Because Mayelene and Nina of Love and Lemonade have been friends for a long time and have been planning events for many friends. They get ideas from past events, but mostly through each other and the relationships they have built over the years. For Mayelene’s baby shower, inspiration came from her baby’s name, Evelyn, which means little bird. “Mayelene always reminds me of fall and spring at the same time,” said Nina. “We knew we had to have some motifs of a bird, since Mayelene was naming her girl Evelyn, but apart from that we knew the color theme would be mainly green with an eclectic pop of colors in patterns.” Mayelene had but one request for her friends planning her shower…no pink. “Her favorite colors are also very nature influenced – sage greens, browns, yellows – so we incorporated those colors.”
“I loved how our group pooled our individual talents together and was able to create a very unique and organic shower which was perfect for Mayelene.” For an invitation, Nina’s co-shower host Ellen created a 4.25”x5.5” tri-fold invitation made from a double –sided cardstock. “It had a brown paper back color on one side and farm inspired pattern on the other all with a linen texture finish. The insert was printed on an off white metallic finish cardstock that was cut with decorative corners and printed with a laser printer. The outside of the card was the patterned side, but closed with a contrasting pattern band sealed with a round sticker that said ‘Mayelene’s Baby Shower’. All forty of the invitations had a different pattern combination. No two were alike. As the owner of Sky Meadow Place, Ellen is the creative and crafty one in our group did all the decorations including the invitations. She also made the tissue paper pom-poms and paper flowers.”
“Our friend Rosa, who owns Tropical U.S.A. and specializes in tropical flowers, volunteered to provide the arrangements. Our other friend, Eliza, made the diaper cake. We had cake pops, mini cupcakes, and mini cheesecake bites and cream puffs all made by our friend Jessica, owner of A Cupcake Story.”
The shower was very casual with no real set program. “We played a few games and then the mom-to-be opened gifts. Once the guests arrived we ate lunch then we played a surprise video made by Mayelene’s graphic designer husband, Kelly. We asked him a month before to put together a video message for the shower so he could be a part of it even though he wasn’t physically there. It was funny, sweet, sentimental, all the right ingredients to make our mommy-to-be cry.” Thanks Nina for sharing your dear friend’s special day with us!