15 Feb

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

Today’s Real Party feature was created by Jessica of Pen n’ Paper Flowers.  It’s a stylish and adorable Birds & Branches themed baby shower that was thoughtfully inspired by the guest of honor’s nursery decor!

Added bonus: This theme could also be adapted for a “Love Birds” bridal shower or a baby shower for boys or girls hosted at any time of year swapping out some of the colors and winter accents. The centerpiece would be super cute for an Easter table as well!

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

Read on for lots of pics and all the fun details, as told by Jessica

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Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

Inspired by the baby’s nursery decor, this baby shower was centered around Pottery Barn’s Penelope Bedding, a white vinyl tree decal used on the nursery wall, and beautiful black nursery furniture.

For me, the invitation is the most important detail when starting to plan an event/party. I believe this is a key element in ensuring a good number of attendees as well as providing a platform of inspiration to follow for planning the details of the party/event.

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

With that said, I designed an invitation using crisp colors & simple lines to reflect the winter season in which the shower was held. I referenced the white vinyl tree decal used on the nursery wall to create/design the tree on the invitation, then recreated one of the birds from PB’s Penelope Bedding and added it to the tree.

I chose a green background on the invite to tie in the green in the crib bedding and created a digital black & white polka dot ribbon along the top of the invite for contrast and “pop” as well as to add a splash of whimsy.

With the invite finished I had 4 focus colors for the party:
White (winter/snow/crisp)
Black (nursery furniture)
Hot Pink (baby girl)
Lime Green (nursery bedding)

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

Simplicity was key for this shower. Focusing on a dessert buffet eliminated the need for excessive decorating.

The centerpiece would need to be substantial for the “wow” factor and it seemed a tree was the natural choice to infuse the design elements from the invitation. A DIY centerpiece proved to be cost-effective when I chose a container I already had and spray painted branches from my own yard. (The full tutorial is on my blog).

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

Using a white, pink & green paisley tablecloth from the mother-to-be, I chose to use a combination of white and clear vessels for displaying food.

By hosting the baby shower at 2 o’clock we were able to offer a buffet of simple food items.

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

Apothecary jars filled with powdered donut holes and fruit platters served with powdered sugar mimicked the appearance of snow.

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

An apothecary jar filled with meringues served two purposes…an easy baby shower game for guests to “guess the number of meringues” and then later as sweet treats.

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

Bite-sized polka dot sugar cookies and white cupcakes topped with a coordinating royal icing “cupcake button” added just the right amount of color to compliment the shower decor.

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

Coordinating food labels for two different types of chicken salad sandwiches were placed on the dessert buffet for those guests who needed something a little more substantial.

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

Pink lemonade served in pink sugar-rimmed glasses.

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

Water bottles were wrapped in solid pink scrapbooking paper along with a strip of black and white polka dot ribbon.

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

As guests arrived, they were led to a “sign-in” table where they were encouraged to grab a pen and a “wish tag“.

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

I created the circular wish tags to match the invites and they served five different purposes:

First, the guests were to write a “wish” of some sort for the new baby. Second, guests were encouraged to write down a suggestion for naming the baby. Third, the wish tags were hung on the buffet centerpiece as an added design element. Fourth, the wish tags served as another shower game because one of the wish tags was secretly marked & at the end of the shower a winner was announced. And finally, fifth, these wish cards were given to the mom-to-be at the end of the shower as a keepsake.

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

For the favors I decided to make jumbo sized sugar cookies to match the shower decor. The cookies were packaged in clear cellophane bags. For another splash of “winter” I sprinkled white cake sparkles inside the bag to mimic snow.

I stapled the bags closed using matching ribbon and then displayed them in a white wooden tray filled with snow. The tray also had a miniature white christmas tree in the center for the cookies to surround.

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

Keeping it simple, I created one large “thank you” tag and placed it in the branches of the tree instead of creating a “thank you” tag for each individual favor. It was just as effective.

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

I was repeatedly approached by guests commenting on how simple, yet how beautiful everything was!

Here are my two favorite “simple”but very effective elements used repeatedly throughout the shower decor:

Fake snowflakes – used at the base of the tree centerpiece as well as around jars/vessels/table decor and in the favor tray.
Ribbon – Black & White Polka dot ribbon in various sizes as well as some hot pink ribbon with black fake stitching. This was used on just about all glass vessels & serving trays, wrapped around the tree centerpiece, on the pen holder at the sign in table & used on the favor packaging.

The beauty of this baby shower is that it can easily be adapted to welcome a baby boy.
It could also easily be transformed into a “Spring” shower by removing the winter elements and adding bits of wheat grass to the decor.”

SOURCES:
white iced cupcakes: – Sam’s Club (After our order with a local bakery was cancelled at the last minute due to a family emergency, we contacted Sam’s and made a special request to have them “swirly top” the icing.)
cupcake tower: CostcoBelieve it or not this is styrofoam & can be disassembled for easy storage and reuse.
white ceramic birds: JoAnn’sfound in their “shabby chic” collection
square centerpiece container:  Target – from their garden section a couple of years ago
cupcake buttons: made by me – I’d be happy to custom design some for anyone interested! *wink*
meringue cookies: Publixwe were going to have a bakery make these but Publix was a lot more cost-effective.
apothecary jars: HomeGoods
white cake sparkles: JoAnn’s – they are edible glitter by Wilton and can be found in the cake baking section.
sugar for glasses: – JoAnn’sYou can find assorted colors in the cake baking section. Dip your rims in lemon juice first and then into sugar.
sign-in table plate: Southern Living At HOMEYou could easily write on any pretty plate with a marker and use windex to remove the ink.

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Thanks so much to Jessica for all the wonderful inspiration AND the detailed sourcing info!

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32Comments

1
Angela SAYS:

This party is just way too cute! Wish I had mad graphic design skills like Jessica! :)

Reply February 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm

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Kim SAYS:

I sooooo love all the details and the one red cardinal – fab-u-lous!

Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com

Reply February 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm

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Party Box Design SAYS:

love every lil detail!

Reply February 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm

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Amy SAYS:

So, so beautiful. I’m not sure if “simple,” is the right adjective, because it’s clear that you put a lot of time, attention, and love into this, but I certainly know what you mean; maybe sophisticated? classic? clean? Anyway, simply gorgeous.

Reply February 15, 2010 at 1:28 pm

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Ashley SAYS:

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!

Reply February 15, 2010 at 1:39 pm

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Kim SAYS:

I love this baby bird look that is popping up everywhere. So precious but still modern. Great job repeating the details- polka dots, birds, etc! Cheers!

Reply February 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm

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Jill SAYS:

IM in love…my daughter also has the penelope bedding and I love bird themed anything these days! so creative. what a lucky guest of honor to have such a cute shower! and good friend to do it all!

Reply February 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm

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Taylor SAYS:

Really beautiful, what frosting did you use on the thank you cookies? It looks like it was the perfect consistency for cute designs like that.

Reply February 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm

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amy SAYS:

i love this! i have been wanting to do a bird on a branch theme..

Reply February 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm

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Stacey SAYS:

I love the jumbo cookie party favors and the little birds on the cupcakes. Both are so cute!

Reply February 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm

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Latasha SAYS:

I really love it. It shows design doesn’t have to be expensive. Thanks for all the details and instructions.

Reply February 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm

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Monique SAYS:

Very pretty! I love all the details and the favor cookies are to die for

Reply February 15, 2010 at 7:40 pm

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Elisha Akram SAYS:

as always… what a cute theme….love it!

Reply February 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

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Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

so beautiful love the logo

Reply February 15, 2010 at 10:46 pm

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Shelley@divinepartyconcepts SAYS:

What a wonderful party and I love all of the details!

Reply February 16, 2010 at 7:51 am

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