Ahoy, Baby!

The offi­cial start of Sum­mer is June 20th, but it sure does feel like the sea­son has arrived early here in Vegas! For expec­tant moth­ers due in the next few 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 Party Dress Magazine’s Sum­mer 2012 issue. 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. It was not easy find­ing water in the desert! 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 rat­tan anchor that, with the burlap table­cloth, added a nat­ural, sandy feel to the crisp and vivid col­ors. I also cre­ated smaller ver­sions (again with chicken wire) and made coral to use as table decor, with the addi­tional of col­ored cup­cake lin­ers. An “AHOY” pen­nant ban­ner hung in front of the table.
The sweets 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 desserts. 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. The col­ors of the fruit matched per­fectly! Small mason jars were filled with milk and life­saver donuts sat perched on the rims with the help of fish drink stirrers.I dipped Oreos to make cookie pops and dec­o­rated them with fon­dant to resem­ble port­holes. I love using dif­fer­ent types of con­tain­ers and props to dis­play the food that add to the theme and decor, rather than tra­di­tional plates and serv­ing dishes.
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 found at Home Goods. I also dipped marsh­mal­lows in choco­late and added fon­dant strips and num­bers to make buoys.

I made lay­ered jello light­house push pops in con­tain­ers from Cupkate’s Event Design, 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. I also recy­cled the bas­kets and crate, which were orig­i­nally uti­lized in the Easter Egg Hunt party styled for the Spring issue, and sub­sti­tuted the grass with sugar sand!
The lun­cheon table was set with a burlap cov­er­ing and a striped blue run­ner. A lantern served as the cen­ter­piece and inside, another coral dec­o­ra­tion sculpted with chicken wire, white cof­fee fil­ters and yel­low cup­cake lin­ers. You can also uti­lize flower arrange­ments or can­dles to fill such lanterns to add inter­est. 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 that I had pur­chased at Pot­tery Barn a few years back. Addi­tional lemons were served in small, plas­tic con­tain­ers resem­bling boat houses. I used these lit­tle con­tain­ers in our Mother Hen party as chicken coops and keep try­ing to find new uses for them! You can dress up sim­ple 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, I set up an area to urge guests to leave a “Mes­sage in a Baby Bot­tle” for the parents-to-be on a framed note­card from the col­lec­tion. And as a final send off, I wished guests a bon voy­age with life­saver can­dies pack­aged in cello bags with top­pers and wrapped with string for an added touch!
The gor­geous weather, picture-perfect set­ting and the assis­tance of my trusty helpers made this shoot smooth sailin’!

Comments

  1. All the details are so gor­geous! Love the top­pers and the scenery!

  2. My favorite styled shoot to date! Love it!

  3. The coral and sail are amaz­ing! Such a cre­ative & crafty project. I heart you!

  4. Gor­geous Lyn­lee!!!! Love the use of every­day items!!!
    ~Pamela

  5. Beau­ti­ful as always!!

  6. Love this entire party! Lovely table set­tings, food, every detail is just perfect!

  7. Another stun­ning party! Where did you get your burlap table­cloth? I like how ver­sa­tile it is. Thanks!

  8. Thank you SO, SO much!!! Oh my good­ness… I don’t know what I would do with­out burlap! It truly is so ver­sa­tile (as you’ve seen in so many of my par­ties!) and even bet­ter, it’s fairly inex­pen­sive! I actu­ally pur­chase the fab­ric at Joann craft stores. ♥

  9. fan­tas­tic party! Love all the details… espe­cially the donut “life raft” drinks! genius!

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

  10. What did you use to make the donut “lift raft” drinks? Is that blue and yel­low fondant?

  11. Her­moso tra­bajo y diseño..Enhorabuena !

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