Monday, December 6

"She's About to POP" baby shower - all of the details

Still reveling in the double feature from Amy Atlas Events on Friday.

In case you missed it, Amy featured both of the baby showers I helped put together last month...
The showers I've been itching to share details from.
And now that her posts are officially up...
I've got the green light to post all of the details!!

Today will be all about the "Bubbles" themed baby shower hosted on November 6th...

Bre approached me with the idea of hosting a "She's going to POP" baby shower for her childhood best friend, Jen.
She wanted the shower to be unique/original and something Jen would never forget.
After some research online I came to the realization that the theme wasn't as unique as we had thought.
So...taking the creativity to an entirely new level - I suggested tying everything in with bubbles -
something I hadn't seen done yet and would still allow us to keep with the theme she was hoping for.

The pressure was on for a decadent dessert table after Bre shared with me the fact that Jen was a former finalist on the "Next Food Network Star"...*gasp*
Luckily for me, Jen's "food forte" is more savory than sweet - so the pressure was off just a teeny...tiny...bit. *wink*

As with all events, the invitation would be the foundation for a fabulous party/shower and would set the stage for the design and decorating elements to be used throughout.

Using Pantone's Fall Fashion report, I selected a color scheme and the invitation was born...
I love how simple and edgy it turned out - don't you?
(More on those fabulous lollipops in a minute)...

With "POP" and bubbles being the focus, I quickly began gathering ideas for the dessert table - my primary focus.

For the background, I used a piece of white v-groove paneling from Lowe's and added some coordinating paper
and clear plastic plates in various sizes to mimic the bubbles on the invitation.

I chose to use clear serving vessels to display the desserts
in order to keep with the "translucency" of the bubble theme...
This tower of jello custard POP shots took center stage...

I knew immediately we needed to use some really cool lollipops and I was lucky to stumble upon
Vintage Confections. Not only did she make fabulous color coordinating 2" lollipops...
she also catered to my request to have the lollipops flavored with soda POP...
just another small detail I was in love with to help tie everything together.
Not only were the lollipops used as favors, they were also used to create lollipop tree centerpieces.

(I cannot take credit for assembling the trees - I sent Bre a link of the lollipop trees from Amy Atlas and she recreated the trees all on her own)! Love them!

Since I knew I wanted something translucent on the top of the cupcakes - to mimic bubbles...
I had Vintage Confections create some coordinating candy droplets for the mini bubble cupcake pops...
The colors couldn't have been more perfect and the droplets were yummy!

How cute are these cherry soda POP flavored mini cupcakes from Cupcake Delights?

Perfectly color-matched designer Oreos from Sweeties by Kim

"POP in your mouth" mini whoopie pies...

Pumpkin mousse ties in the season and color perfectly...

Clear cups of caramel POPcorn

POP'ems doughnut holes were a fun and obvious must-have dessert choice

Soda POP in glass serving bottles tied with custom labels

Baby shower favors: "a gift of BUBBLE bath for POPPING by"

A wishing tree for baby
created by tucking the wishes shower guests left into glass ornaments...

Other food items included this Strawberry Salad with POPPY seed dressing...

A bubble machine located just outside the front door greeted guests as they arrived. (not pictured)
I love how everything turned out...

I know Jen was beside herself with excitement and here's what Bre had to say when it was over:
"I wanted to email you and let you know how amazing the shower was. You are so freakin' talented
I can't stand it. Thank you for your time and sacrifice! It was more than I expected. Amazing up to every detail Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

It really was such a fun shower to be a part of - thanks for letting me spread my creative wings on this Bre!!
It was so fun putting it all together...

And a HUGE thank you to Amy Atlas for featuring it on her blog Friday!
What an honor and privilege to share the spotlight in Amy's "Guest Dessert Feature"
with so many other creative & talented people.

And I especially want to thank all of you for patiently awaiting the details...I hope you are inspired!

A tremdous thank you to the Fabulous Vendors/Sources behind the scenes:
2" lollipops and cupcake candy droplets: Vintage Confections
Mini Cupcakes: Cupcake Delights
Designer Oreo Cookies: Sweeties by Kim
Invitation & coordinating Table Labels: Pen and Paperflowers Studio & Design
Cupcake Skewers: Pen and Paperflowers Studio & Design
Bubble Favor Jars: Ikea


Michele @ crazyfordesign December 6, 2010 at 9:08 AM  

Awesome job. Thanks for sharing all the details. It's evident you worked really hard and it paid off beautifully!

marzipan December 6, 2010 at 9:31 AM  

Wonderful dessert table! Any idea where I can purchase the acrylic cupcake tower? I've been looking for a round one just like the square one pictured.

jo anne December 6, 2010 at 9:56 AM  

beautiful job! great colors!

Anonymous,  December 6, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

Hi there,

Super cute blog & inspiration. Read it daily!! =) Quick question, What's that v-paneling you used as a background for the desert table? How did you pin it up?

Thanks in advance...super cute


staci @ lizard n ladybug December 6, 2010 at 1:08 PM  

It all looks beautiful!! I am in love with the colors & the 'bubbles' on the wall??? Brilliant!

Lisa Joy December 6, 2010 at 5:21 PM  

This is gorgeous and very unique! I'm in love with the clear square cake stands and clear cupcake tower/sticks in the bowl. Do you have sources or perhaps a tutorial?

Lili December 6, 2010 at 9:32 PM  

congrats on the feature! great job and everything looks amazing!

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm December 7, 2010 at 8:14 PM  

adorable party!! Love it all!! I am sure they were thrilled!! Love the candy on the cupcakes best!! I hope you are having a fabulous night!! hugs!! Britt :-)

jess @ pen n' paperflowers December 8, 2010 at 6:49 AM  

Thanks everyone...I always love your feedback and appreciate the comments you take the time to leave.

Lisa Joy - the tower holding the jello was borrowed from Judy at Cupcake Delights and I'll be announcing the source for the cupcake skewers soon!!! Thanks for asking.

amy@funbabyshowerideasandmore December 8, 2010 at 4:44 PM  

Amazing! Love the twist on this theme with the bubbles, especially the bubbles on the wall to match the invitation. Everything looks perfect. I also love the jello custard shots and the lollipop tree. Very creative!

jess @ pen n' paperflowers December 9, 2010 at 6:43 AM  

Marzipan...I borrowed the cupcake tower from Judy at Cupcake Delights...apparently they are outrageously expensive. ($500 and up...yikes)! Would love to know if anyone else has a source for them...

jess @ pen n' paperflowers December 9, 2010 at 6:48 AM  

Anonymous...the V-paneling I used is a 4x8 foot piece of wall paneling/beadboard. I used small nails in each top corner to hang it. It's pretty thin but it's heavy, flimsy and awkward to carry/transport.
I bought it knowing I would use it for two baby showers, Ella's 2nd birthday party AND to transform the Peddler's Wagon I created for Thanksgiving.

Because Ella's party ended up being moved to AFTER Thanksgiving, I had to go and buy another piece since I had to cut up the original. I'm now going to use the 2nd piece in my 1/2 bath -1/2 walls with a chair rail trim.

Let me know if you have any other questions...

Anonymous,  January 13, 2011 at 2:42 PM  


this is really cute - where can I purchase the acrylic cupcake skewers?


jess @ pen n' paperflowers January 14, 2011 at 3:51 AM  

Hi Maggie...

Contact me at for more information and to purchase the cupcake skewers.

EK,  February 11, 2011 at 2:36 PM  

What flavor did you use for the teal jello?

jess @ pen n' paperflowers February 11, 2011 at 4:52 PM  

EK -
I used the following flavors and mixed them until I got just the right shades for all of the different colors.

berry blue

For the teal I used berry blue and lime mixed.

I used a recipe similar to this one...

I hope that helps...

Anonymous,  July 3, 2011 at 12:28 PM  

I love this whole scheme and planning shower for my sister. Wondering where to purchase the teal plates/napkins?

jess @ pen n' paperflowers July 7, 2011 at 6:39 AM  


The teal plates and napkins came from a local party store called U.S. Toy. I believe you can purchase things online from them as well. I hope that helps and thank you so much for your sweet comment.

inspired July 13, 2011 at 4:13 PM  

Fantastic job...i wanted to a "bubble themed" shower for my best friend as well, had trouble with an invite to tie it all together but yours is invite is perfect...thanks for the inspiration! planning on renting out a spa for the event so all the girls can get pedicures too...more bubbles! can you tell me more about the tree you hung the bubble wishes that idea too as a not so cheesy "game"!


jess @ pen n' paperflowers July 21, 2011 at 5:47 PM  

Hi "inspired"....

I'm so glad you loved the turn out of the baby shower and that it's inspired you for the one you are hosting. The spa idea sounds like heaven!!

The tree was a metal tree form purchased from Ikea just prior to the holidays. (It was meant to be a modern christmas tree form). We hung empty clear plastic ornaments (purchased from Hobby Lobby) from the metal branches and rolled up the little "wishes" guests wrote down and put them into the "bubble" ornaments. The ornaments were then given to the mother-to-be as a keepsake from the day.

I hope that helps...

Krysten,  October 2, 2011 at 5:57 PM  

Awesome Party...

For the favors of Bubble bath.. did you just bubble bath in bulk and color it to match or what did you do?

Thank you

jess @ pen n' paperflowers October 2, 2011 at 7:47 PM  

Krysten - the bubble bath was purchased at various grocery stores - we hunted until the exact colors we needed were found. I hope that helps. And I hope you have fabulous luck on your search as well.

Charissa March 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM  

Wow very creative, you really pulled off the theme to a T. Also made me very hungry, the dessert table looks delicious.

Janell,  August 20, 2012 at 1:22 PM  

I plan on hosting a party in September and thought the Pumpkin Mousse looked amazing..where was the recipe for this or how did you make it and what are the crunchy things on top?

Jessica Kirkland August 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM  


The Pumpkin Mousse was SUPER DUPER easy. (shhh...don't tell). *wink*

Just look for a box of the seasonal "Pumpkin Spice" pudding and there should be a recipe for the Pumpkin Mousse printed on the outside packaging.(You are basically substituting part of the milk to make the pudding with Cool Whip). *wink* If I remember right, the sprinkles on top was a combination of pecans/walnuts and brown sugar? That should be listed as part of the recipe too.
Hope that helps...

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