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a BABY SHOWER BRUNCH for mommy & babe

I have this friend Christine. I love her. She is fun, free-spirited, eclectic, kind, a brilliant mommy and totally comfortable in her own skin. I adore my time with her (although it is very limited)! I have known her family since I was in middle school and now get to be connected to her through our husbands fire careers. Life has a funny way of coming full circle when you move back to the community you grew up in! So when baby number 4 entered her life I was thrilled to throw her a small shower (with the help of our friend Lacey and my sweet Mom & Sister). It was just a quiet brunch with a handful of friends and baby Henry {of course}! I hope it inspires you to celebrate someone you love!

::the Decor::

An eclectic mix of colors, vintage toys, cards and elements mixed with modern floral’s, decorative dishes & linens and delicious food! I just grabbed what my mom and I had and started mixing and matching. My sister was happy to help decorate but would have done it a little simpler. I wanted to make it really eclectic and felt comfortable really mashing up the patterns and colors of the place settings. I used a large roll of brown packing paper (they sell rolls at our Dollar Tree) as the base of the table instead of a table cloth. My Mom had a simple white & burlap table runner that went on top. She also had a mix of glasses, plates, tea-cups, miss-matched silverware and floral cloth napkins. I used her cute framed print of a little boy praying for the food table {along with little toys, blocks, bears and vintage cards & old books that I had around my house}. I always say that the decor for a party should reflect the person you are celebrating. Since Christine loves color and vintage elements {and is fairly eclectic & simple in her own decorating/gardening style} I knew it would work to take it up a notch or two for this little party!

…the Mommy’s special place-setting {just made with printed letters & scrapbook paper}…
…and fresh flowers in mason jars make everything more beautiful…
…I borrowed these tissue-paper banners from a friend who had just made them for her son’s party…
Lacey came up with these cute favors. She used brown paper filler at the bottom of clear bags to cushion little tins of tea {Christine also likes tea…so this worked great}. She tied them with raffia to give them that natural/simple look. They complimented our table beautifully and everyone when home with a little treat! For a one more special gift for the Mommy and Baby I created a Wishes for Baby card that each person at the shower filled out. I put them in a small photo box and Christine went home with a personal card from each person at the party.
::The Menu::
Fresh Scones {with jam and lemon curd}
Madeline’s & Mixed Nuts
Small Doughnuts {mostly for decoration}
Greek Yogurt & Granola
Mixed Berries & Apple Sausage
Monkey Bread
Beverages {see below}
monkey bread…yum!
I love fruit water {I like to just slice up anything I have and toss it in there}. Yum! We poured orange juice for each place setting {champagne could be easily added} and of course had coffee and tea available in large quantities!
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{VINTAGE TREASURE}

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Look at this sweet little vintage quilt that I picked up {for just $20} at last months Paris Flea Market in Livermore! It has several holes & some stains that I need to repair {or live with} but at that price I just had to snag it. I’m going to use it on Paige’s bed since it already has some stains. It will not be treated like a precious antique that cannot be touched…but a well love blanket that we can hopefully treasure for years to come. Think of the person who made it…what were the butterflies originally a part of…scraps of little girls dresses or old kitchen aprons? I’ll never know…but I’m glad this special treasure is now a part of our home.

When I get around to fixing these holes I’ll show you what I did!
 
 Do you love vintage things like me?
 Go check out Livermore’s Paris Flea Market this weekend {if you live in the Bay Area}! You will not be disappointed! Hope you find something you can treasure forever or pass on to someone you love.

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