a vintage baby girl shower

This summer, my mom and I hosted a baby shower for my cousin and her soon to be baby girl. Planning a baby shower for a girl is a breeze and very enjoyable as well. If you have the privilege of knowing my mother you know she has great style, I consider it french-country with a bit of vintage antique thrown in. When we started brainstorming ideas for the shower she wanted to incorporate her collection of vintage baby girl clothing. She has quite the collection considering she raised three daughters and also collects dolls. So, planning a girl themed baby shower was a treat not a feat.

The main decorations were empty vintage frames that my mom has found from various flea markets, thrift shops and estate sales. We then hung little outfits from twine strung across the middle. We placed pink tissue poms at the top for a little added touch and probably my favorite. We also hung a few tissue poms in the dining room and kitchen.

framed outfit & tissue pom

framed outfit & tissue pom

baby socks framed

baby socks framed

vintage baby outfits

vintage baby outfits

My mom had a large print in the family room that was in reds and golds so we decided to use the pink fabric to cover it up and then placed a large white tissue pom in the middle. I think it turned out really cute and helped incorporate the theme while working around the existing decor.

fabric & pom cover

fabric & pom cover

A gifted christening gown from soon-to-be grandmother was hung up and added a tissue pom above it. This was a precious gown that is sure to be a family heirloom.

christening gown

christening gown

We placed several vintage milk glass pieces on her mantle and filled them with bunches of baby’s breath. My mom has done this for years and I know my love of baby’s breath comes from her. And her collection of milk glass is amazing! She must have 25 or so pieces and she keeps them on a white corner shelf. All the white… I just love it. Surprising she likes it since she loves having color and adding pops of color. Where as I am more neutral, with greys, whites, sandy tans and black. We also used a lot of my mom’s fabric doily’s and lace tablecloths for added decor. We used several paper doilies and strung them on a piece of bakers twine. Then, I printed out the letters for Audrey on pink card stock and cut them out individually to create the Audrey banner. I used this banner template from Miss Martha Stewart (of course!). I have used this on several occasions as it is very versatile.

Audrey banner

audrey banner & milk glass mantle

For the mommy-to-be banner, we also used more paper doilies and folded them in half and placed on a piece of baker’s twine. I then used self-adhesive gold glittered letters to spell out mommy-to-be on each doily.

mommy-to-be banner

I also made a little diaper cake for the mommy-to-be. I love making these. They are very simple and make a great gift because they can be unwrapped and the diapers can be used. We all know new parents buy a lot of diapers. This 3 tier cake took 100 Pampers exactly. I tucked in travel size Johnson & Johnson bath products and 2 pink soothies inside the ribbon. I also put smaller 4 oz bottles in the center of each tier so when they disassemble the cake they find a little useful surprise. You can use any baby products that you prefer or even little baby toys for added cuteness. My mom had a large embroidery hoop with a piece of pink fabric that we placed inside and trimmed down the excess. I drew a letter ‘A’ for Audrey on a piece of decorative scrapbook paper and used glue dots to adhere it. Very inexpensive and it doubles as art for the baby’s nursery.

diaper cake

diaper cake

embroidery hoop letter 'A'

embroidery hoop letter ‘A’

For a simple door wreath, I wrapped a wreath form with pink satin ribbon and attached three little pink felt flowers that were found at Michael’s from Martha Stewart’s craft line. {also found here}

pink wreath

pink wreath

pink felt flowers

pink felt flowers

Let’s talk about shower games. Most people organize them for showers and most people don’t like playing them for one reason or another. My mom and I wanted to keep the games short and sweet, just quick enough to give out a few gifts and leave time for everyone to socialize, which is what we really do at showers anyway. We came across a little game online where you fill a walnut with as many TINY items as you can fit then have the guests guess how many are inside. Well, try to find a whole walnut in the middle of summer and you will learn that they are not ‘in season’. They are primarily found during Christmas season for gift baskets and such. So we decided to substitute an egg shell. My mom had one laying around for her gardening so we went to work and found quite a few tiny items to fill it with. We tried to use items that related to babies also. After filling the egg I carefully taped it shut with washi tape and then we tied  a bow around it with a cute ribbon. I think we ended up having 33 items and could have even fit a few more.

egg game

egg game

egg and ribbon

egg and ribbon

mini items for egg game

a few of the mini items for egg game

The second game we played was also very simple. When the guests arrived they each got a mini cloth diaper to pin to their shirt with a mini clothes pin. Later in the shower we asked the ladies to open their diaper and whoever had a dirty diaper won the gift. We just put a junior mint in one of them before hand, so it wasn’t too messy.

cloth diaper game

cloth diaper game

mini cloth diapers

mini cloth diapers

The guests each took home a little favor… a bottle of pink nail polish tied with a mini baby i.d. bracelet. {pinterest inspired}

nail polish favors

nail polish favors

detail of i.d. bracelet

We served mini wine bottles with striped pink paper straws attached with ribbon. Also sparking french pink lemonade in glass decanter bottles.

mini wine bottles & paper straws

mini wine bottles & paper straws

mini wines and french lemonade

mini wines and french lemonade

My little sister, Amy, is a wonderful cake maker and decorator. She has made cakes for Harrison’s birthday parties and they are always amazing as well as delicious. For the shower we decided to do three small simple cakes and oreo truffles.

three mini cakes

three mini cakes

oreo truffles on crystal dishes

oreo truffles on crystal dishes

oreo truffles

oreo truffles

Adorable cake boxes for guests to take a slice of cake home if they wanted. {Source: Homegoods}

striped cake boxes

striped cake boxes

cake boxes

Overall, I think the shower went wonderfully. My mom and I really enjoyed planning every detail together and it was a great bonding experience for the two of us.

Update on the mommy-to-be… Baby Audrey was born on Sept 16th (1 day past due date), 1:09 pm, 7lb 13 oz and 20″ long. Welcome to the world baby girl!

 

 

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3 Responses to a vintage baby girl shower

  1. leslie October 8, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Adorbs 🙂 Love, love, love all the milk glass!!! You’re right, baby girl showers are a piece of cake to plan because everything is so cute!

  2. Gretchen October 8, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    You did an amazing job! So many cute ideas. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. Aunt Lisa October 16, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    This was such a beautiful baby shower. You and your mom did an amazing job. Thank you so very much. Your hard work is very much appreciated.

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