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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Vintage Baby Shower

Today I am joining Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites.  There are so many of us who love dishes and I thought it would be fun to repeat a Vintage Baby Shower post my daughter and I hosted for a family member a while back. When the shower was held we didn't know if the parents were having a girl or boy.  Little Sabrina just turned two this past week so it seemed a perfect time to replay this post.  Thank  you Chari for hosting.  It's nice to be able to repeat a post when I am busy preparing for my Spring Floral Show.

I'm excited to finally be participating in Susan's now famous Tablescape Thursday. I look forward to this each week and I wanted to share the baby shower table setting my daughter and I created on Sunday. Greeting our guests as they entered the home was a freshly strung line of sweet baby clothes. We felt this was a fun way to set the mood as we all said hello at the door.
I'm quite sure many of you remember actually hanging tiny clothes on a real outdoor line. I know I have done this from time to time. The silk plant lady decided to go for REAL flowers for this shower. Can you believe it??
~ These white pitchers are thrift store finds ~
My daughter and I knew we had found our centerpiece when we spotted these petite pink tulips in the cooler.
The new parents to be are not finding out the sex of the baby, so we chose a blue and pink color theme.
The dishes are also a thrift store find. I only have dinner plates but I'm okay with that because they are easy to match up with white or white and gold cups and other serving pieces when necessary.
The accessories we used on the tables actually came together over a couple of weeks time of thinking. I just kept remembering baby pieces I had and they just all worked so well together to form an innocent tablescape. This little plate below was my baby plate. The silveware belonged to one of my daughters.
The little Beatrix Potter figurines added so much interest to the antique mirror in the center of the dining room table. The mirror was a garage sale find.
We had 21 guests at three tables. This was a card table using vintage linens and my daughter's baby blocks from the mid 70's. We spelled out the new baby's last name under the glass dome.
Placed on the server in the dining room we had the cake, napkins and plates ready for dessert.
I love the simplicity of the cake.
Below is the kitchen table set with the vintage damask tablecloth which belonged to my mil. The white napkins are the ones I was ironing last week. :) Notice the pink rose dishes? These were my very first set of dishes purchased at a grocery store after I became engaged. Many are broken but I still have enough to enjoy.
We used silver baby mugs belonging to my three daughters, my three grandsons and one belonged to Mr. Brown Socks. We filled them with water and added white baby carnations.
SWEET??? I ask??? Last but probably my favorite are my very own baby shoes perfectly positioned under a tall glass dome.
We asked the grandmothers to bring pictures of the new mom and dad to be.
***On the menu***
~ Grape and pecan filled Chicken Salad Sandwiches ~
~Marinated Vegetable Pasta Salad~
~Assorted Fruit~
~Iced Tea~
~Caramel Drizzle Coffee~ Now let's go and explore more blogs to see what others have been up to this week. This is such fun, isn't it?? ;)
Thanks for stopping by to enjoy a vintage baby shower.

I am also joining Dittle Dattle for Amaze me Monday
Marty at a Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

Kara at Elements Interiors for Whassup Wednesday

Sherry at No Minimalist Here for her Open House Party on Thursdays

Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday

Linda at A la Carte for Junkin' Finds on Fridays

Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Fridays

Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday


Miss Char said...

Donna, I'm sure all the guests were over the moon when they saw how you had decorated for this shower. The proud mama must have just felt so special to see everything that y'all did. said...

What a great baby shower you put together! Love all the ideas you used and putting some of your own momentos with it. I am sure they just loved what you did! Are you going to be posting recipes too?! The food sounds wonderful!

Babs said...

What a very special tablescape for a very special occasion! Everything is adorable and I love your use of the silver baby cups and the Beatrix Potter figures. Sweet vintage look. Have a great Sunday.

Carolyn said...

What a beautiful shower! I especially love the Beatrix Potter figurines. My daughter's nursery 'theme' was Beatrix Potter and to this day (she's 19 now) I still want to add things to it!

Chicken salad sandwiches with grapes and pecans are to die for! Please do post that recipe! :)

Michelle said...

Donna, it is perfect! I especially love those baby shoes under the dome!!!! Your clothes line is also such a creative touch that I am filing away!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a lovely baby shower! I am so glad you shared this again!

Alicia said...

Wow, lots of great ideas for throwing a baby shower. Hopefully someday my kids will make me a grandma and I can use some of them :0D

I especially loved the baby shoes in the cake dome!

Love the Decor! said...

What a lovely shower!!
Hope you are enjoying the weekend
If you get a chance come over and enter my
giveaway It's a great one : )

Cathy said...

Love your post. Thank you for sharing your family special treasures with us. I am going to use your clothes line idea at the next shower I help with.

podso said...

The decorations are so thoughtful and lovely! Very special for the sweet baby coming! I'm sure you all made a wonderful memory!

Paula@SweetPea said...

I remember how much I loved this when you hosted this shower. I think I even saved the pictures for inspiration. You have the most fabulous style!

Keetha Broyles said...

Loving those petite white pitchers with their load of pink daisies.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Donna...

Sooo very nice to have you join in with the Sunday Favorites repost party this week, my sweet friend! Reposting does come in handy when you're busy! I would just love to be at your place today...I would love to see all the fabulous silk arrangements that you are creating for your Spring show!

Well my dear, I think I remember this baby shower post! I was quite taken with the idea of stringing the sweet little baby clothes on the line for the greeting area! I just love that cute! All of your tables were sooo pretty! Of course, I just loved the pretty pink gerbera daisies in the white ironstone pitchers...lovely!!! I also loved the pretty tulips and the sweet baby carnations that you displayed in the silver cups...again, just gorgeous, Donna! You know...the pretty aqua plates that you mother has an entire place setting for 12 in that pretty pattern! I love the aqua color and the gold swirls that embelling the circle of the plates! Love, love, LOVE how you used several of your personal and very precious baby items for the cloches...that was just adorable! Everything turned out sooo beautifully! You and your daughter did a fabulous job with all the decor! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful baby shower with us for Sunday Favorites!

Happy spring wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design


Donna, you have made an incredible Baby Shower table and vignettes! I'm going to have to do a baby shower for my niece in 4 moths. foe a boy she's having and you've given me such incredible and creative ideas. Thak you so much for sharing. Hope you visit us.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Donna! This is the most charming baby shower ever! I love the line of sweet little clothes! And your little baby plate and the shoes in the cloche!
Good luck with your flower show.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)


Thank you lovely and pretty lady for coming by and giving the girls such sweet comments.

Unknown said...

Oh, I remember when you hosted this shower. So, so sweet and absolutely perfect.

April said...

I absolutely LOVE the baby clothes on the clever! You did an outstanding job of decorating! What a perfect way to welcome a baby! Hey...stop by if you can...I'm having a Shabby Apple Giveaway! :)

lvroftiques said...

What a beautiful baby shower Donna! Couldn't have been any more charming! And your very own baby shoes under cloche were my favorite thing. Vanna

Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

Such a beautiful shower Donna~Thanks for stopping by my blog today~Yes that is our english bulldog Cash ;).Love your blog,Im your newest follower! Hugs,Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

Decor To Adore said...

Oh this looks like such a fun event! I LOVE those aqua plates.

I began collecting/studying vintage and antique linens about 15 years ago when I lived in Europe.
It's such a passion which is why I opened Metis Linens. On that blog we talk about different linens occasionally. :)

bj said...

Great looking shower here. Bet you all had a good time.
Chicken Salad full of all that goodness is my favorite. hmmm, that is what we'll have for dinner tonight. :)))
Truthfully....I have never heard of a Brownie bottle so I googled it. Not sure why I didn't know about them. Guess they were popular in some parts of the country and not in our West Texas location.

Anonymous said...

Oh my word, this is all so pretty. I love everyting and the centerpiece is just wonderful. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

Donna this was so much fun to see especially since you incorporated so many family memories into the decor. I am thinking of you a lot remembering the wedding you had. We are now in the midst of planning the same thing out here on the farmette. It's not until September but I am already stressing...:) xoxo

Sue said...

Oh how sweet! I love the white pitchers and the china, so pretty. The clothesline was a great idea. I actually miss the smell of hanging laundry out...but, I hate the idea of chasing it around the yard like I used to do when the wind would blow.

A Hint of Home said...

Everything looks so pretty and festive!
I love those cute pitchers you used.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

It all looks sooooo cute!!!!


Unknown said...

Such preciousness, and the food sounds divine

On Crooked Creek said...

I adore the used silver baby cups belonging to your family members in your tablescape. The baby shoes under the glass cloche is darling! What a lovely baby shower. God bless all of you as you prepare for the arrival of this baby.

High Street Cottage said...

What darling ideas! I have given more than a few showers of many kinds but this is just adorable, the cloche with the baby blocks inside is so wonderful! Well done, stopping over from Sherry's party, have a wonderful week, xoxo tami

Jan @ BellaCasa said...

what an adorable shower

Jan @ BellaCasa

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

What a pretty table and the clothes line is adorable! Love the baby shoes in the cloche. Thank you for sharing the shower at my party.

Red Door Home said...

I love all the creative ideas you incorporated into this shower. So pretty!

Linda said...

Just stopping by via Paula and thought I'd leave a comment, hope you don't mind.

Aren't baby showers FUN to host! It's been years since I've had the privilege of hosting (or even attending!) a baby shower but it looks like you outdid yourself. Everything looked so creative and fun, yet very stylish and classy. I bet the mom to be was just thrilled!

Take care and have a wonderful weekend!

Marigene said...

Donna, you have set a beautiful table. Love the soft robin's egg blue dinner plates...they are perfect for a baby shower. said...

Thank you SO MUCH for linking up to WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!!! Great entry:) LOVE the cake!!

Hope to see you next Wednesday!


Debra@CommonGround said...

Every detail is just precious. The tiny shoes in the cloche, just everything. The dishes in that blue green are so pretty, just perfect for a sweet shower. Thanks for linking up for the party,

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

How fun and what great ideas. Thanks for joining WUW.

Sweet European Dreams said...

Our wedding had a shabby chic theme, but I never thought to do a baby shower in this way. This is so precious - especially the little clothesline! Glad I found you today via Vintage Inspiration Fridays! -diane

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Everything is so pretty! I especially like the pink tulips.Really like your blog!

Lori said...

Love the baby shower, we are doing a fiesta themed wedding shower this weekend, I may steal the white creamers with the gerbera daisy idea. Looks great, love the blocks under the cloche too. Thanks for looking at my blog.


Diane said...

What a lucky mom to be to have such a delightful baby shower in honor of her little one!

You thought of every possible detail and did an amazing job. I especially like the clothesline with the baby clothes. So easy to do and so effective!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

This is so precious! I love the ideas of baby photos of the soon-to-be mommy and daddy :D