12 Feb

REAL PARTIES: Pretty in Pink Baby Shower

Pretty in Pink - 80's Inspired Baby Shower

It’s no secret that Amy Belle Isle from Stem Parties is a creative genius when it comes to celebrating! I’m so excited (or maybe I should say “stoked“) to share her latest baby shower creation with you… it’s so much fun! Keep reading for lots of images and all the details, as told by Amy herself…

Pretty in Pink - 80's Inspired Baby Shower

“I am really excited that Jenn asked me to share this Pretty In Pink baby shower with all of her readers. This shower was such a joy for me to do since I am not only a child of the 80s but because it was also for a very dear friend of mine that I’ve known since Jr. High.

Since Kacie’s favorite movie back then was Pretty in Pink and she was having a girl, it was a given what the theme would be. The trick was combining the movie and the era with a baby shower and make it all work. Okay, the trick was really making the 80s seem anything but tacky neon!

Pretty in Pink - 80's Inspired Baby Shower

I decided to really play up the pink and add in different touches from the 80s along with a few baby related items. Remember, baby showers don’t have to scream “BABY” to work. Subtle works, too!

Pretty in Pink - 80's Inspired Baby Shower

Guests were treated to homemade box lunches with cassette tapes tied on top with pink and white ribbons. I bought a lot sale of 50 cassettes from an eBay seller for $10 and painted them all different shades of pink. Be patient, it takes several coats of paint to cover these babies! Boxes were from The Container Store and the Pretty In Pink label of front is easy to make with these round labels from Paper Source.

Pretty in Pink - 80's Inspired Baby Shower

The pink linens were set off with old albums covered with round pink labels custom worded for the occasion, table “runners” made from photocopies tiled with the Pretty In Pink movie cover, simple floral arrangements and pink pacifiers.

Pretty in Pink - 80's Inspired Baby Shower

Two tables had pregnant wire forms from tmarco encased between two acrylic box frames filled with pacifiers, while another table had this larger version of the wire form center stage.

Pretty in Pink - 80's Inspired Baby Shower

You can’t have an 80s shower without balloons, can you? Approximately 150 various shades of pink balloons not only provide the backdrop to the room but also filled the alcove ceiling (not shown…sorry).

Pretty in Pink - 80's Inspired Baby Shower

Taking a cue from the fabulous Amy Atlas, I recreated a pink dessert table with sweets from several local bakeries in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Pretty in Pink - 80's Inspired Baby Shower

Paper hanging daisies in the background from Luna Bazaar really set this area off. And, you can’t really have a Pretty in Pink party without Duckie. The fact that I found pink ones just about did me in. Oh sweet fate.

Pretty in Pink - 80's Inspired Baby Shower

Pretty in Pink - 80's Inspired Baby Shower

More sweet treats were found at the hot beverage station on the butler’s pantry. It’s amazing how much bang you can get for your buck with some simple hot chocolate, coffee and tea if you present it with yummy toppings and fun Irish Coffee mugs!

Pretty in Pink - 80's Inspired Baby Shower

In addition to playing a baby related trivia game with some 80s questions thrown in, I asked guests (in the invitations) to bring a picture of themselves from the 80s. Each guest was given various pink scrapbook pages to fill with their pictures and words of advice/encouragement for Kacie. The pictures provided a good laugh and the sweet words from all the guests made for a very special keepsake.

Thanks again, Jenn, for asking me to share this with everyone and Congratulations to Kacie (and baby Grayson Laine born February 9th). You’re going to be a totally RAD mother. Fer sure.”


Thank, Amy! I’m inspired to throw a party based on an 80’s movie myself now – what other good ones could we do? Maybe a Some Kind of Wonderful bridal shower or a funny Princess Bride inspired engagement party/couples shower. Hmmm….

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Carie SAYS:

Oh wow, I love this.. Its too cute :)

February 12, 2009 at 10:58 am

Chris Nease SAYS:

Yes, once again Amy has shown her creative genious! ….. I would love to see you transporting those 150 balloons!! LOL


February 12, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Cherry SAYS:

This is such a great idea. I can’t wait to use some ideas for my next party!

February 12, 2009 at 12:40 pm

amy @ stem SAYS:

Thanks, again, Jenn!

Chris – girl I had the helium tanks on site and put some kind souls to work. Can you imagine the chaos of me with 150 in the car?

February 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Natalee SAYS:

This is outstanding! I am completely in love with all these ideas. You are truly inspired and inspiring. I’m working on throwing a 90’s themed bridal shower… suggestions? :)

February 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Jenny SAYS:

I love the cassette tapes tied on to the boxed lunches! What a creative idea!!

February 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm

MixMingleGlow SAYS:

I would seriously travel through a sea of swirly twirly gum drops to get to one of your parties.
You should know that I really truly am your number one fan (you already DO know that, don’t you?).
You inspire me.

February 12, 2009 at 8:17 pm

joyful weddings and events SAYS:

So cute!! I love it!

February 12, 2009 at 9:33 pm

cheryll SAYS:

it is simply fab! I love it!

February 13, 2009 at 12:25 am

Joanna SAYS:


February 13, 2009 at 5:34 am

tanya SAYS:

i just love this take on the pretty in pink. retro with a chic update–very cute!!

February 13, 2009 at 8:48 am

Joyce SAYS:

What a lovely display It is so true that you can provide “cheaper” desserts, but the display is what really adds that classy element. Loved it all :)

February 13, 2009 at 9:06 am

Yvett SAYS:

I love this theme! That would be a blast!

February 13, 2009 at 11:21 am

Julianne Cragg SAYS:

That is absolutly perfect, how funky is that! I love the old lps as placemats or chargers, very rad.



February 13, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Lisa SAYS:

I love pink! Bonnie Marcus has the cutest stationery in pink for a baby shower: http://www.bonniemarcus.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=2
Then the cutest gift for mommy are her pink expecting in style flip flops on sale at Solestruck.com: http://www.solestruck.com/bonnie-marcus-expecting-in-style-flip-flop-pink/index.html. Adorable!!

February 14, 2009 at 2:16 pm
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