Summer is here and that means lots of time by the beach or lake, fun outdoor entertaining, and all things seaside and nautical (my favorite theme!). That being said, I’m so excited to share this adorable “Ahoy Baby!” baby shower from Lynlee’s Petite Cakes! The combination of sea blues and sunshine yellow mixed with darling rope and anchor details make this shower so perfect for summer!
For expectant mothers due in the Summer months, there’s no better way to welcome their new first mate than with a nautical-themed baby shower! I adore the Mod Nautical Anchor collection by the WH Hostess, pairing several shades of blue with a bright and refreshing pop of yellow, which I utilized to style this bright and cheery luncheon for the Summer 2012 issue of The Party Dress. I decided to focus on a mature feel to honor the mother-to-be, with the infusion of playful and sweet details. The beautiful invitation set the mood, inviting guests to join the celebration seaside.
The dessert table was set-up along the waterfront, providing a gorgeous view and anchoring the party. To avoid obstructing the scenery, I created a backdrop inspired by a window at Anthropologie that not only resembled a sail from afar, but at closer look, also simulated coral from the ocean. With the use of chicken wire, I constructed the shape and then inserted white folded coffee filters to develop coral designs. As a juxtaposition, I propped up a basketweave anchor that, with the burlap tablecloth, added a natural, sandy feel to the crisp and vivid colors.
The desserts centered around the nautical theme and coordinating colors. Due to the Summer season and outdoor location, I thought it would be refreshing to utilize several lemon and fruit treats, along with some traditional sweets. I hollowed out lemons, added lemon custard topped with blueberries and displayed them in a seaside lantern. I also inserted the collection’s cupcake toppers to add height and decor to the oversized container. Small mason jars were filled with milk and lifesaver donuts sat perched on the rims with the help of fish drink stirrers.
Chocolate-dipped Oreo pops were decorated with fondant to look like portholes, while marshmallows resembled numbered buoys. Lemon cupcakes were embellished with fondant sailor onesies, bibs and baby bottles, nestled in sugar sand, along with chocolate sea shells in a nautical steering wheel tray. I made layered jello lighthouse push pops, as well as mini fruit tarts to complete the table. Buffet cards were displayed with the correlating desserts and centerpiece sticks adorned glass jars filled with sugar sand. Sea urchin meringue cookies were scattered throughout and an “AHOY” pennant banner hung in front of the table.
The luncheon table was set with a burlap covering and a striped blue runner. A lantern served as the centerpiece and inside, a coral decoration sculpted with chicken wire, white coffee filters and yellow cupcake liners. Small vases with floral decor were enhanced with natural string and cupcake toppers throughout the table. Each setting consisted of blue fish plates and coordinating small plates to carry lemons for the seafood meal. Additional lemons were served in small, plastic containers resembling boat houses. You can dress up the silverware by simply tying a colorful ribbon around and placing it directly on the napkins. The water bottle labels can also be used to adorn simple glasses and were filled with cool and fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Lastly, urge your guests to leave a “Message in a Baby Bottle” for the parents-to-be on a framed notecard from the collection. These super sweet notecards are so versatile and can also be used for thank you cards, as well as designating activities during a party or shower. And as a final send off, wish your guests a bon voyage with lifesaver candies packaged in cello bags with toppers and wrapped with string for an added touch!
WH Hostess ~ Paper Goods (whhostess.com)
Styling, desserts and photography ~ Lynlee’s Petite Cakes (www.lynleespetitecakes.com)
CupKate’s Event Design ~ Push pop containers (www.cupkateseventdesign.com)