Garden Tea Party Themed Baby Shower

The baby shower went really well yesterday. Here is a summary of all the crafty details:

I used the tissue paper pom poms from Martha Stewart again. They are just too pretty and were almost mesmerizing to sit under - with the air conditioner going, they spun slowly overhead. It was a nice effect. :) I also make mini poms (half fluffed) as napkin rings - there are instructions in Martha's tutorial for this as well. I put the rolled napkins in the tea cup at each place setting. With the help of my friend Megan, I thrifted all over town to find teacups (silver tea set, which I didn't need, but couldn't resist). There are some nasty thrift stores in Manhattan, but I also found a few real gems.

I also used Martha's pattern for a paper garland. You can use the .pdf of the alphabet in her tutorial, to customize and print your own (I enlarged the letters for mine) or you can buy a kit at Martha Stewart Crafts.

Ah ... my diaper cake. Perhaps my greatest crafting achievement? I think I am just pleased with myself because I didn't use someone else's instructions and came up with a pretty solid method. I photographed each step and will hopefully have the tutorial up by the end of the week.

My favorite parts of the diaper cake are the rose decorations. They look pretty real, right? Well, don't be fooled ... I made them out of coffee filters! Another great project on A woman named Cassie Chappell from Seattle showed Martha the process on her talk show, so there is a tutorial and an instructional video. You can check out her roses at I will post more on them later as well, but go to Martha for the detailed step-by-step instructions.

Keeping with the theme, I made a teapot cookie for each guest. They turned out cute, but were incredibly fragile (the spouts just snapped right off). I had 7 extras, but by the time they were iced and transported, I had just enough for an unbroken cookie per guest - phew. I'll post on the cookies later.

This baby shower was at work, and one of the benefits of working at a large law firm is we have an on-site caterer. It was great! The presentation was so nice, and the catering manager saw to every detail personally (he was setting up almost as long as I was!).

1. Turkey sandwiches with Dill Havarti on Seven Grain Bread
2. Roasted Red Peppers with Fresh Mozzarella and Pesto Spread on Foccacia
3. Truffle Risotto in Phyllo Dough

1. Chicken Cobb Salad in a Lettuce Cup
2. Piquant Pepper Stuffed with Fresh Mozzarella
3. Chicken Salad with Mango Salsa on Raisin Bread

1. More of the Chicken Cobb Salad
2. Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with Dijon Remoulade

For dessert:
1. Fresh Scones with Jam
2. Skewered Strawberries with Chocolate Fondue
3. Miniature Tartlets
4. Petit Fours

For hot beverage, they served an assortment of teas, coffee and hot chocolate (for me). :) It was so thick and chocolatey. Have you ever read the book, Chocolat? (It was also made into a movie). My bookclub girls will know what I am talking about, but it tasted precisely how I imagined Vianne Rocher's to taste. I had to dilute it a bit with water because it was so strong. Yum.

I forgot to take a photo of the cold beverage service, but they served pink lemonade and various sparkling ciders (my favorite was the apple-mango).

So, are your mouths watering? Flik (our in-house caterers) really outdid themselves. It was so nice to just pick the menus and let the pros do their thing.

All in all, a wonderful baby shower. It took me who knows how long to prepare and 4 1/2 hours to set up (I fluffed all the pom poms that morning in the office. Can you imagine me walking down Broadway trying to carry those things?). Everyone wanted to take one home, so the room came down in less than 5 minutes - that was kind of sad. But now I can start thinking of ideas for the next one ... another one of my managers is due in January.


Megan said...

Jill --- This is AMAZING! You have vision my dear. I saw all of the parts separately but never envisioned such excellence. Well done!

Christopher and Alicia said...

Jill, you are so AMAZING - the puff balls in the cups, the tea cups, the cake... it's all just AMAZING! You seriously need to become a party/wedding planned. I would hire you in a second! =) It all turned out like a dream. I hope you are getting some much needed sleep now that it's over! =)

mel said...

Everytyhing was absolutely beautiful. The cake was a masterpiece--I too love those roses. Fabulous job sis! You rock.

Sheena Larkin said...

Okay, the pictures are so much better then looking at your camera. Everything is lovely and the food sounds amazing after reading your descriptions. I would definitely make them hire you for the next one.

BreAnna said...

Jill, this really is so amazing!! I think you are martha stewart!! I just can't believe how well everything came together!! I love the overhead pompoms, they really add a whimsical feeling to the room, I bet the mom to be was just in awh at this!! Good job!

Bryan & Mary Porter said...

Jill, that was fantastic! I love those pictures. Everything looked really amazing. I agree with Alicia that you should be a party planner. And those roses on the cake are fabulous. Way to go.

perilloparodies said...

i am just excited to be able to use these tissue paper pop pop ideas, and other party ideas for all kinds of occasions. July 4th can be red, white, and blue ones, tropical colors can be used for a luau, pick colors for birthdays, baby or bridal showers, Easter... so many possibilities. love it!! thanks for sharing. just one question... what did you use to hang them up?

perilloparodies said...

do you think it would work well with crepe paper?

Jill said...

I just used whatever string I have available to hang them. I think for this party I hung them with white sewing thread.

I've never tried to make them with crepe paper, but I assume that could work as well! I think crepe paper would work especially well for the paper roses.

Good luck!

Tricia said...

I wanted to thank you for all of the great ideas....I used some of them for a bridal shower that I threw.....

Thanks again!!

Likes Chocolate said...

What a beautiful baby shower! I recieved one of those diaper cakes at my shower, but not nearly as beautiful as the one you made. Your friends are lucky to have you.

Brittany Iverson said...

This is great! Do you mind if I use some of your pics on my blog? With credits of course :)

Anonymous said...

Wow - I came across your blog/baby shower photos via a google search in an attempt to get inspiration for a shower I am throwing. Your ideas and execution are classic, creative and stunning! Thank you for sharing.

abruscia said...

Where did you find the large hanging flower balls? Or did you make those as well? The link to the MS site isn't working :(

Jill said...

I made the hanging pom poms myself.

The link to instructions on MS is fixed. :)

abruscia said...

Awesome! Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Your ideas and execution are classic

Wendy said...

How did you enlarge the letters?

homemade by jill said...

I think I enlarged them on a copy machine - hard to say though ... this was years ago.

Jenny Watson said...

Jill is really creative. With arrangements made according to a baby shower program she has done it well. The food served at the table specially the turkey sandwiches is going to add the baby shower program. Hope there should be more shower programs in the future. All the best.