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Two of my dear friends are having babies and I recently co-hosted a pumpkin themed joint baby shower for them. The darling invitations and printables by Prickly Press inspired the orange, aqua and yellow color scheme. Coming up with a menu to feed different allergies and restrictions was quite challenging, but we settled on a serve your own taco bar, tamales, rice, a pie bar and pumpkin spice cookies with pumpkin candy on top. I’m a big fan of food bars at parties, where guests can get up and socialize. I enlisted the help of DK Brittain Photography to capture all the details on camera. All of these photos are from her. If you are in the Phoenix area, she’s wonderful!
We used burlap table linens from BurlapFabric.com and rented white chairs. BurlapFabric.com also sent rolls of burlap and lace for the fabric banners, which hung from the onesie decorating tables and above the pie bar. We hung mason jar lanterns and I chalk painted baby jars and placed citronella candles inside to ward off any unwanted bugs. I crafted the centerpieces out of faux pumpkins and flowers, placed on a wood slice. The darling felt pumpkin garland from Unique Extras hung on the drink station. The owner of Olivewood Designs just happens to be my neighbor and let us borrow a bunch of her infamous wooden pumpkins to complete the decor.
My dad is a treasure hunting king, so I sent him on a mission to find the perfect cabinet for my pie bar. He sanded and painted it white before hauling it to the party. I added ruffled curtain panels behind the cabinet and it was the centerpiece of the party. My dad also helped me make the pie stands with wood circles, candlesticks and spray paint. They looked great when filled with an assortment of pies!
I used World Market’s mason jar dispensers to hold mint water, lemonade and tea. They sat on top of galvanized buckets and guests were able to serve themselves drinks throughout the party. Adding mint to water and lemon slices to lemonade just give the drinks that extra something. Drinks were served in aqua mason jars with kraft straws and a straw flag that matched the rest of the printables.
ONESIE DECORATING STATION
We have a crafty bunch of friends and I knew I wanted to do something a little more creative than the typical baby shower game. I dyed a bunch of onesies to match the party colors and used my cricut to cut out vinyl pictures and sayings, which were ironed on by guests. It was a big hit and the moms-to-be got to keep the onesies! The vinyl is from Expressions Vinyl, my go to vinyl shop. I’ll post more details on the onesie decorating station soon.
Aside from the onesie station, we had guests write wishes to the babies as they arrived. We also had guests sculpt babies out of play dough and the moms-to-be picked their favorites. For a more traditional game, we gave the guests a list of grown up animals and they had to write their baby equivalent. Who knew that a baby raccoon is called a kit! Prizes were all pumpkin themed, of course.
The party just wouldn’t be complete without pumpkin cookies! My mom, baker extraordinaire, decorated the pumpkin shaped sugar cookies using royal icing and I bagged them and tied a matching thank you tag to them. They made for the perfect party favors and the guests loved them! Make sure to check out my mom’s royal icing recipe and tips.
Styling: See Vanessa Craft
Photography: DK Brittain Wedding Photography
Printables: Prickly Press
Burlap & Lace: BurlapFabric.com
Pumpkin Garland: Unique Extras
Iron On Vinyl: Expressions Vinyl
Wooden Pumpkins: Olivewood Designs
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