Jillian Harris has searched for love on the Bachelorette, whipped up gorgeous spaces as an Interior design maven and now she can add chic mama to that list. With the help of Monika Hibbs, Aly Armstrong and Shay Merrit, they crafted a celebration for a sweet little baby on the way. It’s a gorgeous garden party with a dreamy white dress code, loads of dessert and a Kaitlyn Bristowe sighting too. See the full shindig captured by Blush Wedding Photography right here in the VAULT.
The baby shower was hosted by Monika Hibbs (friend & Lifestyle Blogger), Aly Armstrong (Event Planner), & Shay Merritt (Jillian’s assistant).
“Oh BABY! Oh JILLIAN! If you know her, then you LOVE her and know she’s nothing short of loving, welcoming, hilarious, generous, fun (super fun) and beyond sweet. Planning and thinking about a baby shower for her sweet bean on the way, we knew we had to include all the above to compliment her amazing personality and friendship. Shay (Jillian’s Manager of all things Jillian) and I wanted to shower and spoil Jillian, because truly her hard working and big heart was over deserving of a special day to celebrate her becoming a mommy! With big ideas already on our minds, we knew we couldn’t do it alone. I asked my talented friend Aly Armstrong of Aly Armstrong Event Planning & Design to help us bring it to life. We bounced off each other with such creative ideas, making it come together better than we imagined.” – Monika
Jillian’s shower was hosted at a private residence in West Vancouver (but available to rent through Airbnb!). With the mountains in the distance, the amazing home boasts beautiful water frontage on a private lake.
“I knew I wanted to use the white large garden parasols for an upcoming event from The Cross Décor & Design the moment I saw them in store. Jillian’s shower was the perfect occasion; they really inspired the rest of the theme and design of the shower, not only that but they added to the wow factor as guests walked in”. – Monika
“Flowers are very important when setting the mood and theme, especially when designing an event. We knew that Gloria from The Flower Factory was the perfect person to collaborate with. She really went above and beyond. We did all white floral on the tablescape accented by green ruscus. We added pops of blush on the macramé teepees (one large and one baby) and the rowboat photo station; both of these areas served to be a cozy spot for guests and provided them with detailed backdrops for their personal photos.” – Aly
“Jillian loves gardening, so as a takeaway for guests, we created a “Jilly’s Bean” station where guests could plant their own bean to take home and grow, and then guess the gender of Jillian’s baby by inserting a “girl” or “boy” topper by local company, Confetti & Co. I just love that we included one of Jill’s hobbies into the theme of the shower; it made it so personal that way.” – Monika
“We also really wanted to create an intimate luncheon vs. cocktail style. To achieve this, we did a long-table set-up with the white flowing parasols lining the table. The tulle fabric draped around the table made for a magical touch. For lunch, we had custom cedar boxes made by Woodpak Industries Inc. and filled them with delicious goodies and takeaways.” – Aly
The boxed lunch included the following items:
● An artisan sandwich and cheesecake in a jar provided by Truffles Fine Foods
● Limited edition Laduree Baby Shower boxes with custom macarons
● A Vancouver Candle Co. candle
● Almond Mylk from the Juicery Co.
● Teether (used to clip guest place cards)
● Vonbon burp cloth (in lieu of napkin)
“Because we were hosting an event in celebration of the arrival of Jillian’s sweet baby, I wanted to include touches of my favourite local baby items in the decor. I came up with the idea of wrapping the flatware in organic baby burp cloths (aka napkins) by Vonbon Apparel and clipped guests’ nametags using Loulou Lollipop soother clips. Such a playful touch and guests appreciated the extra little creative detail.” -Monika
“Since we decided to have mini cakes placed down the table, we wanted guests to elegantly dig into them! I found the cutest antique custom forks from an Etsy shop- Rebekah’s Valentine. They were perfectly fitting, adding that vintage flair that Jillian loves. Each guest received a fork saying “eat cake” & a very special fork that read “eating for two” was made for Jillian. Also a sentimental gift for each guest to take home.” – Monika
In addition to the yummy goodies on the table, we had an ice-cream cart stationed to hand out ice cream by the scoop or in mini cones.
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Photography: Blush Wedding Photography | Floral Design: The Flower Factory | Cakes: A. Elizabeth Cakes | Catering: Truffles Fine Food | DJ: Girls On Wax | Venue: Private Estate - available through Airbnb | Almond Mylk: The Juicery Co. | Baby Booties: Stonz Wear Inc. | Baby Moccasins: Mini Moc | Burb Cloths/Napkins: Vonbon | Candles: Vancouver Candle Co | Custom Forks: Rebekahs Valentine | Custom Wood Lunch Boxes: Woodpak Industries Inc. | Event Rentals: A & B Party Time Rentals | Girl/Boy Toppers: Confetti And Co (and A Few DIY By The Bride) | Graphic Design (Invitation, Signage, Stationery): Newfoundbrand | Ice Cream Cart: La Glace | Lounge Furniture: The Collection | Macarons: Laduree | Macrame Teepees: Diane Rudge | Parasols & Misc Decor Items: The Cross Decor + Design | Planning & Design: Aly Armstrong Event Planning & Design | Planning & Design: Monika Hibbs | Private Estate - West Vancouver: Private Estate - available through Airbnb | Reclaimed Wood Benches: Spruce Collective | Scarves: Jackson Rowe | Teethers: Loulou Lollipop | Vibe-Givers (Dream Catchers): Feathered Eye | Vietnamese Belly Baskets: Drifter The Brand