It’s a Boy! Baby Shower

I’ve know Sajda since we were kids. Aside from being an amazing friend and an extremely down to earth person she is a woman who generally knows what she wants and more importantly what she does not want. With that being said, way before I received the “Guess what? I’m pregnant!” phone call, I’ve always know Sajda or “Shawn” as her friends call her DOES NOT WANT A BABY SHOWER!

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So even though I was bursting at the seams with this fantastic news, I knew I had to play it cool because we all know Shawn is a woman who knows what she wants and what she does not want, and she DOES NOT WANT A BABY SHOWER!

After, getting off the phone with Shawn, I immediately called her sister, Bishara.  True to her nature, Bishara calmly and as cool as can be simply said: “Let me work on it”.  She assured me she would change her mind about having a shower and we would be planning a shower in a few weeks, but I was skeptical. After all, it was Shawn we were talking about!

Then one day out of the blue while speaking with Shawn she said “If I decide to have a shower, I’d want it to be outside under a tent” IF? IF? IF! Those two letters were music to my ears and at that moment I knew Bee knew her sister better than anyone in the world, and we would be in planning mode any day now.

Eventually,  that IF turned into a yes and that yes turned a pretty awesome baby shower if I don’t say so myself.

Take a look at Shawn’s “It’s a Boy!” baby shower and be sure to leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

 

We found a beautiful venue with historic roots at The Morris-Jumel Mansion. Upon arriving at the mansion, the guest would be directed to the main lawn where our tented-celebration was being held.



My initial design included an ombré backdrop for the dessert table but, when I came for the final site inspection and saw the sunken garden in full bloom, I knew that backdrop was history. The natural background of the mansion’s sunken garden was simply too gorgeous not to utilize.

Let’s just take a moment to basque in the beauty of this amazing cake created by Laury of  There Should Always Be Cake. I think its safe to say we’re looking at perfection. The ruffles and the ombre coloring are beautiful but it’s the fondant succulent that blows my mind. Do you understand what I’m saying? That is not a real succulent people! It’s made of fondant! You can eat that if you wanted too. It almost hurt me that we had to cut and serve it.

The cotton candy favors were the mom-to- be’s suggestion. I found these baby blue cotton candy cones via Etsy (see vendor credits for details) and Caroline over at The Social Spoon designed labels to match the invitation. They were a huge hit!

How adorable are these rattle cake pops?! This was my first time working with Madgeline’s Cakes but it definitely wasn’t my last.

The onsie chocolate covered oreos, cupcakes, and light blue cake pops were all made by my girl, Nati of Nati’s Arrangements. Not only did she do an amazing job on these sweets but she also, talked me off the ledge when I was experiencing a mini breakdown a few days earlier. Thanks Girl ; )


Normally, It’s the mom-to-be that has a chair of honor but Shawn requested that she and DaVaughn sit next to each other. So, I created a small sweetheart table at the head of the guest’s tables for the parents-to-be.

I made the parents-to-be place card holders using IKEA Tolsby frames. I LOVE these frames! I use them at every single event. They are so affordable (only .99) and can be used in so many different ways. For this celebration I simply sprayed them with 2 coats of my favorite gold spray paint (Rust-Oleum Bright Coat Metallic Gold) and 1 coat of clear enamel spray paint to prevent the paint from chipping.

The mom-to-be opted out of opening gifts at her shower. Instead, we asked her guest to address an envelope to themselves and later sent personalized thank you cards.

I was so happy with how these drink dispensers turned out. I absolutely love my cricut explore and anything I make on it always leaves me feeling happy and proud. These vinyl labels were so easy to make and apply, I actually made them the morning of the baby shower.

The lawn games were provided by the venue and they were such a nice addition to our celebration.

Lessons with Lysi

Four days before the shower, the director at the Morris-Jumel Mansion calls me to inform me a gala for 200 guests has been booked for the day after my event. She proceeds to tell me that it is these types of galas that provide the main funding for the mansion and while her goal is to accommodate both parties, The requests of the gala will supersede our previous arrangements. I was told that I would have to either use the tent the gala requested, which was twice the size of the tent I had reserved months ago or they could refund our money and we could find another location in FOUR DAYS!  I almost had a nervous breakdown. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but there were tears and everything. Now, some of you may read this and say, Are you serious it was just a bigger tent?! For me, it was very upsetting. After all, I’d planned for tent pole skirts, chairs, tables, linens, florals, and place settings for a tent to fit 80 people and now I was worried the new tent would swallow my design and appear empty. On top of that, the shower was in a few days and it was a holiday weekend which made it almost impossible to make changes with most of my vendors.

Now, I will say that the director of the Mansion was extremely accommodating. The tent was offered to us at no additional cost, they provided a generous time to set up, offered lawn games to fill some of the additional space and they also waived the balance on the venue. In the end, I rearranged my tables, spaced out the ottomans and cocktail tables and added a Welcome Table with a Sangria Station at the entrance. Even, though it wasn’t exactly what I had initially visualized, in the end I was happy with the layout and so was Shawn and that’s all that matters.

I wanted to share this because this was a learning experience for me. The lesson here is to make sure certain contingency clauses are covered in your venue rental agreement. If you do not see any mention of these items in your agreement, ask your venue manager how they would handle these situations and then ask it to be added to your agreement. Remember, If its not in writing, It was never discussed.

 

Vendor Credit:

Cake & Succulent Sugar Cookies: There Should Always Be Cake 

Photographer: Maurico Merino Photography

Printable Design (invitation, signage, cotton candy labels & gift box labels): The Social Spoon

Printing: Printwell Printing

Ottoman Rentals: Party Line Rentals

Ottoman Pillows: Homegoods 

Table, Chair, & Linen Rentals: Atlas Party Rentals

Cupcakes, Cake Pops, Onsie Chocolate Covered Oreos: Natis Arrangements

Rattle Cakepops: Magdeline’s Cakes

Floral Arrangements: Diva Blooms

Cotton Candy: Sweet Please Cotton Candy Favor Shop 

Event Design: The Lysi Life

Venue: Morris-Jumel Mansion 

It’s A Boy Sign: Ten23 Designs

xoxo Lysi

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