earthquakes, hurricanes, and showers! oh my!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Hey ladybugs! Sorry for the radio silence last week. We were without power for most of it thanks to Irene, who nearly caused us to re-imagine and relocate my baby shower due to power outages and general havoc. But the shower prevailed and went on as planned. Power came back to hostess Emily’s house just in the nick of time and we were able to celebrate baby girl Connally, who we’re expecting in early October. Here are a few snaps from the weekend.


pink yellow baby shower

It was a late afternoon party, so my friends served small bites — tea sandwiches, cake, to-die-for macarons from Petites Bouchées, yummy cream cheese olive spread, fruit and crudités.


yellow baby shower inspiration

We ordered napkins from For Your Party and chose a font for “baby spencer” that matched one of the fonts we used on the invitation. (We sent the pink tulip blossom invitation by Linda & Harriet Paperless Post).


We served sparkling ginger-orange punch and regular (mama-friendly) ginger orange punch sans the sparkle.


chevron baby shower

Given the weather we’ve endured, last weekend’s weather was a welcomed relief. With a respite from the rain, we set up tables in the backyard, covered with custom chevron overlays made from fabric found at u-fab (love that place!). We ordered coral and white linens from La Tavola, while the other rentals (chairs, tables, glassware) were delivered by Classic Party Rentals of Virginia.


chevron inspiration

Ginny Rogan penned the buffet cards and drink tags in a pretty shade of orange on scalloped, white coasters re-purposed for the project. Meanwhile, I arranged celosia, zinnia, dahlia, billy buttons, marigolds and snapdragons, much of which I found at the South of the James Market that morning.


Deanna Miller of LOL Richmond was on hand to capture the fun (and my massive bump). She made an amazing photo booth backdrop with hand dyed dollies. There’s my sweet mom posing below with my friend Anna’s cuter-than-I-don’t-know-what baby. My mom is clearly loving getting practice!


Major thanks to all of my friends who celebrated with us this weekend but most of all to Elizabeth, Sarah and Emily for hostessing. You girls are the best! xo

With this post, it’s probably time to tell you that I’m going on a modified posting schedule. Maternity leave will begin soon and will extend through the new year. I will pop back here from time to time with news. I have a few fun stories that I am just dying to share with you, but I must wait until October when some of our work will be published that we haven’t been able to show off just yet.

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11 Responses to “earthquakes, hurricanes, and showers! oh my!”
  1. shannon says:

    what a sweet shower! looks like so much fun! do you have any idea where the scallopped coasters came from? would love to use that idea for my upcoming wedding!

  2. courtney says:

    Yes — I ordered them printed with “baby spencer” from for your party, but didn’t really love the way they turned out. I wouldn’t recommend ordering them from FYP just for the purpose of using as buffet cards, since they’re pricey. You may have luck on etsy though.

  3. courtney! so, so lovely! congratulations on the big news + baby, so excited for you 🙂

  4. shannon says:

    thanks courtney! appreciate the help. i’ll figure out how to DIY them 😉

    happy baby!

  5. courtney says:

    Martha Stewart makes a circle cutter that might be good for your project. It’s sold at Michael’s. You’d just need that & card stock. You wouldn’t get the scalloped edge, but it would be similar.

    There are seriously all kinds of vendors on Etsy selling scalloped card stock circles in every color you can imagine. Like this shop .

  6. OMG. Everything is amazing. The colors. The flowers. The photobooth details. And the yellow chevron pattern? I’m obsessed! Cursing that there isn’t a u-fab near me!

  7. courtney says:

    Thank you Amanda!

  8. so darling!! LOVE the bright color palette!


  9. anne-marie says:

    Courtney, you look adorable! So excited for you!

  10. The chevron is positively DREAMY to photograph against! I LOVE it!

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