Pink is a tough color for me. I’ve always been a green girl myself, but when you’ve got a mama-to-be who absolutely LOVES pink, you make that mama happy! Such was the case for the baby shower that Minhee from Paper+Cup and I threw for our dear friend (and book photographer) Jainé of Brklynview Photography! Surprisingly enough, for never having thrown a baby shower before, it all came together pretty seamlessly….it certainly helps when you’ve got an unspoken language and understanding between your co-host after having worked together on a book for the last year! Jainé already knew she wanted to do it at iCi, a local favorite that has the most perfect all white event space upstairs, so we just had to deck it out! Minhee and I went for a modern pink, keeping it pretty simple but graphic at the same time. She did the invitations and overall signage, while I handled the decor, flowers and favors. With a little help from some friends, I think we pulled it off pretty well!
The invitations were silk screened in bright pink onto glassine envelopes that held pink confetti from Knot & Bow. The guests loved it, and it gave a good idea of what was to come.
Minhee took sheets of acrylic and and back painted them using various techniques for table signage. Even though each were a little different, they all looked cohesive by using the same pink and font for the decals on top. She also had the great idea of getting baby photos of Jainé and tinting them in various shades of pink to hang around the space.
iCi has a lovely mirror in the space that needed some decorating, so with a bit of decal magic and a hot pink garland from Paper Fox LA, we jazzed it up nicely!
Since Jainé had mentioned once that she liked ombré, we figured that the most dynamic place to put that to work would be the centerpiece, especially knowing how iCi likes to set up their tables. Out of curiosity, I wanted to see how difficult it would be to pull off something like this myself, so I worked with Flowermuse who provided all the gorgeous blooms for the day. A few days before the event, they sent over boxes of peonies, ranunculus and roses, all perfectly packed and ready for prepping. Depending on how full I wanted the blooms to get for the big day, they sent easy to follow directions on how to take care of the flowers and how to get them to open when I wanted. Couldn’t have been simpler, and I had an apartment smelling like a fabulous flower shop for a few days to boot! For vases, I ordered a bunch from a restaurant web supply store where bud vases were around a $1 each in varying shapes. They ended up being an extra favor for guests at the end of the brunch too which was nice. (This also would work really well for a bridal shower, just sayin’!)
The seating cards were a project I did on my Cricut Explore Air…once they were all cut out, I used some hot pink gouache paint and put my calligraphy skills to work writing out everyones name.
Minhee stamped all the cocktail napkins with our hashtag for the brunch #yaybabyk!
Years ago I had picked up all the copies I could find of Sharon Montroses’s Ménagerie book off Amazon because I always thought they’d make great baby shower guest books, and they really do! Minhee added the fun bookmark so we could keep our spot.
To keep it a little exciting, we had 2 activities set up…one was a card where people would list wishes for the baby, and the other was a very competitive game of baby bingo!
Betsy of Nine Cakes (who ALSO worked on the book with us!) did this amazing confetti cake that was pink velvet inside! So yummy, and so adorable on the little rabbit cake stand from Imm Living. I worked with Little Cat Design Co. to come up with a cheeky cake topper that was playful and worked with our theme.
All the guests took home these custom colored pretzel sticks hand dipped by the ladies of Fatty Sundays….in ombré pink no less!
All in all, we had an awesome time with friends and family, and I might even appreciate pink a little more 🙂 Big thanks to Sasithon Photography who took all these great pictures!!
Venue: iCi Restaurant
Flowers: Flower Muse
Bud vases: Webstaurant Store
Cake: Nine Cakes
Cake topper: Little Cat Design Co.
Invitations & paper goods, acrylic signage: Paper+Cup Design
Invitation confetti: Knot & Bow
Tassel garlands: Paper Fox LA
Favors: Fatty Sundays
[images from Sasithon Photography]