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See how Jillian Harris is Celebrating Baby with this Gorg Garden Shower

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 HibbsAly 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.
● Flowers
● 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.

22 Off-the-Registry Baby Shower Gifts the Parents-to-be Will Love
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22 Off-the-Registry Baby Shower Gifts the Parents-to-be Will Love
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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: A Bud & Beyond | 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

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This DIY Onesie Station is the Cutest Thing to Ever Happen to a Shower

When it comes to pulling off an elegant and gorgeous Baby Shower like this tropical infused beauty we designed with Chinet®, a fun activity for guests is usually on the agenda. We love the idea of a DIY Onesie station but wanted to step it up a notch with watercolor iron ons for onesies that the Mama-to-be would adore. Grab the instructions below and craft your own DIY Onesie Station at your next shower!


Materials

Iron transfer paper
White newborn onesies
Clothespins
White rope
Scissors
Iron & ironing board
Inkjet printer
Mini pineapple iron transfer
Mini popsicle iron transfer
Mini palms iron transfer
Hello world flamingo iron transfer
Popsicle iron transfer
Aloha pineapple iron transfer

instructions


Download & print out each transfer image onto iron transfer paper. Each transfer image has already been sized to fit the onesie and reversed, so you can print as is!


Lay out iron transfer images with scissors for guests to cut out. Have them cut out around each image, leaving as little white paper around the image as possible.


Have guests lay each transfer image (face down) on a onesie. Then they can take turns ironing (with steam off, for about 30 secs- 1min) each image on. Once the onesie has cooled, simply peel off the backing, & voila!

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Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Illustrations: The Littlest House

The Secret to Pulling Off an Effortless Baby Shower with Chinet

Throwing a fun and glamorous baby shower doesn’t have to entail gobs of hard work. In fact, it can be down right effortless with a few easy tips. One of our entertaining secrets? That would be the pretty world of the Chinet® brand. With the help of Chinet® Cut Crystal® line of coordinating products, we threw a tropical, glamorous Baby Shower and we’re dishing out all the tips to pulling off this adorable party.

The Perfect Summer Theme

Our starting point for this gorgeous shindig was a summery, tropical vibe mixed with moments of glamour and sparkle. But the best part about this shower is it works whether you’re expecting a baby boy or a baby girl. We incorporated both pink and blue with this gender-neutral idea in mind and added a sequined tablecloth in deep shimmery blue for a big dose of glam.

Perfectly Coordinated Details

And can we talk about that dessert table backdrop? It’s removable wallpaper if you can believe it and it makes such a statement. It boasts lots of impact with minimal effort. Much like the premium coordinating tableware from Chinet® Cut Crystal® line that we infused into our chic tablescape. Using pretty coordinating pieces that are so easy to cleanup leaves time for more important things like showering your guest of honor and mingling with loved ones.

Crave-able Treats

For the food, we opted for crave-able treats. Think  lots of sweet and salty combos (ahem chocolate covered potato chips we’re looking at you). And to sip on we dreamed up watermelon lemonade for the mama, and spiked it with champagne at 1 part lemonade to one part champagne for the guests. The final touch was serving it up in Chinet® Cut Crystal® stemless wineglasses.  It’s an instant crowd pleaser, trust us.

The Cutest Shower Activity

We love the idea of making onesies for the mama-to-be as a shower activity, but the standard doodling-with-fabric-markers version usually doesn’t produce the cutest onesies. We wanted to make onesies that would actually get used, so we created watercolor templates. We have an easy DIY for those complete with free printables coming up next!

Chinet® Cut Crystal® products offer a stylish and perfectly coordinated way to serve up your shower fare. From their elegant stemless wineglasses to cutlery and all the stylish plates in-between, you can check insanely good-looking disposables off your party to-do list with the help of the Chinet® brand.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Videography: Elysium Productions | Plates, glasses and flatware: Chinet® Cut Crystal® products | Flowers: Fifty Flowers | Chairs: New England Country Rentals | Wallpaper: Anthropologie | Large compote vase: Rosanna | Small compote vases: Rosanna

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