I’m so happy to be your guest blogger today! I’m Chris Nease, event designer and blogger of Celebrations At Home. I specialize in designing the smaller parties for all the celebrations in your life, and blog about ideas and inspiration for bringing entertaining back home. I also create Personalized Inspiration Boards for those who don’t have the budget for an event planner but could use some direction and inspiration.
Today I’m going to share a baby shower I designed to introduce a new baby boy. Best described as a Sip and See (or “Sea” in this case) this gives everyone a chance to meet the new baby and is a great way to celebrate a second or third child.
The nautical theme and colors were chosen to reflect the nursery. I used clear glass plates and cut out oceanic maps from scrapbook paper, to place underneath. The centerpiece highlighted a ships wheel, and sailor’s compass, along with small flower arrangements with bath-toy fish inserted into them. A different nautical flag was inserted into each water glass, and the favors were a fun take on the “message in a bottle” idea. The ‘napkins’ were rolled dish towels. On the drinks table we served an “Ocean Breeze” cocktail and blue Jones sodas. I used a ‘fish’ craft punch to make confetti to sprinkle on some of the serving trays, and made drink charms from nautical themed buttons. More maps were used to create a collage display board with pictures of the new baby and family.
The dessert table provided monogramed cookies, berry parfaits served in baby food jars, and mini cupcakes with more nautical flags.
More details included custom invitations, a welcome life saver on the front door, an ‘islander cheeseball’ served in a boat, and more bath toys and plush toys as part of the decor.
I hope you enjoyed seeing this and will be inspired to host your own nautical themed party, or a sip and see shower! Cheers!