I jumped on the opportunity to throw my friend’s baby shower when I found out it was a girl. I usually strive for unisex in all things baby until their preference is obvious, but honestly, I wanted to tackle this girly party because I love a good challenge! I break out in an itchy rash whenever I see the “girl” aisle in the toy store even though I totally loved it as a kid. Now that I’m a parent, I’m definitely more sensitive to the gender specific stuff. Rather than give into the unisex themes, I thought it would be more fun to go straight at the stereotype with a tongue-in-cheek uber-girly party with all kitschy vintage teenage girl details. Think pink foam hair rollers, 60’s prom dresses, pleather diaries with locks…you get the idea. Since my friend is a fellow North Carolinian , the theme also accidentally took on a 60’s Southern belle vibe!
When guests arrived, we had a few different drinks out to start. For a sit down lunch, you really only need a starter cocktail or champagne and then one kind of wine with the food.
Our non-alcoholic beverage was the southern soda staple, Cheerwine. If you’ve never had it, I’m SO sorry!
It was a sunny day, so we used our giant Ikea umbrella for shade over the table.
For the hanging decoration, I strung small squares of tissue paper into lengths of string and then sort of twist/squished them so they stayed put. It was so quick!
I have 6 yellow plates and 6 speckled plates, so I rented 12 small white bread plates to tie mine together. Each place setting had a cheeky favor bag, a birthday card for the baby, a baggie of pink gummy bears and a lemon petit four “starter” with a jewelry box ballerina perched on top.
If you haven’t figured it out from my other posts, this is my favorite baby shower activity. Each person fills out a birthday card for the baby for as many years as you want. We stopped at sweet 16 for this party. I bought these cards because the dogwood is the North Carolina state flower…how perfect was that?!
I found a bunch of dead stock unopened vintage hair accessories online and couldn’t resist making them our party favors! I made the bags myself with some printed card stock using this template.
This was the only food shot I got! Ha! Sorry!
Forgive me…I got so wrapped up in fun conversation that I forgot to photograph any of the food, so you’ll just have to take my word for it…it was delicious and lovely! My co-host and I made a vegetarian Southern lunch with collard greens, mac and cheese, pickle biscuits, watermelon salad and tomato corn gratin. Click on the links for an idea of the recipes, though I do tweak most recipes I use. For example, I would never make mac and cheese without at least a little Velveeta to smooth things out and a couple shakes of Tabasco because I’m a southern girl only parading as a Californian.
After eating, we moved inside for (more) cake and gifts. This ridiculous prom queen cake was obviously a must.