Hi HowDoesShe Gals!

Do you have your dancing shoes on? Be ready to do your happy dance, ladies, because our guest this week is one craftalicious babe! May I welcome Christina Nease from “Celebrations At Home”. She is a party-planner, decorator, and designer extraordinaire and she is sharing one drop-dead gorgeous baby shower with us today. Whether you are expecting your own sweet bundle of joy, or planning a shower for a friend you will be blown away by Chris’ gorgeous creations. But, I’ll let her work speak for itself. Take it away, Chris!

This past weekend I designed a baby shower for the Richmond “Dream  Baby Shower” contest winner. This is a locally sponsored contest (with $1500 worth of prizes) that is presented by Richmond Mom and introduces expecting mothers (nominated by friends & family) to readers, who then vote for a deserving recipient. The winner of the contest is expecting twin boys and chose an invitation from By Invitation Only, with a lovely birds-in-a-tree motif. This turned out to be the inspiration for my design.

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We set the scene with 4 different, but coordinating tabletop designs. We used burlap runners on all the tables, with 2 tables featuring birdcages and rustic accessories, while the other 2 featured branches with rustic bird houses. Florals were done in shades of green and white, and small button flowers were attached to the Manzanita branches to add color and detail. The button flowers are very hardy and hold up without being in water, so I cut the heads off the stems, hot glued it to a piece of yarn, and tied it onto the branches.

Place settings were simple white and clear plates with embellished canning jars used for drinks. Each guest received a tiny chocolate birds nest favor with Jordan almonds (eggs) inside. I made the nests by melting dark chocolate and mixing in crushed shredded wheat cereal and crunchy chow mein noodles. I then created a “nest” by filling the bottom of a muffin tin with a bit of the mixture. Place the “eggs” (Jordan almonds) inside the nest while the chocolate is still melted so they will stick to the nest without falling out. Let it harden in the refrigerator.

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The dessert table is always a lovely focal point at parties. Delicious cupcakes from Two Sweet cupcake boutique were provided and dressed up with toppers from Bird’s Party designs. The backdrop is a painter’s canvas wrapped with fabric. I made a “BABY” banner by draping lace across the front and attaching painted wooden letters with a cloths pin covered by ribbon. Bird’s Party also created the “baby shower” sign which instructed the guests to write a few words of wisdom for mom and place it in the bird cage.

The final element to this party was the delicious menu provided by Green Monkey catering, a company specializing in natural and organic food. Thanks to the vendors and sponsors this turned out to be beautiful event!

Alright, ladies. Time to pick those jaws up from the floor. It makes you want just ONE more baby so you can do this, am I right? Or a LOT of friends who are expecting, at least. Who knew how elegant a baby shower could be? If you loved this (and I have a feeling you did) you will not want to miss these other great ideas from Christine!

Kids Candy-Coated Christmas

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Autumn Engagement Party Shoot:

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Sweet 16 Birthday Party:

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Glamorous Dessert Table

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Thanks, again Chris for sharing your phenomenal ideas with all of us. Each and every one is absolutely elegant and gorgeous. I hope you’ll join us as a guest again VERY soon! Which of these amazing ideas inspired all of you? I can’t wait to hear from you!

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  1. January 21st, 2011 at 7:15 am
    Bird says:
    WOW!!!!! Truly the most beautiful baby Shower I've EVER, EVER seen!!!
    Stunning job Chris!! So pleased I was able to be a part of this fabulous day!!

    In awe!!
    XOXO
  2. January 21st, 2011 at 7:29 am
    Amanda Parker of Shindig Parties says:
    Chris is a remarkable talent! I am always so inspired and awed by her party tables.... thanks for sharing this amazing display of creativity!
  3. January 21st, 2011 at 7:39 am
    Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts says:
    Chris always does such a wonderful job!!!
  4. January 21st, 2011 at 9:00 am
    Chris @ Celebrations At Home says:
    Thank you for the sweet feature, Bobbi. You guys are awesome! xoxo
  5. January 21st, 2011 at 9:55 am
    Amy @ Blowout Party! says:
    Absolutely stunning! Of course, everything that Chris designs is incredibly fabulous.
  6. January 21st, 2011 at 9:59 am
    Alysha says:
    Every tablescape is just gorgeous! I could stare at these all day!
  7. January 21st, 2011 at 10:16 am
    Shelley says:
    Oh how I love me some Chris! I am addicted to these parties. Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent here today. :)
  8. January 21st, 2011 at 12:35 pm
    Kori Clark says:
    This is BEAUTIFUL!! I love all of the amazing details! Chris is a superstar!!
  9. January 21st, 2011 at 1:14 pm
    Michele @ crazyfordesign says:
    I'm loving the "nest" favors (along with all the other stuff)! Very cool!
  10. January 21st, 2011 at 1:18 pm
    Do {Piggy Bank Parties} says:
    Chris hits it out of the park again! Lovely!
  11. January 21st, 2011 at 1:50 pm
    Dacia says:
    Super cute!
  12. January 21st, 2011 at 3:51 pm
    Monica says:
    Soooooooooooo GORGEOUS! Celebrations at Home always has great party inspiration.
  13. January 21st, 2011 at 4:45 pm
    Mindy says:
    How have I never heard of this woman?! She is AMAZING! Seriously, when I grow up I want to throw parties like Chris. Each of those pics were incredible. I especially love the sweet 16 party. SO fun!
  14. January 21st, 2011 at 4:46 pm
    Mindy says:
    PS thank you for featuring/introducing her to me HowDoesShe. You girls rock!
  15. January 22nd, 2011 at 12:01 am
    becca @ birthday girl says:
    So very cute! Great job Chris- another amazing accomplishment!
  16. January 22nd, 2011 at 8:39 am
    Christi H says:
    I love it! The colors are perfect. Can you give me the name of the beautiful striped fabric used as the backdrop? Great job :)!!!!
  17. January 24th, 2011 at 7:35 pm
    Chris @ Celebrations At Home says:
    Oh No, Christi! I'm sorry I have no idea the name of the fabric. I got it from Jo-Ann's fabric/craft store in the green-blue calico area.
  18. May 24th, 2011 at 4:19 am
    phatgurl says:
    They are awesome and oh, so cute~!!!!
  19. August 16th, 2013 at 6:59 pm
    Rose says:
    Did I miss something??? " The most beautiful baby shower" my standards are obviously different.
  20. January 6th, 2014 at 12:23 pm
    Bridget says:
    I lOVE all of the birdies you used in this! Such a cute idea! I'm not expecting a baby anytime soon, but I would totally love to have a shower like this whenever I am!
  21. January 7th, 2014 at 9:04 pm
    Carina says:
    Wow! I am blown away by the creative detail! This baby shower is ah-mazing as well as the other events! Love it :)
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