Finished up a fun side project last weekend! A Baby Shower! A good friend was throwing it and asked if I'd help style it. The challenge? To do it under $150 and in a church office in Manhattan. Here's the skinny:
Space: A New York church office filled with office furniture and large windows looking out onto the city
Size: Plan for 50 people
Look & Feel: Anthropologie vibe and texture using a color palette of orange and blue
Necessities: Dinner Plates, Dessert Plates, Cups, Coffee Cups, Cutlery and Napkins for 50 people.
Sparkle: Take care of decor, spacial layout, party favors and a few other treats. . .
Short Term Goal: Overhaul the office for cheap. I LOVE these kinds of challenges.
Long Term Goal: Use the decorations in the baby room post shower.
First stop. Target in the Bronx. Here's what I came home with:
Heck yes, those are Oatmeal Creme Pies. OCP4L.
(Oatmeal Creme Pie for Life)
Other purchases to note: All the plates, napkins, cups and cutlery were on sale. The Christmas Ornaments were part of the Dollar Section - hello party favor! Also loaded up on kraft paper and brown paper sacks. A staple in every crafters life.
Party favors in progress . . .
I've seen that darling DIY fabric garland all over the place and I thought this would be a great venue to try it! For my project, coworker Bridget and I ran by Salvation Army during lunch and picked up a stack of blue men's dress shirts for cheap!
Don't worry, I washed them that night. Then I cut out lots and lots of triangles.
While I was cutting triangles, Lindsay Ann, my fashion designer roommate, worked her magic on a matching fabric cuff for the Mom-To-Be!
That's enough prep. Here's the Before:
My fabric garland! Also, the striped fabric is from 2 IKEA duvets I bought to try out as curtains in my bedroom. They didn't work in my room. So I tried them as table cloths at Taco Tuesday a few weeks ago. Genius! They were a clever little table solution for this party!
Oatmeal creme pies!
Also added a handful of paper lanterns. Added a quaint detail to the room.
And my favorite - The Bangle! We added the cuff from one of the men's dress shirts. Seriously, how cute is that?
And the party favors. A little craftastic, but I still like them :)
Thats all I got! Thanks for letting me style the shower Anna! I had a ball!
Thanks to Stacy and Anne for helping me schlep!! Couldn't have done it with out y'all.