Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}

Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Kate Landers baby shower
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Kate Landers baby shower
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}
Images: Liza Voll Photography

Who knew a girl who lives the color pink, fabric ruffles and pearls could fall in love with baby blue sailor suits and masculine fonts?!?! It’s Kate Landers here, debuting my very own baby shower! I was beyond thrilled to learn we were expecting a baby boy. Visions of hand smocked rompers and a vintage pram with sparkling silver spokes filled my head. I soon became aware that you CAN have a classic, romantic, sophisticated and timeless baby shower, regardless of the child’s gender. The images, beautifully captured by Liza Voll Photography, tell much of the celebration story on their own.

INSPIRATION ABOUNDS: A monogram family heirloom silver baby cup and my Petunia Pickle Bottom Cake Collection juniper berry diaper bag provided inspiration for the details of the shower (and also made a fabulous decoration on display!) My vision of smocked romper cookies, edible saddle oxford baby shoes and classic baby block Rice Krispie treats came straight from the armoire and nursery. All were hand-crafted in the most extraordinary way imaginable. A vintage-inspired pram from a thrift shop and charming rocking horse (also from our nursery) fueled the idea for more of these perfect and utterly darling cookies. I adored the dainty details! A gorgeous wreath inspired by the fabrics used in our nursery (baby blue toile and crisp white quilted diamond linens) introduced guests to the theme as soon as they walked up to the door.

SET THE STAGE: Serving as a focal point of the shower, the darling edible delights on the dessert table were a highlight of the event. Amazing designers generously provided many of these treats and the finished display speaks volumes of how successful this collaboration was. I simply adore the monogram sterling silver baby cup, silver rattle, white lamb and my diaper-bag-inspired cookies and Rice Krispie treats. I got goosebumps when we placed the sweetest fondant buttons on petit fours and baby bottles on mini carrot cupcakes. Coordinating pacifier mini cupcake toppers added a bit of whimsy to the dessert table, and French macaroon pop “rattles” were a guest favorite.

DELICIOUS DETAILS: Designer and friend Brittany took on the great challenge of creating a stunning fondant cake banner and matching cupcake toppers, all designed to coordinate with the gorgeous custom printed paper details created by the spectacular Loralee Lewis. I fell in love with Loralee’s petite rosette cupcake toppers, but had no more cupcakes to put them on! But I realized how perfect they would be for favor box adornments, and they fit perfectly on the custom printed mini gable boxes I ordered from friend Pam. A few trendy elements like silver striped paper straws were mixed with vintage-inspired silver urns to keep the beverage table fresh.

THE MAGIC OF FRIENDSHIP: I must share the greatest lesson I learned from this event: the power of teaming up with party designers or friends who love to design and entertain. I knew I would have a hand in designing my own baby shower (an etiquette no-no), and was also aware that hosting and executing a shower on the scale I imagined would require the help of women passionate for party design. Jenny and Christy stepped up to the plate, traveling from near and far, to co-design, coordinate, set-up, execute and break down the event. They worked so very, very hard, and threw me the perfect shower. For many weeks we worked together as a TEAM, each coming up with brilliant ideas (such as Jenny’s idea of signing baby blocks instead of a guest book) and setting up a perfect dessert table (thanks Christy for your vision!). Party planning can be overwhelming, and pairing up with others not only relieves stress, but also can create a celebration far greater than you ever imagined.

Congratulations Kate!
Images: Liza Voll Photography

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35 Responses to “Celebrate With Kate {Her Own Baby Shower!}”

  1. re Says:

    SO beautiful and for such a sweet person! Fabulous job to all!!

  2. Maria @ Love & Sugar Kisses Says:

    STUNNING and GORGEOUS!!! What a sweet and beautiful shower and what a fantastic collaboration of so many talented people! Congratulations on your baby boy to be :)

    Maria

  3. stacy h Says:

    amazing!! absolutely gorgeous.

  4. Tara Says:

    The most beautiful baby shower I’ve ever seen! I just ADORE the fondant diaper bag topper!

  5. Gwynn Wasson Says:

    Unbelievably exquisite! (But with all the amazing talent involved it is not a surprise.) Congratulations again on your pregnancy! Speaking from experience, you will love having a boy. They are curious little miracles full of energy and the true magic of life!

  6. melissa caligiuri Says:

    Oh Kate … everything is perfection!! Just beautiful .. and you look gorgeous in your Lilly!!

    Being the mother of 3 boys(!!) and a girly- girl, lover of PINK .. I can certainly relate, but fall in love I did with all (well, almost all) things boy! :)

    Continued blessings to you!

  7. Kym Bozzoli Says:

    Kate, these images are so sweet! What a beautiful event you have created with the help of such talented friends and peers.
    This colour pallette takes me back to childhood memories of vintage baby books, fabrics and a time when life was much simpler. This must have been a relaxed, loving atmosphere you created.
    Oh I’m just in love with every detail!
    It is clear to see that all those who contributed wanted so much to make each darling detail perfect for you. All the best Kate!

  8. Jeannie Gearin Says:

    This is THE sweetest party I have ever seen!

  9. Amy {Blowout Party!} Says:

    Kate, this is such a beautiful and dreamy baby shower! Congratulations and best of luck to you!

  10. Rosie Says:

    Thanks to Layla Grace and Kate for allowing us to be part of this magic baby shower :)
    Rosie from Crazy about Macarons

  11. Chin Says:

    love love love it :)

  12. Courtney {pizzazzerie} Says:

    Just gorgeous, Kate! I love every detail!

  13. Bird Says:

    STUNNING!!!! Every single detail!! And some of my fave vendors included, is a total treat for the eyes! :)

    Congratulations Kate to your and your family!!
    XOXO
    Bird

  14. Laure, founder of the Sweet Table Contest Says:

    Amazing, like every party deisgned by Kate, she is absolutely marvellous ! We hope she will have more time next year to take part in the Sweet Table Contest, maybe as President, who knows, she deserve it so much. A brilliant baby shower, chic and smart, a real fairytale !

  15. Tracy @ LaunchHER Says:

    What a classic shower – congrats on you precious boy!

  16. Pamela Smerker Says:

    Every detail of this shower is breathtaking! What makes it even more special is how much love shines through all of the details. Congratulations Kate & Ryan and WELCOME baby Noah!

  17. Lynlee ~ Lynlee's Petite Cakes Says:

    What an absolutely gorgeous celebration for such a beautiful mother-to-be! It is truly an honor to have been a small part of this stunning shower and am humbled by all the amazing talent showcased! Congratulations to Kate and her expanding family! ♥

  18. Mimika Cooney Says:

    LOVE your ideas so fresh and fabulous! Fan from mimikacooney.com

  19. Kate landers Says:

    Thank you all so much for your warmth, graciousness, kindness, love and appreciation. I feel truly blessed knowing you! It was a collaboration of many to create the final look and inspiration, and Liza’s spectacular photography. Thanks to each artist and designer who contributed! And the diaper bag, must say, PERFECT! Much love to all, and special thanks to Layla Grayce for allowing me to share this event on their gorgeous blog! Love, Kate

  20. Andrea Fraga Says:

    Absolutely stunning Kate, I love every little detail. What I love most about your style is the elegance behind all you do. LOVE this and I am so happy that you will be with your sweet baby Noah very soon. Motherhood is the greatest gift we can ever receive as women. Congratulations and many blessings and love your way.

    xoxo
    Andrea, Dolce Drive~

  21. Seema (Attiser!) Says:

    Absolutely beautiful…fantabulous! I love every detail of it! Congratulations Kate!

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  23. Janice Says:

    Can you please tell me where you got the blocks to have the guest design? I LOVE this idea!
    Thanks!

  24. Kate Landers Says:

    Janice: I suggest simple blocks from a vendor on etsy, or a local craft store. HOWEVER, unless the blocks themselves and all materials used to decorate them with are child-safe, I suggest using them just as decoration in the nursery, not as toys.

  25. Lissette Says:

    Hi,
    Are the mini cake stands for the blocks paper or porcelain?

  26. Lucia Says:

    Hi, I’m a party planner from Honduras, and I love all things beautiful, When I found this party on Layla, I fell in love, and pin all the pictures on my baby shower inspiration board, I have now 240 repins and 55 likes, some have commented these have been the best pictures they have seen.

    Congratulations to the extremely talented creators of this fabulous party!
    I hope I get to be this great one day!!

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  28. Victoria Says:

    This is the cutest baby shower ever! So elegant and classy, stunning. I love the Baby Noah block letters, are they edible or wooden blocks?

  29. artes dImaginacao Says:

    Ripping!
    Congratulation!

  30. artes dImaginacao Says:

    WOW! Very beautiful and elegant! Congratulation!

  31. Elisa De Ramos Says:

    “FELICITACIONES “. Estoy impresionada de tu gran talento dulce y tan fina y elegante, sencilla elaboración!!!!! Buena Suerte..

  32. Elisa De Ramos Says:

    ESPECTACULAR, FELICITACIONES!!!!

  33. Leesa Leech Says:

    Can anyone tell me what font was used on the bunting? Love it and cannot find it anywhere

  34. Ruth Quiring Says:

    Exquisite

  35. Anna-diana Says:

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