Posted by Rebecca, July 22nd, 2010
I threw my sister-in-law a baby shower this past Saturday. I have a little niece on the way, so she requested a pink and brown theme. I did not want to just pick up those horrid decorations from the party store, so I had to do a little thinking as to how to pull this off. I have never been in charge of shower design and I have definitely never thrown a baby shower! I had some ideas in mind, but the execution happened on a whim and with some prayer.
I bought these inexpensive vases (in 2 heights) at Michael’s and wrapped them in various ribbon from Walmart. I taped the ribbon on since I planned to give them to guests to take home afterwards. The stuffed lion is from Home Goods. This display was on the corner of the bar and the mirrored version (with stuffed giraffe) was on the opposite corner. I forgot my camera that day and am limited to the pictures I snapped with my iPhone to send my husband.
There were 4 rectangular tables which I covered with brown plastic table cloths from Party City (they were a whole $2!). I then put either a hot pink or light pink “runner” made with another plastic table cloth that was folded (or not completely unfolded). I knew I wanted this look and it was so incredibly easy to get. I feared I would have to trim table cloths, so I bought a few extras.
For the flowers I followed a simple rule: either all one bloom or all one color. I also made sure all of the leaves were removed from the stem and that the blooms sat just nicely above the rim. I don’t like filler flowers, mixed bouquets, or long stems… but that’s just my personal taste. I used some shorter vases also from Michael’s, wrapped in a single strand of ribbon and alternated between hot pink flowers on the pale pink runners and light pink flowers on the hot pink runners. My flower philosophy goes something like this… I am no botanist, I don’t know what 75% of them are named, but I know what looks good. The hot pink/white baby’s breath things I have never seen before, but I loved. They really looked great paired with the light pink daisies. All of the flowers came from the “build your own bouquet” section of my local supermarket. They were 3 bouquets for $10.
I gave most of the vases to guests at the end of the shower, but the lower ones would be a great storage solution for a little girl’s hair accessories, jewelry, etc…especially with some fun ribbon attached!