A few weeks ago, I had the baby shower of my dreams and it was everything I could have ever wanted and more. It was honestly the most beautiful and special day and it meant so much to me to be surrounded by so many important and significant women that have been around me all of my life and now will be a part of Baby Girl’s life.
I had a vision for my shower: I wanted it to feel woodsy but not completely outdoorsy or lumberjack-like (if that makes any sense), I wanted something detailed, floral, and whimsical and I wanted it to be a theme that you don’t see everyday. I love to read and the idea of a storybook or fairy tale theme occurred to me. Since a lot of my favorite fairy tales have woodsy-type settings, I thought it would be the perfect backdrop to incorporate everything I love. Thus, a Once Upon a Time theme was born. I knew I wanted it to be more organic and less childish and cheesy so I entrusted the details to my super talented sister, best friend, and mom to execute. And boy did they deliver. Since at this point I passed the torch to them, I thought I would let my sister explain the rest of the details. There are so many wonderful details that I had to break this post into two parts. This post covers all of the gorgeous decor details of the shower. Be sure to check out Part 1 for all the details on picking the theme, venue, food and drink, games and guestbook.
As told by my sister…
For me, this was my favorite part of the entire planning process for this shower! The theme was just so fun and easy to conjure up ideas for the decor and the centerpieces! We sat down and made a list of all the decor we wanted to incorporate for the shower and we worked together perfectly to execute all of our ideas.
Seeing as this was a fairy tale-themed baby shower, we knew we wanted to have a lot of flowers included in the decor. We decided to hire florist, M’s Flowers in La Habra, CA for the shower. We decided that each table would have a small centerpiece of gorgeous fall flowers as well as some larger floral pieces for the rest of the decor, and a beautiful flower crown for G! They turned out amazing, and people could not stop gushing over them!
- Dessert and Gift Table Decor
The great thing about planning the decor for the shower was that a lot of pieces that we wanted to use we had laying around our own homes! For behind the dessert table, Gianna’s best friend provided a gorgeous rose gold mirror that she had and wrote: “Baby girls are sweet, take a treat” on it. To play into the fairy tale theme, we wanted to include a lot of mirrors in the decor, so we used antique hand held mirrors to display the macaron cookies on. Behind the gift table, she stained a wood pallet and ordered a sign from Etsy with Olivia’s name and attached it to the pallet. Once the large floral piece was added, the effect was absolutely gorgeous!
- Larger Decor Pieces
Again, a lot of our decor was made possible because of pieces we already had, or we got by with a little help from our friends! La Villa Bella has a beautiful outdoor terrace area where the food and drinks would be set up and we wanted to make good use of that space! A close friend offered to make this gorgeous wooden spindle made out of old baby cribs (are you kidding me) for the shower and it turned out amazing! We worked together to create the giant fairy tale book that guests used as a photo backdrop. Gianna already had the giant wooden boards that we rearranged to look like an open book and we staple-gunned layers of butcher paper on top of it and cut strips of paper for the sides to look like pages. We stained the edges with a tea and water mixture that we painted on to make the book look old. We added in some classic fairy tale scripture and a hand drawn sketch of a castle and this book became a huge talking point for all the guests and a great photo op! With myself being a lefty, and therefore “handwriting challenged” Gianna’s bestie took the lead on the giant fairy tale scroll that she hand wrote Little Red Riding Hood’s story on and we hung it from one of the high glass windows in the venue and rolled it across the floor for a dramatic look. She also designed the three chalk signs for the shower: one for the driveway leading to the venue, one for the welcome sign outside the hall, and one for the signature drink. Gianna’s mother (and mine haha) provided one of her large winged armchairs from her own living room for the mother-to-be to sit in while she opened her gifts! The chair really evoked a storytime feel for the shower which wove into the theme perfectly!
- The Centerpieces
We ended up with six tables for the shower and we decided early on that we wanted each table to represent a different story. We tried to pick six stories that would go with the theme and also provide a lot of recognizable imagery for the centerpieces. We chose Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. Each table has different corresponding items for each story. A lot of the items we were able to procure from our own homes, or our mothers’ homes. Everything else was found at home and craft stores such as Home Goods, Michaels and Hobby Lobby or online at Amazon or Etsy. For Beauty and the Beast we included a flat ornate mirror, a gold candelabra and a red rose with fallen petals inside a dome. Alice in Wonderland had scattered tea cups, red heart playing cards, a key and a pocket watch. Peter Pan’s items were a pirate ship, a skull for Neverland, a miniature Big Ben figurine and a pirate’s hook. Cinderella had a glass slipper, a pumpkin, spools of thread and a carriage clock with the time set to midnight. Snow White’s table included another mirror, an apple, glass birds and a squirrel. Little Red Riding Hood’s table had a red hooded coat, a bread basket, Granny’s glasses, some wolf figurines and some mushrooms. Designing these centerpieces was my favorite part of planning this shower by far!
- Other Table Decor
One of the first details agreed on was that we wanted to create book page table runners for each table. We visited a used and vintage book store and stocked up on an assortment of books that we could use as part of the centerpieces, and that we could tear the pages out of for the runners. For the runners, we picked books that tied into the storybook theme such as Pinocchio, Charlotte’s Web, Mary Poppins, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Wizard of Oz. We tore the pages out of these books and used Modge Podge to glue the pages together to make gorgeous runners for each table. The other miscellaneous books we bought were used as components of the centerpieces and they looked amazing with the rest of the decor!
There you have it! It was seriously the best and most special day and I can’t thank my friends and family enough for showering Baby Girl with love and support. My husband and I are counting down the days till her arrival and we can’t believe we’re only 10 days away from her due date! Make sure you’re subscribed for all of the fun, new posts to come.
What was your favorite detail from the shower? What’s your favorite fairytale?