A Red & Pink New England Babyshower

July 14, 2011

{The table, in Amy’s good friend Sara’s back yard.  Sara was my cohost extraordinaire and provided three crucial party elements: space, flowers, and wine.}

When you’re throwing one of your best friends a baby shower, and her favorite color is blue, and she’s having a girl, and she’s a super talented interior designer for whom you’d like everything to look just so, you’ve got a problem on your hands.

That’s the thicket in which I found myself. Thank goodness Amy unwittingly saved the day by blogging about her nursery color palette.

{Read about Amy’s nursery design, inspired by these fabrics}

I knew her cheery mix of tomato reds, peach pinks and fuchsia would translate seamlessly into party decor.  Now for the easy part: sourcing and styling!

{Flowers by The Celebrated Flower, courtesy of my co-host Sara Saltzman}

{Paper pom poms from melodywei on Etsy.  These arrive flat, so allow 5-10 minutes per pom pom for fluffing.  If you have time, you can make them yourself.  Check out Martha’s directions and various YouTube tutorials.}

{Striped and polka dot straws via Amazon, vintage striped and polka dotted glassware and linens (floral ablecloth, pink napkins, white and red napkins) from Etsy. The gingham tablecloth underneath can be found at home stores and even hardware stores in the summertime.}

{Beach Gourmet catered the most delectable New England lunch: lobster rolls, local goat cheese and eggplant sandwiches, local greens, and strawberry shortcake for dessert.  I’m kicking myself that I didn’t take more pictures of the food!}

{Lobster cookie cutter favors kept the New England theme going.}

{One of my favorite details: we sipped white tea punch from pink ombré cocktail glasses. This is yet another vintage tablecloth from Etsy.}

{Here’s the guest of honor, with her lovely sister-in-law Jenny.}

No shower post would be complete without a picture of the adorable mom-to-be.  Seeing Amy celebrate her almost-here baby among friends and family was a joy.

The cherry on the top?  When she gushed over the linens and I convinced her to take a tablecloth home!  Now that’s when you know you’ve nailed a color palette.

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Kate {domestikatedlife} July 14, 2011 at 10:07 am

I love love love the color scheme, everything turned out so cute!


Amy@Maison Decor July 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm

The shower looks so pretty!!!!!!!!


katy elliott July 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

Really pretty! Great job!


ralph July 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Abby, wow – this is SUCH a gorgeous party! The setting, the colors, the flowers, the tables. The lobster cookie cutter! Love the decorations above the table too. I just saw the note about the menu, and gah. Perfect.

My first thought was – oh, I wish I could be there to photograph such a gorgeous event. And now my second thought is – oh, I wish I could be there to eat my first lobster roll. haha. ::)

You did such a wonderful, thoughtful, job. I have no doubt your friend and every single guest had a marvelous time. Congratulations to Amy on her baby, and to you for hosting such a joyful event.

- r


Steph. July 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Oh this is beautiful!!!! I, too, have never had a lobster roll (but it sounds devine). I am visiting from Amy’s blog. :D Steph.


Tessa July 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm

You did a beautiful job! Adore the vintage floral tablecloths. I must get better about finding little gems on etsy. I consumed so much lobster with my second pregnancy that I’m convinced it had something to do with giving my baby his sunny disposition, so lobster rolls were a great shower food choice!!


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