A Squared: Baby Shower Snapshots + Invitations by Minted

Monday, March 28, 2016

Baby Shower Snapshots + Invitations by Minted

It's hard to believe, but Baby C. will be making her debut in just a few short weeks! And in preparation for her arrival, my best friend Alexis and sister Emma-- with some help from my mom-- hosted a wonderful baby shower for me two weeks ago.

Me with my mom and wonderful sister Emma

I'm not big on some of the old fashioned shower traditions (no embarrassing games, please!) and luckily these ladies knew me well enough to host the perfect shower for me with close friends and family, a delicious brunch, cocktails (for those that could drink them), and the most adorable decor!

There was a DIY mimosa, cocktail, and mocktail bar. My sister found this grapefruit thyme spritzer recipe that she put together for me-- it was super refreshing and was nice for me to have a special bubbly drink to sip on too!

A beautiful brunch spread of pastries, two kinds of frittata, fruit, grilled vegetables, and yogurt parfaits from Goddess & Grocer was on the menu for the shower. The food was delicious and perfect for serving buffet-style since most of it could be served at room temperature. And Alex and I were happy to eat those leftovers after the party was over too!

And it wouldn't be a shower without a fancy party cake! Alexis picked out the most gorgeous pastel pink frosted cake from Bittersweet, finished off with a dusting of edible glitter. It was a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting, filled with lemon curd and raspberry puree-- the perfect springtime cake! I'm also a sucker for French macarons, so she picked up an assortment of their perfectly colored spring macarons too-- the bright lavender, pistachio, lemon, and raspberry macarons were the perfect complement to the rich cake.

And my crafty mom made the most perfect diaper cake for the shower! It was sophisticated and incorporated the gray and pink color scheme of Baby C.'s nursery perfectly (photos of the finished nursery coming soon, I promise!)-- complete with fresh pink roses with an adorable Pottery Barn bunny stopping to smell them! She also somehow managed to make each layer of this cake at home in Rhode Island and transported them all the way to Chicago via checked bag for reassembly at my house. Nice work, Mom!

And my guests were super generous too. Not only is Baby C.'s nursery fully stocked with all of the baby necessities, but she's also got a closet and dresser full of cute clothes now complete with skinny jeans, party dresses, and sunglasses!

Party hostess Alexis, me, and my other best friend Meghan who came in from NYC for the shower

When shower planning got underway, my friends over at Minted offered to supply the invitations for the event. We eagerly accepted, knowing that Minted would provide the perfect invitation look to to really set the tone for this baby shower. As I mentioned, I'm not big into traditional showers that are heavy on goofy games and cheesy baby decorations. And while most baby shower themes are based on the theme of the nursery, that proved a little more challenging for my shower since my nursery isn't animal or princess or nursery rhyme-themed... it's just a modern slightly sophisticated gray and pink room that happens to feature a crib. So, that's the kind of shower and invitation my hostesses were looking for as well-- and Minted was the perfect place to find a girly and sophisticated shower invitation!

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Emma and Alexis found several adorable invitation options at Minted.com. They had such a difficult time choosing!

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Many of them were perfect for our color scheme and were available in a few other color schemes as well-- so, no matter if you're hosting a shower for a baby girl, baby boy, or baby surprise, Minted has you covered!

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Ultimately though, they decided on the option below-- which was my favorite of all of these options too! The Starlight Foil-Pressed shower invitation by Saltwater Designs was absolutely perfect: Simple, modern, and sophisticated with the slightest amount of bling from the rose gold foil.

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Adorable designs aside, some of things that I love most about Minted is their exceptional customer service and the personal touches you'll find throughout the order process-- from learning more about the designers of each Minted piece to receiving your finished product signed by the Minted employee that packaged it for you.

And this is the final product! The photo doesn't do the rose gold foil justice, but these were some seriously cute invitations and I couldn't have been more pleased to receive my own in the mail:

Thanks so much to Alexis, Emma, and Mom for all your hard work on the baby shower. And thanks to Minted for letting us pick out the most perfect invitations for Baby's big day!

Editor's Note: Complimentary products were supplied by Minted in order to facilitate this post. All of the opinions expressed herein are my own.


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