There is no shortage of occasions to celebrate in Charleston, but there’s nothing better than coming together to cheers to a friend’s special milestone in a memorable way. Recently, a group of my dearest friends and I hosted a pretty baby shower for our sweet friend, Britt, who is expecting her first baby girl in December. Britt is fabulous – tall, beautiful, brilliantly smart, and has a great sense of humor. She and her husband were some of my first friends when I moved to Charleston and they took great care of me as I got settled in to a new town. Needless to say, they are some of my favorite people, and their baby girl is already a very lucky lady to have them as parents! When our fun little host committee of four ladies decided to host this event for Britt, we knew we wanted to do a less-than-traditional shower – no baby heavy theme, no endless hours of baby games, just a lovely Charleston mid-day celebration with lots of sunshine, pretty bites and pops of pink (and maybe one hysterical celebrity baby game just for good measure!).
The inspiration for a pretty pink shower with pops of festive Fall citrus (Britt loves pops of bright color!) came from a gorgeous personalized baby shower invitation we sourced through Basic Invite. We fell in love with the little pops of orange and pink, and decided to play on the citrus theme to create a beautiful day just for Britt and her baby girl. I loved working with Basic Invite for these baby shower invitations, as they allow you to order custom samples to see the paper quality (it’s great – highly recommend!) and they literally have an unlimited color selection for every aspect of the invite, from the formatting and design elements, to the envelopes (the liners even have self adhesive stickers which were a dream!). The invitations were so reasonable for the quality, so I’ll definitely be using them for my holiday parties coming up (be sure to check out their online Christmas and holiday cards! USE CODE HOLI30 for 30% OFF!).
For the menu, we went with pretty, easy, pick-up bites since the shower was only from 2pm-4pm. Callie’s Biscuits (one of my favorite local Charleston, time-saving go-to’s) just came out with their new Sweet Potato Biscuits (what!?) and boy, did they live up to the hype! We filled them with delicious Harry & David ham and served a Stonewall Kitchen spicy honey mustard alongside (the perfect condiment for these – you have to try!). The best thing about Callie’s (other than the fact that they are to-die-for) is that you can order them online and keep them in the freezer. You just defrost, wrap them in foil, pop on a baking tray, and let them go for 30 min in the oven while you prep the rest of the party. Honestly, they are better than you could ever make yourself (sorry grandma!) and the time you save is priceless. These need to be stocked in your freezer at ALL TIMES. The rest of the menu was partly homemade, and partly pick-up from a wonderful local gourmet market by Hamby Catering:
FALL CITRUS BABY SHOWER MENU
For the Bar…
“Britt Spritz” Mimosa Bar + Citrus Mint Lemonade
Cheese Straws in Julep Cups
The bar was so pretty on our friend’s gorgeous historic Charleston porch on the sunniest October day…a mimosa and Rose bar with edible flower and fresh citrus garnishes not only solidified the look for the theme, but it truly created the perfect Charleston ambiance for a relaxed celebration of Britt’s soon-to-be new addition!
Fellow host and good friend Kristin Chambless of ColorbyK took on the flower responsibilities which stole the show! They were truly gorgeous… she even peppered in little clementines to bring in our citrus theme from the invitation. They added a special, feminine feel to the event that paramount to the whole look.
To top it off, our fellow hosts Whit and Julia created a spectacular balloon backdrop for our girl(s!) to open presents under. I’m still amazed that they were first timers and pulled off such an amazing display. Julia, a local artist, created handmade signs for the bar that noted the “Britt’s Spritz” mimosa bar, and noted a non-alcoholic Citrus Mint Lemonade, noting it was “alcohol free for the mama-to-be!” The tables inside were sprinkled with framed baby photos of Britt to add some personal touches. All in all, it was a very special day – I was blown away by the creativity that resides in so many women in this town (many of whom I am honored to call friends), and by the desire these ladies had to create the most memorable day for our amazing friend who is about to embark on a remarkable new chapter in life.
Cheers to new additions and memorable, special celebrations!