Happy Hour Baby Shower: Elephants & Chevron

Happy Hour Baby Shower is a fun, casual way to shower any mama-to-be with lots of love! Katie and Tim, parents-to-be, have been waiting for baby P for a long time and I was overjoyed to plan, design, and be a part of the celebration!

When Katie and Tim decided to wait until the big day to reveal the gender of baby P, I went to work on brainstorming for gender neutral baby shower themes.  Since Katie loves the chevron pattern and had planned baby P’s registry around elephants and blue I was able to use these elements as my theme.

Katie wanted an intimate dinner with her girlfriends and loves Mexican food, and thus the Happy Hour Baby Shower became a central theme with margaritas and a taco bar.  (See previous Cinco de Mayo post for Taco Bar and Beer ‘Garita recipes).  Orange and turquoise are cheery and gender neural colors that made the event pop!   Several of the decor items also served as gifts for the mama-to-be, which will be used for baby P’s nursery.

In addition to margaritas, we served Corona and bubbly, one of Katie’s favorite drinks before she was pregnant.  We also had a chips and salsa station with peach salsa, delicious homemade guacamole, and homemade taco dip.

It was only fitting that we had a beautiful evening for a beautiful mother-to-be and were able to enjoy the outdoor setting of Katie and Tim’s new home.  The turquoise chevron runner from Fantasy Vintage Bridal provided the perfect touch against the rest of the table setting, which was accented by the turquoise chevron baby bib and burp cloth by The Fresh Stitch for baby P!

We had a small station set up outside for guests to write a wish or message on a book-plate and place it inside one of their favorite children’s books as a gift for Baby P!  I had no idea how creative some of Katie’s college friends could be in story telling!

The dessert table was so whimsical with the chevron orange fabric from the Fabric Shoppe, adorable turquoise and orange baby elephant shortbread cookies by Edible Art of Charlotte that served as the party favors, turquoise and orange sprinkled cake pops by Nicole Farrell, and turquoise and orange candy.

We are all so overjoyed for Katie and Tim!  Seeing Katie with her adorable baby bump just gives me a huge smile and makes me so thrilled for their new family!

Vendor Credits:

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral and Fruit Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Elephant Shortbread Cookies– Edible Art of Charlotte

Orange & Turquoise Cake Pops – Nicole Farrell

Turquoise Chevron Baby Bib and Burp Cloth – The Fresh Stitch

Orange Chevron Fabric – The Fabric Shoppe

Turquoise Chevron Table Runner – Fantasy Vintage Bridal

Guacamole – Sarah Parsons

Taco Dip- Julianna Warnick

Cherry Blossom Inspired Nursery

Hard to believe it was this time last year we were celebrating Mother’s day in anticipation of our daughter Sofia’s birth in August.  Eight months later I’m celebrating my first Mother’s day with her!

The planner and interior designer in me immediately began thumbing through all my nursery inspiration boards.  While I like pink, I knew I didn’t want your typical all pink girl’s nursery.  I came across this beautiful Cherry Blossom painting, which reminded me of my days in DC, and knew right away it was the perfect piece to design Sofia Wimberley’s nursery around.  The painting has blues, pinks, and greens, which gave me a fun color palate to choose from.

Another important design element is to use colors, furniture, and accessories that will grow with your child.  Such as a dresser that fits the decor and serves as storage and an alternative changing table.  I finally found the perfect antique style dresser for Sofia at Old World New Home, that she’ll be able to use all through her childhood.

I added the finishing touches to the room by doing DIY projects for the fabric letters and wallpaper backing on the bookshelf.  Please see previous posts for How-To’s.

Remember you can simply add accents to your child’s room as they grow.  Now that Sofia is 8 months we have added additional accents such as photos and imprints of her foot and hand.  I have received such wonderful feedback that I will have another blog post on her updated nursery soon.

Photography by Jody G Photography

Photography by Jody G Photography

All photos by Sarah Sofia Productions unless otherwise noted.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Who doesn’t love margaritas, tacos, and piñatas? So why not celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a taco themed party! If you want to go all out this year order a taco truck to be stationed at your party. However, if you’re keeping it to a DIY menu here are a few tips.

For the main filling I suggest grilled chicken breasts and shrimp, marinated in olive oil, red pepper, black pepper, a little hot sauce and salt. For red meat lovers, I suggest grilled flank steak.  Add fresh cilantro or parsley to the grilled chicken, shrimp and flank steak.

The following condiments will compliment your taco bar: shredded iceberg lettuce or spinach, shredded cheddar cheese, queso dip with bell peppers, guacamole, light sour cream, medium salsa and a fruit salsa like mango, pineapple, or peaches, hot sauce, diced tomatoes, and seven layer taco dip.  Have the option of hard and soft tacos. Black beans and Mexican rice are easy sides that take minutes to make.

Don’t forget the piñata and your signature drink such as Corona with lime or this Beer ‘Garita recipe from My Recipes.

DIY Mini Piñatas from One Charming Party

DIY Mini Pinatas from One Charming Party

Beer ‘Garitas

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Prep time:5 Minutes

My Recipes Beer 'Garits

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  •   Crushed ice
  • 1/2  to 1 cup cold beer

Preparation

1. Stir together first 3 ingredients until well blended. Fill 4 medium glasses with crushed ice. Pour limeade mixture evenly into glasses. Add beer to taste.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Minute Maid Frozen Concentrate for Limeade, José Cuervo Especial tequila, and Triple Sec for orange liqueur.