Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sleeping Beauty Baby Shower





A baby shower was planned for BEFORE the baby's birth. But the baby must like parties and really wanted to be there in person. And so she was. The baby's mother thought she could swing a couple of hours sitting in a chair eating, visiting and opening presents. So we went ahead with it. 

Sleeping Beauty was the mother's favourite fairy tale and so we went with the that for a theme. Pink was the colour of the day, with lush peonies in vases around the room. On the door, a white wooden frame held a bouquet and across the frame was a ribbon lettered with the classic opening lines, "Once upon a time..."
 


We took a few quotations from the story, lettered them onto cardstock and placed them on easels. And another quote "Every good and perfect gift comes from above..." from the book of James in the Bible. A banner over the fireplace said "Sleeping Beauty" and we gathered the gifts in and around a doll bed made for Baby Sadie's Auntie when she was a child.

On the mantel I stacked well-worn children's books gathered from my bookshelves and placed vases of peonies atop. A simple collage of photos of the baby and her parents took centre stage on the mantel.

Auntie Katie (mother of the Little Miss) made gorgeous pink and white tissue flowers which we hung in corners and above the dining room table. To present the menu, I covered books with plain white paper and lettered whimsical menu names on the spine - such as Courtly Sage Crisps, Queen Mother's Cream Puffs, and Pink Palace Punch.  Auntie Ashley prepared some delectable food - which I'll wait to post since many of my food pictures didn't turn out, and there are enough leftovers to take more photos, now that I have a little more time.


This is the cake that Auntie Katie made for the shower. She is so talented and makes cakes that are not only beautiful to look at, but also delicious to eat. The buttercream icing was so light and not too sweet. In fact, after this post is up, I'm going to have a piece.


The guest of honour slept through the entire shower, but I snapped this photo as she was getting ready to go home. Car seats may keep little ones safe, and I advocate their use, but she looks entirely too tiny and fragile for all the straps and buttons. 

Linking to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Mary at the Little Red House.

24 comments:

Andrea Dawn said...

Love all that pink. Beautiful cake and such delightful fairy tale theme. Definitely an abundance of peonies . . . the place must have smelled divine. Miss Sadie does seem to be lost in all those straps, but I agree they are for the best.

Pondside said...

Sadie's first party - and what a lovely one it was! A standard has been set!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful and artistic work. He is cute.

Jill said...

Wow, what a beautiful shower! Our little grand daughter's name is Aurora and I think they need to label one of her pictures "Sleeping Beauty".

Rosewalk Cottage said...

lovely pinks and a beautiful cake. Have a great week
~Clara

Gabriela Delworth said...

Congratulations Lorrie!


What a great party! The guest of honor is super cute!


Gabriela

Sheila said...

Lorrie - I agree with you - Sadie looks so tiny with safety contraptions surrounding her. How thoughtful of you to go to so much trouble to make the shower setting just perfect for a tiny Sleeping Beauty!

A Garden of Threads said...

She is adorable. Love the theme and flowers for the shower. I have my first grandchild's birth in 4 weeks. Take care, Jen.

Bonnie said...

The party decorations and cake are lovely; however I am afraid the the last photo (of baby) showed the sweetest. I agree with you babies look so overtaken when strapped into their carseats. I hope you have a wonderful week. Bonnie

Vee said...

Sweet ideas for a baby shower. That cake looks amazing and I want a piece, too. She's a wee little love that's for sure. I always wonder if those seats are comfortable.

Snap said...

Great ideas for a baby shower and that cake is amazing. The guest of honor is a cutie and I bet she has lots of parties in her future!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I adore the theme. It surely does take "The Cake"! :)

podso said...

What a creative shower! And I was wondering if your sleeping beauty slept through the party and it sounds like she did!

My Little Home and Garden said...

It's sweet to see that the shower theme was personalized for the mom. Every little detail is special; the books, the banner and so on...

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Absolutely enchanting!! What a very sweet theme for a baby shower.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

So beautiful...and such great ideas! I know where I'll come looking for inspiration if I'm ever planning a baby shower. The cake is amazing.

So glad the guest of honour could be there!

materfamilias said...

What a lovely memory you made -- it's all so pretty!

Alisa Noble said...

Congratulations, Lorrie!
And you guys did a beautiful job on the shower!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a precious little bundle of joy...so innocent and peaceful! The baby shower is so beautiful...every detail is perfect! What fun for everyone!

Carole said...

What a beautiful shower for your beautiful grand baby! Oh that cake is delectable! I agree with you about the car seat. I always cringe a bit when Arya is getting tightly buckled in!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Congratulations! The little one looks adorable. And who wouldn't want to show up a bit early to be a special guest at such a lovely party!

Roban said...

Everything looked lovely! I especially like the way you decorated the mantel with the banner and picture. Pretty!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What a sweet baby and everything looked so festive!

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

I admit...a shower for a sweet baby girl beats a shower for a baby boy in festive feminine details. Glad she and her mother were up for partying! You have a very talented party giving team!