October 22, 2019

Mountain Adventure Baby Shower

Something you may have not known about me is that I am a certified Event Planner! I absolutely love organizing and planning the perfect, pinterest-worthy party! I oftentimes tell myself I'm going to keep things simple, not go too over-the-top... well it's always a lie because I'm very EXTRA when it comes to parties! I want everything down to the food to be intentional. I love turning to pinterest and instagram for inspiration but try to be original and work with the space that I'm throwing the party in. 

This past weekend I threw a baby shower for my very best friend of thirteen years! This was a dream come true for me because I never actually knew if we would live close to each other again after we graduated high school. Her little family is welcoming their second little boy so I decided to go with a Mountain Adventure theme with lots of wood elements. It turned out beautifully and I was actually really surprised with how well everything came together!

I start every party by planning the food because hello! Food is one of the biggest focus of any party, am I right?! Since we were doing the party at 11am, I decided that a bagel bar wouldn't only be cost affective but also very filling. I got three flavors of bagels from Sam's Club, everything, asiago and cinnamon raisin. I bought blocks of cream cheese and whipped them in my kitchen aid! I made three flavors: plain (with a splash of vanilla and powdered sugar), honey cinnamon and chive and onion! I just added a bit of milk to bring it to a whip and let me tell you: they were delicious! I don't think I will ever buy pre-made spreadable cream cheese again! I linked the original recipes for two of the flavors at the bottom of this post! 

Going along with our brunch theme, I had got a mango orange juice and put it in my beverage dispenser. I added some slices of oranges and lemon to the top. That's such a simple and easy way to "fancy" it up! Again, small effort to make a big difference and impression! 

Next I needed just a few appetizers. Things we didn't need any utensils for but that everyone could just grab and pop in their mouth! I found a picture of these cucumber bites on pinterest and thought they looked beautiful but also like a refreshing bite! I make deviled eggs for a lot of special occasions. They are one of my favorite snacks during the holidays and another perfect, filling appetizer. You can never go wrong with them, especially when you put in just a little bit of extra effort to put the filling into a piping bag with a star tip. It makes them appear even more special! And of course, you can never go wrong with strawberries and grapes!

I consider the dessert table to be almost like decoration! So, I always want my dessert choices to go with the theme but also be delicious. The cake was made by friend here in Austin, Cami Bourne from Bourne Baking Co. She also made the cake for Nova's second birthday party. We love her chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream. It is so moist and creamy! It's always a huge hit! I asked her to keep it simple and white - she did a fantastic job! I made the cookies. My special double chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies cut into cloud shapes! I've worked hard on both of those recipes (took about a year to get them perfect!) and I'm so glad they both turned out perfect for this shower. 

Now on to the very last but almost most important aspect to any party thrown by me... the decorations! I searched pinterest and instagram from all sorts of inspiration but ultimately, most of this came from my own ideas, which doesn't usually happen for me. As I've gotten better at party planning, I've become more creative and I love that whole process. I needed a balloon garland somewhere because honestly, they are not hard to make but again, make a huge impact on the feel of the party! I purchased balloon garland tape off of amazon (linked below) and it took about 65 white balloons, all blown up into two different sizes and about an hour. 

I'm a little garland crazy! I love garlands of all types. I don't know what it is exactly that draws me to them so much but I love them! I made one out of old newborn white onesies from my girls, a couple mountain garlands made out of construction paper from Hobby Lobby and a cloud one I made out of felt. I actually used the cookie cutter from the cookies I made to trace out the clouds for that garland so they matched perfectly!

I wanted to add just a few other little touches I included to make this a little more special for the mama-to-be. I asked her to cut out a couple of her favorite ultrasounds images and we put those in some frames I had at home. I also used my letter board to add a cute quote! All in all, this really was rather simple (to me!) but everything came together so perfectly. What I wanted at the end of the day was for my best friend to feel special and loved!



I am in love with this party! Everything is so adorable and the food looks delicious! Great job, Lauren!

Anonymous said...

Everything came out beautiful! Way to go! I wish I was this organized when throwing parties ��

Tarah Craft said...

So simplistic and beautiful! What a perfect theme!

Gigi said...

What a fabulous shower I especially love the bagel bar!!

Chantea Harris (Lola Nicole) said...

Such an awesome shower and the decor was so pretty.

-Lola Nicole

Lauren Fullerton said...

Thanks so much!! It was such a blast putting it all together.

Lauren Fullerton said...

Thank you! Oh, I'm sure you're better than you're giving yourself credit for! Plus, I took classes for event planning so don't compare yourself to me! I definitely would be less organized had I not taken those classes.

Lauren Fullerton said...

Thank you so much!! That's exactly what I was going for. I really appreciate it!

Lauren Fullerton said...

Thank you!! It was so much fun. Everyone there loved the bagel bar idea too!

Lauren Fullerton said...

Thanks so much! I DIYed most of it!