Our “Journey to Parenthood” Themed Baby Shower

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ASOS dress sz 4 altered (love their maternity line), Hat Hive fascinator, AT pumps (similar)
On Nick – J.Crew 484 pants, TH suspenders

Last month, we had a coed celebration for our baby girl with some of our very thoughtful and generous friends and family! We were surprised and grateful that so many out-of-towners made the trip to join us in Boston. The party theme was “journey to parenthood” with a vintage, European travel style twist. I’ve always loved the idea of ladies from the past in hats and gloves, boarding trains carrying beautiful hat boxes and leather travel trunks. If you’re planning a bridal or baby shower, a royal wedding or tea party theme would be similarly fun reasons to get dressed up!

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Our shower was at SRV in Boston’s South End, which has an airy private patio space with bistro lighting (a rare find in the midst of the city). Unfortunately it was pouring rain that day, but our florist Teresa did an incredible job re-orchestrating things for indoors at the last minute. My jaw literally dropped when we arrived – I thought her gorgeous display was fit for a wedding, and she nailed the vintage-inspired theme using rustic greenery with mustard and blush florals!

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On Mom – Ann Taylor lace dress 0P (she’s 5’2,” 105lb), BP sandals (very comfy), Amazon fascinator

A different idea for a floral photo wall on a budget is using large paper flowers – I’ve DIY’d some for my friends’ events, and recently discovered that they can be purchased on Etsy! On the topic of Etsy, I’m a little addicted to browsing the custom and handcrafted boutiques on there. I got my fascinator hat from this shop, and my friend found this sugar cookie vendor who did such a detailed job. Dying over these “passport to parenthood,” luggage, and onesie cookies!

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Photos: Catherine Threlkeld Photography
Florals: Mimosa Fresh Flower Design
Luggage & trays: finds from SOWA vintage
Balloons: WOW balloons
Cakes: Lizzie’s Bakery
Cookies: Creative Cookie Corner
Restaurant: SRV Boston

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These mini suitcase boxes served as both place card settings and party favors (filled with candies). For food, SRV makes all of their pastas fresh (right up our alley), but their small bites and appetizers were the stars here. Everyone was raving about the flavorful carrot and short rib starters.

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How pretty is this painted buttercream cake and assorted floral cupcakes? If you order from Lizzie’s Bakery, my personal favorite flavor was her carrot cake with cream cheese frosting!

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I wish I got a shot with all the girls before guests had to leave! Only managed to grab this quick photo at the very end … love these beautiful ladies and a few more who are missing. If you enjoy reading blogs, you may recognize the lovely Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook, Emily from The Sweetest Thing, and Khatu from her Etsy shop.

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coed baby shower games eggplant egg

This is a Filipino-inspired game that we’ve played at a few showers before! It always makes for some good laughs and fervent hip swinging amongst our friends. Supplies: string, plastic baggies, uncooked eggs, and eggplants (we’ve also played this just with two eggs instead of egg + eggplant). How to play: Grab a partner. Partner # 1: place an egg in a baggie and tie it around your waist so that it swings freely. Partner #2: tie an eggplant around your waist the same way. The first team to crack their egg by swinging their hips wins (no cheating using your hands)!

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This was a cute activity – can’t wait to read all the little sticky notes during our late-night diaper changes!

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The men took the party style theme to heart and I have to say, looked pretty dapper!

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I adore these custom onesies Nick got from Cheerily, with nods to baby’s Chinese & Filipino heritage.

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My younger brother, Schuyler, with the cutest little partygoer (baby Theo) in his themed outfit!

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