baby girl shower


i had the pleasure of hosting a baby shower for my niece amber a couple weeks ago.  i absolutely LOVE throwing showers!  in fact, i threw amber’s bridal shower exactly a year ago, too!


she sent me some baby room ideas & colors and i took my inspiration from there: gold, pale teal & blush pink.



i kept the decor really simple with just items i pulled from around my house.


the gold tassels were made using this easy tutorial, made from a plastic table cloth, and strung together with yarn!




thankfully, my garden was in full bloom (thank you summer-like central coast fall weather!) and i was able to use my white and pale pink roses.  silas and i also snipped some branches from some pepper trees and eucalyptus trees in the neighborhood.


i love the relaxed look the branches added.


i am no professional baker, but this cake was really fun!  i made my go-to brownie cake since really so many of us don’t really love cake, but who doesn’t love a brownie?  i just used 3 boxes of brownie mix and baked them in round cake pans, then frosted just like a regular cake.  the pale ombre effect was created with 3 bowls of frosting: 1 with 2 drops of red food coloring, 1 with 1 drop, one with white frosting.  i started at the base with the darkest pink with just one line spread around.  then i used the next shade and finished with the white on top.  when i smoothed out the frosting, the colors easily softened and mixed together.




the toppers were a teeny golden deer and a mini pom pom garland strung on wooden skewers.


for an easy pop of color and print, i love using a roll of wrapping paper for a table runner.




straws from target wrapped with pale pink wash tape (from target as well) and trimmed with scissors.



mason jars and stacks of white plates, just some of my basic hostess recommendations.




i also made this mobile for decor and as a baby gift.


the mobile was made with a gold metal hoop, yarn, pompoms, skewers & glitter paper (for the arrows), and feathers painted with gold acrylic paint.







one of my favorite details is this handmade print that my oldest, gracie, made for her baby cousin!

hostess basics

over the years, i have hosted many a party.  like a million.  at least ;)

what has made it easy for me is that i have all the basics on hand, and then i can just add details to make it special!

now my hostess stockpile took a few years to build up – it did not happen over night!  my biggest tip: go neutral.  i have gone with clear glass and white for all the basics.

hostess basics

this simple collection will help you to set a table for a crowd (i think i have settings for at least 30), and then add all the fun details with accessories.

hostess basics

years ago we bought a big ol’ stack of inexpensive plates from ikea, and bowls as well.  years later, i found a stack really similar dessert plates at a garage sale and snatched them up!

hostess basics

i used to use a couple pretty pitchers to serve drinks in at gatherings, but my drink dispensers are so much more convenient – so filling and refilling the pitchers all night.

hostess basics

i have a really big table and i can’t find a table cloth big enough to cover it.  or if i did, it would be ridiculously expensive just to get spaghetti sauce spilled on it.  my solution (and this would work for any size table):  plain white flat sheets.  i buy king size flat sheets from walmart and they work perfectly!

hostess basics

while i don’t have 30 just yet, i love using cloth napkins for nicer meals.  they are a nice step up from paper napkins.  i have a few different sets of white napkins – some linen, some thrifted – but because they are all white, they work well together.  i’m also thinking of gathering some other colors, too.  best thing about white, though: bleach.

hostess basics

our table regularly seats 8, but we can fit 12 pretty easily.  we have a set of folding metal chairs around our front porch table that migrate inside when we have a gathering.

hostess basics

i like to keep my serving dishes neutral: lots of white, clear and silver.  we tend to do mostly buffet style, so at least the buffet table can look nice!

hostess basics

and on the buffet as well, i like to add a little variation with cake plates.  i have been collecting a variety of cake plates since we first got married and they definitely come in handy!

hostess basics

we have a regular weekly gathering of our growth group at our house on monday nights, where we have as many as 35 for a potluck dinner.  having forks, knives and spoons on hand is so nice!

hostess basics

basic glassware is a must.  you can use red solo cups, of course, but real glasses make the table so much nicer!  while i don’t have 30 matching glasses for entertaining, i do have 30+ mason jars that work just as well!  they are definitely more on the casual side, but they are cheap and on hand, so thats a win for me.

once you set your all white table, you can mix things up by adding colored/patterned runners, centerpieces, place cards, whatever you can think of!

so how about you – do you have a hostess stockpile?  what do you have that i’m missing?