Last weekend, we showered my best friend Elissa with lots of love and anticipation for her baby boy on the way (you may remember the beautiful baby shower Elissa gave me here). Elissa’s shower was held in our home but it was a group effort that wouldn’t have been possible without Elissa’s Mom, Jody, and Elissa’s good friends, Kristen and Rubi. Lots of thought and love were put into every detail of the shower, from the gorgeous florals (thank you, Jody!) to the yummy food (thank you, Kristen!), it was truly a special day that I hope Elissa and baby boy enjoyed. Sharing all details and lots of photos below!
photos: Ban Avenue Photography
cake: Tiny Bakes
This cake was so delicious! I had heard about Tiny Bakes from a friend and now I can honestly say that Elizabeth will be my go-to for cakes in Houston from here on out. The top layer of the shower cake was funfetti and the bottom layer was chocolate (Elissa’s favorite). Both flavors melted in your mouth and were moist, flavorful, and just so good. Highly recommend!
invitations/thank you notes: Whitney Farnsworth Design
I looked far and wide on Etsy for a shower invitation that wasn’t “cheesy” and had more of a classic nautical feel. As soon as I saw the watercolor sailboats on these Whitney Farnsworth Design invitations, I knew Elissa would love them. Even more of a bonus that they came with matching thank you notes which we set out for guests to address at the shower. Whitney was so easy to work with and does amazing work.
cookies: Cookie Queen of Spring
You guys know I’m all about the sugar cookies at parties and we had to have some for Elissa’s shower, of course. Jody found a design on Pinterest and the Cookie Queen of Spring made the cookies come to life. In fact, I love how they turned out even more than the inspo picture. The Cookie Queen herself, Brooke, is such a kind soul and is truly talented beyond words at her craft. The cookies tasted just as good as they look, as every single one got eaten at the shower. Houston friends, you have to use Brooke for your next event!
seashell garland: Michael’s
Elissa’s dress: Pink Blush
food: Zoe’s Kitchen
other decor: Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, etc.
Jody found the centerpiece boat and painted it to match Elissa’s nursery, along with making the sail. Lary’s filled the boat with flowers which made such a gorgeous centerpiece for the table. Jody also did the “message in a bottle” with wishes for Jose, Elissa, and Baby.
Kristen was in charge of the guest book which will be such a cute touch in Baby Carmona’s nursery. Kristen also was in charge of all the food from Zoe’s…and boy was there food! We had a huge, delicious spread that everyone enjoyed. Kristen also found all the paper goods, which were also a hit.
Rubi flew in from Florida just to be here for Elissa’s shower, which was such a special gift in itself. Rubi was in charge of all the games for the shower, which provided some laughs, and props that made for the cutest photos.
Guest took home bath bomb favors wrapped in burlap and tied with anchor ribbon, with a sign reading “Please take a favor from Elissa’s shower to yours”.
Kristen made the food label cards, and Zach helped me make (aka he did 90% of) the wooden card holders.
The mantle was a stunning work of art done entirely by Jody. She took wooden 2x4’s to add height to the seashell garland, which she surrounded by cream colored florals. The hydrangea’s smelled so good! She also made the banner that hung from the mantle reading “It’s a boy” with sea creatures matching the theme.
Most of the decor we used all belongs to Elissa; she kindly let us use her nursery decor for the shower since she already had a lot pieces. I love her nursery theme; it feels “vintage nautical” and is going to be so sweet for their baby boy.
Beanie (Elissa and I have called each other this since college),
We cannot wait to meet sweet Baby Carmona! We love him so much already and you and Jose are going to be the best parents ever. We love you so much and can’t wait to see you as a family of 3!