Pauline of 3LittleFinches and her friend Kate are both Americans living in London, and both have a baby on the way! Rather than host separate showers for one another, they put their heads together to come up with one fun, festive baby shower with chevron details to celebrate at the same time. Kate used her talents in the kitchen to prepare the food and drinks, while Pauline used her design experience to create the decor. Nearly all of the decor was handmade, including the hundreds of pom poms in the shower palette of mint, gray, and ivory! Pauline shared much more with us about the planning process and shower details, which you can find at the end of this post. To see more from this sweet dual shower, visit the full gallery!
More from Pauline:
"Since Kate didn't know the gender of her baby, we kept the shower in neutral, calm tones, and added touches of sparkle throughout for a winter-y feel. Since buntings are so popular here in the UK, that sparked a whole lot of crafting personalized paper buntings. And I took the simple triangular shapes and mimicked them throughout the graphic design of the paper products with chevrons and stripes.
"Kate kept the food English-inspired with homemade blueberry scones, and tea sandwiches in flavors: chicken tarragon, veggie & lemon hummus, and cucumber & herb cream cheese. For drinks we had champagne bellinis on arrival (in flutes personalized with each person's name), and iced tea with mint cordial. We were also lucky enough to have one of our professional pastry chef friends (Ana from The Vanilla Project) create homemade vanilla cupcakes with salted caramel and lemon curd fillings. She also made homemade mint and lime macaroons for guests to take home as favors.
"A fun part of our food spread was dedicated to an American candy bar (aka "Yank Candy Buffet"), and featured sweets like good old fashioned Hershey's Kisses, Twizzlers, and Reese's Pieces, that we special ordered from an American food company here in London.
"Some of the activities at our baby shower - a celebrity baby name game where everyone had to match a celebrity baby with his/her famous parents, a baby food tasting challenge (whoever has the best tastebuds wins a prize!), and a baby bottle chugging contest where the guests raced to guzzle baby bottles. And of course we had to have a onesie decorating station, but instead of using the usual markers or iron-ons, we opted for something a little less traditional with onesie tie-dyeing instead. Aprons, gloves, rubber bands, onesies, and dye were provided and everyone went to town! It was a little messy, but lots of fun and Kate and I kept the retro onesies afterwards."
Paper Goods, Planning, and Handmade Decor: 3LittleFinches
Macaron Favors, Cupcakes: The Vanilla Project
Eco-friendly Tableware, Straws, Hanging Ball Lanterns: Pipii
Table covers, Silver Fringe Curtains: Party Packs
Striped bags: Jelly & BlancMange
Craft supplies, Dye, Cardboard Letters: Laines World
Onesies for Decorating: Marks & Spencer