shower themes to share?
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