I realized only today, looking at the pics, that a lot of them turned out much darker than I had thought. So please forgive my lowsy photography! And on to a few details...
Here's the banner I made for Abigail. It was a LOT less labor-intensive to print the letters onto white cardstock, which I then just cut into rectangles, than it was to cut out a letter form, trace it onto patterned cardstock, then cut out the patterned cardstock (like I did here). But, it was still a pretty cute look. I went a little crazy with one of my corner punches and made each corner of the letters elaborate and pretty (of course, you'll have to just take my word for it, because you can't really tell in the photo!). I've decided that banners are one of my favorite ways to pull together a color scheme for a party. I have so much fun finding pretty scrapbook papers to mix and match.
My whole theme for this shower was based on a vintage table cloth I have that is yellow with pink, green, and white on it. (You can sort of see it in the background on several of these photos.) I found pretty pink and green paper plates & napkins, and mixed them with yellow plates and green cups. I prefer the paper goods to not be too matchy-matchy.
Grrr...another dark photo...but you can kind of see the fancy corners on the custom invite I created and then displayed as part of the decor. There are three layers of pretty cardstock, and a couple of different fonts...the primary being French Script.
The hostess, Sarah, made a really refreshing sparkling strawberry lemonade punch (it was like 95 degrees last night, which is super-hot for us Oregonians!) with a really lovely ice ring in it. Scrapbook paper over my Battenburg lace tablecloth adds dimension and color.
Ah, my trusty cupcake stand. How I love you, Cupcake Stand! How I love Crate & Barrel, where I bought you. Heck, how I love cupcakes! It's a regular lovefest, people!
The flowers were all in little white vintage and new pitchers and vases. I chose pink and yellow Gerbera daisies because I wanted something charming, old-fashioned and not fussy-looking. (I almost always buy my flowers at Costco. I get two bunches of them for $17.98 total, and once I split them up they always go pretty far.)
These are the little favors. Pink candles in tiny pink glass goblets. I bought them months ago on clearance at Target, because I thought they would make great baby shower favors. Then, all my friends announced they were having boys. But all's well that ends well, because they fit the theme of this shower perfectly. Each one is tied with a ribbon and decorative tag that reads "Welcome Abigail".
There's my wrinkled tablecloth. Oops. The key is to dazzle people with all your other decor so they don't notice the wrinkles. :-)