It's been a little over 3 years since we helped Holly and Josh buy their home, and it has been a lot of fun getting to know them and becoming friends along the way! They are such wonderful people, and have been there for us along our parenting journey, so it was an honor to celebrate their entering into this new phase of life! They are expecting a little girl, affectionately nicknamed Baby Z, in October so of course I jumped at the opportunity to throw a baby shower in her honor last weekend!
When I found out that Holly was using a pink and green cactus flower theme in the baby's nursery, I knew we needed to carry that theme into the baby shower as well, but initially had some trouble finding decorations that went with this theme. Once I found the cutest little western style Cactus & Floral Romper from Jade and Jo on etsy that came complete with adorable matching anklets, it really inspired the rest of the party. I love decorating with a clothesline to display the tiny little outfits at a baby shower, so this sweet romper was the perfect centerpiece for our mantle decor, flanked on both sides with soft pink and green baby girl headbands and hairclips from BohoBowAccessories because, let's be honest, baby girls need bows like they need milk and diapers.
I love the more classic styles of these Boho Bows that are sweet and pretty without being huge or too much. My adorable little cohost modeled them on her pigtails for us at the party! I'm pretty sure she thought this was another birthday party for her.
A festive cake table is what makes it a party, so of course we hit up June Poppies of Fort Collins who surprised and delighted us with a stunning naked cake. Luscious buttercream enveloping the most delicate strawberry cake you've ever tasted, this cake did not disappoint! It was her idea, not mine, to go with the naked cake style which was a great choice to go along with the theme. I love the natural, almost rustic look that paired perfectly with the faux cactus cake toppers.
Sidebar about these faux cacti! I'm pretty picky about any kind of faux plants or florals, and even though they are generally getting better, I still typically don't like or use anything but real flowers. That said, I found both the cacti and the lovely catkins garland you see on top of my mantle (which everyone who comes into my house asks about!) on commercialsilk.com and they are by far the best faux florals I've found. The garland is the most realistic one I've found and the bark on the individual branches are rough to the touch like real bark. I love the rustic, natural look it adds to my otherwise somewhat boring and generic mantle shelf. I'm loving their products and will be shopping there soon for some holiday garlands and decor!
The faux cacti came in a bulk package, which I initially planned to arrange on the cake in a large Z for "baby Z." Once I got eyes on the cake, though, I just couldn't poke that many holes in it, and ended up going with a simpler topper by staggering the heights of the cacti to look like a Daddy, Mommy and baby cactus family. I popped some flowers off to embellish the bottom and sides of the cake, and still had plenty of cactus spines left to decorate the diaper cake and include individual cacti in the sweet little prizes for game winners! Fun fact: spines are the proper term for the individual branches of a cactus plant. Yes, I looked it up.
Shower games are not my strong suit, and I really didn't want to do any "identify the poop" games (I get to do this in real life on a daily basis as it is, and trust me it's not that fun) or embarrassing the new mommy by guessing her waist measurement! I was lucky to have a friend like Mandy step in and come up with some lovely ideas and design some beautiful signs to set out for the shower as well. Among the party games was "Don't Say Baby," which is a party game in which each guest wears a baby pin on their clothes, but if they are caught saying the word baby someone else can take their pin. The winner is the person with the most pins at the end of the shower.
Mandy also got in touch with Josh in advance to ask him questions like "what part of fatherhood are you most excited for?" and we all got to guess his answers along with Holly. This was a really cute baby shower game that really let all of us partake in the sweet excitement of the expecting couple. As happy as I am to be moving on to new stages of parenthood myself, that excitement is contagious and had me reminiscing fondly on that time of warm newborn cuddles and milky kisses. Those were the sweetest.
Of course, you can't just throw a party with cake alone, so we did feed everyone some real food too! On the menu was popcorn shrimp, bacon wrapped dates, petite quiches, greek spanakopita, quinoa salad, veggie and fruit trays, and some cute little festive sugar cookies that I didn't manage to photograph. The food was yummy, but the cake was the highlight hands down!