llama party

This past Saturday, I co-hosted a baby shower for my sister and her soon-to-be baby boy with two of Katelyn’s sweet friends. We knew Katelyn would want something different than your run of the mill baby shower, so we wanted to steer clear of anything light blue or pastel. Our initial concept was white with pops of color…and alpacas.

We took note as to what Katelyn had been pinning on Pinterest and liking on Etsy and decided that it would be somewhat fiesta-ish with llamas and alpacas mixed in. We based everything off of this Sharon Montrose photograph of a baby alpaca [which my mother ended up purchasing for her]. Here was our direction…

The invitations were designed by Rare Assembly [a company I co-own and operate with two of my friends]. We stuck with a neutral palette so that the pops of color at the shower were almost a surprise for everyone. I think the llamas were party enough. Let’s celebrate.

We purchased gold foil “REB”letter balloons from Studio Mucci, we found the balloon tassels from Pomsetc, and we borrowed a few of my favorite props [sheepskins, ottoman, prayer flag bunting, and farm tables] from my rental company that I co-own called The House.  Rebecca [my partner in props and very talented stylist] and I specialize in vintage-inspired photo shoot and event props — feel free to inquire about any rentals here: rentals[at]thehousenashville[dot]com.

Katelyn was recently put on bed rest following early-onset contractions and a brief stay in the hospital, so we made her a loungy spot in the shaded corner of the porch complete with a garden umbrella from Anthropologie and one of my vintage fans. It was nice that she could stay off of her feet and keep cool while opening gifts and chatting with friends. We arranged all of my vintage metal chairs so that they’d face her and I pulled out a few rugs that I had in my home to add warmth to the all-white deck.  The llama pillow was created by Laura Frisk :) 

I had a lot of white balloons leftover from Katelyn’s Lingerie Shower last year, so we used those instead of purchasing more. But you can easily find them from a variety of locations online or from Party City [who happily blows them up, no matter where you purchased them]. We ordered the colored acrylic glasses from World Market to add a pop to the, otherwise, all-white table. I love those colors mixed with the tassels from the balloons. Again, veering away from any sort of pastel.

I made the concrete planters during this DIY last year and thought they mixed in well with the table decor. They look great with succulents and also helped keeping the balloons tied down on this windy day.

 

We printed off these cute “hey mama” placemats designed by Hello Tosha [originally for this post] because they went really well with the rest of the decor. These placemats truly stole the show for me — and I love the black contrast :)

I built this a-frame tent to house all of the presents, but didn’t really document my journey with it. If you have basic wood-working skills and a bit of sewing experience, this project would take an hour, tops. If enough of you are interested, I’m happy to write a post about it. I simply searched a-frame tents on pinterest and eye-balled the size I wanted. I selected 6 foot 1″x2” poplar boards and 48″ dowels. I used army duck for the fabric :)

Finally, the delicious food was created by my dear friend, Matthew’s, new venture called Two Spoons. He specializes in private event catering and culinary courses done in your home. His website is currently in production, but for any inquiries about catering or classes, email him at twospoonsnashville[at]gmail[dot]com. 
Unfortunately, I had no time to snap any photographs of the unreal steak lettuce wraps, risotto balls, crab biscuits, watermelon & shrimp skewers, or white bean toast…because they were literally gobbled up in an instant. However, I did snap a quick picture of the most delicious cake I’ve had in ages: a vegan chocolate chip cookie cake. Words cannot describe how outrageous this cake was.  I ordered the pom cake toppers from StephLovesBen. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.

 More pictures from this sweet day…

rose bowl + plant stand = champagne bucket

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