Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Vintage Inspired Garden Baby Shower

We are so totally over-the-moon thrilled about the sweet little baby girl who will soon be coming into our lives. Her name is Clare Elizabeth and she will be here in just a few weeks!

 This past Sunday, Megan and Baby Clare were showered with love from family and friends! 

Of course it would be vintage inspired. And we were really hoping for a garden baby shower. Well we were blessed with an absolutely gorgeous fall day. So first thing in the morning we decorated the patio.

The color scheme of pink, yellow and white was repeated with flowers in milk glass, lanterns hung from the trees, tissue paper flowers and scrap book paper garlands.

I knew there was a good reason for holding on to all that milk glass!

On Saturday, Megan propped her feet up and went to town making the prettiest tissue paper flowers!
They look like big giant ruffles, don't you think!


 The chipmunks joined in the fun by munching on the corn as we worked!

Fall is just such a beautiful season for a garden party!

There were chalkboards ...

tiny pink chairs and vintage baby planters.

Inside, the mantel in the sunroom was my very favorite spot to decorate. I used a chalkboard, a mix of milk glass, mercury glass votive candles, vintage baby cards and dried hydrangeas from my garden.

There was also a recurring garden theme with flowers, gourds, pumpkins and bunnies inside and out.

Even cuter with presents all wrapped up in pretty paper and pink ribbons!

Even the carnations had a vintage feel!

Vintage baby cards were sprinkled throughout the house.

And this family loves to read, so children's books were a must. I raided my children's bookshelves and pulled some of their favorites. And my sweet book club girls threw me a "soon-to-be grandma" book shower just last week, so I had some fun new titles to choose from as well.

This weekend we also celebrated Megan and Liam's fourth wedding anniversary and Megan's birthday!

Pink lemonade with lemon slices on a stack of children's books.

Mason jars, baker's twine and striped straws...

 just too cute!

Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit inspired the rustic centerpiece.

I'm a details kind of girl, so of course there was a garden gate and a little brass button.

The menu included Mr. McGregor's garden veggies with cucumber dill yogurt dip, assorted cheese and crackers, a big harvest chopped salad with poppy seed dressing, chicken salad croissant sandwiches and mini broccoli cheddar quiches.

After lunch, the girls jumped right in on the bib decorating!
The bibs were purchased at Target and the fabric markers are from Michaels.

And they shared their best parenting advice with Megan and Liam, along with sweet wishes for Baby Clare.

Baby Clare will have the cutest assortment of bibs ever!

And yes, I actually made the napkins - a quick and easy project - unless of course you decide to make 50 of them -whew!

Back inside it was time for dessert, more pink of course!

Pink lemonade cupcakes with ribbon flags.

The invitations were the very first thing we decided on and they were the jumping off point for the entire shower. They were from Minted. The design is called Rustic Ribbons and Flora - even the name is cute. We absolutely loved them! Minted was a delight to work with and Megan already has her baby announcements all picked out!

Iced animal cookies and "It's a Girl!" chocolate kisses.

Frosted lemon sugar cookies, coconut sugar cookies, pink M&M  chocolate belly buttons and sugared pecans.

Pink and oh so sweet!

The dresser that serves as a sideboard in the dining room was decorated with beautiful rustic flowers, vintage baby cards and toys and books that were Megan's when she was a baby.

Liam's mom brought the beautiful rose bouquets.

 My friend Michele made this sign for my book club shower.
I'm going to frame it for Clare's nursery!

You know I have a thing for pint size chairs!

Wreaths and garlands too.

And a Beaver family celebration would not be complete without homemade ice cream. This time it was strawberry - because it's pink of course.

And ice cream has been Megan's one and only pregnancy craving!
 Baby Clare will surely love ice cream too!!!

And then it was time for presents!

Megan and Baby Clare were showered with all things pretty and pink. But mostly they were showered with love!

Little girls are made of Sugar & Spice
And all things nice!

A basket filled with sugared pecans awaited guests on the front porch as they made their way out. Thank goodness the chipmunks were busy eating the corn!

It was just the sweetest day! And Megan spent the weekend here. We had the best time pulling it all together!

And of course the bump is always the star of the show at a baby shower!

Can't wait to meet you,
Sweet Baby Clare!

*You can check out my Pinterest "Baby Girl Shower" board for links to many of the ideas and recipes used for the shower. ... I just love parties and this was by far my very favorite one ever!



Leslie Harris said...

Oh Sharon--what a fabulous baby shower!! I kept swooning over all your precious details, loved all those flowers (and yes the carnations did look vintage too), the tissue balls, the decorated bibs, the Peter Rabbit inspired centerpiece with the little gate and button....I swear I could keep going. And you're so right too, the best part of the whole event was the outpouring of love that was so apparent in each of these photos. I'm SO happy for Megan but I'm positively thrilled for you! A baby girl. Named Clare. What a blessing.

Anonymous said...

What a sweet and beautiful event. Such a special time and the love oozes from your pictures. There are way to many special things in your photos to mention them all..the decor is fantastic and spot on. I love the veggie presentation in the basket, your beautiful mantel (her dress looks like it matches the decor perfectly behind her) and the wreath is spectacular. The star picture is the baby bump pose...just no beating that! What a lucky baby!

Ali Richardson said...

WOW!!! Such a beautiful celebration! I'm so excited for you and your new adventure of becoming a grandma :)

priscilla said...

What a fabulous shower ! You covered every detail :) Congrats on being a Grandma ! I bet you can't wait !

Cassie Bustamante said...

everything looks amazing, but megan takes the cake- adorable!

Twice Nice said...

Sharon, what a lovely celebration! Such fun ideas and everything was so very pretty. Love all the vintage touches!

Laurel Stephens said...

Oh, Sharon, this was the cutest and sweetest pink baby shower I've ever seen! You really poured your heart into making everything perfect, and even the sunshine didn't let you down! Your descriptions and beautiful photos make such a lovely record of this special day for you, Megan and Clare Elizabeth. Your vintage decorations (those cards!) are just sooo cute, and what a fun idea to make bibs. And oh my gosh, who doesn't like dispensing parenting advice?!? You must have been in the kitchen for days making all your favorite party food. I expected to see Peter Rabbit nibbling on your veggie/dip tray; it could have been an illustration from a beautiful book. Everything just looked perfect, and I'm so happy for you!

Kristina said...

OMG....this post has me in tears. I think mostly because my "babies" 6 & 8 are not babies anymore, but also because this is one of the most beautiful settings ever! So many of the vintage touches from the cards to the quilts and many others remind me of treasures that I have from my past and keepsakes of the kids that are tucked away now in boxes and closets. Plus the whole baby time is so precious and magical that there is no way to truly explain those emotions. Thank you for sharing, and as I gasp at the thought, I want to pin this for one day when my baby has a baby *sigh* Kristina

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Restyled Vintage said...

Wow wow wow Sharon everything is just so beautiful with such amazing attention to detail! Your home and garden is love.y and what a older full party host you are...what a lucky daughter you have, and little baby Clare is going to have the sweetest Grandma in you :)

All the best for a safe arrival, looking forward to seeing you show her off!

xx Karen

Restyled Vintage said...

Oops typos sorry should say lovely not love.y and wonderful not older full!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What an amazing shower! Megan and Clare definitely received the Royal it ironic that Megan's married name is my maiden name? I was Megan Bowen before I became Megan Vaughn...what a small world.

Robin Johnson said...

Awwww, how sweet. Looks like everyone had such a lovely time. The decorations are amazing, I love the vintage vibe and have a few of those planters too. I adore the decorate a bib idea - too fun!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

What a wonderful party! All your details are just delightful. Megan looks wonderful...can't wait to hear of the safe arrival of baby Clare.

Hetty said...

Wow Sharon, everything looked so pretty! I am so happy for you and your family. I think little Clare Elizabeth will be surrounded with a lot of love.

HeARTworks said...

What a lot o' lovin went into this wonderful baby shower. Enjoyed all the pictures! Thank you for sharing! patsy

My Repurposed Life said...

Thank you so much for sharing Megan's special day with us. I really enjoyed reading the details and looking at all the beautiful pictures.
Y'all really outdid yourselves. LOVE the decorated bibs, and the Mr McGregor's garden theme!


Poppy said...

Hi Sharon,

So nice to meet you!

What a lovely time all must have had at Megan's baby shower! I don't think I've ever 'been' to such a beautifully decorated and organized affair in a long time! Every detail is accounted for, all those special touches that were thought about and prepared ahead of time! From the crafts and cupcakes to the garden and sun room, your home is charming and welcoming! You have made my day; I can't stop smiling!

Thanks for your sweet comment on my guest post at Kim's.

Your newest, dazzled follower,


Kyra said...

Congratulations on this new baby girl. Being a grandmother is the best! What a completely beautiful celebration. I've pinned some wonderful ideas!

Kyra @ Caramel Potatoes

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely party with us. Everything was perfect and so very pretty. Your garden and home are beautiful. Blessings for a smooth and easy delivery of a healthy and happy baby!

Lisa said...

Absolutely precious baby shower! The attention to detail is just amazing. I can't pick one favorite element, everything is just perfect :)

Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly said...

What a sweet, adorable baby shower!

Good Time Charlie said...

What a cute and so very sweet baby shower! I love the all the vintage touches, especially the vintage baby cards kind of sprinkled around. Megan looks beautiful. What a happy occasion!

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

Sharon! You pulled out all the stops and everything looks amazing!! I love the vintage baby cards on your mantel and elsewhere. So perfect! And Sharon...your back yard is something that is extraordinary! What a lovely place. How fun to have created so many beautiful moments. All the sweet memories that were made that day...I can only imagine.
Congratulations a little early. You're already a wonderful grandma!!
p.s. I love the way you nestled the veggies in the lettuce leaves. Will be sharing on my Longaberger Lifestyle page on Facebook.

Noble Vintage said...

what a sweet party!! Love all the thoughtful details and everything looked fabulous. I think I would have a hard time leaving that beautiful garden setting ;) Exciting time, bringing a new family member in!! Enjoy every moment!

Kim said...

Congratulations! You should be a party planner! Everything is absolutely perfect...right down to that button! ;) Babies are wonderful, best wishes to you all and keep us posted!

Katie said...

What a great shower Sharon! Glad it ended up being a beautiful day outdoors. All the décor looks great! Love the idea of having guests decorate bibs! Too cute!

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Unknown said...

Sharon, your love for Megan, Liam and Clare just flows from every pore of your creative spirit. This is the most precious shower EVER . . . .not to be topped by the most amazing vineyard wedding EVER four years ago. You have created such a beautiful life for you and your family, and it is such a JOY to know and love you:)

Virginia said...

Beautiful baby shower! Beautiful Megan. One question - for the decorating bibs what type of markers did you use? I am hoping to do a version of this for my daughter's baby shower in a couple of weeks and would appreciate your advice. many thanks! Virginia

Unknown said...

Hello - beautiful pictures! I was wondering if you could tell me where you purchased the bibs used for everyone to decorate? I am planning a baby shower and would love to do this as an activity. Thanks.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I've updated the post to show that the bibs are from Target. Megan uses them every day and they are wearing well. And it's such fun to see Clare wearing them and thinking of the love that went into them. We've even shared pictures of Clare wearing the bib that each guest made for her!

Unknown said...

beautiful garden, beautiful decorate and beautiful mother, you'so clever :) i want to use some image in this post for my blog about caring baby, can i do it?

Anonymous said...

I like the lanterns and chalk boards.

Michele said...

What a wonderful baby shower you had! Congratulations!