elissa's baby shower

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!

Shower details:
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!
florals: Lary’s
seashell garland: Michael’s
guestbook: Seeonee
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!
xo, Britt

how to host a kid-friendly super bowl party

Football is kind of a big deal in our house….considering I’m outnumbered by my sweet boys. I do, however, look forward to the Super Bowl each February and am so excited to be hosting our neighbors for the game this year. Since the Pro Bowl was yesterday, we decided to do a little test run on our party supplies and had some of Bear’s friends over to “watch the game”, aka eat snacks and do anything but actually look at the TV. Which was fine, because we were fully prepared thanks to Bed Bath & Beyond. The boys had so much fun, I wanted to share some of what we did in case you’ll be hosting kiddos at your Super Bowl party, too!

The first thing I knew we needed was paper goods. Mama is not about to wash dishes for that many people! I found this 85 piece party supplies kit and knew we needed it, which ended up being perfect. The plates, cups, and napkins are all so cute and will be perfect for the Super Bowl. I also found this 5-piece kit that matched and had to grab it for some easy decor. A banner, danglers, centerpiece, and football balloon all completed the table. I found the tablecloth we taped to the floor in store at our local Bed Bath & Beyond. Our little snackers spent a lot of time on that turf. :)

I needed some new serving dishes and wanted to order pieces I would be able to use time and time again, not just for one evening. I found this 2-tier marble server and cannot say enough good things about it. Not only is it beautiful for display purposes, but it folds up and lays flat so it’s easy to store. Win/win! We are on the hunt for a dining table for this space and I want to put this serving tray in the middle when we finally find it. The tray was perfect for holding all of our paper goods for the party, and can be used for so many things. Kids tend to make a mess with paper plates and napkins, so it worked well to have them sectioned off in a tray. I love the classic white and black detail of the tray and couldn’t believe it was under $30!

Since our neighborhood is a circle with about 20 houses that almost all have children, we always have a crowd coming in to grab drinks from the refrigerator. I knew the adults wouldn’t want the refrigerator being slammed shut 200 times during the big game, but wanted drinks to stay cold if we set them out. We got this big bath party tub and it might’ve been our best party decision ever. This was perfect for the kids (and adults!) and I will use this in our pantry to store extra bottled waters.

No party is complete without favors, so we grabbed these cups and filled them with cookies/candy. The kids loved them and felt special getting to take a treat home. Was also a great way to send home leftover cookies with our guests so we wouldn’t eat them all the next day.

We wanted Boonester to feel like part of the party, so he got his very own silicone football grip dish. His high chair pulls up to the table and he’s always pulling his plate onto the floor, so this is a great way to keep his food on the table (and look cute in the process).

Knowing Bear and his friends, I had a feeling they wouldn’t sit still for the entire football game. It makes it hard for the adults who do want watch the game to be able to do so when kids are running around screaming and going crazy, so we bought a fun board game to entertain the younger crowd. And it worked! I had never heard of 1st and Goal, but turns out it’s a really fun game that the kids loved and played for over an hour.


Overall, fun was had by all and the party was a success. When it comes to making a Super Bowl party kid friendly, the most important things are snacks and entertainment! We found everything we needed for a successful football party at Bed Bath & Beyond, and I was amazed at the great selection they have online. We had everything shipped right to our front door and arrived just a few days after ordering. If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, here are a few things you might need:

Creative Converting™ 85-Piece Tailgate Rush Party Supplies Kit

1st & Goal Football Board Game

Prodyne Big Bath Party Tub

Kitchen Innovations Football Mini Tongs

Artisanal Kitchen Supply® 2-Tier Marble Server

Home Essentials & Beyond Large Oval Enamel Serving Tray with Handles in White/Black

Creative Converting™ 5-Piece Tailgate Rush Party Supplies Kit

Creative Converting™ 85-Piece Tailgate Rush Party Supplies Kit

NFL Football 8-Pack 22 oz. Souvenir Plastic Cups in Brown



Do you have big Super Bowl plans? Are you just in it for the halftime entertainment or do you watch the game? I’d love to hear!
xo, Britt


*This post is sponsored by Bed Bath & Beyond, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.