Reception Ideas by Beth Helmstetter
June 13, 2008

Today's post isn't so much a real's actually not even relevant to the blog at all. It's a baby shower! BUT, it's such a funky, completely unique shower, that it could provide hours of inspiration for anyone looking to throw an eclectic, fun wedding reception filled with oh-so-unique handmade touches and details. Beth Helmstetter sent me these images from the shower that she planned for her best friend...


VENUE & CATERING: The Herb Garden at the Blue Bird Bistro / PLANNING & DESIGN, FORALS and ACCENTS: Beth Helmstetter Events / LINENS: Wildflower Linens, RENTALS: All Seasons Rentals / CUPCAKES: McLain's Bakery / INVITATIONS: Michael Gerkin / PHOTOGRAPHY: Jenae Ferguson-Weinbrenner of Imij Foto / CUSTOM SKATEBOARD: Andrew Milko, The Mercy Seat

From Beth...

While every event I plan is so meaningful, this shower really touched my

heart as it was in celebration of one of my best friend's Jen and her pending

arrival of baby Collier. The locale was Kansas City and for those of you who

haven't been there, this city is a surprising blend of arts, culture and just

all around, good people. Being originally from KC, I immediately thought of a

hidden herb garden in the downtown area cared for by the Blue Bird Bistro .

Blue Bird is an organic cafe using only the freshest locally grown products and

service to die for. While I'm not sure they knew what they were getting

themselves into initially, they catered to every whim of a high-maintenance LA

event planner as well as every craving of a soon-to-be mommy.

Now, Jen is a bit of a fashionista with impeccable taste, so while I plan

weddings for some of the most discriminating brides in Southern California

everyday, I was very nervous about meeting her standards. I wanted it to be

unexpected, yet comfortable, all the while reflecting Jen's style. In the end, I

went with a handmade, vintage feel for the overall event. With decor including

handmade pillows and napkin treatments, hanging mason jars, vintage china and an

eclectic mix of flowers and vases adorning the table.

The afternoon started with a cocktail hour of passed mimosas, wine and

tropical iced tea. Passed appetizers included only Jen's favorites such as mini

burgers, macaroni and cheese and pad thai in peanut sauce. The ladies chit

chatted, laughed and took full advantage of the makeshift photobooth set up in

the corner of the garden. Props such as pom-poms, cowboy hats, feather boas and

tiaras were a huge hit and helped create some great memories.

For lunch, we served a mix of locally grown greens, salmon and fresh made

bread on top of turquoise pressed glass plates, which was paired with organic

wine from the Robller vineyard in Southern Missouri. After lunch, the ladies

showered Jen with gifts that reflected her style including rock-and-roll onesies

and a custom-designed skateboard by local tattoo artist, Andrew Milko, a guy

with amazing talent! Lunch ended with cupcakes from McLain's Bakery, a staple in

the Kansas City community for over 50 years, and homemade pecan tarts.b