When my best friend of over 20 years told me she was pregnant and wanted me to do her baby shower, I lost it. I was so overwhelmed with excitement and not to mention I had taken up her suggestion to start blogging about decorating just before she asked. Once we found out it was a girl, I asked what was her designated color scheme. Now, I already knew here favorite color was purple, but apparently I missed that is was also blue. Oh and it doesn’t stop there, she doesn’t like pink. And of course, the theme had to be based on her favorite Winnie the Pooh character, Eeyore. Truthfully, themes suggested by the guest of honor always make it easier. I think that even if I am not given a theme request, I make one up. It seems to help one stay consistent and not have too many random pieces and ideas exploding all over the decorating space. Another piece of the process is that I let her tell me the theme and the colors and after that, she was banned. People have to remember showers (Wedding, Bridal, Baby, etc.) are not weddings , if you are lucky you will get to make a suggestion, but someone is throwing it for you so you just sit back and be prepared to be surprised. With that said, I had to be kicked out of my baby shower planning.
For certain, I was using the Eeyore theme, but I refused to eliminate pink and for those familiar with Eeyore you know he has a pink bow on his tail. At this point in the process I was doing my sneaky villain laugh since I found a way to sneak in pink. Initially the only blue I incorporated was a few balloons and the Eeyore dolls which I found for a good deal online. Turns out that Disney, who actually had the best quality of dolls and the best price, only offered Eeyore in his original gray color. Apparently blue Eeyore, my bf’s favorite, was a seasonal version that became popular. The blue hydrangeas actually were not done on purpose, but worked out. The floral company I used could not come up with the origianl 40 stems of purple I offered. Of course I did not find that out utnil I wen to pick up my order. Thank goodness it worked out anyway and turned out better than having all purple. After that, I decided to focus on varying shades of purple as the color scheme. In the process I learned new colors like periwinkle and that Lilac is a lighter Lavender like color.
I came up with the centerpiece first and foremost. I love hydrangeas with their fullness and rich coloring and wanted to incorporate something that made it like a baby shower. Somehow my interpretation turned out to be a hydrangea centerpiece with a twirl pop in the center. This centerpiece I made on a great budget with the help of my favorite party planning mecca, downtown Los Angeles. Thank goodness for my resident town, because I was quoted $4-$6 per stem in Las Vegas (site of the shower) and paid $1.50 per stem during Valentine’s weekend in the wonderful flower district. You better believe it was worth it to transport the flowers the 200+ miles to Vegas for that kind of savings. The florist provided me with buckets for free. Ask and you shall receive.
The event turned out great and the final decoration product turned out great. I always say you never know how the final product will look, after all, it starts off a vision in my head.
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