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baby #4

My dear friend Emily is having a baby, her fourth, so we got to have a little shower to celebrate. I find it really hard to take photos during a party (there's so much running around right before and the light is never very good) but I managed a few shots.

I wanted to hang some hearts over the table but once I cut/punched all 50 or so, the thought of punching holes and tying them all to string seemed a bit ridiculous. Saved again by my sewing machine... much faster.

I put together a little quiz (thanks to Emily's mother) about Emily when she was younger. The best question was about her getting sent to the principal's office in second grade for throwing spitballs at the ceiling in the girl's bathroom. Heart toothpicks for some of the food (two hearts stuck together with a bit of double stick tape).

It's nice to not have to deal with cups and ice at parties, so I'm a fan of water bottles. And they always look cuter with new labels. Emily's favorite drink is IZZE (her favorite is actually the raspberry flavor, but she likes the pomegranate too and well, it matched the color palette better). I'm not above choosing drinks solely on their color.

Light blue and white sugar cookies, with a few red ones thrown in. These heart cookie cutters are from an old kit from Martha by Mail, I wish I had bought one of everything they sold while they were still in business. So well designed and so well made.

Emily's sister was kind enough to pick up some Sprinkles cupcakes, and the red and blue candies on top were perfect. Although my cupcake love is reserved for Magnolia Bakery, these are pretty good too.

My sweet sister in law ran all over town trying to find some red heart candies. I used my new favorite trick for the tags, punching out the heart shape and putting fabric behind it. I think we'll be trying something similar for Valentines day... stay tuned.

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Beautiful yet again! I remember once a few years back we published a feature in real living with that colour combo. I remember thinking the stylist must have been colour blind - how could red and teal go together? But it's grown on me - so much so, I'm considering adding some red to my touches of blue in my house. Shock horror!

01.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelinda

So lovely! Emily is a lucky friend!

01.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Cakes look delicious and the decorations look fabulous :)

01.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSammi

wow - so pretty. I have four lovely kids too, but alas I never had a baby shower. I just love all the little details you have worked so hard to get right. it must have been a great party - well done!

01.21.2009 | Unregistered Commenterkim

So pretty! What a great heart theme.

01.21.2009 | Unregistered Commenteralice

It looks like it was a beautiful party. Would you mind sharing what font you used on the invitation/quiz?

01.21.2009 | Unregistered Commenterheatherly

Oh, what a lovely party to give and attend, love is in the details! On a side note...I love the items I got from the Martha by Mail catalogue and still lament that it's gone!

01.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

LOVE this idea...what typeface is that on the invites, though? i really like it...

01.21.2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrooke

this is so lovely. wonderful sense of color! i especially love the cookies - i would never have thought to make my cookie platter a design piece. next time i will!

01.21.2009 | Unregistered Commenterdemoree

What an amazing baby shower! I'lll have to keep these ideas in my back pocket for when I put one on for someone. Ooh, my neighbor is pregnant... I need Valentine's Day ideas! Post soon please!

01.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

I love your decor and style for the party! I love a well put together event!

01.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly O.


01.21.2009 | Unregistered Commenterk. l.

Wow!!! Very impressive. You could recycle a lot of your ideas for a Valentine's party for your kids.

01.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLecia

I'm throwing a shower for my baby sister in a few months. I had planned to copy Katie's Rock N Roll shower, but now I'm stealing every idea here. (I have to admit I read baby #4 and wondered if this was your way of announcing twins! Phew...)

01.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRB

Beautiful! Love the heart cutouts with the fabric behind them!!!!

What fun and simple ideas for a shower. I love it! I find everything that you post on your blog so inspiring!

01.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBianca

WOW! What a beautiful shower. I love the heart theme. I'm working on a roundup of baby showers for the future and I'll be linking. Just lovely.

01.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I think the heart garland is very lovely. I'm saving the image in my "wedding inspiration" folder.

01.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

what fun ideas!!!!! thanks so much for sharing!

01.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

I'm the lucky, lucky friend that is still overwhelmed by the beautiful shower thrown on my behalf. Brooke, 'thank you' doesn't begin to cover it! But THANK YOU for your time, amazing talent & energy that you put into the shower! Who gets this kind of shower for baby #4?! You're the best!

01.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

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