Coffee Theme Shower

Please forgive me for not posting yesterday. I was still recovering from the weekend. And what a glorious weekend it was! My coffee-themed baby shower was a hit! I was so caught up in the excitement that believe it or not, I didn’t snap a single picture. Not one! So, I bummed a few off some friends just to give you an idea.

The table display was gorgeous complete with coffee inspired sweets… mocha flavored cake frosting and dark chocolate covered espresso beans. I haven’t had that much sugar or caffeine in ages. I was flyin’ high!

In addition to my “baby love” bouquet and my baby banner bunting, these coffee filter wreaths made by my dear friend Tracy were the conversation piece of the afternoon. Aren’t they brilliant?!

I intend to give this wreath a new home above my kitchen window.

As you know I’m a huge fan of Jones Design Company. These beverage labels are a combination of Emily Jones printable baby collection cards and Kevin & Amanda’s Claudia Jean scrapbook font.

I used rhinestone iron-on letters to make this onesie banner for little Lottie.

And for a sentimental touch, I clothes pinned baby pictures of Ginny above every window and door frame.

I may have had a misty-eyed moment seeing photos Ginny as a little girl knowing that in just a few weeks, we will get to hold her little girl, Charlotte. Tear… sniff… sniff.

If you’re anything like me, you absolutely dread baby shower games. I’ve played my fair share of guess-the-size-of-mom’s-belly, and I’m admittedly hopeless when it comes to saying the forbidden word “baby” which usually results in my forfeiting all of my clothespins to some competitive party-goer within the first five minutes of the shower. Needless to say, I was bound and determined to avoid any and all annoying baby shower games. So, we had a onsie decorating contest instead, and the girls loved it!

Two or three girls teamed up to design and decorate a onesie using colorful fabric markers. We strung them up all around the house and Ginny got to vote for her favorite. The winners received a prize {gourmet coffee of course}, but the best part about it was that half of the girls didn’t know each other when the shower began, yet they bonded while doing something creative and hands-on. I appreciate parties that take into consideration that not everyone enjoys making small talk. This is a great way to get people to relax and enjoy themselves while expressing themselves in a unique way. As you can see by the Arabic on this particular onesie…. this was a pretty eclectic bunch.

And last but not least, I put together a “Thank You Card” basket for Ginny with a pen, some stamps, and of course the same blank printable cards I used for her invitations and the beverage labels. They come in 4 different designs and they’re all adorable!

Well, there you have it. I had an absolute blast preparing for Ginny’s baby shower {even if I can’t stomach the thought of another chocolate covered espresso bean}. Ha!

Baby Love Bouquet

I’m throwing a baby shower this Saturday, so I’m in full fledged party mode. My friend Ginny is the only person I know who is passionate about latte art, so a coffee-themed baby shower is only fitting. Now, of course, I’m doing this on a budget {more like a non-existent budget} and as my husband always says, “necessity is the mother of invention.”

So, here is one of my “inventions”.

Here’s what you’ll need to make these Baby Love Bouquets for your coffee-themed baby shower:

2 large Mason jars

Satin ribbon

A bag of coffee beans

Large white coffee filters

Decorative cupcake wrappers

Embellishments {I ripped these off some old gift bags. I have nearly every bridal, baby, and Christmas gift bag I ever received saved for a need for creative inspiration such as this. It’s about time I put them to good use don’t you think?}

Skewer sticks {As flower “stems}

Double sided tape

Now here’s the clincher. If you’re letters or embellishments don’t lie flat within the filter, you can use sewing pins. I used a set of bent nose pliers to bend the pin and sandwich it in between the two coffee filters. Two words: Trial. Error. I did prick my thumb at one point and bleed all over the lower case “b”, but I survived and I now have these coffee filter bouquets to show for it.

I’ll be sure to post some other baby shower goodies as the inspiration hits me. Until then, I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Memorial Day holiday!