When I found out my sister was having a baby, I was thrilled! I was really excited about becoming “Auntie Jess” to her little girl. When she called to tell me the news, one of the first questions I asked her was, “Can I throw you a baby shower?”
I ended up co-hosting the event with one of her oldest friends. My sister decided on a mid-afternoon time-frame, so we went with a tea with light appetizers.
The color scheme was lavender and gray, and my co-hostess provided her lovely old house as the location.
I designed the invitations. I drew a feathery, muted lavender wreath to frame the main text of the invitation. I had them printed on pearlescent card stock, so they had a slight shimmer to them. Then picked out a coordinating metallic lavender envelope.
Since I flew in from out of town, I was somewhat limited as to what all I could bring for decor. So I hit the local supermarket (to get groceries for making food) and as luck would have it, they had a BEAUTIFUL selection of flowers (white hydrangeas, bright plum gerbera daisies). I grabbed a few bouquets to make some arrangements. We wound up with several mini-bouquets, and used tea tins as vases.
As guests arrived, we served them hot tea in beautiful china tea cups my mother bought in Germany when we were kids.
For the guest book, we used a hardback version of Harold and the Purple Crayon, which just so happens to be one of my sister’s favorite childhood books. I found some fine-tipped Crayola markers in three different shades of purple for guests to use for signing.
My co-hostess folded lavender napkins to look like little dresses, gluing a little button at the collar. So cute!
For lunch, we served pecan-chicken salad sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, cheddar biscuits, blueberry scones, and vanilla cupcakes with lavender icing.
For departing favors, each guest received a box with Earl Grey Lavender tea and homemade Earl Grey tea cookies (recipe from Martha Stewart). Half of the cookies we left plain, and the other half we lightly iced with a lavender vanilla buttercream glaze. I designed coordinating “tea and cookies” labels for the boxes, and we tied a sprig of lavender to the handles using pale lavender ribbon.
We finished off the afternoon sipping tea, eating cupcakes, and “oohing and awing” over all the sweet baby gifts.