VIntage Lamb Themed Neutral Baby Shower

First things first… I’m going to be a Grandma! You can only imagine my uncontainable excitement that our daughter and son-in-law are expecting their first baby! The whole family is waiting on pins and needles to meet the sweet baby boy or girl that is going to change our lives! Recently, Taylor and Nate moved to Hawaii and it is a little sad they will be so far away. However, they relocated from Baltimore, MD…so if we have to travel to see our grandbaby, Hawaii isn’t such a bad location!

It was such an honor and delight to host Taylor’s baby shower. Because they are waiting to find out if they’re having a boy or girl, they chose to go with a neutral pallet in the nursery and received the Sweet Lambie Nursery Bedding from Pottery Barn Kids as a gift. Using the bedding set as an inspiration made planning a gender neutral vintage baby shower so easy… and SO much fun! I not only designed the shower off of the nursery bedding but drew a great deal of inspiration from an adorable first birthday party I came across by Carrie Sellman, founder of The Cake Blog. (Gotta LOVE Pinterest!)  The shower also incorporated vintage elements as Taylor has become smitten with vintage and cottage chic design. (She has recently started her own furniture refinishing business in Hawaii, called Dear Olympia Furniture Revivals!)

Taylor’s shower was filled with whimsy, organic textures, warmth and most of all LOVE! I kept the color pallet neutral with warm creams, beiges, browns and whites.

Vintage Lamb Baby Shower

Vintage Lamb Baby Shower

I designed the invitations to kick off our little lamb theme, incorporating the same color pallet with a little bit of whimsy. The craft envelopes were adorned with a wrap return address label that stated “A baby shower for Taylor” on the back.

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Vintage Lamb Baby Shower

The entry way welcomed our guess with a vintage chalkboard, glass table and wooden clipboard displaying Baby H’s ultrasound pic. The doors were adorned with grapevine wreaths I wrapped with chunky yarn and adorable fleece sheep made by Taylor’s grandma. (More on those later!)

Vintage Lamb Baby Shower

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The entry way table displayed a treasure of vintage, organic elements that greeted family and friends. My mother-in-law graciously made the adorable yarn letters spelling out B A B Y. As mentioned earlier, she also made the sweet fleece lamb pillows you see throughout the shower. One of my favorite treasures is my grandmother’s baby dedication gown.

When I was in high school, my mom was heading back to her home town, Yankton, SD, for a visit. I knew that my grandma, aunt and mom enjoyed exploring “tag sales” (garage sales to us Arizonans!), so I asked her if she could look for a vintage baby dedication gown for me. Obviously, I was a long way off for needing one, but I have always love the simple design of vintage gowns. To my delight and surprise, she brought this sweet little gown back and told me the story behind it. To many, acquiring a family heirloom may seem natural, but to me, it was such a sweet blessing from the Lord. (Unfortunately, when I was a little girl, we lost everything we had when our house burned to the ground, so heirlooms such as this is huge in my life!)

Vintage Lamb Baby Shower

As guest arrived, they were instructed to guess if Taylor and Nate were going to have a girl or a boy, displaying their choice by placing either a mustache or a bedazzled flower on the little lamb! It was so fun seeing what friends and family thought Baby H would  be… I should have counted to see which won out! (For the record… Taylor and I had a flower on ours!)
Vintage Lamb Baby Shower
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Vintage Lamb Baby Shower
Vintage Lamb Baby Shower
Vintage Lamb Baby Shower
Vintage Lamb Baby Shower
Vintage Lamb Baby Shower
The main table held lots of goodies and treats! The beautiful cake was made by a family friend. The white cake housed a delicious filling of Bavarian cream with raspberries and strawberries along with a yummy butter cream frosting. The sweet “Thank Ewe” lamb cookies were made with love by a dear friend of mine. Powdered sugar and cinnamon donut holes filled glass vases and a 3-tiered vintage serving stand contained meringues and chocolate covered pretzels. Chocolate covered oreos were stacked on a cream cake stand. To add a touch of whimsy, an antique baby scale was filled with an antique chenille baby blanket and quilted teddy bear. A vintage high chair stood by the table holding thank you envelopes for the guests to write their address on as well as a little “Dear Baby” note card to share with Baby H. (Taylor and I had so much fun reading all of the wonderful thoughts and wishes for Baby. Many brought tears to our eyes!)
coffee filter pom pomsAbove the table hung a twine clothesline with white, cream and beige baby items. The pom-poms were made from coffee filters. I used white and natural filters in two different sizes. I also lightly died some white filters in coffee to create a beige look. I had so much fun making these… a little time consuming but super easy!
Vintage Lamb Baby Shower
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The centerpieces were comprised of stoneware vases filled with white Gerber daisies and baby’s breath anchored by a swatch of burlap. White picket boxes containing yarn balls with little potted plants, and a vintage toy completed the display. The silverware and napkins were held by a napkin ring made of burlap ribbon and knobby yarn.
Vintage Lamb Baby Shower
Even the bathroom couldn’t escape the little lamb details!
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The delicious food was made by a long time friend of our family, Sarah. Taylor loves Mexican food so it was a given that brunch would include some flavors from Mexico! Sarah prepared two Mexican egg dishes as well as made over easy eggs upon request to top everything off. Mini croissant chicken salad sandwiches and fresh fruit completed the brunch. For beverages, I served  water with lemons and limes, raspberry lemonade and coffee. What shower isn’t complete with mason jars tied with twine and cute paper straws?
Vintage Lamb Baby Shower
Vintage Lamb Baby Shower
Although it was such a delight planning, creating and decorating for our daughter’s baby shower, the most priceless element was sharing this special time with our dear friends and family! Our home was filled with love and laughter (and some tears)… just as it should be! Children are truly a gift from the Lord and it was such an honor to celebrate the coming of our little grandchild with everyone!
I also LOVED capturing every detail and all the sweet interactions of Taylor’s shower for her and baby to cherish! I am a firm believer in the importance of capturing life’s momentous events. I specialize in newborn photography, family portraits, high school senior photography, baby’s first birthday cake session as well as professional business and modeling headshots. If you are interested in working together, I would love to hear from you!
On a personal note… I’d like to thank all those that had a hand in creating and preparing for Taylor’s shower. It was such a joy working side-by-side with such amazing people!
Ok… now comes the most difficult part… waiting!
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