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whimsical garden baby shower I designed a baby shower for some friends a few months that was particularly special because of the circumstances… The couple had been trying to get pregnant for several years without success, so when it finally happened for them and they found out a little girl was on the way – mom-to-be described the feeling as somewhat "magical ".

She wanted the shower to reflect that kind of feeling – so I came up with this "Whimsical Garden " theme that incorporates all sorts of girlie things like butterflies, rhinestones, metallic vases, and glittery details – as well as unusual organics like oversize moss balls, snapdragons, mini orchids, and stargazer lilies. For details on how to recreate this theme, read on…

Party Decor:

whimsical garden baby shower whimsical garden baby shower *Photos by Anne Geddes (taken from greeting cards & calendars) are displayed in frames decorated with ribbon, rhinestones and butterflies.
*The "b-a-b-y" sign was created from glittered scrapbooking alphabet letters and simple clip frames.
*Pretty Chinese Peony paper plates from Plum Party were used for the buffet. Matching Coral Peony dessert plates were used for the cake.
* Different styles of butterflies (from craft & floral supply stores) hang from trees and adorn flower arrangements

Table Centerpieces (2 styles)

whimsical garden baby shower *Centerpiece #1: Roses, artifical lucy balls , mini butterflies, and glittered curly ting ting are displayed in low metallic flower pots. Pots are adorned with a band of ribbon and embellished with pacifiers on one side and Chinese Peony Placecards featuring baby-related words on the other. Tip: Fill the bottom half of the vase with vase gems or floral foam to help the rose stems stand upright.

*Centerpiece #2: Same base as above, but utilizing a taller version of the vase. An oversize moss ball sits at the top with glittered curly ting ting peeking out the sides.

Favors and Details:

whimsical garden baby shower
*Party favors: chocolate & carmel Moose Munch Mix fills pretty favor boxes adorned with ribbon, matching tags , and glittery alphabet stickers. (favors were arranged in order of the alphabet) Tip: To create a "stair-stepped" display for your party favors, display them on cabinet shelf organizers.
* Tissue Poms from Martha Stewart Crafts adorned trees and bushes
*Rose petals floated in the spa

More details {not pictured}:
*Brightly-colored yoga mats purchased for only $7.99 each at Ross were used as surfaces for the food & beverage tables. These are especially great for the beverage area because the spongy surface makes it easy to clean up spills, and you’re not left with stains or wet spots on your tablecloth.
*Arrange pink and orange bottled drinks on multi-level shelf organizers for a pretty drink display
*Sprinkle rose petals on the cake/dessert table and in the bathtub of the guest bathroom
* Spray tissue poms with adhesive silver glitter spray to make them sparkle!

Special Note: Mike and Michelle’s baby girl arrived healthy and happy in December :)

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

49 responses to “REAL PARTIES: whimsical garden baby shower”

  1. Valerie says:

    This is truly darling!

  2. acaligurl says:

    hey! i just picked up buckets of moose munch at macys. after xmas 70% off!!!!

  3. sheri says:

    This shower looks fantastic! I can’t believe you used yoga mats as table coverings. I never ever would’ve put that together, but I can see how it works! Love the butterflies :)

  4. kawaii crafter says:

    what a lovely baby shower you desinged

    your site is inspirational and a lot of fun

    regards,
    jessica

  5. [email protected] says:

    I can always count on being inspired! The centerpieces are amazing!

  6. Mansi Desai says:

    that sure would fill my life with amazing colors:)

  7. B_More BAP Life says:

    Totally Cute!

  8. Michelle M says:

    This is really cute. I wanted to know where the flower pots were purchased?

  9. Jenn says:

    Hi Michelle –

    The post were purchased at a flower supply shop in San Diego. I don’t see them in the selection on their ecommerce website – but you might be able to call and see if you can order them over the phone!

    Here’s the link to their website!

  10. Vanessa says:

    These centerpieces are just adorable!! We’ve used them with different vases and colors.. and they’ve always turned out perfect!!

  11. Astrid says:

    I really love this idea, I think it is great. I’m currently trying to order all the items you have listed, to try to recreate this theme for my sister’s baby shower. I just would like to know where I can get the small glittery green flower pots next to the picture frame.

    Thanks,

  12. Chapel says:

    yes! i would like to know where you got those sparkly green vases as well! thanks!

  13. jenn s. says:

    Astrid & Chapel –
    I got the sparkly green vases at a local flower supply shop in San Diego, but it was over a year ago and I don’t see them on their website anymore… I hate it when that happens!

    You could probably achieve a similar effect by covering or spraying small vases with craft glue and rolling them in craft glitter though.

    Also try searching for “beaded” vases or and “glitter” vases.

    Good luck!
    Jenn :)

  14. Astrid says:

    Thanks for your response.
    I was also wondering if the baby girl dress hanging from the tree, is it a real one? What would you recommend I do in order to get the same look? Like I mentioned before, I truly love this baby shower idea, it is perfect for my sister.
    Thanks,

  15. jenn s. says:

    Yep – it’s just a real dress! $9.99 at Target :)

    I actually just saw a bunch of cute baby girl summer dresses there for $6.99 though!

  16. jenn s. says:

    Astrid –
    One more thing – since you think your sister would really like this look, you might also be able to get some ideas from the “Enchanted Fairy” 1st birthday party that I threw for this same little girl. Her mom loved the “whimsical/enchanted” look too, so the 2 parties had a similar feel, and honestly you could tailor either one of them to a baby shower :)

    Here are some links to that party:
    http://blog.hwtm.com/2008/12/sneak-peek-enchanted-fairy-birthday-party/

    http://blog.hwtm.com/2008/12/enchanted-fairy-birthday-photo-album/
    (the full album is accessible from this link)

  17. Astrid says:

    Thank you so much…I will let you know if I was able to put it all together. I truly hope my sister likes it.

  18. Liz says:

    oooh where did you get those vases for the centerpieces?? I LOVEEE this theme! It is ADORABLE!!

  19. jenn s. says:

    Hi Liz –
    The vases are from a flower supply shop in San Diego, but unfortunately I don’t see them offered in their ecommerce store (aside from in silver and gold). Here’s the link just in case:
    http://www.flowersandsupplies.com/Ceramic-Vases_c_25-1.html

    A lot of people have asked about the vases so I have a few alternate ideas to achieving a similar look in the comment thread above… good luck!

  20. Nikki says:

    Hi,

    I was wondering what invitation you used? thank you

  21. Gina says:

    I would love to know what invitation you used or any ideas for invitations that would work well with this theme. I can’t seem to come up with one on my own! Help!

  22. jenn s. says:

    Gina & Nikki –
    One of the other hostesses sent out Anne Geddes-themed invites for this party, but there are several designs available at TinyPrints.com and their sister site WeddingPaperDivas.com that would work great! Here are some of my favorites – most of these are the girl version, but have “boy” or “neutral” colorways available as well:

    Shower Flowers
    http://www.tinyprints.com/products/ProductView_5393.htm

    Dragonfly Garden
    http://www.tinyprints.com/products/ProductView_4123.htm

    Peaceful Posey
    http://www.tinyprints.com/products/ProductView_4136.htm

    (The following are from Wedding Paper Divas, but you can easily change the wording to be reflective of a baby shower instead of a bridal shower, and they should work just fine.)

    Floral Flurry : Midori
    http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/products/ProductView_1404.htm

    Modern Marigolds : Azalea
    http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/products/ProductView_2988.htm

    Fields in Bloom : Medium Pink
    http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/products/ProductView_2104.htm

    Spring Beauty : Mauve
    http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/products/ProductView_1355.htm

    Lovely Butterfly : Deep Turquoise
    http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/products/ProductView_2487.htm

    Good luck! :)

  23. Nikki says:

    Hi again,

    thanks for the invite info. have you seen by chance any similar boxes to those shown above? i clicked the link and looked and they are no longer offered nor are the plates. any website or store suggestion would be appreciate. thanks again for your help. you are a true inspiration.

  24. Gina says:

    Thank you so much for the invitation ideas! I picked some of those invitations as well so I guess I’m on the right track. Thanks again for the information and for creating such beautiful theme!

  25. jenn s. says:

    Hi Nikki –
    Do you mean the favor boxes? Those are by Martha Stewart and I think she changes the designs a bit from season to season but everything she does has that same “signature style” to it. Check the Martha section at Michaels (it’s an entire aisle) and you should be able to find something cute/similar. The Brides (as in Brides magazine) collections at Michaels also have great favor boxes. Their stuff is in the wedding aisle at Michaels.

    Good luck! :)

  26. angie says:

    I am so inspired by this for my sis. I am throwing her a shower. Any tips on food you served, that I could use? Thanks!!!

  27. Nicole says:

    Does anyone know where i can find the little pink dresses to hang on the lights? I’m looking everywhere!!

    PLease help! Thanks so much

    Nicole

  28. Stacie says:

    What did the cake look like?

  29. jenn s. says:

    Hi Stacie –
    The cake was actually an Anne Geddes print that matched the invitation. (similar to the “photo” cakes that people do now a days..)

    Nicole –
    Those are actually just regular infant dresses that we used – ages 3-6m and 6-9m. They were only about $5 at Target at the time! (just now seeing your question – apologies for the delay in response!)

    Angie – same to you – just now seeing your question! You might have already had the shower by now, but for the food – we did catered Mexican because it’s mom-to-be’s favorite, so we veered from the theme, but I think these adorable “toadstool bites” would be perfect for a party like this:
    http://blog.hwtm.com/2008/12/enchanted-fairy-birthday-photo-album/

    Jenn :)

  30. Tabitha says:

    Hi there, your centerpieces are so adorable! I was just curious if you could tell me what size vase it was you used… Maybe it was a 4*4 or 6in.

  31. jenn s. says:

    Thanks, Tabitha!

    Some of the vases were 6″ square and some of them were a little taller – about 6 x 9″.

  32. Tabitha says:

    Thanks, they looked small in the picture so i’m glad i ask before purchasing anything! Thanks again.

  33. Colleen says:

    Has anyone been able to find the vases. If not, any suggestion on how to recreate them. They will be the perfect centerpieces for my sister’s shower!

  34. Elaine says:

    This Shower is gorgeous. I want to do the same kind of vases. Can you please point me in the right direction and tell me what kind of paint you used and where you bought the vases?

  35. Elaine says:

    Okay, so the vases i found on the internet are called “square party vase” but most places only sell business to business or you have to place a minimum order.

    Jenn, by any chance do you have pictures of the event?

  36. jenn s. says:

    Hi Elaine –
    I purchased the vases from a local florist supply, but they no longer carry them in anything besides silver and gold :(

    I did just find them here, but only in the smaller 4×4 size:
    http://www.idealfavors.com/Luminous-Colored-Ceramic-Square-Vase-4-Fuchsia.aspx

    The wholesale supplier can be found here:
    http://www.accentdecor.com/product.htm?Product=PARTY&Source=Category&Category=CERAMICS

    You might be able to email them and ask if there’s an online store that stocks the colors you’re interested in.

    Last but not least, you could also try to recreate this look yourself by using metallic craft pain, paper or gift wrap to cover any ceramic square vase. Here are a few places where you can purchase basic black and white square vases:

    http://www.wholesaleflowersandsupplies.com/store/c/840-Ceramic-Containers.html

    http://www.jamaligarden.com/apps/catalog/categoryAll.asp?cID=16

    Good luck! :)

  37. Colleen says:

    Thanks for responding to the post. After a little reseach from the information everyone provide…I found them! They are a wholesaler that seller to florist but they were very open to selling directly to me….I hope everyone has a wonderful party!

    http://www.fullpotofflowers.com/supplies/index.php?act=products&category=Ceramics&category1=Party

  38. April says:

    Ladies, in case you are wondering, the bells of ireland and oriental lilies are quite common among florists and can also be found from online stores. One of my favorites is:

    http://www.wholeblossoms.com

    What’s nice about the oriental lilies is that they make your room smell nice and sweet!

  39. Shannon says:

    I love this party!!! Could you please tell me where you purchased the butterflies?
    THANKS!!!

  40. jenn s. says:

    Shannon –
    The large butterflies are from:
    http://www.butterflycraze.com/

    and the small ones are from a local floral supply in San Diego, but you can even find similar ones at craft stores like Michael’s or online by searching “artificial butterflies”.

    good luck! :)