Moe (as I've always called her) and I have been friends for about 15 years, meeting during my freshman year of college. She was the office manager at the political office where I worked as an intern; a job which technically made her my boss, though--as the only two women in a political office filled with men--we were really more like comrades bonding in the trenches.
We've been through a lot over the years, and so I was honored to finally have the chance to celebrate my beautiful friend as she enters this new stage of her life. With a late-February due-date (Leap Day, to be exact!) we decided mid-January would be perfect for the shower. Naturally, a winter theme was in order.
And a touch of whimsy, of course!
This gorgeous space is a beautiful mix of modern and classic, with exhibits that range from classical portraits (Abraham Lincoln overlooked the dining room) to quirky and playful (among other things, the museum boasts a huge train collection, a dinosaur room, and a semi-creepy interactive automaton exhibit).
Each table got a stuffed animal as part of the centerpiece. I also added a children's book that featured the respective animal.
(As a special touch, I added piles of whole nuts and a nutcracker to the squirrel table--the guests sitting at that table seemed to really enjoy them!)
(Yes, that What Does The Fox Say book is based on the crazy YouTube song!)
I also bought gray gingham cotton napkins, which added to the cozy and rustic winter feel.
As an added touch, Mónica's aunt, Kay, made an absolutely gorgeous diaper cake decorated with burlap ribbon and flowers.
Fresh Direct (my grocery store) and arranged them in vases I made out of mason jars wrapped with green burlap ribbon and twine.
I went with a mix of magnolia leaves, white hydrangeas, fluffy green trick dianthus, gypsophila (baby's breath), Bells of Ireland, and a few evergreen stems. Since it was just after Christmas, I had some mini evergreen trees that I placed on the gift table, too.
To make the DIY escort cards, I printed out the names on card stock that we cut and glued onto a little stand created from paper straws.
I also designed the menus myself, then printed them out on cardstock, two to a page. Eugene used an exact-o knife and ruler to cut them out.
Garnished with a cinnamon stick and a cute paper birch tree straw, it was the perfect wintry drink with which to welcome the party guests. (Click for the recipe.)
Winter Berry Granola with oats, winter spices, chocolate chips, toasted nuts, and dried red berries.
I packaged these in cellophane cones and decorated them with kraft paper sticker labels I designed and printed at home.
A baby gift bingo is always a nice choice that helps the gift opening part go by quickly.
I bought bags of M&Ms and used them as the markers. Any small candy works well for this--plus guests can snack on them when they're done!
Catering: Encore Caterering
Flowers: DIY with flowers from Fresh Direct
Table Linens: Round White 108" Tablecloths and Ivory 90 x 156" Tablecloths
Plaid Napkins: Cotton Craft Gingham Napkin Sets of 20
Burlap Runners: 108" Burlap Table Runners (Pack of 6)
Paper Straws (for cocktails and escort cards): Birch Tree Style Paper Straws
Burlap Ribbon for Centerpieces: 4" Green Burlap Ribbon
Mason Jars: Wide Mouth Quart Mason Jars (set of 12)
Twine: Sisal Twine
Stuffed Animals for Centerpieces
- Owl: Dreamy Eyes Owl
- Sloth: Cuddlekins Sloth (my favorite!)
- Squirrel: 8" Squirrel
- Fox: 12" Fox
- Raccoon: 12" Raccoon
Animal-themed Children's Books for Centerpieces
- Owl Moon
- Sparky (Sloth)
- What Does the Fox Say
- Those Darn Squirrels Fly South
- The Kissing Hand (Raccoon)
Signature Cocktail Recipe: Apple Cider Mojitos
Party Favor Recipe: Homemade Winter Berry Granola Cones
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