Monday, May 24, 2010

Modern Baby Shower

This past Sunday I threw a baby (twin girls) shower for one of my dearest friends in Boston.  I had so much fun planning this shower for such an amazing friend.  It turned out to be such a beautiful day!  
Above is the invitation for the shower.  I worked with a designer from Minted to reflect the 'twins' concept.  The colors for the shower were fuschia, poppy, chartreuse and turquoise.  
I hand made a mobile using an 18"inch embroidery hoop and colored card stock using the colors above.  I saw this mobile here and knew I had to replicate it.  
I loved how it turned out!  So summery and fresh.  I took the same circle theme and incorporated it into the favors.  Simple craft paper boxes with chartreuse ribbon and pinkish dots.  
The mom to be's sister made all the wonderful food.  She is an executive producer at Cooks Illustrated and got all her recipes from here .  Check out the spread!
Here is a picture of the gifts and the 'book basket'.  Each guest brought their favorite childhood book, personalized with a bookplate (I used these) and placed them inside the book.  I cut out animal silhouettes (found here) from colored card stock and strung them on a ribbon using tiny wooden clothes pins.  
 We bought a bouquet of flowers and separated them into tiny vases and placed them around the house.
The mom to be opening her gifts.  She's glowing!

She received these adorable eco-friendly wooden animal toys from the Land of Nod .
And, finally, to top it all off, I got to drive home and see my little stinker waiting for me at the door!  It made me so happy! Wow! What a great way to end such a wonderful day!


  1. What a great shower you hosted! I love the craft boxes for the darling, decorative and clever!

    Land of Nod is one of my go to source for kids rooms...when mine were little, their bedding was a favorite...they just keep getting better and better!

  2. You are a great little party planner! I love how your theme is modern and not too over-the-top babyish! Does that make sense? The invitations, moble, color scheme, book basket & blook plates and favors.... WOW, you knocked it out of the park! And to come home to that adorable little face... you are one LUCKY Mommy!!! Well done, Fran!!!
    -ME xo

  3. I love your blog! You and I must be on the same wave length. Today I posted about bookplates used as part of a shower for my sister in law who is having twins :)

  4. What a lovely shower!


  5. LOVE the book basket idea -- totally stealing that for the next shower I throw. And your color palette is great. It's fun and fresh and not too sweet (I get so sick of just baby pink or baby blue).

  6. Wow, you did such a great job! That looks wonderful, it is clear that you put a ton of time and effort into it! I'm with Averill, in love with the book basket idea, what a lovely, personal touch!

  7. I love the colors and all the decorations. Your friend must have been thrilled!! (I agree with the other comments, I'm definitely going to steal the book basket idea!!)

  8. How adorable and creative. Love all of the colors used and the food looks delish. The little animal toys are too cute.

    Art by Karena

  9. really really love the invitation and gift boxes... it looked like a wonderful day!

  10. I really like the color palette. The invitations were so pretty. Hope the mommy-to-be will have two healthy little ones and a pain-free delivery!

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  12. As the mother-to-be, I can't even begin to tell you what a great job Fran did in pulling together a decorative theme for this shower. She couldn't have chosen a better style for my design sensibilities. And I was so pleasantly surprised by the basket book idea - it's incredibly personal and thoughtful. Thanks Fran!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Thank you for this, Fran! You have saved me so much time. Can't believe we chose the same Martha theme! Your shower looked lovely. Julie (did the paint tool work?)