I recently co-hosted a baby shower at my home for my close friend, Erica, who is pregnant with her first child.. a boy! To go along with the theme of “Baby G’s” nursery, we decided to go with a vintage airplane themed shower, which ended up turning out very lovely. Luckily the mama-to-be had some vintage airplane swag that she lent us for the shower, which helped offset the costs of decorating the event.
Since we decided to host the shower earlier in the day, we opted for a brunch menu. It was a nice change of pace for party food, and really allowed me to be a little more creative with a few of the food offerings. Our brunch menu consisted of:
- Smoked Salmon Bites with a Horseradish and Caper Cream Sauce
- Quiche Lorraine
- Asparagus and Ham Quiche
- Mushroom and Spinach Quiche
- French Toast Bake with Maple Syrup
- Vanilla Yogurt Parfaits with Blueberry-Vanilla Granola and Raspberries
- Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Goat Cheese, and a Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Fruit Salad with a Honey Lime Dressing
Rather than making the desserts ourselves, we chose to purchase an assortment of delicious macaroons and a Fraisier sheet cake from Patisserie Poupon. They are a classic french bakery in Baltimore and DC that serves the most exquisite desserts as well as classic french cafe items. And to top everything off, we bought glazed and blueberry donut holes. Serious yumminess.
One of the main components that tied the shower theme together was the Flyaway Baby Shower Party Kit that I purchased from MKKMDesigns on Etsy. It was an easy and relatively inexpensive way to create cohesion between different aspects of the shower. All that I needed to do was send the PDF’s to my local printer and then get creative with some coordinating ribbon and my hot glue gun. Included in my package were: table signs, food tents, drink cards, bottle wrappers, cupcake toppers, and a pre-designed game. From that point on, I looked for decorative elements that either coordinated with the colors in the party kit, or that had a slightly weathered or “well-traveled” feel.
I was lucky enough to score two vintage suitcases at Marshalls that I used as decorative risers, and as an added bonus, they fit in quite well with the color scheme! I also went to my local fabric store and bought the navy polka dotted fabric, which I used as a runner on the dessert table, and then some basic burlap, which I used as a tablecloth on my brunch table. The decorative yellow and grey chevron ribbon that I used throughout the party were both bought at Wal-Mart. The vintage airplanes were courtesy of both the mother-to-be, as well as some lucky finds at my mother’s house!
I also got busy with some tissue paper and scissors to make the poms! I’ve made them a few times before for other parties, and even though they’re a little time consuming, they always add such a nice visual touch! Unfortunately, I don’t have a specific photo of them hanging at the shower (you may notice them hanging at the top of a few pictures), but I was able to repurpose them after the shower as hanging decorations in my kids rooms, which they thought was awesome!! For a tutorial on how to make tissue paper poms click here.
As a busy activity during the shower, we set up a craft station outside, where we had prepped month numbers on onesies by cutting out freezer paper into stencils and ironing them onto the onesies, and had the guests paint and decorate the numbers. For the tutorial click here. Although it took a bit of prep work ahead of time, the craft turned out to be really cute, and made for a nice conversation spot were everyone could go at their leisure and do a group project to decorate a onesie for “Baby G”.
As an added activity and take home keepsake for Erica, Kerri, the other co-host of the shower, created a really cute photo board of the parent’s baby photos, which allowed for all the guests to sign a personalized note to “Baby G”.
The remainder of the shower was filled with laughter and love for the new mama and baby-to-be. After opening presents, we snacked on the delicious Fraisier cake and macaroons! Erica was gracious enough to bring the “thank you” favors, and we were all spoiled with cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake. Yummmm.
The recipes for all the brunch items will be posted on a separate blog post this week for your tasting pleasure. I hope you are able to possibly pull some inspiration from my pictures for a party that you are hosting soon! Enjoy
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