One of my best gal pals recently had a baby and before he arrived, I got to co-host and play designer of a sweet geometric and marble themed baby boy shower to celebrate this baby on the way! It was a really fun party and I was ecstatic that I got to co-host alongside the new mama’s sister and another close friend but I’m even more thrilled now that this little baby boy has joined the world and I get to snuggle that sweet tiny chubby baby body! He’s already growing like crazy, just like the little succulent favors that were so cute.
The new mama and her husband had recently moved into a gorgeous new home so we took advantage of that and hosted the party right there, managing to keep her upstairs while we decorated downstairs. She wanted to keep the color palette to gray and white with just a touch of light blue so that’s exactly the scheme we went with. To complement the interior of the new home and also the couple’s modern clean design aesthetic, I felt that adding some marble, natural wood, and geometric shapes would really round out the design. I stumbled upon two gorgeous cake displays while shopping one morning that have marble tops and wooden bases and knew they would be the perfect accents to hold brunch items.
The focal point for the brunch spread was an amazing cake created by Sarah from Sophisticated Sugar. This mama-to-be has so many talented friends! Anyway, Sarah worked with me on the design of the cake and baked a lavender and earl grey cake with chocolate ganache that was soooooo scrumptious. It really felt too pretty to eat, but once it was cut, the slices were flying!
I tried two new DIYs for this shower 1. marbelizing balloons and 2. balloon garland swag! Both of which you can see in the very first image. If you want to try some of the fun DIYs that I did for this shower, here are the super simple instructions.
DIY Marbelized Balloons:
- Buy relatively cheap nail polish in two complementary colors, a very large/wide-mouthed bowl, and balloons.
- Blow up your balloons. I used this electric inflator and it was a snap!
- Fill the bowl with water. Note: you might not want to use this again as it will likely end up with nail polish residue permanently stuck to it.
- Pour any combination of two colors of nail polish gently onto the top of the water.
- Use a toothpick to swipe across the nail polish to give the marbelized effect.
- Dip your balloons into the water and turn them to cover as much of the surface area as possible with nail polish.
- Repeat above steps and even re-dip a balloon as necessary to get as full of coverage as you’d like.
- Hang the balloons upside down in a well-ventilated area to let the nail polish fully dry and voilà!
DIY Balloon Garland Swag:
- Purchase a balloon arch decorating strip like this one and an assortment of shapes, sizes, and colors of balloons!
- Prep it by cutting it to the desired length and also removing any hole punches that didn’t punch through all the way. Blow up your balloons.
- If this will be mounted to a wall, keep all your balloons inserted from the same side. If this will be a standalone arch, then alternate inserting balloons from each side.
- Begin by adding your large balloons into every other (or even every 3!) hole. Then add your medium sized balloons and finally the tiny balloons and any other accessories like tinsel or fresh greenery.
- Carefully attach the plastic strip holding the balloons to the wall with masking tape or hang on removable hooks.
A simple but stunning party, I must say. And the real purpose, to make this new mama feel so loved, was a definite success!!