Wednesday, August 25, 2010

{Baby Shower} Frogs, Snails, & Puppy Dog Tails

One of my dear friends, Jennifer, is expecting her second child in September.  She and her husband, Shane, have a precious little girl who just turned 3, and now they are expecting a boy, Colin Lee!  Last week, I helped host her shower at the cutest restaurant EVER, The Tin Roof Cafe, in Sevierville, TN.  I knew that I had to design a rustic, shabby chic theme that matched the ambience of the cafe.  So, I decided on What are little boys made of? Frogs, Tails, & Puppy Dog Tails.  I used a color scheme of blue, green, and brown & tried to incorporate all natural elements.  

I was very pleased with how everything turned out & I hope Jennifer had a wonderful time at her shower!  Take a look at the photos.

the invite

the setting
This is the Tin Roof Cafe.  Is is not so cute?  This picture was taken in the fall {from their website} because I forgot to take one during the shower.  :(  If you're ever in the Sevierville, TN area, you must visit!

the tablescape
The cafe provided the white tablecloths, & we brought the rest to dress up our tables.  I found woven placemats at Bed, Bath, & Beyond for $1.99 each {steal}!  I also ordered black river rocks from Save on Crafts to write the guests' names with a silver paint pen.  I finally had a reason to dig out my white linen napkins with blue embroidered flowers that I found at a flea market years ago!

the place setting
For the centerpieces, we put daisies in mason jars, wrapped them in burlap & tied them with twine.  So simple, yet such a design statement!

the dessert table
This is my favorite part of the shower.  I wanted rustic & I got it!  To make the cake stands, I found Basswood rounds at Hobby Lobby for $3.00.  Then, my sweet Husband found some wood for me (he does work at the Forest Products Center at UT, so it wasn't too hard to find)!  He cut the wood into 2 short pieces.  Then, he attached the rounds on top with screws ~ so easy, but I absolutely love them {endless possibilities}!  Then, with the rest of the wood, I needed a way to hang my backdrop, so he drilled a hole in each section, I inserted a dowel rod, & slid on a curtain!  Voila, it was done!  

Cupcake Wrappers & Toppers
Since the cafe provided their delicious food, all we had to bring was the dessert. One of my co-hostesses ordered the cupcakes from Sweet Celebrations & they were!!  Another one of my favorite shower aspects was the burlap cupcake wrappers I made following this tutorial from Katie Grace Designs.  I LOVED how they turned out!  I then added my cupcake toppers attached to wooden popsicle sticks.  I think they turned out pretty cute!

other centerpieces
For the other part of my centerpieces, I took plain terra cotta pots, filled them with river rocks in my color scheme (again from Save on Crafts~love that place), and inserted my 6"circle tags on wooden sticks.  I tied pretty ribbon around the sticks & had a cute centerpiece!

Mantle Decor
I was so excited that I had a mantle to work with, so we used another mason jar of daisies & my burlap covered C (for Baby Colin) which rested on a metal easel that resembled branches (found at Big Lots for $3, my friends) :)  Jennifer got to keep that for Colin's nursery! 

more mantle
For the other side of the mantle, I placed my "Wishing Rock" for Colin.  The guests wrote one-word wishes with a silver sharpie on black river rocks and put them in the hollowed out rock (found at Jo-Ann's).  The chalkboard frame was DIY.  I bought the woven picture frame on sale at Khol's for $5.00.  I removed the glass and spray painted it with chalkboard paint.  i heart it so much!  :)  Now, Jennifer can keep Colin's Wishing Rock for him to add wishes as he grows!

full view of mantle

   There was already a candle montage in the fireplace, so we took advantage of that too.  I strung twine across the front with command hooks and added clothespins (blinged out with blue rhinestones) to display all the cute little boy outfits).  
                                the favors
For the favors, I followed the tutorial on Bakerella to make my version of her Cowgirl Cookies.  I thought they were too cute, but I needed it to match my theme, hence the Puppy Dog Tail Cookies.  All the ingredients are in the jar to make a dozen cookies.  The recipe sticker is on the back.  

cute Mommy
Here's the cute Mommy, Jennifer with her little Princess, Lillian.  She makes pregnancy adorable, doesn't she?
future big sis
Can you stand the cuteness?  She is so sweet & is so excited about having a new baby brother!  I wish the Sims' family blessings & happiness as they welcome sweet baby Colin into the world!

The FROGS, SNAILS, & PUPPY DOG TAILS Collection is available for purchase in the shop today.  Click here to purchase the DIY invitation.


Katie said...

LOVE IT Daphne! Such a fun surprise to see that you used the burlap tutorial! They turned out so cute :) Congrats on an adorable party!

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

such a great shower! Love the colors! The cupcake stands - brilliant!

Ssanchez said...

Your baby shower decor was beautiful! I love the theme..

Brittany @ GreyGreyDesigns said...

CUTE! I used that same fabric (which I love!) at a shower for a baby COLIN in the spring! What a coincidence! :)

swankychicfete said...

LOVE IT! everything is just pretty!

love the stone name "cards"!

Charlotte said...

omg I LOVE!!! love your blog as well!!! i envy anyone with vision like this!!! cant wait to look around at all your other stuff!!

Ashley said...

How Fun! Love it.


Allison said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful ideas and the great templates from etsy. I just posted pics of the shower we hosted today featuring all your great tips on my blog.

Thanks again!
Allison Dalke