A very special, surprise celebration.
Late last year, I was asked to contribute some baby shower decor to help make a certain lunch date for two very deserving new moms extra special.
These moms – Sarah & Adrienne – are cancer survivors that were diagnosed while pregnant (can’t. even. imagine.), and this lunch date was actually a very intimate, surprise baby shower hosted by Giuliana Rancic as part of a Fab-U-Wish she was granting for them. You can learn more about Sarah & Adrienne’s story and their Fab-U-Wish weekend right here. (Their picture is in the 2nd column, 3rd one down.)
The shower was in a hotel suite in Chicago and I’m in San Diego, so we shipped everything there. I don’t have images from the actual styled lunch table, but we did take a few pics of the elements that were sent back post-party to share (ran out of time to do it before we sent it out, of course!). Anyways, these centerpiece & decor ideas are very “general baby shower” friendly and could be translated into all sorts of baby shower themes or color palettes!
Lunch was the focal point of this shower, so we focused on making that table extra pretty. I ordered a Yellow Rico linen and Tropical Blue Tuscany napkins from La Tavola to set the foundation. We crafted up a baby carriage and baby blocks centerpiece for the main table + some accent decor for the side tables, and designed a bunch of paper elements for the place settings (napkin rings, place cards, party flags), as well as some party signs & banners. Since everything had to be shipped, flowers were out of the questions, so I leaned on my favorite non-perishable accents instead: yarn balls and glitter! Here’s the general idea:
MODERN BLESSINGS Baby Shower Theme + Centerpieces
The hostesses didn’t want a specific theme other than “baby shower” for the decor, but I always need some sort of idea to help anchor the designs. It felt very relevant in this particular case to go with a general theme of of “blessings” that focused on thoughtful quotes and patterns as key elements of the decor, so our “Modern Blessings” theme (and paper party collection) was born. This baby carriage centerpiece was definitely my favorite detail! The wheels are missing some embellishments due to cross-country travel and back, but I figure you get the general idea. ;)
We used party circles and glittery gold stars as giant table confetti chair back accents, and decorated some frames for the quote signs…
In addition to being used as filler for the baby carriage centerpiece, yarn balls were displayed “bouquet style” in embellished bud vases from Ikea.
Below is a closer peek at some of the details on the wire baby pram, which I had already spray painted gold for my friend’s Royal Baby Shower earlier last year. For the finishing touches, we added a (hand-cut) silhouette banner near the wheels and a happy “cheers to mom!” party flat to the top that had a similar look to the party flags (which were used on straws at each place setting).
We recently added some new pieces to this theme and turned it into a full party collection that’s now available in our paper party decor store! It’s available in this original colorway of Blue/Green, plus 2 additional colorways: Pink/Gray and Navy/Yellow (which I think would work especially great for a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or bedtime themed baby shower!).
P.S. As a side note – we had to turn the decor for this baby shower lunch around in just a few days, so everything had to be printed on my home printer pretty much the same day it was designed. That worked in a pinch, but I wish we would’ve had time to print the decor in our regular printing facility (which is where all of our Hostess INK orders are printed) – because the real colors are actually a little softer (and prettier!) in tone… closer to how they look in the image directly above.