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Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

Do you believe in love at first sight? Because it sure feels like that’s what occurred when I first laid eyes on this vibrant & contemporary “Let’s Feather Their Nest” baby shower from Amber Karson Events!

Turquoise chiavari chairs adorned with feathers & ribbon, gorgeous flower arrangements peeking out from chic, modern birdcages, brunch napkins fashioned from Michael Miller’s “Tweet Tweet” fabric, signature drinks station complete with a rainbow-like buffet of mixers & garnishes… what’s not to love?! And to play on the artistic vibe of the party’s mixed-use gallery location, old childhood pictures of the parents-to-be were framed and hung on the walls, while some of their favorite childhood momentos were put on display as “special exhibits”. Sweet + clever!

Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

Read on for lots more beautiful, inspiring pics + all the creative party details… (P.S. I’m also filing this one under Bridal Showers… because don’t you think this styling could inspire a seriously fabulous “Love Birds” theme too?!)

Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Amber….

“Our first task was finding a great venue to facilitate a co-ed brunch cocktail party and Fathom Gallery – a former-auto-garage-turned-mixed-use gallery space – worked out perfectly!  Guests arrived at the gallery and were escorted upstairs to the open loft space.  We hung old childhood pictures of the parents-to-be in frames displayed throughout the gallery, which was a great way to personalize the space.  We also created a “special exhibit” using their childhood mementos — old baby blankets, favorite toys, a Boy Scout pine-wood derby boxwood car, etc.!  The guests of honor loved seeing these “art pieces” that have been in the attics of their parents house for years and the grandparents-to-be loved working with us on these projects!

We worked with Windows Catering on a fun brunch inspired hors d’oeuvres menu — tray passed french toast sticks, pancake wrapped sausage (a brunch version of pigs-in-a-blanket) and mini quiche to name a few — along with a custom bloody mary & bellini station.  Guests loved creating their own cocktails & mocktails using all the fun garnishes on display!

Another fun feature was the “guest book wall” — guests left the parents-to-be special messages using a dry-erase pen on the gallery’s super cool cabinetry.  It was a hit during cocktails!

After an hour of co-ed cocktailing, the boys left the gallery and headed next door to Churchkey for a private beer tasting (they have over 500 beers on tap) and a lunch we arranged for them, while the girls stayed at the gallery to open gifts and enjoy a seated brunch. The guys especially loved the format of the event — they felt included without having anything too girly to sit through!

In terms of our design vision, we took the “Let’s Feather Their Nest” theme found on the invitation and ran with it. We really loved the clean look of the gallery, so we kept our color palette primarily white with pops of color (like the turquoise chiavaris which we tied a white feather to with pink bows). The Enchanted Florist built amazing floral arrangements in a collection of bird cages. Custom napkins made from Michael Miller’s “Tweet Tweet” fabric added another nice pop of color, and the twig flatware was a hit and really completed our place settings!

The white chocolate bird’s nest cake topper was as gorgeous as the cake was delicious.

We found little bird cocktail tables that we spray painted chrome (as a nod to the space’s former life — an auto garage– which still has the original garage doors hanging!). Flanked with two ghost chairs, they made the perfect little seating areas!

My twin sister Emily (also with Amber Karson Events) makes these little sock carton baby gifts. They are adorable and matched the theme perfectly – so of course we had to include!

Emily and I always try to infuse our client’s personality into the events we design, so it was especially rewarding to plan for my own family.  We were able to create a highly personalized, unique event keeping all our guests (gals AND guys) in mind!”

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VENDOR CREDITS:
– Event Design & Planning: Amber Karson Events
– Photography: Abby Jiu Photography
– Shower Venue: Fathom Gallery
– Caterer: Windows Catering Company
– Florist: The Enchanted Florist
– Rentals: Perfect Settings
– Napkins: Custom for Amber Karson Events
– Cake: Windows Catering Company
– Invitations: Tiny Prints
– Menu Cards / Print Pieces: Amber Karson Events
–Boys Beer Tasting Venue: Churchkey

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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.

33 responses to ““Let’s Feather Their Nest” Baby Shower”

  1. Monica says:

    Love the picture looking straight down the table. Those chairs just Pop!! So pretty!

  2. Kristina says:

    OMG! Beautiful!!!

  3. Love the bursts of color! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen turquoise chiavari chairs. And so brilliant to let the guys go next door for a beer tasting, might have to steal that idea!!!

  4. So cute, i love the cake!

  5. I looooove this color combo. The same that I’m doing for my birthday this year! This is really true inspiration. Thanks for sharing

  6. HiLLjO says:

    Wow! I LOVE the napkins! That killed me! The turquoise chiavari chairs are REALLY something else!

  7. I’ve never seen such a well done baby shower! Excellent job ladies! I must have the bird cage print on the napkins!

  8. RLV says:

    How adorable! I especially love the nest atop the cake and the sock egg carton. Genius!

    RLV @ { bittensweetblog.com

  9. Amanda N says:

    Swoon! What a clever way to host a co-ed shower. Genius!

  10. Oh my, so cute!! Love the bright, vibrant colors! So unique :)

  11. Cecilia says:

    Everything is gorgeous!
    What font did you use for “Feather” and “Egg Carton”?

  12. I love baby showers that aren’t too cutesy-pootsy. This is chic and fun and whimsical. I especially love the baby socks in the egg carton–so creative. And those turquoise chairs? I’d kill for those.

  13. Mindy says:

    love the separate male female activities!

  14. Sukhi says:

    I have no words except BEAUTIFUL! Love every single little adorable thing about this! Perfection!!! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Love all of the bright colors! Those teal Chiavari chairs really pop!

  16. So pretty! We are expecting our first grandchild in August, would love to borrow a few of your ideas. We were trying to figure out how to do a couples shower and still make it soft and cute. I love the way that you used the feathers and little birdcages, great job:)

  17. So pretty! We are expecting our first grandchild in August, would love to borrow a few of your ideas. We were trying to figure out how to do a couples shower and still make it soft and cute. I love the way that you used the feathers and little birdcages, great job:) I also loved the yellow and gray bird themed shower, my other daughter is getting married next april, and those are her colors. Wasn’t sure about the palette until I saw how pretty they look together. Will keep checking back, really creative and unique ideas. Thanks!

  18. Thank you for all your wonderful comments! We are thrilled to be featured here on Hostess With The Mostess!

  19. Jamie says:

    I love the baby sock egg carton gift and the “Before they left the nest” idea. What a beautiful baby shower!

  20. Liz Stanley says:

    This is gorgeous! Love the theme

  21. Marisol says:

    Great colors..everything was displayed and presented so nicely! =)

  22. Teresa Ascolesi says:

    Great colors and textures! I love how Amber Karson Events is able to take a design vision and personalize every aspect to the client. Such creativity!

  23. Beautiful colors and design. Elegant!

  24. Veronica says:

    What a cute theme! The flowers in the bird cages are such a creative way to display the beautiful flowers. I love, love the contrast of the fun vibrant colors.

  25. Sandra says:

    Such an elegant and beautiful theme!

  26. Mandy says:

    This is absolutely adorable! I love the silverware on the table and the cake topper…just precious!

  27. Krista Rohl says:

    This is beyond amazing! The colors, feathers, sock egg carton, wow!

  28. Lapel pins says:

    This is just darling! I love the idea of a “love birds” engagement party (or even wedding reception!). Thanks for sharing. :-)

  29. Absolutely Love….Everything!

  30. Patricia says:

    My son and his girlfriend are having their first baby. They said they were going to have all their friends guys and gals. First time I ever heard of it. I think it’s a great idea. I beleive the men always feel left out. We need the guys to be a part of everything. I loved youfr theme. If you have any other ideas would appreciate. Patricia

  31. I've been eyeballing this theme for awhile now. Can't wait to use it some day. Just adorable! Made my "Peek at My Pinterest" post: http://www.amytriedit.com/2012/08/peek-my-pinterest-wedding-shower-gift.html.

  32. I've been eyeballing this theme for awhile now. Can't wait to use it some day. Just adorable! Made my "Peek at My Pinterest" post: http://www.amytriedit.com/2012/08/peek-my-pinterest-wedding-shower-gift.html.