Monday, February 8, 2010

Hugs and Kisses Baby Shower

Prior to the shower, I asked my friend Shauna to convince the mom-of-honor she needed belly pictures with her little girl. I asked Shauna to capture lots of hugs and kisses in the photos. Well, thank goodness for Costco's one-hour photo and Shauna's sweet skills. They turned out AMAZING. This same Shauna took a lot of the following photos in this post so I am going to put her name under the ones she took. (Just FYI, giving credit were credit is due).

Here is the entry table flanked with giant kisses and photos of the mom-of-honor's girls (1 in utero).
I had the guests write down their wishes and advice for the mom-of-honor on the mini Valentine book in the center.

The party favors were Hugs chapsticks I found at Target. I wrapped them in tulle and put them in a cute kisses bin.

The mantle. Remember my XOX banner? I added some photos to it and instant personalized cuteness.

I used mini wooden clothesline clips with glue-gunned on heart jewels to attach the photos. All the daisy's you will see I found for 40% off at our local craft store Beverlys. I glued alligator clips on the back to ease in decorating. 

Hershey Kisses were EVERYWHERE! Hershey Hugs too! In fact we played a game "Count the Kisses" where the guests had to guess how many there were throughout the house. The grand total...and I did count them...was 686! I loved the huge kisses!

All the mini frames I found at Micheals in the dollar section. I fell in love with them but there were only pink and red ones among yellow, blue, and green. I bought a few blue ones and spray painted them brown to match our color scheme. Then I simply inserted some scrapbook paper to match the banner and it all ties in.


This was the main dining table.

My friend Sarah dresses up her chairs in her home like this for every holiday. It is so easy and makes a huge statement. It takes about 3 yards per chair and you simply tie a bow and let it drape down. You can put whatever flower or accent you want in the middle. I found the least expensive tulle to be at Wal-Mart, only 97cents a yard!

More table, sprinkled with kisses of course.

Majo, my partner in crime for this shower, decorated the tables with pink and red daisy's and...

...simple white gifts with coordinating ribbon. Very cute and inexpensive!

This was the extra seating in the kitchen. Heart plates courtesy of Target Valentine clearance last year.

Photo wall hanging = tulle, bars (I had at home, curtain rods would work), ribbon, little frames, glue gun, fun tack. You create the illusion that the pictures are hanging but in reality they are fun tacked or taped to the wall with the ribbon glue gunned to the back and draped over the bar.

Hugs photo. Costco has fun borders for your photos. This heart one was perfect.

My favorite photo of little daughter kissin' mommy's belly. I think that all of the photos really personalized the event and made it that much more special.

Here I am making the fluffy punch. 7-UP, cranberry juice, rasberry sherbet and frozen rasberries to keep it cold.
Delectable cupcakes (by Danna) and to-die-for strawberry cake (by Shauna). Sooo delish!!!

The cake topper mommy was made out of fondant by another friend Melissa. How do people pull off baby showers by themselves? Thank goodness for teamwork!

So many people contributed! The luncheon included a pasta bar so the guests could go through and make their own how they wanted it. Marinara, alfredo, pesto, raviolis, macaroni noodles, etc., and I made some manicotti as well. Poppy seed salad and cesear salad were served as well as garlic bread and rolls. It was a simple spread and I of course forgot to get a picture of it, but it was pretty, I promise.

The party planners Shauna (photographer), me, mom-of-honor Shawna, and Majo.


Jeanette said...

This is just so adorable! So many cute ideas and creative touches.

Courtney said...

What a wonderful shower. I love the theme!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

What a lovely shower with a love theme. Great for Valentines day as well. Bet the Mom to be just loved it! It was so sweet and colorful.
That punch and cake looked delectable. It was such a fun looking shower! Yall did an awesome job!! You are soooooooo right it is always better to have some help, it is quite an undertaking. I have done quite a few of those in my day
so I say it from experience.
Great and creative ideas girls!
Blessings, Nellie

Jeppson Clan said...

Wow! What a fun and special shower. Everything looks amazing and that huge strawberry cake makes me want to dive in and start eating! Great job ladies.

Jamee said...

i am thinking ya'll have the best parties!! BEAUTIFUL

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

What an awesome theme for a shower! I love all the colorful decorations and the pasta bar is a great idea! Sounds and looks like it was a wonderful day!

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Julie said...

This looks like a sweet baby shower!! Everything looks great!

SarahWilcox said...

It all looks amazing! So cute, colorful and festive! Awesome ideas!

Guin said...

Overwhelming creativity! You ladies did a fabulous job!!!!

Jen @ said...

What a cute shower! Everything was so pretty! I love that banner with the pictures. The tulle chairs. The cake and the topper. So adorable!!


Anny said...

What a gorgeous party - everything looks perfect!

Shelley @ Divine Party Concepts said...

Just came across your blog and I love the shower! I would love to link to it!!

Shaela said...

So many great ideas. What a lucky mom to be showered with hugs and kisses. I'm sure she will never forget it.

2sisters said...

What a darling shower! You guys went to so much work and pulled it off beautifully!

Shauna said...

you're nice to include me as a planner, but you & majo get ALLLLL the credit, it was AMAZING. just linked to this post on my blog :)

Shannon said...

got here from shauna's blog, you guys did a fantastic job. Sooo many great ideas thank you for sharing!

Little Lovables said...

Such an adorable party, love the theme!!

Since you use tulle a lot, buying it wholesale saves tons of money too. I used to get it from here back when I made and sold tutus:

you can google for coupon codes too

Stephanie Snyder said...

Wow! Amazing decorating skills as usual woman!! I'm so sad I couldn't make it.

~Moon Girl~ said...

I love it, the decoration its so cute!!!! ^_^

Dash Interiors said...

Fanastic loving the theme!
I linked this up to our link party to make sure lots of people saw this talent

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