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Happy Monday! Excited to share the photos from one of my best friend’s baby shower, which I had the pleasure of hosting along with four other lovely hostesses. Even though we are separated by thousands of miles, distance hasn’t stopped our friendship of over 11 years, and nothing was stopping me from getting to put my “work-skills” to good use and plan a baby shower to honor her and baby-to-be.

Her gender-neutral shower was inspired by a classic nursery rhyme, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, you may remember the invitations from last week. The mama-to-be is all sorts of sparkle and shine, and her baby’s nursery is a vintage baby wonderland – so the shower blended both of these elements throughout the decor and setting. This shower was captured by Indianapolis Wedding Photographer, Jessica of Lemongrass Photography. Lots of beautiful photographs, details and vendor credits below, enjoy!

A beverage station was set-up on a vintage console with star and circle garlands hanging overhead. Caprese Stacks and Watermelon Feta Basil were bites set-up on cocktail tables – along with hand fans and parasols to keep the guests cool on a Midwest summer day. And how cute is the mama-to-be? She’s seven-months along and may be the cutest pregnant mama I’ve ever seen!

There was an Activity Table for guests to participate in some baby games at their leisure. There was a Baby Wishes card for guests to fill-in-the-blanks, as well as a Little Bump game. The Little Bump game was arranged in individual packets, guests could make their guess and tie their star-tassled twine to the old vintage garden ladder.

Lunch was prepared by talented Indianapolis Chef and Owner of DIY Gourmet, Sarah Kleinknecht. A buffet with fresh summer salads, fruit and carved turkey baguettes was served indoors. Sweeties Gourmet Treats made the most beautiful and equally delicious Red Velvet Cake (mama-to-be’s favorite), which was adorned with gold glitter star toppers. The floral centerpieces were created by Bokay and were the perfect finishing touch for the tables, set with gold flatware and vintage china plates. All the guests went home with gorgeous and scrumptious French Macarons, in Salted Caramel and Madagascar Vanilla – the perfect sweet ending to a celebration for a sweet friend.

Shower gifts were set-up on a vintage staircase, and cake was served to guests while the mama-to-be opened gifts for her little star. And judging by the guest count, I think it’s safe to say Sarah has a long list of babysitters and baby meals coming her way soon! Thanks to all the guests who came out to celebrate Baby H, the four amazing hostesses and other helpers!

{UPDATE} :: It’s an honor to have this baby shower featured on 100 Layer Cake-let, a fabulous site for family and family-in-the-making ideas and inspiration. Check out my feature, as well as the many other other inspiring posts and photos!

{Vendor Credits} :: Photography: Lemongrass Photography | Catering: Chef, Sarah Kleinknecht of DIY Gourmet | Floral: Bokay | Red Velvet Cake: Sweeties Gourmet Treats | French Macarons: La Petite Sucre | Tables, Linens Chairs, Glasses, Gold Flatware: A Classic Party Rental | Vintage Furniture Pieces and Accessories: Violet Vintage| Hand Fans and Parasols: Luna Bazaar | Event Design + Styling: Le Partie Sugar | Invitations and Paper Signage: Le Partie Sugar

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Comments (5)

  1. Dawn: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    This is so beautiful!! I cannot believe all the little details, I love how you made it more grown-up and about celebrating the mom-to-be. Will these items be available on your Etsy store?

  2. Cristina: Friday, June 28, 2013

    Hi Dawn, Thanks for your note! I’ll have some items in my shop available later this year. Thank you :)

  3. Jessica: Friday, June 28, 2013

    You are awesome at what you do! Love it :)

  4. Cristina: Friday, June 28, 2013

    Jessica, you’re so sweet! Thank you for the encouraging and supportive note :)

  5. Kristin: Saturday, September 7, 2013

    Who did your napkins? They’re adorabe!!

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