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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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Wow, you are such a great friend. I love how you had such a cute, modern theme. The graphics are amazing!

01.22.2009 | Unregistered Commenteradesignaffair

oh brooke. your showers and parties are always so lovely.

and, i just KNEW those cutters were from martha by mail. they're the perfect hearts. . . curses. . .

01.22.2009 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

So in love with this... the colors are my favorites, too. I was curious about the typeface as well. It looks a lot like the font developed for Martha Stewart Living. Is it available somewhere?

Thanks for sharing!

01.22.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Ooo this is so cute. How clever are you? Do you mind if I post some of the pictures on my blog? Hope not! :)

wow, what a beautiful shower! i totally am going to use some/all of those ideas for the next one i throw...

01.23.2009 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

this is amazing!!! you are the best friend ever. i LOVE the invitation. i'd love to blog about this on Glamour.com too -- if it's ok with you, i'll blog about this next week and of course link here. you are so good at this stuff!!! :) joanna xo

01.23.2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoanna goddard

Love all these ideas, and have been craving those heart candies since reading this post!

01.24.2009 | Unregistered CommenterElaina

When I was in college, our landlord allowed us to paint our rented house. I painted my bedroom a color called waterdance, otherwise known as turquoise and I had a lipstick red coverlet. It was great.

This concept was beautiful and very thoughtful. I enjoyed it as I do most of your posts.

The Estate of Things

01.24.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

The shower was absolutely beautiful! The decor and food was amazing! You have a nice camera---do tell what kind it is!

01.25.2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Savage

Wow, everything is just perfect!

01.26.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I'm curious as to the name of the font that is used on the invite and quiz.

02.6.2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Adorable ideas. Love the color scheme! I'm throwing my best friend a baby shower in April--her first baby--and this post just makes me that much more excited. Thanks for such cute ideas. :)

02.9.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMinns

I just happened upon your blog today via Jody Ferlaak, a friend of mine. My nephew's new wife's name is Emily and their last name is Boyer. Funny. I copied the invite and will share it with her. :):)

02.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJewell Rude

thanks for the post! you inspired a super cute baby shower and super cute valentines for me this past week. . .i have photos up with a link to you. you are amazing.

02.16.2009 | Unregistered Commentercari

Such a beautiful baby shower. You are such a thougful friend.

02.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJOdz

thank you for the idea. I used it for my friends baby shower. Thank you. Thank you. I used the I heart {insert name here} idea. and the game. Loved it!
Here's my post on it. (i'm know our shower wasn't as detailed as yours, but with your help it was better than it would have been)!
we also used the 'I heart' party favors for a bridal shower.
Leslie hearts Andrew:

also love your library posts. Thank You.
Loving your blog. So glad I came across it.

03.30.2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

THANK YOU. this a beautiful and refreshingly UNIQUE baby shower. i am throwing one next week for a gal named emily. i so appreciate your lovely ideas.

04.13.2009 | Unregistered Commentermarta

I love the invites - I'm assuming you did these yourself? Any chance you do custom orders? I'm hosting a baby shower in a few months for a dear friend and think these would be perfect. Please let me know when you get a chance!

09.1.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

What a gorgeous post! I'm always searching for new themes for the gold party that I host and this is just lovely. The color palette is amazing and it's so unified. Thank you!

06.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGold Party

This gave me an idea of putting something or decorating our room when hubby arrives. I am sure that he will be delight to see it :) Thanks for the idea.

05.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

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