07 Apr

{Charming & Fresh} Spring “Baby Sprinkle”

{Charming & Fresh} Spring Baby Sprinkle

The oh-so-talented Paige from Paiges of Style is back with an incredibly charming & fresh “BABY SPRINKLE” that she recently hosted for a close friend. This entire party has such a lovely, springtime feel to it – from the sweet color palette of pale pink, green & yellow to the {real!} grassy table runners adorning the food & dessert tables.

One of the first things to catch my eye was of course the fabulous upside-down kids umbrella suspended over the dessert table with “raindrops” (a.k.a. clear glass ball ornaments) sprinkling down! That artistic display tied in so nicely with the pretty stationery details, which included invitations, bottle labels, and cupcake wrappers that also donned a chic umbrella/raindrops motif. {P.S. All of these paper elements are available in Paige’s etsy shop!}

{Charming & Fresh} Spring Baby Sprinkle

{Charming & Fresh} Spring Baby Sprinkle

Read on for lots more gorgeous images {as captured by Carly Taylor}, plus all the pretty – and surprisingly budget-friendly! – party details from Paige

{Charming & Fresh} Spring Baby Sprinkle

{Charming & Fresh} Spring Baby Sprinkle

{Charming & Fresh} Spring Baby Sprinkle

{Charming & Fresh} Spring Baby Sprinkle

{Charming & Fresh} Spring Baby Sprinkle

{Charming & Fresh} Spring Baby Sprinkle

{Charming & Fresh} Spring Baby Sprinkle

{Charming & Fresh} Spring Baby Sprinkle

{Charming & Fresh} Spring Baby Sprinkle

{Charming & Fresh} Spring Baby Sprinkle

{Charming & Fresh} Spring Baby Sprinkle

{Charming & Fresh} Spring Baby Sprinkle

{Charming & Fresh} Spring Baby Sprinkle

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Paige

A longtime girlfriend of mine is pregnant with her second baby. She is one of those patient gals {unlike me} who doesn’t find out the sex of the baby ahead of time, but I still felt that incorporating some pink into the theme was appropriate rather than sticking with the usual “gender-neutral” green & yellow. The mama IS a girl herself after all!

I didn’t want the sprinkle {ie. a small shower typically for a second baby} to feel too themey so I incorporated the umbrella into the invitation and decided that the umbrella & rain drops were going to be my theme.

I knew I wanted the focus of the shower to be on the dessert table and that I wanted to mimic the upside down umbrella and rain drops from the invitation. I think scale is really important when designing dessert tables (which is something that I have learned from being an interior designer) so I started with a KIDS size umbrella found on Amazon and found clear Christmas ornaments at a local florist supply. I was able to a package of 10 ornaments for around $3 and used less than 2 packages.

My new favorite backdrop for dessert tables is finding a shower curtain to match the color scheme of the party. These are my favorite for a couple of reasons. First, they are 72 inches wide rather than the standard fabric width of 45 or 54 inches so it covers the whole width of most tables. Second, they are already hemmed for you and even have loops at the top so you can easily secure it to a rod to hang without having to break out the sewing machine. And last but not least, you can’t beat the $20 price tag for something that you can reuse in the future. I fell in love with this floral shower curtain from Target and knew it was perfect for this party!

I reused the tablecloth from Charley’s monkey themed party and started building the table using only pieces that I already owned. I really wanted to focus on hosting a stylish an intimate shower but it HAD to be done on a budget.

One of my favorite elements of the party was using sod on the dessert and food tables. It really made the shower feel like springtime and feel so fresh! Plus, it only cost $2.50 for the piece that I used on the table. Over the past few years, I have started collecting dishware, platters and cake stands. I think it’s smart to invest in neutral pieces that can work for any theme and it finally paid off. I didn’t have to buy even one new piece for this party. Hallelujah!

The mini pies in mason jars were a piece of cake {or pie} using premade pie crust and frozen mixed berries from Trader Joe’s. I scrapped the bottom crust of the pie at the last minute and decided to just use a top crust, they were so tasty and couldn’t be easier. You can view a tutorial I did for these here.

I’ve always loved rainbow layer cake and thought this was a perfect cake to make myself since it doesn’t require frosting on the outside which I couldn’t perfect on my own. Plus, I knew I needed some desserts that required little to no effort – so I ordered a dozen cupcakes at Albertson’s and took them a sample of the pink I was using so they could match it perfectly. They were a steal at $6.99 per dozen! I dressed them up with simple cupcake wrappers.

A tower of Hostess donuts was adorned with wafer paper flowers from Sugar and Stripes Co was so easy and looked charming. The edible image sugar cookies were a hit and were made by Baked. Nanci is a dream to work with! I simply emailed my design to her and she created these gorgeous and HUGE cookies. Plus, she ships nationwide.

The food from this shower was incredibly simple but was loved by the guests. I served a DIY mac and cheese bar. I made mac & cheese and provided various toppings so each guest could doll up their mac and cheese to their liking. The toppings were bacon, blue cheese, green onions and some more extra sharp cheddar cheese. I also served a delicious arugula and avocado salad.

I wanted to keep the drinks simple, so I served rose champagne and a variety of sparkling lemonades. I dressed up the bottles with some crystals from my daughter’s chandelier and created some custom labels for the champagne bottles to match the decor.

Another element I especially loved from this party were the custom straw flags with each guests name. These served a double purpose; many of the guests didn’t know each other, so these served as both drink markers and helpful “name tags” for socializing!

I created this whole party on a serious budget. The total cost for the whole event was less than $200. I am selling the etsy package with all of the printable paper goods for $30 because I want others to be able to host a similar shower on a budget!

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VENDOR CREDITS:
– Styling, Design, & Stationery/Party Printables: Paiges of Style
– Photography: Carly Taylor
– Sugar Cookies: Baked
– Wafer Petal Cookies: Sugar and Stripes Co

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43Comments

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julie gasparro SAYS:

wow! paige, this is the most beautiful, charming, sweet, intimate, femininie, wonderful, fabulous….i could go on!….baby shower that i have ever seen! i am so thrilled to have seen this…i have four beautiful daughters and WILL be throwing many a baby shower i know someday not far off in the future!! I cant wait to be a gamma!!! thanks so much ford your crativity and willingness to share! love and blessings to you! xoxoxoxoxo

Reply April 7, 2011 at 7:32 am

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Chris @ Celebrations At Home SAYS:

This is all kinds of Cute!!

Reply April 7, 2011 at 7:34 am

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Aubrey SAYS:

Wow! What an adorable shower, and all for under $200?? That’s amazing! I love the build your own mac & cheese buffet idea!

Reply April 7, 2011 at 7:53 am

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Kelly SAYS:

I LOVE the mac and cheese bar! In Seattle mac and cheese has a cult following so it would be a huge hit up here. Fantastic job!

Reply April 7, 2011 at 8:44 am

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sarah SAYS:

another fabulous party by paiges of style. i wouldn’t expect anything less from paige!
obsessed with the doughnut display! it’s all wonderful!

Reply April 7, 2011 at 9:08 am

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Laura SAYS:

I LOVE it!! You are so talented. I think I may copy the whole thing for Easter.

Reply April 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

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Mindy SAYS:

Thanks for sharing the budget and that it CAN be done! lovely

Reply April 7, 2011 at 10:13 am

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Laurie Gallamore SAYS:

I love everything about this shower!! The shower curtain idea is brilliant, the mac and cheese bar looks delicious, and I can’t believe it was done on a budget like that. It’s AMAZING!!! :)

Reply April 7, 2011 at 10:22 am

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Brett SAYS:

This is absolutely precious! Wonderful touches and great incorporation of the theme throughout. I can’t wait to include some of these ideas in my next fete! Lovely!

Reply April 7, 2011 at 10:31 am

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Stefani SAYS:

What an amazing party and I love that it is on a budget! I love the shower curtain idea. I actually found a pair of new curtains in a closet the other day and I was thinking I could use one as a backdrop. Now I know it will work. :) I also love the sod!!! I just decided the theme for my little man’s second birthday in june and the sod would be perfect!!! Thanks for sharing your fabulous creativity!!! :)

Reply April 7, 2011 at 10:34 am

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Jessica SAYS:

I love the cake + cupcake stand!!! Would you mind sharing where they came from? Thanks!

Reply April 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

Paige- Paiges of Style SAYS:

Hi Jessica! I bought the jadeite green cake stand from ebay about 6 years ago but this looks like it is the same onehttp://cgi.ebay.com/12-Jadeite-Jadite-Green-Milk-Pedestal-Cake-Stand-Plate-/290552599370?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43a648d34aand the cupcake stand is from HomeGoods.

April 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm

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Sarah {A Paper Proposal} SAYS:

LOVE this!!! Definitely one of my favorites on HM so far. I love the custom bottle labels with the crystals hanging from the bottle necks…and that multi-layered cake in pink, yellow and green is adorbs!

Reply April 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm

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Forever Lovely SAYS:

So beautiful! I love the combination of pink and yellow. The adorable little details of this baby shower make it so special and unique.

-Forever Lovely
http://foreverlovelydesign.blogspot.com/

Reply April 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm

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kassy thompson SAYS:

i cannot believe this gorgeous “sprinkle” was done for under $200! i love the use of things that you already had at home, and the added touch of the grass as a runner. how creative and fresh-looking! and i also appreciate that the food is something that most of us could whip up (using a recipe, of course). it is do-able yet still delicious and a total crowd-pleaser. cute, cute, cute party!

Reply April 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm

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Dana Searcy SAYS:

This is such a sweet idea for spring. So many of the ideas for baby showers seem redundant. This is a great “fresh” idea!

Reply April 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm

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