Sunday, August 26, 2007

it's an oooh la la baby soiree!

one of my dearest friends, dixie doll heather got herself knocked up just so we could throw this cool baby shower soiree! we knew she and her hubby were getting a little girl and since the nursery is done up in pink and black with french poodle decor, we decided to carry that idea into the shower theme. we did our best to hose the room down with anything pepto bismal colored ala steel magnolias and briefly entertained the idea of even painting the walls pink. above image is the fabric i bought as decor for the shower and then to make into a gift...notice in the script it says Coco (this is the baby's nickname!)

princess heather at her throne. we all dressed in pink and black.

seen below is the hors d'oeuvres set up. the baby's nickname is spelled out in foam letters atop the table. the pink Eiffel towers are photo holders with ultrasound images along with french words and sayings relating to babies on them. heather's mom made the black/pink polka dotted table cloth. all the hor d'oeuvres were french inspired or within the color theme: croissant sandwiches, chocolate eclairs, strawberries and mini quiches.


here is a cheap decoration i came up with using paper plates and streamers suspended from the ceiling. kinda snagged the idea in part from martha stewart magazine.


here's the beverage table. more pink and black! heather came up with the neatest idea. you see that thing hanging on the wall? well that is a framed print that was already there of something that just didn't go with our decor and we just couldn't have that! so heather covered it in black/white polka dotted paper and affixed the extra ultrasound photos and frenchie saying on it. genius, really.


these, well, didn't quite turn out as i had hoped. they are pink tinted white chocolate little Eiffels. they are weeble woobles really...and not as pristine as i would have liked. not to mention these few took forever to make.


forgot to mention that it was heather's birthday as well as her shower! yay! here she is with her own little birthday cake i did up for her. notice the candles match the decor theme. the little crown was my birthday present to her.


here are the "petite fours" i made for the rest of the guests. they are actually upside down cupcakes.


the hat boxes are from coco's nursery. we put the thank you gifts in and around them.

close up of the "merci beaucoup" parting gifts.

okay, now for some other details. it's going to get lengthy here on out so stick with me if possible....

:games:
i didn't want us to play the same old boring shower games. i was able after some time of searching online to find a few suggestions that weren't the same sad overdone ones. first was the string game. i'm sure it could have a much punchier title but i can't think of anything right now...maybe "how huge is the pregnant woman really?". in this game, all the guests cut a length of yarn that they think is the circumference of mommy's belly, the closest guess wins. the second game involved giving every guest a disposable diaper and a permanent marker. they are asked to write a funny saying (ex: loaded! it's daddy's turn! beware of fallout! poops, i did it again...) on the diaper so that when the parent's are changing said diaper at 3 in the morning it will give them something to laugh about, maybe... the winner is whichever one mommy thinks is the funniest. the third game takes some prep work but it is humorous along with being a bit disturbing, if you are into that kinda thing. take photos of the mother and father's face foward. cut out nose, eyes, hair, lips, ears ect. then find in a magazine a photo of a baby's face/body that will as close as possible work ratio-wise to the features cut from the parent's faces. pass out pre-made forms with facial features and some personal attributes are listed (eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hair, sense of humor, sense of style ect). mommy-to-be decides beforehand which of each features she would like for baby to have of her or daddy. the guests are asked to guess what they think mom will say, closest wins. for the visual part of the game put magnets or double-sided tape on the cut outs and place them over the mock baby face... it can become very creepy looking. to

:parting gifts:
example seen above with the merci beaucoup sign. to keep with a girly theme, the gifts were such things as pink lip gloss, pink nail polish, pink candles... you get the idea. the wrapping for them is pink netting on the outside with pink easter grass inside surrounding the gift then tied with matching ribbon.

whew, i hope i explained everything clearly, typing it all out was more exhausting than doing it...

13 comments:

Feathers a/k/a Thriftin' Gal said...

Oooh I was so happy to see a post from you!! I love the color combination for the party, the decorations are a delight! :)

Saurabh said...

hello mam,
you have really cool blog,
Can we exchange links??

Pattie - Chicagoland, IL said...

Wow! This is the coolest party I have ever seen. You have a great way of taking the usual, and making it spectacular. Well done.

Good to see you posting again.

Erin said...

wow that is sooooo cute! What a creative idea, I love it!

Liz said...

sounds oh so cute. I loved the paper plates/streamers/polky dotted paper decorations.

Marla said...

It's so nice to "see" you again!

What a sweet idea, how adorable and various other gushings...

But surely I'm not the only person who thinks the wee pink Eiffel towers were um...a little...well...I mean, it's kind of appropriate in view of being a baby shower to have some...ahem...er...um...(whispers) phallic representation?

mama k said...

CUTE! Love the theme.

Some of the pictures aren't showing up for me though. :(

Jennifer said...

Hey girl - good to *hear* from you! Sounds like a delightful soirée!

my house is cuter than yours said...

these photos are driving me mad!!! i don't know what the problem is, they were all there 2 days ago and now all gone... i reloaded them again, i hope they stay put!

Marla said...

The missing image problem was happening to some of my posts, and I found it covered somewhat here, though I don't believe it 100%

http://groups.google.com/group/blogger-help-howdoi/browse_frm/thread/7bdc2061a2ddd4a4/#

sweetheartville said...

Very, very cute! Makes me wish I had had a baby shower.

Mel said...

Hi!thanks for the great ideas, mostly the wall hanging ones....just decided to do my bathroom in high glass blank and light pink (my floor is already blank and white antique tile--the house is 130+ yrs old, and i've been stumped with what color i wanted to do with the black) to keep the flow of that floor...but i decided the flow on that level is black all rooms have a version of that in some small way....I loved the French Fifi/coco print! I'm from France orig and i just decided to look for pink and black french stuff (i was having an idea of antigue tin hangings and such in my head) and it only took a couple of Google searches to find yours! can u tell me, did u get the fabric at a national craft /sewing store? would love to know....i only need a couple of yards, the bedroom is small im going to frame it with a bit of batting behind it....its going to be so cute, because there is a French theme in every room, but one can only have so much toile, as much as I love it in all colors! thanks again, please feel free to send me a note with where u got the fabric! ps...im with Marla about what the Eiffel towers kinda looked like, but what a great friend u are to go to so much trouble!! Best wishes, be well, Mel

my house is cuter than yours said...

hi there mel,
so glad you were able to find some inspiration from the ooooh la la theme!
here is a link to where i got the poodle fabric:



http://www.retrojunction.com/shop/index.php?action=item&id=583