A Summer Brunch Baby Shower

July 24, 2016

Baby Boy Brunch Baby Shower

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I planned, coordinated, and hosted my VERY first baby shower this past weekend. My Sister-In-Law, Kelley, is having her first baby in September. He will also be my very first nephew. I am so excited, I can’t stand it. I love an excuse to throw a party, and I really wanted to make this one extra special. I remember the anticipation of both my babies, but especially the first time around. It’s so exciting and I only wanted to make the best memories for Kelley and show her how loved she is!

Kelley LOVES blue and white everything. Her home is beautifully decorated with lots of clean lines, bright whites, and royal blue accents. I wanted the shower to reflect her style. The bonus, is that she’s having a boy, so the color scheme was perfect! I didn’t have a theme in mind, I just knew the “feel” I wanted.

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Her stunning invitations were courtesy of Minted. They were SO beautiful. I chose to have the envelopes pre-printed, which saves a ton of time. I highly recommend spending the extra money to do that.

Teal Olive Designs created this amazing poster. She asked me the relevant questions, I got the answers for her and showed her the invitation and some inspiration photos I had for the shower and BOOM. She designed this and emailed it to me. I had it printed to 18×24 in. size and mounted on foam core. I had it on the table on display for guests to admire as they arrived. (She’s also designing a poster for Charlie’s Birthday and I can’t WAIT!)

I love the trend of having guest sign a story book. It is something that can be kept forever, but will also be used!

I printed advice cards for the guests to fill out for Kelley. I loved getting these at my showers. It’s so fun to see what all the other mothers have learned over the years and what they have to advise!

An inexpensive and beautiful way to fill vases and brighten party is with bunches of babies breath.

As favors, the guests took home a gift box containing two macarons from Treehouse Macarons. The flavors were espresso and french toast, which could not have been more perfect for the brunch theme. I tied some blue and white bakers twine around the boxes and stacked them on a buffet next to the food table. I back lit that area with some garden lights I snagged on clearance at Target!

The Coffee Bar was one of my favorite parts! I can’t wait to incorporate this into another party. It was so easy to pack up my Keurig K250 and set up a station for guests to make a cup of joe. I found k-cups, and paper goods on Amazon at great prices.

I love the size of the Keurig K250 and how easy it is to move around. It was so much better than having a large carafe set out. People could make their own cups as they wanted and have a fresh cup of coffee. This Keurig even has different size and strength options.

I hand stamped the coffee sleeves with a simple “It’s a Boy” stamp I found at Hobby Lobby. It was such an easy thing that made the coffee bar just a little more personal!

It ain’t a party without champagne! I made a yummy brunch punch out of champagne, peach nectar, frozen raspberries, and frozen peaches. It was DELISH. I found that recipe here. Next to that dispenser, I had a dispenser of ice water for the guests.

I thought it would be cute to use french tea towels as napkins, so that they could double as a favor the guests could take home. I bought them in bulk on Amazon, along with the wooden disposable flatware. I piled them up in my Mother-In-Law’s antique bread dough bowl and it was so cute.

The savory, main dish of our brunch was a grits bar. I attended an event that had this one time and it was so yummy! The sky is the limit with this, but we made a large batch of grits and poured it into a pre-heated crockpot. We prepared as toppings: shrimp, bacon, cheese and chives. The guests loved it! It was delicious and filling (and Southern as all get out!).

As a cute alternative to a tray of donuts, I skewered donut holes from Dunkin Donuts. Everyone loved the variety of flavors and how easy it made it to dip your donut in your coffee!

All of these incredibly gorgeous wooden signs you see around the party were hand made and hand lettered by Pine & Sea.

Our big gift to Kelley was this sweet little rocking elephant from Rockabye Rockers. We chose the elephant since Kelley and her husband, Zach, are University of Alabama alumni. Charlie has a lamb version and is obsessed with it. It plays four different songs at the push of a button. It’s so high quality and is truly something your child can keep for a long time.

All in all, I think Kelley had a great time! She loved all the details and was able to truly enjoy her shower. I can’t wait to meet my new nephew and spoil him rotten!

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7 Comments

  • Reply Elly July 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Katie, this looks beautiful! Now you are going to need to come do my future baby shower! 🙂

    • Reply katiemcrenshaw July 26, 2016 at 11:29 am

      It would be a total honor!

  • Reply chanel van reenen July 25, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    you did an amazing job with the party! i love the grits bar idea! SO perfect for a southern brunch 🙂

    • Reply katiemcrenshaw July 26, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Thank you!! That means a lot!

  • Reply Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World July 26, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    What a beautiful shower, Katie! Such perfect details!

    • Reply katiemcrenshaw July 26, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you!!

  • Reply Baby shower game September 27, 2016 at 4:19 am

    Congratulations! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful. It looked like an absolutely fabulous baby shower.

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