Monday, May 4, 2015

tea party baby shower

When Megan and Aaron decided on the name Abby, we thought it would be fun to do a baby shower theme that was a play on Downton Abbey. Mom already shot down my other theme ideas of Harry Potter and pirates - two things Megan loves. But after deciding on the secret theme, Megan inadvertently mentioned more than once that she actually disliked the TV show and that she just watched it because everyone else did. So...we changed direction and went with more of a general tea party theme.

I flew to OKC last weekend for the festivities. The shower turned out amazing - I was pretty impressed with our ability to pull it off working across three different states with four hostesses. We did all the decorating and food prep on Saturday, and then the shower was Sunday afternoon. It went off without a hitch. Here are some fun details from the shower....

Paper invitations are rare these days, but since we were having a fancy schmancy tea party, I couldn't resist ordering these pretty tea cup invites from Paperless Post. I then used folded vellum envelopes and little registry tags to make the invitations look like real tea bags. I hired Jon to address the invitations in his fanciest writing - with each one address to Lady so and so. They really helped set the theme for the shower, and I think they were a big hit.

The guest book/gift table - complete with vintage hats from our grandmothers and homemade sugar cookie party favors. Hostess Mallory did all the amazing chalk work.

Abby's nursery is mint green with a little pink so we used those colors for the shower. Every place setting had a vintage tea cup/saucer and a homemade hand fan. We ordered the flowers from Sam's club, and I had the task of arranging all of them the day before the shower. It's amazing what tablecloths and fresh flowers can do to make for a fancy atmosphere.

The menu consisted of tea sandwiches, assorted bite-sized confections and, of course, cake. We went with lemon poppyseed with raspberry filling for the cake flavor. Megan has been craving lemon during her entire pregnancy so it was an easy choice. I loved the cake topper, which was filled with edible flowers. I know it's hard to believe, but the cake tasted even better than it looked. If you ever need a cake in the Norman/OKC area, I know your gal. 

Megan refuses to share any belly pics on social media, but I get to do whatever I want. Now that she is properly showered, we just have to wait for Abby to arrive! 6 weeks and counting...