We’ve showcased everything from million dollar parties to the most economical in Style Me Pretty’s past. But I have to admit, I tend to be drawn to the simpler, more thoughful versions. As it turns out, some well placed treats, a stunning backyard and a beaming mama-to-be are all you really need to throw a memorable baby shower for the entire family! Captured by Greer G. Photography and designed by Joel Catering, there’s lots more eye candy to be found in the gallery

From Sarah… When we found out my sister was pregnant our whole family was beyond excited. Not only was it my sister’s first baby it was also my parent’s first grandchild and my first niece or nephew. Then we found out she was having a boy and we knew we were in for a rough and tumble adventure! But when it came time to plan the baby shower I can admit that I was a little stumped- baby showers are pretty girly affairs, but we’re celebrating the impending arrival of a baby boy and it’s going to be coed. After a couple weeks of deliberation, I realized I could make it pretty without being too girly. I decided to go with a color palate similar to Annie’s plans for the nursery and spent much time poking around SMP and Pinterest gathering endless ideas and then editing them down to what I could actually accomplish!

Annie had a few requests, starting with having the shower outdoors- even though the end of May in New Orleans tends to be on the warm side. So we booked a tent and some umbrellas for shade and forged ahead! Since the shower included husbands and kids we wanted to make sure it was going to be fun for everyone- and we didn’t feel compelled to stick to every tradition. We decided that rather than opening presents we should have a Bocce ball tournament. It’s a game our family has played for years, but you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy it- in fact a novice won the match (much to our chagrin).

I decided to take on the event design and set up myself- with help from some amazing vendors . Jane Bensel, of Stationer of New Orleans, designed the invitations which were printed by Rise & Shine Printing. I actually found the calligrapher on Etsy- Lindsey Bugbee of The Postman’s Knock, and she was just a joy from start to finish. The chalkboard signage was another great Etsy find, from Sarah Says Sew. Urban Earth Design Studios kindly lent me their gorgeous vases and delivered the perfect flowers for me to work with. Perrier Party Rentals supplied the amazing wood table tops, along with the chairs, linens, china and glassware. Of course Joel Catering provided the food- all of our summer favorites. Our baker, Jen Greenwood, made the cake and cupcakes. And the incomparable Greer Gattuso of Greer G Photography came by to make sure that we had beautiful photos of our wonderful afternoon.

Photography: Greer G. Photography |  Catering & Design: Joel Catering | Invitations: Jane Bensel, Stationer of New Orleans| Printing: Rise & Shine Printing | Calligraphy: The Postman’s Knock | Chalkboard Signage: Sarah Says Sew | Florals: Urban Earth Design Studios | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals| The Tent: The Tent Man

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