11.07.2012

A Lilly Pulitzer-Inspired Baby Shower



My husband’s brother and wife are expecting their first baby, and..."it’s a GIRL!!!"  I jumped at the chance to throw my sister-in-law a baby shower. I love all things Lilly, so I decided to go with a pink and green Lilly Pulitzer-themed shower.  The shower took place in my home last weekend and I am dying to share with you all the fun things I made and found that brought the theme together.



The first item I made for the shower was a pink and green diaper cake, complete with a tutu. I love making diaper cakes, and I decided to make this one a little more unique by adding a tulle tutu on the second and third layers of the cake. I love how it turned out; it’s so girly!!




At a local San Diego Pinkalicious store, I found some darling Lilly Pulitzer wrapping paper. The paper inspired me to create an “It’s a Girl” baby shower banner. Using the wrapping paper, I cut out block letters for the sign and then backed the wrapping paper with a shimmery lime green card stock. Once I had the letters completed, I then worked on cutting out flags for the banner. I used coordinating party ribbon between each letter.




Every party has plenty of sweets, and that is true for my parties too!




Speaking of sweets, I am so excited to tell you about these really fun and yummy mason jar cookie favors. I found the recipe on Bakerella.






One of my favorite things to do when I throw a party is the flower arrangements. Franco’s Flowers is my preferred local flower wholesaler and I am never disappointed when I go there to find flowers for my arrangements. This time, I knew I would do pink, green and white, but it wasn’t until I found the Pokeweed shrub, that it all came together for me. The arrangements have Ecuadorian Roses, Garden Roses and Spray Roses, Hydrangeas, La Mancha Lily, Green Snow Balls and Pokeweed. I used lime green polka-dot wired ribbon and wrapped it around the vase to complete the look.







For fun, I decided to make mini cocktails for the baby shower. The first one I decided on was a Shrimp Cocktail Bloody Mary.


SHRIMP COCKTAIL BLOODY MARY RECIPE

Ingredients:
1 1/2 ounces vodka
3 ounces tomato juice
1 lemon, juice of
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3 drops Tabasco sauce
pepper
salt
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 tablespoon prepared horseradish    

Directions:
Mix all ingredients 4 hours prior to the start time of your party and let the concoction chill in the refrigerator. Just before the guests arrive, mix in the Vodka. To finish off, garnish each frozen cocktail glass (see Note) with a large chilled Mexican shrimp.  {Recipe from Food.com}

Note: The night before the baby shower, I rimmed the glass with a lime wedge and then gently dipped the glass in celery salt and placed the glasses  in the freezer.  

The second cocktail I made was a Champagne Cocktail with Chambord. This one was very easy and so yummy!!


CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL WITH CHAMBORD RECIPE

Ingredients:
Chambord (Raspberry Liqueur)
Rose Brut Champagne
Raspberries

Directions:
In a 3 ounce mini martini glass pour in ½ ounce of Chambord. Top with a Rose Brut Champagne (I used Mumm). Float one raspberry in each glass.

Note: The night before the baby shower I took a lime and rimmed the martini glasses with Cake Mate pink crystals (I found in the grocery store). I also stored the glasses in the freezer until just before the party.

Last but definitely not least is the Raspberry Bellini.


RASPBERRY BELLINI RECIPE

Ingredients:
One bottle of Raspberry Champagne (I used a French brand)
3 cups of frozen raspberries
½ cup of simple syrup *
*1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. On medium heat stirring regularly, dissolve the sugar into the water until it is clear. Let cool completely before adding to the mix.

Directions:
In a blender, mix all ingredients and puree. Fill a champagne flute ½ full with champagne and then pour in approximately 3 tablespoons of Bellini mix.

My Sister-in-Law and I

All in, the shower was a HUGE success!  Thank you for letting me share it with you.  I hope you're inspired...

1 comment:

  1. Hey, this baby shower cocktail looks so much fun. Totally adorable arrangements! Gratitude for sharing these wonderful photos. My best friend is also expecting so I will throw a fun DIY bash on the next week. I will be booking one of her favorite venues in Chicago for this bash.

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