a birch themed baby shower

I'm not even sure how to begin this post because I am still absolutely blown away by the baby shower my friends gave us last Sunday- it was so incredibly beautiful, special, and all such a labor of love. As soon as I told my best friend, Elissa, months ago that we were expecting, she informed me that she would be planning a baby shower. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be anything like this but I should have known considering E's creative eye and the fact that she puts her heart and soul into everything she does. Her wedding 3 years ago was something out of a magazine; Elissa and her Mom, Jody, both need to be in the party planning/wedding business. They are so talented! See some from E & Jose's wedding here

My friend Shelbi and her Mom sweetly offered to host the baby shower in their home (which is absolutely stunning as you'll see below), and they all made magic happen. I just got to show up and get pampered and spoiled, but I know that countless hours went into making all the details and decor you'll see below. Elissa's husband, Jose, even crafted much of the decor, like the place card holders and guest book. In the weeks leading up to the shower, if I'd call E, she'd answer the phone with "Baby Shower Central!" as she did so much crafting, creating, and planning for this event. Even the plates we ate off of at the shower were made out of birch wood! I'm talking every last detail=perfection. I can't thank Elissa, Jose, Jody, Shelbi, her mom, Kelli, and her sister, Lindsey, enough for making this day one I will always cherish. And of course all of my amazing friends who spent their Sunday showering us with love. I cannot get over how kind and thoughtful you all are- Baby Boy is very lucky to have so many wonderful aunties!

I'll stop rambling and let the pictures do the talking because there are a lot- I just couldn't narrow them down. So many picture perfect details and Yash did a great job of capturing the day! (and yes, all of the floral arrangements are real. I couldn't get over them- they're so pretty that I had to touch each one just to see if it was real!)

Details:
my dress | shoes

Hair & make-up:
Etoilly Artistry

Photos by Ban Avenue Photography

All Florals/Event Planning: Jackie from Lary's Florist & Designs in Friendswood

Big Centerpiece: Made by Lary's. They placed birch logs in a clear vase and put an arragement on top. They gave it some height by putting the vase on top of a wooden stump found at HomeGoods and decorated with animals and moss at the base.

Cake: Cheryl from Cake Conspiracy in The Woodlands (it was a chocolate cake with almond buttercream & raspberry preserve filling)

Birchwood Backdrop: Elissa ordered the frame from Annie's Creek on Etsy, and ordered birch slices from eBay for the banner. She hand painted the letters herself using graphite paper transfer and decorated the backdrop with faux greenery and sheer fabric. *If you order from Annie's Creek on Etsy, she recommends ordering solid logs but NOT assembled. The joined ends were botched and she had to cover them up with greenery. Just a side note!

Invitations/Signs/Paper goods: AlwaysBBrave on Etsy

Other decor: Elissa ordered the bottle brush/sisal animals from Amazon. Her husband made the twine holder, guestbook frame, and headband holder. Everything else ordered from Etsy. 

Food: Zoe's Kitchen : Always our go-to for events, Zoe’s kitchen is a crowd favorite every time. Several guests at the shower had dietary restrictions/were vegan, and Zoe’s Kitchen accommodates everyone’s needs. Delicious and healthy…my personal favorite are the chicken kabobs!

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I just want to say a huge thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who made this day one I will never forget. Driving home that evening, I felt so much love and just kept thinking, "This little boy is coming into a world where there really are a lot of really good people". And 'really good' doesn't even begin to sum them up. Zach, Bear, Baby, and I are grateful beyond words and love you all very much!
xo, Britt

scarlett's baby shower

Last Saturday, I had the honor of helping with my precious sister-in-law's baby shower. Scarlett was absolutely glowing and it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces; we are all anxious for baby Zollie to arrive!

details:
invitations: Details Beyond Design
photography: Kristen Zetzman Photography
floral signs: Pancakes & Glue Guns
cookie favors: Sugar Cookies by Britt
cake: Belynda's Cakes
 

The shower was held in the most beautiful home; it has large open floor plan, perfect for entertaining. I worked with some of the most amazing shops that I can't wait to tell you all about!

The invitations were designed by Lauren of Details Beyond Design, and she perfectly brought to life what was in my head. Scarlett loves neutrals and shades of green, and that was the original color pattern for the nursery (though I think that has since changed!). I didn't want something that screams BOY, though it technically does at the top of the invitation, so Lauren added touches of pink through floral design. We were so happy with how they came out!

All photos were taken by the talented Kristen Zetzman who was extremely professional and did a fantastic job. I loved not having to run around taking pictures the entire time, and Kristen was so sweet to get tons of family and group shots for us. If you're in the Sweetwater/Abilene area, she comes highly recommended.

One of my favorite details from the day were the handmade paper flower signs by Pancakes & Glue Guns. Jackie is crazy talented and makes chalkboard signs for all kinds of events; I can't wait to order more! Isn't her lettering lovely?

The cookie favors, made by Sugar Cookies by Britt, were such a special touch; Britt even matched the three cookie designs exactly to the invitation. I sadly didn't get to eat one (Bear ate mine, surprise surprise), but everyone raved on how yummy they were. I'm obsessed with this make-up cookie set; I will find an excuse to order it soon!

The cake was made by Belynda's Cakes and was absolutely delicious; Belynda did a fantastic job of creating exactly what we discussed.

A huge thank you to my sis-in-law, Katy, for making not one but three casseroles for the shower. Bear and I were getting in late the evening before and I asked Katy if she could make one of her famous casseroles with sausage, crescent rolls, and cream cheese. She outdid herself and made two more; they were all a hit! Love you, Katy Bliss.

All of the hostesses worked hard to make this shower a success and I hope Scarlett, Shane, and baby ZC felt the love. Thank you, Danna, for hosting the shower in your home and Shayla, for making the adorable banners. And thank you to everyone who came to celebrate this very loved baby boy; it was a special day!

xo, Britt

p.s. Thank you, Scarlett and Pam, for the amazing hostess gift. I need to post pictures of that soon!
p.p.s. A big big thank you to my sweet Momma who worked tirelessly on invitations with me; she saved the day on more than one occasion. Love you, Duke!