Monday, January 4's party time

(this invitation and coordinating party accessories are now available in my etsy shoppe)

first post of a brand-new year...a new decade...
why not kick things off with a rockin' inspirational party post...??
you with me?

how about hosting a party on the 2nd day of january?
yeah. (considering we're barely winding down from 2 major holidays)
it's a baby shower afterall...& baby's don't wait. *wink*

so let's go...
remember this invite i recently created and shared?

completely inspired from pottery barn's penelope nursery bedding...
and from a white vinyl wall decal to be used in the nursery...(details from this post)

with barely 3 weeks to prepare...
think baby girl. (pink)
think winter. (snow)
think simple. (pottery barn feel)
think fresh. (crisp accent colors & white)

add that all together.
throw in some creativity and planning.
& you've got yourself a baby shower...

here's the table

a closer view of the centerpiece i made...
(a tutorial on that to come later)

a hot pink bird i made from felt to nestle among the branches...
(just like on the invite...*wink*)

cute little accent birds with "snow" at their bases
(thank you joann's)

the royal icing "cupcake buttons" i made

we just placed them right on the cupcakes just before the shower. cute.

the entire cupcake tower
(kept it simple and just ordered these from sam's... by the way...)

simple white desserts...powdered donut holes & meringues

two varieties of delicious chicken salad sandwiches
(these were the ones with tarragon)
and as the tag reflects...these were the favorite recipe of the "mother-to-be"

mini polka dot sugar cookies with royal icing

fresh fruit with powdered sugar...
(the sugar mimics the appearance of snow)

pink lemonade

served in these pink sugar rimmed glasses...yummy.

and for those water lovers...

as guests arrived they were led to a little "sign-in" table

a pen & circular "wish cards" printed & tied with a pink ribbon
were given to each guest to write on.
the wish cards were then hung on the centerpiece
(which i didn't get a picture of)

then there was the "thank you" tree

at the base of the tree were the baby shower favors...

the favors were jumbo sugar cookies i made

packaged in cellophane & stapled closed with coordinating ribbons

and there you have it.
an adorable baby shower.
thrown together in 3 short weeks (with 2 major holidays in the mix).
it was unique.
it was fresh.
it was original.
i LOVE it.

thanks was awesome to work with you to make this happen.
you made everything so easy & enjoyable.

& ally...can't wait to meet your brand new baby girl...

welcome twenty ten....
may it be filled with continuous fresh creativity...& fun.


I BLEED PINK January 4, 2010 at 1:21 PM  

What an amazing spread you created. I love the theme and the cupcakes were darling!!

Lovely Scribbles January 4, 2010 at 1:22 PM  

Wow! This baby shower is amazing! I helped design something along these lines for a baby shower that my sis-in-law was throwing a while back, but yours definitely takes the cake!! AWESOME!

vicki cooley,  January 4, 2010 at 2:04 PM  

Thanks so much Jessica!! You are the inspiring!! I can't thank you enough from my heart to you. Ally was thrilled with her shower and is still saying how amazing it was! I learned so much from you! I can't wait to hold my new grand daughter!!

Tammy January 4, 2010 at 2:11 PM  

Beautiful! I love the colors and the cookies are awesome! Cant wait to see how you did the centerpiece!

Office To Aprons January 4, 2010 at 2:51 PM  

I am hosting a bird themed baby shower in March. Thank you for the inspiration!

TidyMom January 4, 2010 at 3:29 PM  

Amazingly BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE it!!


PS came here via tweet from the hiphostess! to check out the rest of your blog!

The Hip Hostess January 4, 2010 at 3:31 PM  

This is honestly the classiest baby shower ever! Totally the epitome of understated elegance, love, love love it!
Hope you won't mind if I use this for inspiration for my daughter's shower. No, she's not expecting yet, but maybe sometime this year(hope, hope) and this is just her style...sweet, elegant & simple!
You did an absolutely amazing job!!!!!

Amanda January 4, 2010 at 4:00 PM  

You did a fantastic job... every single little detail is wonderful and perfect and WOW you are talented!!

many blessings-

Sharnel January 4, 2010 at 5:27 PM  

i can't believe you pulled that off in 3 weeks and with holidays inbetween.
gorgeous details!

Our Little Olive Branches January 4, 2010 at 5:30 PM  

You are incredible! A beautiful job. What is your frosting recipe for the cookies? I try and try and can never make a recipe that does what I want it to! Thanks for sharing and inspiring so many.

Renee January 5, 2010 at 1:11 AM  

Oh, Jess, this is so beautiful. You did an amazing job!! It like a winter wonderland. Thank you for taking on on a virtual tour of the baby show. Congrats to the mom-to-be and her family. Congrats to you, of course!!

jess @ pen n' paperflowers January 5, 2010 at 8:03 AM  

"our little olive branch" - i'll be posting the royal icing recipe soon, so watch for it. *wink*

"sharnel" - i'm amazed we were able to do it in 3 weeks as well - i had an incredible partner who made things run like clock-work...thanks vic! and i was blushing when i checked out your site...seeing your beautiful "from-scratch" baked goods...knowing we just used cupcakes from sam's...*giggling* wish your shop was close enough to just stop by & sample...

thank you EVERYONE who took the time to post a comment. i definitely feel the love from you all and appreciate it tremendously! you are AWESOME!

Enchanted Expectations January 5, 2010 at 8:15 PM  

I love this baby shower! It's amazing. You did a great job in such a short period of time.

Tracy January 5, 2010 at 9:11 PM  

WOW! Every detail was beautiful! I feel inspired after looking at this post.

Rhiannon Banda-Scott January 6, 2010 at 7:08 AM  

oh my gosh! this is amazing! I am so blown away!!! move over Amy Atlas :) This issss great!!! xx

karen ~ lillybelle Custom Designs January 6, 2010 at 8:06 AM  

Every detail is exquisite! Simply beautiful!

Lianne Barr January 6, 2010 at 9:27 AM  

WOW! Yow are so creative! Do you do this kind of thing as a job? You should!

Angela Gerber January 10, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

gorgeous jess - every bit of it! thx for sharing your creativity and talent!!

Stephanie,  January 24, 2010 at 6:45 PM  

I love this theme and my BFF loves it so much she is using it for her nursery! I'm in the middle of planning her shower and haven't found an invitation that I love more than the one you created. Are you selling these at all? I would love to buy some! I hope I hear from you soon! My email is
Stephanie Taylor

TxTrainer January 24, 2010 at 11:39 PM  

Simply beautiful! If you ever get a chance to post a tutorial on how to make the candy buttons on the cupcakes I would LOVE to learn!! ;o) Very elegant!

Thecitycradle February 6, 2010 at 1:20 AM  

Hi. I saw your party on the creative hostess, how lovely! Just wanted to let you know I am running a contest where you can win $100 gift card to Anthroplogie- I think your party would be a great addition-


Rachel Jones,  February 19, 2010 at 2:59 PM  

WOW!!! This shower is so incredibly beautiful. I adore the cupcake stand you used. Can you PLEASE tell me where it is from??Thanks so much for the inspiration. You are wonderfully talented. :)

jess @ pen n' paperflowers February 19, 2010 at 3:24 PM  

rachel - the cupcake stand...
it's actually from costco - just ask someone in the bakery department & they'll sell them to you. it's made of styrofoam! (can you believe it?! it unstacks for easy storage & can be used numerous times. most people don't even realize it's styrofoam until you walk up REALLY close.

hope that helps.

i'm glad you love the shower so much! i love that it's inspiring others to replicate! yea!

Entertain Exchange April 5, 2010 at 10:36 PM  

Wow, what a great shower. So much great party inspiration!

I am sharing your party on my blog in a Birdie theme post.

Anonymous,  May 9, 2010 at 10:47 PM  

can i order any of these items from you? like centerpieces? cookies etc?,  May 9, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

can i order items from you? do you have an email i can email direct? centerpieces, cookies etc?

Lorraine May 30, 2010 at 1:06 PM  

Hi, This is so beautifully done!

I am hosting my first baby shower and was wondering if you could design a "Baby Wishes" plate with my shower theme?

viagra online May 31, 2010 at 1:35 PM  

This shower is so incredibly beautiful. I adore the cupcake stand you used.
You are incredible!

Anonymous,  September 15, 2010 at 3:08 AM  

This is the best spread/table I've seen online (and I've been searching). I love the way you tied every detail together. Magnificent!

florist December 30, 2010 at 6:08 AM  

FANTASTIC!! So cuteee.... I wanna try the cupcakes. Looks yummyyyyy... Good job. :)

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