One expectant couple shares this daily sentiment between them on a daily basis: “I love you to the moon and back.” Add in the father-to-be’s love of plaid and Jessica of Pen and Paper Flowers had the theme for their boy’s baby shower. The light blue and plaids were the entire basis for the soft color palette. “Knowing we would be incorporating blue plaid, it was a given to incorporate white elements to help make the shades of blue pop and keep the shower soft and sweet – just like a new baby.” Jessica knew she wanted the details to scream ‘boy’, but also wanted to make sure the feel of the shower came across sweet and dreamy. “Like the feeling you get when you look up at the stars and moon or when you hold a brand new innocent little baby.”
As a designer of printable party products, Jessica knows the invitation is always what sets the stage for all of the design elements to be used in the event/celebration. “It’s the most important part of the design process for me because it sets the expectations for the guests and keeps me on track as a designer to have something to continue to refer back to and gather inspiration from.” Jessica created a plaid to match the nursery bedding exactly. It also matched the fabric we incorporated into different elements of the shower. We knew having a moon and some stars were a must so we made that the focus of the invitation and incorporated the daily sentiment expressed between the parents-to-be.”
The Love You to the Moon” canvas was created to match the invitation. Jessica cut out a Styrofoam moon for a 3D effect and printed out 8.5×11 plaid paper she designed to create the letters for the word “moon”. “ I also painted some wooden cut-out stars from the craft store to match the stars on the invitation and attached everything with my handy-dandy hot glue gun.” The dessert buffet backdrop was made using a 4×8 piece of v-groove paneling from the hardware store, flanked on both sides of it with some drapery from the sister of the daddy-to-be. The canvas was hung in the middle as a focal point.
“The dessert table is always my favorite part of a celebration because it allows me to tie together all of my passions into one nice creative display.” Jessica named all the desserts to coordinate with the moon and stars theme. From mini cosmic cupcakes, moon pies, and star-dusted donuts to moon beam mints, “wishing star” sugar cookies, crater cakes, crescent moon chicken croissant sandwiches and star-kissed fruit salad with lunar lemonade for a thirst quencher.
Displaying the cosmic cupcakes on sugar gave them a textural element. Because several of the other design elements for the table centerpieces included white sand in bottles to resemble “moon dust” Jessica immediately thought of white sugar for a little bit of whimsy for the dessert table. “I love how it all turned out.”
The 45 guests went home with mini bottles of ‘stardust’ as well as a custom designed cookie. “This was one of my favorite showers to put together. I had the help of another brilliant, creative gal named Ally and we were able to add sweet little details to the shower to really make it personal, with detail like the customized origami stars with the name of the baby boy. Starting with a theme that really reflects a personal side of the couple the event is honoring really helps make things extra special.” Thanks Jessica for sharing this beautiful baby shower with us!