nicole’s shower

now on to the good stuff! last week i helped with a shower for nicole at the home of a friend of her’s. not only was the hostess (joanna) unbelievable sweet (and a bit sassy!), but beautiful. and her home! ah! don’t worry, i snuck all over and took lots of pics i’ll show you soon. but i’ll just start by describing it as

i made thee little flags after seeing last month’s edition of better homes and gardens. they featured a home with this idea as decor. i used fabric that coordinated with nicole’s baby bedding. i got a 1/4 yard of each fabric and was able to get 5 or 6 flags out of each piece. i just cut rectangles then notched triangular cuts on the ends (sounds more difficult than it was). then i bought dowels and cut them in half (ok, my dad did) then hot glued the fabric to the dowel. easy peasy. i stuck them in these blue mason jars on the table and in joanna’s old sap buckets along the bar by the drinks.

joanna found these great lemonade glasses at world market for $1 a piece!

i wanted to make some sort of pennat banner for the mantle but ran out of fabric. all i had left were the little triangles i had cut out of the flags. so i got creative and used those tiny scraps, cut them in strips, and tied them to limey green grosgrain ribbon, then swooped it across the mantle. it wasn’t quite the statement i was looking for, but it still added a little punch.

joanna took care of the house and all the food and drinks, and i just did a few decorations. the food was super yummy and beautiful, and jo made sangria and hand squeezed basil lemonade (ohmygoodnessitwassostinkingood!) and finished us all off with a trifle.

the best part of the shower was the hours we all spent talking. nicole has been blessed to have such a wonderful group of women to call her friends. i know they will miss her a ton when she moves down here in a couple weeks, but they, too will be missed by nicole.



  1. 1 says:

    what a lucky lady! everything turned out so cute…i love your flags! i made a mental note of them in bhg too. :)

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    Your cool friend Cheryl says:

    Looks great! I'm throwing a shower for my sister in about a month and am constantly on the prowl for good ideas!

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    Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training says:

    Everything think looks wonderful. I love the colors and your friend is very lucky to have someone like you add some pizzas to her shower. I LOVE baby showers and recently co hosted one for my best friend. I posted pictures on my blog as well if you would like to take a look.

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  4. 4

    You are just the coolest when it comes to decorating for showers!!

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    Justin and Julie says:

    Beautiful shower- I love all of your creative ideas!

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    Oh everything looks so beautiful! Can i be honest though? I was a little worried for you when your whole family was gone from home & you were posting from oregon…I used to be really trusting of people, but that trust was broken in a really bad way & now i feel very concerned when i see people announce on the internet that they will be gone. I don't mean to sound like a weirdo – just a fellow mom who wants to look out for you. (I know your home address has been made publicly available b/c of your business…so that's why i was extra concerned.)Anyway, keep on keepin' on with all your creative & wonderful crafts!

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    lindsey says:

    jen – thanks so much for your concern, but my house wasn't vacant while we were gone.

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    Joanna is my little sista! What a treat to take a peek into her beautiful home and see what she and her creative friends pull off! Wish I could have been there!
    You go girls!

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