May 18, 2011
Celebrate : Baby Shower Decorations
Posted by Athena Preston
For the May issue, I worked with stylist (and friend) Sarah Smart on a story about a baby shower thrown for another coworker of ours, Elizabeth Colling, a former food editor here at Living. Neither of us had really done this kind of thing before...but we really went for it. The shower had a library theme, with the idea being that friends brought their favorite children's books as gifts. We planned a whole party with a storybook theme. Very sweet! My favorite are the floating books as decorations, and the garland made with pieces of ribbon and deconstructed silk flowers; see below.
1 The buffet table with garlands hung above
2 Monofilament and bright-pink lanyard (really inexpensive from Home Depot), strung with taken-apart silk flowers and pieces of ribbon. The paper books are made with four creases that make a "spine"...
3 Here is the book how-to. We used old paperbacks for the "pages." The creases are really simple if you use this scoring tool.
4 The talented Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. designed this invitation. It includes a bookplate so that guests can inscribe their book for the new library.
5 Our food department made these Ring Around the Rose-Petal Fools. I was crazy for them! They taste like roses and raspberries, and Sarah put them on scalloped doilies folded in half to look like clouds. Adorable!
6 Here is a behind-the-scenes shot of trying out the garland in the crafts room.
7 And here is a mock-up of the cake decorations...in Styrofoam.
8 This was the real thing. Sugar and Spice Cake... because Elizabeth was having a baby girl!
Click here for the clip art and recipes from this story. For more of Anna's work, see Rifle Paper Co.
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