Tuesday, September 29, 2009

saddle up!

This shower was SO. MUCH. FUN. to put together!
Inspired by the country-ish location and some fun vintage style fabrics, the theme shines through in every single element of the party!

Here, again, are the invitations you've already seen.
I love the interest that the fabric and buttons add. I could use and adapt this idea over and over again.

Do you see what I mean by a country theme fitting this location?
It was held at the home of the expectant mom's parents. This is the view from the back porch!

The tables are my favorite. The top two photos show sections of the table settings for two six-foot tables. I made patchwork runners from seven different fabrics, including burlap, denim, and a bandanna print. Mini hay bales were the focal point, surrounded by lots of mason jars full of flowers, cute farm animal puppets, and vintage wooden blocks.
In the bottom photo you see the eight foot main dining table. For this one, I made the table cloth from sections of burlap and the vintagey cowboy print. What a cool effect the small 24 containers of white daisies created! 12 mason jars and 12 baby bottles.
Puppets, blocks, and bottles: all reusable for the baby!

We had to include a special spot for the few kids attending. A school-height table complete with crayons, worksheets, farm books, and fun masks ensured the lil' buckaroos would stay BUSY!

So the clothesline is a popular baby shower decoration idea these days. I wanted to expand the concept by using the tablecloth fabrics to applique coordinating onesies. I did a horseshoe, a star, a Levi's pocket from an old pair of big brother's jeans, a horse head, 'lil' bro', a pig, and a sheriff's badge star. All with cloth diapers in between. Again- practical, useful, super CUTE decor. And that Lil' Cowpokes fabric by Michael Miller was actually my original inspiration behind the theme.

My pea pod game made another appearance for this shower. The game winners went home with these. A simple, basic oatmeal chocolate chip cookie mix, jazzed up with blue m&m's. The labels? Sarah + Abraham, of course! I am so lucky to have someone who not only deals with my constant strange requests, but does an even better job than I would have imagined! Oh, and these were our Cookie Monday cookies this week. I couldn't possibly have sent them off as gifts without testing the complete recipe out! It was worth it.

More Sarah & Abraham cuteness here! I love her favor stickers, and use them a LOT. Guests were sent home with classic toy stick horses, in iced shortbread cookie form. I was so excited when I found the horse head cookie cutter, and then just used candy making sticks from the craft store to create the look. Lots of royal icing plus many hours in the kitchen produced 45 of these guys.
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I am not a fan of cutesy, pastel baby showers. Actually, they drive me NUTS. But taking a unique idea and carrying it out through the whole event makes me very happy. I'm such a sucker for party planning.

Yee-haw!

19 comments:

PamperingBeki said...

How cute! You did a great job.

Tegan and Tage said...

Awesome! I'm going to have to call you this week for those favor cookie tips... I need to make some onesies for the shower I'm doing on Saturday. And look how cute you are with your "Hostess with the Mostess" font right on the pictures. :)

The appliqued onesies are the perfect Handmade by Heather touch!

The Perfect Trio said...

I'm not having a baby but, could you come throw me a shower anyway????? :o)

Melissa

Sherryl said...

Wow Heather - great job on the shower! The horse cookies blew me away!

Polka Dot Moon said...

That is one fabulous shower! Love the theme :)

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Absolutely adorable!! Every last detail is just fabulous. I can't believe you made those horse head cookies - they look so perfect. You did a great job - and I hope you had a lot of fun :)

Heather :: Angel Face Designs :: said...

Sooooo cute!! You did a great job!

jord,ali,hal,kam and grae too! said...

YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!

Danielle said...

Very cute shower! Your horse cookies turned out great and I love the mason jar & baby bottle vases.

mel said...

SO, SO, SO cute!!! Love the theme, Love the onesies! And, you did an amazing job on the cookies, I can't imagine how much time those took. They look perfect! Great job!!

Lindsey said...

Once again...completely amazing.

Polka Dot Sally said...

You made all of those onesies? And cookie jars? And favor cookies? Are you serious? Holy moly! Amazing! And you just moved? I'm impressed. Always am! :)

Julie @ Joy's Hope said...

you know that the only reason that I am friends with you is so if I ever get knocked up again you can be in charge of my shower. just being honest. you're rad.

Stacey Halphen said...

What a super cute baby shower idea! I love how your theme plays out through every aspect of the shower. I am sure your friend will have great memories of this day!

Mimi said...

All those years of my tormenting you with themes has paid off!
I am jealous of the fun you are having....
:O)
Mom

Laura said...

FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Perhaps I should put a link to this post on MY baby shower post....I hope the creativity here inspires women to look beyond the pastels!!!!!!!Great job!

Ruth said...

That looks like it was so much fun!! Thanks for all the great ideas!
Now I see where those lil cowpokes went ;)

Erin said...

So adorable! Those cowboy cookie jars have been floating in the back of my brain ever since I saw them on Bakerella. LOVE your addition of BLUE m&m's!!

Julie - you made me laugh out loud... "If I ever get knocked up again"

SoSoBella said...

so cute!!!