Last summer, I threw a baby shower for a little boy with a space/alien theme. Now, with the opportunity to throw one for a little girl, I got to go all out in the girliness department – butterflies and flowers all the way.
First project was preparing the decor. I had seen some giant tissue paper flowers on Pinterest a few weeks ago and fell in love. Probably because they reminded me of an Anthropologie window display, and I love Anthropologie windows. Actually making the flowers didn’t take a whole lot of effort once I started, but collecting the supplies was a little tricky. The hardest items to obtain were the right colors of tissue paper. I ended up buying peach and olive tissue paper from Papermart online. Then instead of the stucco wire, I bought the more conveniently located chicken wire from Home Depot. I’m not sure what they meant in the instructions about covering the wire in tape because I bought paper carton tape, but it wasn’t sticking, so instead I wrapped the chicken wire in brown packing paper. Key to the whole project was the spray glue – made the tissue paper application a lot faster! Look at the inspiration photo and my version:
With the large decor out of the way, I decided to put my floral design classes to work and create my own bouquets. Collecting various flowers from the grocery store, Whole Foods, and whatever I was missing from a florist, I was really pleased with the results. I embellished the arrangements with paper butterflies made using the Martha Stewart monarch butterfly punch and some wire.
|Arrangements of “leftovers”|
And now on to the food. For the lunch, I kept things simple:
- Cucumber hummus cups
- Pita sandwiches – vegetarian with Boursin cheese spread and turkey with colby jack cheese
- Mini quiches (from the freezer section – only thing not homemade)
- Roasted butternut squash salad with escarole, pears, gorgonzola cheese, dried cherries, bacon, and a dijon balsamic dressing.
- Mini caprese salads
And finally, the complete spread: