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Gold Baby Shower

Golden (3)Lacey’s baby shower was so very special to me.  Business partner, bestie, honorary sister–this gal has my heart.  And so do her children.  To see her happiness and to see the smiles on the faces of those who love her most made for the best day.  It was an honor to host along with 2 of her other dear friends and her beautiful momma.  I’d throw down a party with these gals any day.  But enough of the gushy stuff and on to some of the details of the shower.
lacey and lily
If you know Lace, then you know she LOVES gold (even before it got cool again, lol).  Where I’m a bit more whimsical and haphazard, Lacey is more classy and refined.  This shower was a marriage of our styles.  I googled “gold baby shower” and stumbled upon this gem by Pottery Barn.  Their party immediately became my inspiration.  You guys should really check out this section of their site–they have so many awesome party ideas and DIY’s. 
white balloons
the room
I’m bummed because I wasn’t able to get a good shot of my favorite part of the shower–the “mom-to-be” chair.  Lacey’s mom bought the beautiful crown with tulle draping and we hung it over this chair that I spray painted gold.  Then I stole these gold pillows from Lacey’s house to accent the chair.  This is where she opened all her presents.  Crown found here.  Pillows found here.  And now Lace can use the crown in the baby’s room.
baby shower mantle
I used to have this white mirror on my mantle.  I got cardboard letters from Joanns and I spray painted them gold.  Then I covered them in Elmer’s glue (the kind that comes in a spray paint can).  Then I poured gold glitter on them and used a hot glue gun to attach them to the mirror.  I would recommend searching places like Home Goods for a cool board or mirror to mount letters for a similar project.  
piper glitter letters
gold baby shower chairThis chair was once a shabby brown wicker color before I had the nerve to cover it in gold spray paint.
gold pottery barn crown
the gold chair
gold baby shower
gold dessert table
wedding cookiesI used the same method on these dessert stands that I did on the gold letters.  Except I didn’t add glitter or paint to the inside of the jar so that it wouldn’t get transfered onto the food.  Certainly this isn’t a long term solution for these platters because they are very difficult to wash–so I would recommend only doing this with trays you don’t mind ruining or some you pick up at the dollar store. And the glitter WILL shed–but I took a deep breath and wrote that off as a bit of “whimsy” to the decor.
white and gold cakesThe cakes were made by the fabulous bakery, Valley Bakery in Oak Park–and they were divine as well as stunning.  We also served lemon bars, rolos and wedding cookies to keep with the all-white and gold theme.  
gold dessert table decor
I wasn’t able to find one particular tutorial that worked for me when making the tassel garland so I ended up coming up with a method on my own.  I’m thinking of creating a tutorial, but for now this one is helpful and has similarities with the technique I used.  The rest of the decor we kept simple with gold (spray painted) and clear mason jars filled with white flowers spread throughout the house.  Flowers are a simple way to carry a theme through the whole house while only having a few focal points of decor (mantle and dessert table).
she will be loved chalkboard
chalkboard baby shower
gold cake
gold plates and napkins
The Momma got her very own special goblet to drink from.
flowersI cut an 18 inch wide strip of gold polka-dot burlap for a simple table runner. 
gold polka dot napkins
Polka dot napkins from Paper Source.
white and gold cakescake plates
Gold plates and utensils from Party City.
dream catcher stand
Jen used her talents to make these mini dream catchers as party favors and everyone died over their awesomeness. I made this dream catcher display using a piece of pallet wood that I spray painted lightly and sanded down to distress.  I then hammered several gold nails in a row to hang the dream catchers.
gold vase target
living room
italian catering
The food! Oh the FOOD!  There was a lot of stress relieved because Lacey’s mom sprung for the most amazingly delicious catering by Porcelli Pizza Co. Fresh appetizer platters with the most yummy cheeses and fruits, hand tossed salads, stone fired pizza and even a Nutella pizza (yes, I’m serious).  I’m not exaggerating when I tell you this is some of absolute best pizza I have ever had.  Above is the beautiful couple behind this amazing food and service: Valerio and Brooke.
fruit and cheese plate
food plattersTurns out I’m a BIG fan of figs!

italian appetizer plate
pizza oven
How cool is this stone pizza oven?!
fig pizza
nutella pizza
girls
My dress is from here.
ash and lil
Me and Lily, the big sister.
lily white balloons
lily
i mean
pregnant gym gals
cute
lily lori laceyThree generations of beautiful, talented gals.
lace and lil
lily and piper
book signing
We passed around a baby book where all the guests signed a note to Piper.
black and gold dream catcherHere is a little peak at the beauty of these dream catchers.
dream catchers
white dream catcher
That ring though.
gold dream catcher

And that’s the gist .  Our golden baby shower.  I love that it can be unisex and that it departed a bit from the traditional “baby-themed” shower–perfect for a second-baby baby shower, ya know. We love you Piper!

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    ashley o.
    September 30, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    love, love, love it all! xoxo ~ashley

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    Jenna+Garlock
    September 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    oh i love this!! i now was my next baby shower to be gold themed! you throw the most gorgeous parties!!

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    Mary
    September 30, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Adorable! The simplicity of it makes it even more beautiful! Great job 🙂

  • Reply
    Holly
    September 30, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Love this!! Where did you purchase your paper products and balloons?

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      Ashley Stock
      October 1, 2014 at 12:52 am

      The plates and utensils are from party city. the polka dot napkins are from Paper Source. And i ordered the balloons from our local grocery store and requested gold ribbon 🙂

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    Anna
    September 30, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Ashley, where is your gorgeous dress from? I have a wedding to go to and this is just what I’m looking for. Thanks! P.S Fab post. xxx

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    Leah
    September 30, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    I am like Anna… I want to know more about your dress! Adorable!

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    Tara
    October 1, 2014 at 2:40 am

    I’m now inspired to make some mini dream catchers for my upcoming baby’s nursery… But holy love! I got sidetracked by that ring in the white dream catcher picture! Oh Mylanta!!

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    Michelle L @ Baby Bump Bundle
    October 1, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Love the chalkboard and tassels/garland !!!

  • Reply
    Megan
    October 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I love the simplicity! In the middle of planning a shower myself. Will definitely use some of this inspiration!!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    October 4, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Hi Ashley! Superb party!! Would you pleeeeeeeease ask your friend if she would do a tutorial on how she made the mini dream catchers? Adorbs!

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    Brittney
    October 5, 2014 at 11:54 am

    TOOO DIE FORRR! I want that pizza in my mouth!! Looked like some sort of fig and special cheese— nutella!? Wowzer! Also your dress!! Lacey looked just beautiful and Lily is so cute!

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