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Morning, lovelies! Monday is always a bit of a slow start for me…but we’re easing our way into all of the fun we have in store for you this week with just the right amount of pretty. Starting with a lovely baby shower that quite frankly, is the perfect inspiration for celebrating babies or brides, birthdays or random tuesdays just the same. Sent in by the talented Dina of Honey & Fitz with imagery by the equally fabulous Ruth Eileen, this will most definitely start your week with a smile. Click here to see the whole gallery.

From Dina of Honey & Fitz…I once heard my favorite Food Network chef Ina Garten, aka The Barefoot Contessa say that your guests don’t have a better time if you spend hours in the kitchen preparing. That really rings true for me, especially now that I’m a busy mom of 2 boys under 3! I love to entertain. I love to dream up party themes and menu plan and all the fun stuff that comes with throwing a great party. But my days of leisurely wandering down the aisles of my local Whole Foods in search of just the right items are behind me (at least for a little while!)

That doesn’t mean I don’t still love to throw a party…I’ve just had to learn to do it in a different way. When my college roommate announced she was expecting her first child, I knew I wanted to host a little get together at my house to celebrate the joyous occasion. I kept things manageable with a small guest list for afternoon luncheon on the porch. I invited guests to forgo the usual baby registry items (which I knew the mom-to-be would be receiving at the much larger shower her family was throwing her) and instead select a few of their favorite books to start baby’s library.

I found an adorable Rifle Co. printable from a few years back, modified it just a bit to fit my shower and had it printed at my local Kinko’s. Guests received bookplate stickers with their invitations which they used to customize the inside cover of their selected books. A few choice crafts such as pom-pom bookmarks (for placecards/favors), a star garland created from vintage book pages, and a tiny book cake garland kept the theme going (and were worked on during my kids’ naps!) I used one of my son’s bookcases to create a little library area for the party in my dining room. It was so fun to watch it fill up as guests arrived and placed their books on the shelves!

The morning of the party, I put up some festive honeycomb tissue balls, moved my kitchen chairs out to the porch and set the table. Trader Joe’s flowers and hors d’oeuvres came to the rescue! BBQ sliders, macaroni and cheese balls, chicken parmesan lollipops and watermelon wedges all took on an instant party flair when thoughtfully arranged. Even the cake came from my local grocery store. I requested the bakery leave it plain and embellished it at home with some yogurt stars (again from Trader Joe’s) and a sweet garland of the tiniest little books.

My goal for this party was really to prove that you can pull off something fun and festive without being a frazzled mess by the time the first guest arrives! Everyone is busy but don’t let your preconceived notions about throwing a party keep you from getting together with those you love and celebrating even the smallest of occasions. Yes, we’d all love to serve our guests beautifully prepared-from-scratch food but isn’t it even better to keep things easy and not be stranded in the kitchen for the duration of the party? Cheers to that!

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design: Dina of Honey & Fitz | Dining Table: IKEA Meltorp | Chairs: Craig’s List (reupholstered – see their full journey | Runner: DIY’d using this fabric | Flatware: West Elm gold flatware | Glassware: CB2 Marta | Honeycomb Tissue Balls: Factory Direct Party | Bow Garland: DIY’d, tutorial here

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