I’m so excited to announce that I have my first official job as an event designer! I worked at an event design company when I was in college, and I’ve always considered it as a career path, but I was a little wary of trying to start a business with no clientelle. But I always thought if something came my way, I would jump at the chance! And it just so happens that a client of my mother’s needed help with her DIL’s baby shower, so my mother suggested me, and violá! To my delight she wanted a book themed baby shower, and anyone who knows me or regularly reads my blog knows how much I love decorating with books, so I’m overflowing with ideas! I thought I would share with you a little of what I have come up with for the decor!
Figure 1) Vintage Children’s Books: A vintage book themed baby shower must have vintage baby books! Good thing I have a few myself! But I’ll be on the hunt for a few more to add to the collection.
(photo: Cassia Beck @ søciety6)
Figure 2) Walls covered in book pages: I don’t think I can starch the hostess’ actual walls, but I’m thinking more like large boards or a triptych of some sort.
Figure 3) Cake stands on top of books: We all know I love cake stands, right? And I love simple cakes with awesome accessories, so as an alternative to the obvious-but-potentially-cheesy cake shaped like a book, I think this will be just right! I’m also thinking maybe a little text transfer on the cake…
(photo: Jessica Monnich Photography
cake: CoCo Paloma Desserts
wedding Planner: Events by Emily
want to see more of this event?: stylemepretty)
Figure 4) Globes! All good libraries have globes, right?
(photo: Lackluster Co. @ Etsy)
Figure 5) Mini book cake bunting: Zomg, so cute! Put on top of a simple cake and we’re done!
(photo: Jenny B)
Figure 6) Flower Page Garland: All parties need garland. I’ll mix the page garland with some other colored garland as well.
Figure 7) Page covered wall behind desert table w/ fringed streamers: I’m thinking this is a good way to use my page boards—at the dessert table!
(photo: JAC Photography
coordination: Jane of Jane: An event design & coordination company
flowers: Sacha of Bloom Custom Floristry & Events
desserts: Sweet & Saucy and also handmade by friends)
Figure 8) Bell Jars, quills, inkwells: I have found some Bell Jars at Home Goods, quills are easy enough to fake with feathers and pens, but inkwells? I need to put my thinking cap on…
Figure 9) Vintage blocks spelling out baby’s name: For spelling out the new baby’s name. I’m buying the ones from Anthro!
(photo: Found via pinterest, but I can’t find the original source! I’d be happy to credit the source if someone can find it!)
Figure 10) Princess Pea sleeping on stack of books in a bell jar: Just cute. I’d love to come up with other obvious children’s stories to display as a diorama.
(photo: design*sponge, event design: David Stark)
Figures 11 & 12) Book & page mobile w/ crystal garland: I’m thinking as general decor, but also they would be adorable as little mini ornaments hanging from branches, either as favors, or for guests to write notes for the mommy-to-be!
(photo 1: shop house @ etsy, photo 2: Lauren Michael Studio, event styling: Moria Events)
Figure 13) Circle Page Garland: More garland ideas. Are we over garlands yet? Never! Can’t get enough…
(photo: Found via pinterest, but I can’t find the original source! This is similar. I’d be happy to credit the source if someone can find it!)
Figure 14) Book Planters: Loved these the first time I saw them, and now I have an event that will force me to make them! We can also fill with paper flowers. :)
(photo: Wednesday, also @ Green Wedding Shoes)
Also, I found this game, which is adorable and spot-on for our book theme!
There are a few other tricks I have up my sleeve for this shower. Check out my pinterest board, Vintage Library Baby Shower for more!
I hope everyone had a wonderful and thankful Thanksgiving yesterday! :)