Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My Cozy Fall Themed Baby Shower


A Cozy Fall Themed Baby Shower // Bubby and Bean

I mentioned last week that my mom and sister were throwing a baby shower for me this past Saturday.  I also explained that although I already had an amazing baby celebration party with my girlfriends in the city last month, and I'm not really one to feel the need for lots of parties to recognize life events, that this was an exception for me because it allowed me to celebrate with family and dear friends from growing up too. I have to say that I am so glad that we did this shower as well, because it ended up being incredibly special - full of memories and stories and emotions.  It sounds cheesy, but it's the truth. 

My mom and sis, along with the help of some friends, made almost everything themselves (a love for DIY runs in our family).  They decided to go for a cozy fall theme, with autumn flower-filled pumpkins and lots of gourds and leaves and warm autumn treats like hot spiced cider and spicy corn chowder.  There was a fire in the fireplace and pretty handmade fall candle jars for favors and decor in warm autumn oranges, reds, and yellows. 


Looking back, I wish I'd taken more pictures of all of the details (and people!).  But I made a promise to myself to focus on enjoying the day instead of worrying about capturing every moment of it on camera (a blogger habit that I'm trying to learn to break for occasions like this). 


In addition to the delicious corn chowder that my sister made (I'll have to get her to share the recipe on here because it was ridiculously good), there were all sorts of elegant homemade finger foods like mini sandwiches, a fresh berry salad (thanks Michele!), handmade baby girl themed chocolates (thank you Bernadette and Jean!), cheese twists, spiced crackers, and the most magnificent little cakes I've ever seen (thank you Dee and Jess!).  There was also fresh coffee with cinnamon, mimosas, hot cider, and bottles of water with yellow and grey paper straws.


Those of you who read about my shower in September may remember my friend Rachel's amazing Tibetan Buddhist prayer flag craft.  Rachel bought a few sets of blank flags, stencils, and markers, and each guest put special messages on them welcoming baby. I lived at at Tibetan Buddhist center for three years and Tibetan Buddhism holds a special place in my heart, and this was such a special way to bring a little bit of that into the nursery.  There were still some blank flags left, so my family and friends at Saturday's shower finished decorating them.  I'm so excited to hang them in baby's room. 

DIY Autumn Mason Jar Candles // Bubby and Bean
DIY Autumn Mason Jar Candles // Bubby and Bean

For favors, my mom wanted to do something inspired by the season that people could actually use and enjoy.  So she came up with the idea to fill short mason jars with strips of crinkled kraft paper and battery powered tea lights (best invention ever), then tie fall leaves around them with yellow ribbon.  They were so cute and everyone was thrilled to get to take them home.  Mine is currently sitting on my mantle with my other fall decor.


It was such a wonderful day, and I'm honestly still beaming from all of the love that was poured out in the direction of this little baby girl in my belly.  I can't wait to tell her all about it someday.  Thanks for letting me share some bits and pieces of it with you guys!

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17 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful! I love the Tibetan Prayer idea... will have to file that away for future use. :)

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  2. You're such a beauty. And how special to celebrate this amazing event in your life with family!! The party looks amazing as does all that yummy food... I now official want little mini cakes for breakfast!! ;)

    xo
    By The Shore, a life + style blog

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  3. What wonderful decor and foods! I love the pumpkin "flower vase" and those little cakes look amazing! Glad you had a wonderful time :)

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  4. looks like such a sweet party :).

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  5. sis i hope you had the best day ever. i cant wait to see this little beauty!

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  6. Everything looks amazing. The food and treats - oh yummy! I'm so glad that guests were able to finish the blank flags for the Tibetan Prayer, and I can't wait to see it in baby's nursery. With such awesome family and friends, this baby girl is so well-loved already. =0)

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  7. Everything looks so lovely! I love all the beautiful autumnal touches here and there and those are delectable cakes! Glad you had a wonderful time, Melissa :)

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  8. What a great idea to let your family got to decorate some of the flags too. Those petit fours look delicious!

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  9. What a gorgeous shower! I love those favors. Where did she get the flameless candles? I've seen them in other crafts too but not sure where to get them. Your little girl sure is loved. =)

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    1. She got them either at Michael's or Hobby Lobby. I think most craft stores that sell candles have them. :)

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  10. how lovely!!

    xx Mounia
    www.nonchalantrebel.blogspot.com

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  11. What fun!! Baby Bean will be here before you know it, and your life will never be the same again --- but in a good way.

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  12. Just like your other shower, this is so beautiful!!!! You must be soooo excited!!!

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  13. Thank you for your comments everybody! It was a great day!

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  14. the food looks & sounds out of this world superb! i like how they incorporated the autumn theme with your fave color yellow; with the napkins, hanging decor, ribbons, and flowers. such a clever idea to use the pumpkin like a vase. i can tell you were crying i'm sure with so much love and sweet things people shared with you. i'm sure your daughter will be honored when you tell her the story, :)

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  15. congrats melissa for your soon-to-be-born baby girl! it's a blessing that you have friends and families around you, whom I'm sure will be ready to help out too when the little one is born :)

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  16. They did a great job! Everything looks beautiful. (And I'm really excited to get a corn chowder recipe. Soup is my favorite thing to cook because it just sits there, haha.) So glad you had another wonderful shower. :-)

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