24 Jun

REAL PARTIES: Eclectic Baby Shower

creative eclectic baby shower

From the minute I laid eyes on the first few pics of this gorgeous baby shower, I was so excited to share it with you guys! From the handmade pillows and custom skateboard to the super-fun, makeshift “photo booth” complete with props for guests to wear, there is so much creativity going on here!

creative eclectic baby shower

The creative mind and Hostess with the Mostess behind this “Eclectic Baby Shower” – event planner Beth Helmstetter – sent in a great write-up on the event, so I’m actually going to let her tell you all about it herself. Here goes, in Beth’s own words:

“While every event I plan is so meaningful, this shower really touched my heart as it was in celebration of one of my best friend’s Jen and her pending arrival of baby Collier. The locale was Kansas City and for those of you who haven’t been there, this city is a surprising blend of arts, culture and just all around, good people. Being orginally from KC, I immediately thought of a hidden herb garden in the downtown area cared for by the Blue Bird Bistro. Blue Bird is an organic cafe using only the freshest locally grown products and service to die for!

creative eclectic baby shower

Now, Jen is a bit of a fashionista with impeccable taste, so I wanted it to be unexpected, yet comfortable, all the while reflecting Jen’s style. In the end, I went with a handmade, vintage feel for the overall event.

creative eclectic baby shower

With decor including handmade pillows and napkin treatments, hanging mason jars, vintage china and a ecclectic mix of flowers and vases adorning the table, the event was sweet enough to celebrate a new little one, yet funky enough to keep up with his mommy’s style.

creative eclectic baby shower

The afternoon started with a cocktail hour of passed mimosas, wine and tropical iced tea. Passed appetizers included only Jen’s favorites such as mini burgers, macaroni and cheese and pad thai in peanut sauce.

The ladies chit chatted, laughed and took full advantage of the makeshift photobooth set up in the corner of the garden. Props such as pom-poms, cowboy hats, feather boas and tiaras were a huge hit and helped create some great memories.

creative eclectic baby shower

For lunch, we served a mix of locally grown greens, salmon and fresh made bread on top of turquoise pressed glass plates, which was paired with organic wine from the Robller vineyard in Southern Missouri.

creative eclectic baby shower

After lunch, the ladies showered Jen with gifts that reflected her style including rock-and-roll onesies and a custom-designed skateboard by local tattoo artist, Andrew Milko, a guy with amazing talent!

creative eclectic baby shower

Lunch ended with cupcakes (see image #2) from McLain’s Bakery, a staple in the Kansas City community for over 50 years, and homemade pecan tarts.”


Additional Resources:
VENUE & CATERING: The Herb Garden at the Blue Bird Bistro
PLANNING & DESIGN: Beth Helmstetter Events
FLORALS: Beth Helmstetter Events
LINENS: Wildflower Linens
RENTALS: All Seasons Rentals
CUPCAKES: McLain’s Bakery
INVITATIONS: Michael Gerkin
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jenae Ferguson-Weinbrenner of Imij Foto
CUSTOM SKATEBOARD: Andrew Milko, The Mercy Seat


Thanks for the inspiration, Beth! You did an amazing job and the shower looks fabulous!

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Kristie L. SAYS:

This shower rocks! What a beautiful job of putting a new spin on the traditional baby shower! Great job Beth, and Jen thanks for sharing it with all of us!

June 24, 2008 at 8:06 am

Bridgett SAYS:

I am so keeping this in mind when that younger sister of mine finally gets herself knocked up. I mean, when she and her husband decide to have children. ;^)

June 24, 2008 at 8:44 am

happyathome SAYS:

What great ideeas! I absolutely love the makeshift photo booth idea and I think I will be using that for a wedding shower or bachelorett party. Maybe have everyone attending bring one item for use of the pictures with a backdrop. Thanks for the inspiration!

June 24, 2008 at 11:04 am

Tiffany SAYS:

Everything is gorgeous and so creative! I can’t get over how amazing that table looks!!

June 24, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Dvlshkitten SAYS:


June 24, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Jo-Ann SAYS:

Incredible! I love everything about this shower, especially that the look can be applied to absolutely any type of party. Well done!

June 24, 2008 at 6:43 pm

amy SAYS:

I love everything about this. Wonderful job, Beth. So lovely!

June 27, 2008 at 7:59 am

stationerygirl SAYS:

What a beautiful venue and the photos are fantastic. So impressed with all the details. Wish I would have seen this before I threw my friends baby shower. i would love to see what the invitations looked like!

July 3, 2008 at 3:20 pm

susan SAYS:


September 8, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Weddings on the Strand SAYS:

I know this is a trite comment, but, within this pictorial are featured some of the most colorful tattoos I’ve ever seen. Beautiful!

September 9, 2008 at 9:12 pm

soulvegan SAYS:

I know I’m a tad bit late but this shower is absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Everything from the cobalt blue bottles on the table to the tatoo graphics are so unique. Definitely proof that individualizing the fete to the honoree’s tastes pays off.

September 12, 2008 at 1:01 pm
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