Courtney's Phi Mu sister Lauren designed the perfectly pink and green invitations for the event. The paper was from paper-source.com. Aren't they lovely? Lilly is a family name, but it sure suits a little future Lilly loving minnie well.
Each of the four one of a kind cakes from Blue Sheep Bake Shop served as the table centerpieces for each of the four guest tables at the baby shower. Flavors included strawberries and champagne, chocolate with chocolate mousse filling, red velvet with cream cheese filling, and marble with chocolate ganache filling. They all sound so delicious, but I think that my favorite would have been the red velvet with cream cheese filling. The bakery is well known for delicious cakes. It was even invited to be on the program Cupcake Wars! I love the idea of using cakes as centerpieces. Functional and beautiful!
Lilly Pulitzer Koozies at each place setting are excellent party favors for the event.
Courtney says, "I wanted to wear one of my Lilly dresses but I am 36 weeks and have gotten to the point where black is much much prettier and slimming." I think that you look amazing, Courtney! She did wear a Lilly Pulitzer Connelly wrap over the dress to add a pop of color to the outfit.
The nursery also has delightful touches of pink and green Lilly Pulitzer. For Courtney's Washington, DC baby shower, her sister created a game called pin the Lilly dress on the baby. She created the shift dresses from real Lilly patterns and individually stitched each dress along the edge.
After the baby shower, Courtney and her sister decided to custom mat frame four of the dresses and hang them in the nursery as wall art. Michael's did a fantastic job of custom framing and has frequent sales and promotions.
Take a look at the nursery glider, too. Courtney's family took real Lilly fabric and created a blanket, pillow and baby clothes from the preppy fabric. Just beautiful.
Here's a close up view of the stitching of the wall art.
For the nursery walls, Courtney used the Lilly Pulitzer Desert Tort Wall Decals above the changing area. The decals are great visual stimulation for the baby and are safe enough that they won't fall off on her.
Courtney loves pink and green as much as I do! More adorable touches in the nursery include a Lilly night light and diaper bag. Here's a funny story about the diaper bag. Courtney purchased the bag a few years ago, just as she had just gotten engaged or was getting engaged. The rationale behind her purchase was that perhaps Lilly wouldn't sell a diaper bag in the future! Her husband actually opened the package, something he NEVER does, and about had a heart attack when he realized it was a baby bag. It's a story he still doesn't let her forget. But that's ok, Courtney! A Lilly girl has to do what she has to do! I was buying smocked dressed long before I found out that I was going to have twin girls.
Thank you, Courtney, for sharing your baby shower and your adorable nursery with me. It's truly a Lilly inspiration to other Mommies to be!