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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.”
VENUE & CATERING: The Herb Garden at the Blue Bird Bistro
PLANNING & DESIGN: Beth Helmstetter Events
FLORALS: Beth Helmstetter Events
HANDMADE PILLOWS, NAPKIN TREATMENTS & SIGNAGE: 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!