Baby Shower, MN Style

There is nothing more fun than babies. I’ll admit to having babies on the brain recently, and helping plan my best friend from college’s baby shower in Minnesota was so much fun! Abby and Chuck are expecting their baby boy later this summer. When planning the shower we got to totally induldge in the papa-to-be’s passion for baseball and shower the happy couple with all the must-have’s (and a few too-cute-to-pass-up) items for baby.

My counterpart in Minnesota, Melissa, who was co-hosting the shower with me, is a fellow Pinterest-lover and we were bursting with ideas from the moment we started planning. With my love for paper invitations, I offered to scout some out. Who knew that Etsy had so many cute choices?!?! Don’t worry, not only did I find a great option for this shower, I also discovered the invites that I will definitely use for Luci’s 2nd birthday in August…so fun! Check it out!

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I mean seriously….how cute are those?!?! The owner of the shop customized the information for our event and then sent me a high quality PDF. I was then able to get them printed out on card stock. They were perfect.

Since Melissa was local to the event she headed up the food and drinks. We wanted this baseball soiree to still be a bit girly, so she went with a gorgeous (and delicious) menu. I love how she ran the colors all the way through the menu – fruit water with strawberries and blueberries, wine (with sparkling cider for the soon-to-be-mom), fresh bread from a local bakery, a fresh greens salad with grilled chicken, strawberries, feta and toasted almonds, and fresh fruit cups for dessert.

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Melissa and I have teamed up before to shower the same mama-to-be when she was a bride-to-be. The community center in Melissa’s development is the perfect spot for these types of celebrations. I got to work on some decorations that were a little bit baseball, but still a bit pretty with a healthy dash of DIY.

I love the paper lanterns that you can get from Party City. They add such a fun dimension to any party (I used them for Luci’s 1st birthday, here) and are a cheap and easy way to bring in colors or, in this case, themes.

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We did flowers for the centerpieces to add a little bit of “girl” to this baby boy baseball shower….and by we, I have to admit, I recruited some help for this one. My incredibly talented mom and her sisters totally helped me out by picking up and arranging the flowers. They looked AMAZING! Many, many thanks. I had these square vases from my wedding and just added the navy ribbon and flower colors to coordinate with the invitation and other party decorations – this baby is obviously going to be a huge Minnesota Twins fan.

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As a general rule, I am not a fan of games at baby and bridal showers. That’s not to say there aren’t exceptions, but more often than not, I’d put them on the skip list. When I saw this link on Pinterest giving sweet advice to the parents-to-be and loving wishes for baby, I thought it was a really thoughtful way for Abby to remember the day. I customized the look and feel to match with the shower and had these waiting for everyone at their seats.

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Melissa and I decided that if there was ever a need for long distance party planners, we should go into business. In three emails, zero over the phone conversations and one secret Pinterest board we were able to coordinate it all and had a blast doing it.

Here we are with the gorgeous mama. Baby Wright, we can’t wait to meet you!

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xo

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