Wednesday, August 21, 2013

{within works | diary of a baby shower}

Happy Wednesday! I hope you are sitting down with your coffee and a notepad because today is a long one! We've got some fabulous party ideas for you!
Last month we hosted a Baby Shower for a dear friend of ours, Gabriella. Since you know how much we love our office, we decided to have it here at 88 Cushing. Planning for this event was very much like a design project. We started with our inspiration, then moved on to do research, planning, layouts, construction and then construction administration =) It was a blast! The party was such a hit that we had to share it with you. I hope that you find inspiration here!
Our first task, was finding a theme. We searched the internet for all kinds of images, until we found the "theme" that really spoke to us: Sugar and Spice.
We wanted something classy, sweet, with a little vintage feel.

Our next step was to come up with a menu of brunch finger foods and signature cocktails. This was the most fun to search for and probably the most labor intensive to prep for but the outcome was devine!
One the Menu we had:
#1 - Crostini with Brie, Strawberry, Honey & Basil
This was super easy to make and probably the tastiest dish! Instead of crostinis we used Melba Toasts to help cut down on time and on bread.

#2 Swiss Cheese & Prosciutto Skewers (with Roasted Red Bell and Basil on top)
#3 Pear and Gorgonzola bites with Honey
(Here is a recipe for one we almost did)

#4 Dried Apricot with Basil-Goat Cheese and Almonds (and a drizzle of honey)
#5 Croissants Capresse (mini) *these were a hit*

For the signature cocktails, we wanted to do one alcoholic and the rest non, so we could cater to our Mommie Gabriella.
#1 Limoncello and Proseco Cooler with Rasberry ice cubes
*this recipe had quite a bit of prep but the end result was not only delicious, but visually gorgeous*

#2 Lemon Ginger Soda with Basil and Mint (Non-Alcoholic)

#3 We also had yummy flavored water: Lemon Mint Cucumber and Strawberry Lime 

For dessert, we opted for simple sweet bites. Trader Joes came to the rescue here! The sweets were a nice compliment to the little takeaway gift that Gaby made. She individually wrapped homemade Uruguayan Alfajores

  • Trader Joe's Go Raw trek mix

The decorations we kept light and sweet. Fresh flowers, baby clothes, and sweet signs that we made in the office.

There were absolutely no games played at this shower. Everyone was thrilled =) This day was about two special people: Gabby and Olivia. We wanted them to feel super special and super loved.
Instead of games, we decided to do something extra special for little baby Olivia. I went to the store and purchased 21 Birthday Cards. One for each year of Olivias first 21st years. My idea was to have everyone pick one card, write her a message of sweetness, love, encouragement, advice, support...and seal it tight. Not even Gabriella would know the contents of each card. This is probably my best idea to date. I'm not sure if this has been done before, but the idea came to me while driving one day. I never looked it up on Pinterest or the internet. 

Once all the cards were ready, we placed them along a table and numbered each one with the appropriate year.We then placed lots of colorful pens on a table and filled bowls with all types of stickers. We were thrilled at the great response.
Everyone was super excited to write to little Olivia.

I couldn't take enough photos of these sweet moments. Everyone took their time and wrote and wrote and wrote. I also knew that some people would not be alive when Olivia got their card, and that was the most moving of all. I wish I had received a card from my Grandmother when I turned 21...or my Grandfather when I turned 18. I would do anything to have those beautiful moments. So I tried to create this for Olivia. Any extra cards were given to Gabriella so that she can share them with others and have them write to Baby Olivia.

To end the event, it was time to open gifts. As a designer, I have to share some of these great gifts. We all know that baby items are super cute, but some of these things really were magnificent. I saw a onsie that was "Day of the Dead" inspired (which is HUGE here in the Old Pueblo). Another was the sweetest handmade elephant I had ever seen. [you can find a similar one here]. The one that took the cake was a handmade quilt by our lovely friend Lisa. She even has her own labels that read "Made by Mama Lisa". Love Love Love.

It was a wonderful afternoon, and one of the best Brunches I have ever been to, or thrown. =) Lovely women, Lovely drinks, and a Beautiful time. I would do it all over again a million times over. It felt so good to do something so sweet for such a dear friend.

On July 24th a little after midnight, little Olivia joined us. One of the most beautiful babies that I have ever seen.
I'd like to introduce you to the little Princess Olivia.

Hope you have a beautiful week.
~Florencia + Within Studio 


cake girl said...

I am very impressed ith your card idea. I hope one day I get to use it at a baby shower for my grandchild. If not I may use it for my grandchild on my own, so he or she might recieve something from me when I'm gone. Great Idea! Thank you for sharing it. Your shower looked lovely.

Florencia DeRoussel said...

Thank you Cake Girl! Glad you liked our idea =)

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