11 Nov

REAL PARTIES: Chocolate, Raspberry & Lime Baby Shower

Joanna Dyckhoff sent over pictures of a modern co-ed bridal shower she recently hosted – and I have one word to describe it – “Wow”! Everything was super contemporary and perfectly coordinated, from the hand-made invitations to the flower centerpieces, party favors…even the room decor! Check out how creative these invitations are that Joanna designed and created…

Modern Co-ed Baby Shower The invitation consisted of a printed vellum overlay which opened to a irridescent invite backed with chocolate colored cardstock and wrapped in wavy wire. Vellum, paper and cardstock from Paper Zone .

Now, on to the amazing floral arrangements & party decór…

Modern Co-ed Baby Shower I’m loving Joanna’s artsy floral designs – which featured curled up wire, floating flowers, orchids and wire wrapped grasses. And how about those adorable ladybug cookies?!

Modern Co-ed Baby Shower *Party Tip: One really great party tip that Joanna displays well in this baby shower is how important it is to modify your space/venue to coordinate with the color palette of your party. This raspberry, chocolate, and lime green party just wouldn’t look the same if it was set up in a room filled with red and blue pillows and home accessories.

If you’re throwing a party in your home and your regular room colors clash with your party colors, temporarily remove pillows, vases, even wall decór if possible – and replace them with accessories that work with your theme. No need to buy everything – borrow as much as you can from friends and family, or “fake it” by re-covering pillows, couches, etc – like Joanna did here. She actually purchased these chocolate slip-covers for her couches and wrapped her regular accent pillows with fabric that coordinated with the theme. No sewing required – the fabric was just wrapped around the pillows and knotted in the back!

The cool white paper lanterns pictured in the photo above are from Shoji Decor and were embellished with pink tassles.

Modern Co-ed Baby Shower Joanna’s fabulous-looking party favors were made with chocolate colored pillow boxes from Packaging Specialties and wrapped with pink tulle, lime green grosgrain ribbon, dark pink raffia and then sealed with a coordinating diecut paper medallion. Inside each favor were 2 white peony tea bags , 1 homemade green tea scented soy wax candle and 1 Choxie chocolate square.

And the very cool & funky corsage for mom-to-be was created from aluminum wire wrapped with a crimped wire, with grass blades and an orchid tucked into the wire.

Well, suffice to say – I’m impressed! Nice work, Joanna – and thanks for the inspiration! For more cool tips & finds from Joanna, check out her blog, LotusHaus . She’s taking a little break right now, but there are plenty of great past posts to enjoy!

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risa SAYS:

this is AMAZING! such a fantastic change from the typical “babyish” baby shower. love the color combo too! and the invitations – I agree – WOW!

November 12, 2007 at 9:00 am

joanna dyckhoff SAYS:

Jennifer, thanks so much for posting about the shower! I just love Hostess with the Mostess!

November 12, 2007 at 10:36 am

kitty wu SAYS:

I have to say…I have been to a dozen baby showers and Joanna’s shower was so lovely…more so than any I have seen.

We are so lucky to have her in our family of friends.

p.s. the soy candle was super cute! It is sitting on my desk right now and (not suprisingly) the art wrapping the little silver container matches the background of the THANK YOU label you see on the going away gifts.

November 12, 2007 at 11:26 am

tiffany geller SAYS:

this is amazing!!!

November 12, 2007 at 12:59 pm

cuica SAYS:

this looked like a great shower! i am definitely jotting down some ideas. I wish that some of the showers i’ve been to were more like this.

November 14, 2007 at 10:16 am
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