Blissful Baby Shower

Happiest of Mondays dear readers! I had the recent pleasure of co-hosting a baby shower for a dear friend, so I of course became inspired to share the details on MBB. A truly special way to celebrate the mom-to-be and bundle of joy, a baby shower is synonymous with family, close friends, love, thoughtful gifts, and a confection or two! Whether you’re about to plan a celebratory fete for a sweet bebe or tucking this post away for the future, here’s everything you need to know to plan a blissful baby shower that’s sure to have your guests cooing! Enjoy!

The Hosts and Mom-To-Be 
First and foremost, decide on a theme, as this will dictate all elements of the shower. You can base the theme off of the baby’s nursery, gender, or opt for a darling gender-neutral theme, such as “Cute as a Button.” We chose a giraffe and lion themed shower, using the colors of orange, blue, and cream.

Select the venue based on the guest list, as you want to ensure there is adequate space and seating for all of the attendees. Venue options include the host’s home, restaurant, or country club. We held the shower at my home, setting up delectable nibbles in the dinning room followed by present-opening in the den. 

Kindly ask the mom-to-be for her guest list, and then select invitations to match the chosen theme. Strive to send invitations 3-4 weeks in advance of the shower and create a spreadsheet to keep track of RSVPs. We picked out sweet giraffe themed invites.
Depending upon the time of day and venue of your shower, you can have a seated meal or small bites a la buffet style, and I suggest a lighter fare of savory and sweet items. We enlisted the culinary talents of a fabulous local caterer, Cynthia of Cafe Danielle, and served an assortment of tea sandwiches, a Chinese chicken salad (the mom-to-be’s favorite!) as well as custom iced cake balls and petits fours featuring baby giraffes and lions. We also offered iced tea, sparkling water, and mimosas. 
Lush, fragrant blooms always add a “wow” factor to any event, and trust me dear readers, are oh so easy to create. Since we held the shower at my home, I created a combination of low and high arrangements for each room, featuring a mixture of whimsical lisianthus, elegant, roses, cheerful snapdragons, and voluminous hydrangeas. 
Thoughtful details truly leave an impression and make the shower exquisitely personalized. We had a banner made welcoming the new baby, custom cream and pale blue monogrammed napkins with the baby’s initials, and cream and pale blue striped straws. We also printed “Wishes for Baby” sheets so guests could write down heart-warming pearls of wisdom for the newborn. In addition to gifts, we asked each guest to bring a book, giving our dear friend a full collection of stories to enchant her little one. 
Oh how I love party favors! Baby shower favors can range from precious bottles of pink nail polish to iced cookies shaped like rattles and blocks. We chose pale blue and cream baby macaroons in clear bags tied with a cream ribbon. 

Ask B: Four Initial Monogram


Dear B, 

Much like you, I love a monogrammed gift, and so decided to surprise my best friend with a monogrammed tote for her birthday. She has four names and so I’m stumped on what the order of the initials would be. And do the initials need to all be the same size?

Monogram Molly 
You know me too well! Oh how I’m delighted by a gorgeous, monogram, be it bold block or ornate swirling and twirling with flourishes. Most monograms use either a single initial or three initials, but your precious pal is lucky enough to have four! To solve your customization conundrum, I have some options for you:
  • Monogram the initials in one row, all the same size, in the normal order they would appear such as: ABCD 
  • Monogram in the traditional form of first name, second first name, last name (the last name being larger), and the middle name initial: ABDC
  • Monogram the initials with the first three initials going vertical and the last initial larger right next to them, as in the lovely image above. I adore this one, as it’s so unique and clever
  • Chat with your monogram shop, and see if they can suggest a layout that you like. Often times they can help you create something spectacular
Also, take a peek at my monogram board on Pinterest for some inspiration. Good luck!