an elegant baby shower.

one of my favorite things to do is party plan.
it is just so fun to create a beautiful table. a delicious menu. & watch it all come together. 

whats even more fun is planning a bash with a bunch of your best girlfriends.
now that is a real treat. 

a group of us hosted a shower for one of our dear friends, shannon.
she is having her first baby girl in just a few weeks. 
we have prayed for this baby. we have hoped for this baby.
we cannot wait to hold this sweet little baby!

planning a shower for shannon was so special.
and we all thought it turned out just perfectly. 
take a peak.

the table was a mixture of antique silver. driftwood. & pinks.
the perfect combination of feminine. rustic. elegance.

i just adore the vintage baby cup filled to the brim with sweet treats. 

fresh blooms are a shower necessity. 
i love mixing in roses. ivy. & other greens.

are you just dying over this crystal baby bottle & teddy bear?
how impossibly sweet are they?!

little accents like the pink bow around the teddy really make it sweet.
it is a simple way to really emphasize the gender of the baby.
if this were a boy shower. a blue ribbon.
it the gender was a surprise. a white or yellow ribbon.

one of my favorite details of this shower were these cookies . . .

the scallops. the dresses. the details.
they are quite possibly the most beautiful {and delicious} cookies i have ever seen.

i would love to take credit for them . . . but i can't.
sweet holly from holly's sweet hobby made them for us.
she is an absolute doll to work with. i highly recommend using her.

animal crackers are always a darling way to celebrate a baby shower.
they are just so perfect.

holly also helped us knock it out of the park with these sweet treats . . .
personalized baby blocks.
and get this. they are actually rice krispie treats!
is your heart skipping a beat?! 

my heart was bursting at the seams when these blocks arrived.
i kept checking my front steps for the delivery man. 
and when that box was opened i just melted. literally melted. 

i love how this cake turned out.
and {spoiler alert} it was a breeze to whip together.

to save time. i cheated a little bit on the cake.
remember i have a busy toddler & a newborn to care for. 
time. is. precious.

i had gigi's cupcakes bake the cake & frost it for me.
this truly saved me time & clean up & stress. 
game changer. totally worth it.

plus. then i just got to do the really fun part . . .
the decorating.

some chopped pistachios. some raspberry macaroons. 
some white chocolate bark. 
& a big. beautiful. bloom. 
and you have yourself one stunning cake.

i found a cake similar to this on pinterest & used it as my inspiration.
so simple. so fun. anyone can do this. 
{and your guests will be easily wow-ed}

i really loved the naked frosting technique. 
i thought it would add to the rustic charm element of the table.

another treat of hosting a soiree is getting to break out your silver.
its not very often that i get to use my silver flatware . . .
so when the opportunity arises. i take advantage.
it is worth the work of polishing.

us girls decided to keep the menu super simple.
totally delicious. but super simple. 

some green grapes.
the worlds best chopped salad {recipe to come}.
& chicken salad croissants. 

i have to say. i think that my girlfriends 
& i put together a wonderful shower to celebrate baby girl kula. 
the best part is that is truly was so simple & completely cost conscious.

shannon. we can hardly wait to meet your sweet little bundle.
she is already covered in prayer & lots of love. 

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