The shower colors and design were inspired by Baby Ivy's nursery decor. To learn about all of the gorgeous, thoughtful details, read below. I especially love the Blessings Wish List each of the guests filled out for Baby Ivy and the creative, but delicious menu choices. What a fabulous shower these ladies created!
As told by Mandy Jane's sister, Rebecca:
"When Mandy Jane announced she was expecting her first child, our family immediately decided a baby shower was needed to welcome [Ivy] into a family of strong women.
We wanted the shower to reflect Mandy Jane’s modern style. So, the palate of the shower mimicked [Ivy's] nursery in shades of grey and soft yellow.
Mandy Jane was having some serious pregnancy cravings, so a “Cravings” theme was the perfect. [I] crafted a menu that would highlight some of the eating quirks Mandy Jane experienced during her pregnancy, but with a culinary twist that would appeal to all the guests.
Guests arrived to a drink bar featuring “Lullaby-lini” cocktails and mocktails served in yellow sugar-rimmed champagne flutes as well as fresh lemonade offered with whimsical yellow and white striped straws.
Since the baby had not yet been named, a sign reading “Welcome Little Miss Sunshine” showed the excitement of meeting the new baby. The sign was handmade by [me] with vintage-inspired fabrics.
While guests waited for the meal, each person filled out a “Blessings Wish List” for the baby offering wishes and advice for the baby. The completed sheets were funny, touching and heart-felt. Once completed, each person clipped their blessings card to the fireplace for everyone to read.
The food was prepared by Mandy Jane’s family and friends with everyone pitching in to help. Mandy’s husband, Nick, and brother, Tyler, served as the waitstaff for the day – complete with matching striped bowties. Each food item was created to sound and look as odd as pregnancy food cravings, but with gourmet flair. The menus on the table highlighted the lunch’s offerings. Some of the favorite items from the three-course luncheon were the meatloaf cupcake (piped with mashed potatoes), a “peanut butter spaghetti” that was reminiscent of a pad thai recipe with peanut sauce, steak with a chocolate-balsamic glaze, and the bratwurst quiche. The beautiful dessert was a cheesecake, garnished with a “potato-chip” cookie.
The shower was truly a group event where everyone pitched in to help. Mandy Jane’s cousin, a New York-based graphic designer, Trista Coy, designed the shower invitations. Mandy’s sister in law, Jennifer, provided her mid-century modern house as the perfect backdrop for the modern shower. Mandy’s mother designed the adorable “blessings wish list” cards for each guest to compete. Jane, Mandy’s grandmother, sewed the table runners."