vintage picnic baby shower

a couple weeks ago i had the pleasure of helping out with a baby shower for a dear friend of mine.  she’s having her 3rd baby and we just wanted to do something beautiful for her, not necessarily baby-centered.

the setting was amazing, at my friend julie’s house, set out in the country with hills and fields surrounding us.

joy, my partner in crime, came up with the theme of vintage picnic.  pinterest was a huge help for inspiration!

my original vision was to have only picnic blankets spread out on the lawn, then i realized some women (pregnant women in particular) may not want to sit on the grass, so we added this shaded table.

mismatched bistro chairs were pulled from my front porch and the table was layered in vintage linens.


i loved the mix of my linens with joy’s – so fun!  the forks were wrapped in cloth napkins tied with fabric scraps from my stash.  i pulled the books and the lantern from my living room.  random jars were filled with flowers cut from all of our yards.  julie’s 9 year old daughter did all the flower arranging for us – so cute!

joy brought these beautiful eyelet lanterns to hang from the tent to make it cozier.  i love the little ribbons hanging from the bottom.

the drink station was a favorite spot of mine.  i love that with this theme we were able to make a mishmash of drink containers all work well together.  tea, water and lemonade were served.

we shopped julie’s house and found this table and bench and they worked perfectly!

these soda crates were great for holding all the mason jar drinking glasses.  each glass was wrapped with a strip of scrap fabric and a name tag.


the food table was so pretty and the food was so yummy!  my favorite part: i didn’t help with the food at all!  a wooden crate held the plates and an old stool my grandfather made added some height to the table.

my vintage plate collection wasn’t quite large enough to serve everyone so we added plain white plates, too.

i seriously thought about sneaking off with that tray of mozzarella and tomatoes!

the desert table was another fun mishmash of collected items: cake plates, a vintage picnic basket, stools and plates.  another friend made apricot upside down cakes and joy made cupcakes.

we used one of my boutique display racks to hold cards for the guests to write wishes and prayers for the family and their new baby.

on the lawn we spread chenille and matelasse coverlets and put luggage, wooden boxes, and metal trays to use as tables for the guest’s drinks.  i love the lemon curd jars used for vases.

each blanket also had a couple pillows thrown on for a little extra comfort.

the expectant mama and joy

the best part of this shower?  besides that i didn’t have to cook a single thing?  it was entirely free!  between the 3 of us, we were able to pull things from our house that worked well as the decor.  my car was packed floor to ceiling for this shower!




  1. 1

    What a great looking baby shower. I’m sure some people will be pin interesting these pictures too!

    Kelly @
    Elegantly Academic

  2. 2

    This is such a great idea! I will definitely pin this idea!

  3. 3

    Gorgeous! I love all of it! Filing this away in my “great ideas” folder!

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  5. 5

    I love it! The drink station photos are perfection. :)

  6. 6

    Can I hire you?! WOW!! The hills in the background are a beautiful touch. It’s simply amazing!

  7. 7

    So pretty! What a nice way to pamper the mama-to-be!

  8. 8

    What a beautiful shower! Love all the details and extra touches that really makes it personal :) Looks like it was a glorious day.

  9. 9

    That looks AMAZING! And for no cost?! That’s the way to go! I take it the weather was nice and not 105 like here in Oklahoma {pregnant and miserable}! Such a beautiful shower! I’ll share this idea:)

  10. 10

    This is absolutely lovely, Lindsey! And I love that you did it all for free. :)

  11. 11

    Lovely! I love all the vintage linens. I also really like the black display with the clips that you put the cards on. Where could I find something like that?

  12. 12

    Just lovely!

  13. 13

    That looks beautiful! What an amazing view.

  14. 14

    You amaze me how creative you are! LOVE it!! My favorte part is………..I can’t decide, I love it all:)) I just bought one of the those coca cola crates. So fun!

  15. 15

    soooo cute! love this little shower…what a great idea!

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    Merideth says:

    Everything was perfectly beautiful. Best part…spending time with you and all those amazing women. I am still walking around on a cloud of happiness. Thank you sweet friend.

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    these showers are amazing. you are a huge blessing to all the mama’s to be that you’ve showered! great idea!!

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    crystal says:

    you girls are so creative!

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    melesa garrison says:

    Firts of all, I’m awed by the beautiful yard and view…You ladies are so creative and wonderful friends to gather all these things and put it all together for a such a special day. I know the expectant mama really appreciates you ladies. I love the linens, lanterns, flowers, the antique pieces. It just all came together so beautifully! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day ;) Melesa

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    melesa garrison says:

    First…NOT “firts” LOL :D

  21. 21

    This is soooooooo gorgeous! I love this shower idea it reminds me of the scene from Pride and Prejudice :)

  22. 22

    wow – it looks like a lovely dream! i have a baby shower to plan for this coming winter, sadly i don’t think i can pull off an outdoors picnic in january in MN, but i may use some of your ideas as inspiration!

  23. 23

    What a lovely and inspiring post! I especially LOVE the idea of writing cards and wishes for the expectant family. What a true gift of love your shower was.

    Thanks so for sharing!

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    Sarah A. says:

    Wow, that looks like a scene from a Jane Austen novel! :)

  25. 25

    This is adorable and I bet was fun to plan too!

  26. 26

    So cool! I literally just saved a TJ’s Lemon Curd jar to make it into a vase- so funny. L, are you on Pinterest? I’ll have to search for you- I’m addicted! What a lovely thing to do for someone having #3.

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    What a beautiful setting! LOVE the beverage table….Vintage is the way to go!

  28. 28

    Love. Love. Love!

  29. 29

    Everything is so beautiful! I love the wishes and prayers display also!

  30. 30

    How beautiful and thrifty! That has got to be the most special baby shower set up I’ve ever seen. You can tell so much care and personal touches were added. Thanks for sharing.


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    So, so cute!!

  32. 32

    beautiful!!! xo

  33. 33

    Oh my, this is so sweet! I bet the mama to be felt amazingly celebrated!

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    I could eat that entire tray of mozzerella and tomatoes, it’s my weakness. I love it. LOL.


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    It all looks amazing!!!
    You are so talented at putting together an eclectic mix of items that just work!
    That food looks great. Would love to know what the menu was.
    What a lucky lady to have such lovely friends to put on such a stylish baby shower.

  36. 36

    What a great job! Much more interesting than store bought decorations! Fun! I bet the expectant Momma was very happy! :)

  37. 37

    wow what a beautiful shower and setting. Well done! Major inspiration here!!

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