Hi Loves, I wanted to do a quick post recapping baby girl’s baby shower last weekend. It was truly magical, and it came together PERFECTLY. As you know, I love planning a good party and it was so much fun to work with my amazing Step Mom, Felicia, on this one. Let me start by saying we knew close to ZERO vendors in Miami, so we started from scratch. In true fashion, I polled friends, my mom’s group, and my wedding contacts to find incredible vendors that were also reasonable. I was SO pleased with the partners we chose and will link them all for you in this post! Despite the unexpected heatwave (it is Miami after all) it was such a gorgeous day and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
Oh, and if you need more inspo, check out my post from Baby Carter’s NYC Shower for more tips and tricks!
Our vision for the baby shower was a mix of romantic, boho, and whimsical for baby girl. I love florals, so chose that to be a focus, along with the balloons. From a color perspective, I stuck to nudes, blush pinks, rose golds, etc. I didnt want this to feel like a traditional baby shower, with an actual theme, so we stuck with this and planned it all out on Pinterest. We wanted healthy delicious food, flowing cocktails, and for everyone to be able to mingle and have a good time with a couple of fun activities. I also wanted two key areas for photo ops, so focused on the bar, and the peacock chair as anchor decor.
I am what some would call neurotic, so I was thrilled that Felicia and my Dad wanted me to be a part of the shower planning. Plus, it is always more fun to have someone to bounce ideas off! If you’re like me, chances are everyone knows, but I don’t think it’s weird at all to enjoy planning your baby, bridal, etc. shower with friends and family. We didn’t use a party planner, rather we worked with the individual vendors to create the cohesive vision. Same as with our home renovations, not using a “general contractor” and subcontracting the work saves a ton of money, but also requires much more time. This is totally fine for me, but probably not for someone that doesn’t care about the details or doesn’t have the time to go item by item.
I’ll break this into a few key sections: Venue, Food/Drinks, Desserts, Activities Decor (+ Prints/Rentals), Florals/Favors.
We had the baby shower this time at our house in Coconut Grove, Miami. I wanted to carry the vibe of the inside of our house – naturals, bright, white, and cozy – to the shower outside. We actually got married this same weekend here in Miami 4 years ago and it was perfect, but this past weekend was HOT. Like high 80’s hot in the sun. We have a ton of trees in The Grove, so that was helpful, and kept our natural, peaceful vibe and used various areas of the backyard for each “activation”. There was a corner for the bar, one for the gift/favor, activity and dessert tables, a covered area for lounging and for the food, an area for the table rentals, and then a corner for a photo area with the peacock chair and sign.
We used our 7′ outdoor table for the food spread, which was perfect and sprinkled eucalyptus and flowers on this runner in between the platters. I wanted to cater food that was healthy and light, think California-inspired cuisine, so we went with a friend of a friend’s restaurant called Pura Vida. For 25 people, we ordered 3 large salads (Mediterranean, Kale Ceasar, and Veggie Filled), grilled chicken, grilled salmon, and sourdough avocado toast. It was the perfect amount of food for a 1 pm start time.
We did a very simple, yet stunningly gorgeous, dessert spread. Typically, people have a bite or two of the desserts and we are left with tons of sweets that I end up trying to give away. So we focused on 4 key desserts- The Cake, doughnut tower and munchkin bowl, white chocolate-covered strawberries, and croissants from Pura Vida.
The cake was a gift from our sweet friend Cindy who owns the most incredible bakery in Miami, SugarBud (look at these cakes, they are insane and so delicious). I sent her a few inspo photos of a white layered cake with pink details on the top and she came up with this STUNNING creation. It was also gluten-free which was selfish for me, but delicious.
Felicia got the doughnuts from Krispy Kreme and the munchkins from Dunkin’s and we decorated the tower and bowl with peonies, and summer eucalyptus. These are always such a hit! She made the strawberries with white chocolate candy melts (tip- get extra veggie oil) and we plated them on a tiered cake stand with flowers that literally looked edible. Lastly, we ordered the croissants assortment from Pura Vida, and people nibbled on all of this throughout the shower.
I like to have a few activities but didn’t want to open gifts or make people sit there while I did something that they couldn’t really partake in. In my last shower for Baby Carter, we did a sage station, and fun bottle chugging for the boys, but this time I wanted to keep it low-key for guests to engage when they wanted. Plus only two games (I always like one about the mama/dad and then another fun one- we did Celeb Baby Names but lost the answer key LOL).
So this time, I did a dreamcatcher 11×14 thumbprint (print here, stamps here) so I can frame it for Baby Girl’s room. We also did “Wishes for Baby” which I pasted in a book for her bookshelf (book here, corners here). Lastly, I had my Polaroid for guests to take photos and post in another book for her bookshelf (same book/corners as above). I liked these passive activities that guests could do in their own time.
Also, I created a custom book sign to frame for everyone to leave their books. I requested ahead of time that instead of cards, that everyone bring their favorite childhood book with a note inside for our Baby Girl. I did this for Carter also, and LOVE reading the notes to him before bed each night and thinking of our friends and family who made his day so special.
Decor (+ Prints/Rentals):
The decor consisted of props, balloons garland, rentals, prints, and florals (more below). I wanted that boho feel, so opted for lots of palm fans, pampas arrangements (the best because you can keep them after), and natural elements.
The props were from a family-owned company we found, Vintage Unique Props. Madeline, Cynthia, and their team did the most incredible job. The ballons were BEYOND (also, who knew you had to put TWO balloons together to make a nude?). We sent them our inspo and did an arch in the back by the peacock chair (which we also rented from the), the bar we rented came with an arch which I was truly obsessed with, and then we did 3 small areas for the table and a large arch by the front door. They were absolutely STUNNING.
Felicia ordered small pampas, grass, and palm fans to put inside the balloons from amazon and it completed the entire look. I can’t wait to work with Vintage Unique Props again soon (Carter’s Birthday?!)
Next, we worked with the amazing Danielle from Atlas Event Rentals for the tables, chairs, linens, wine buckets, etc. They were another reco from our friend Michelle who worked in the wedding industry for years. Danielle was so helpful and accommodating. She was the real deal and didn’t try to push us on more than we needed, which in event planning, I so appreciate. We went with simple ivory table cloths, Chiavari chairs, and then the most beautiful blush glassware and champagne glasses. We used nice acrylic throw-away plates and silverware to save which was perfect.
Lastly, for the prints, I ordered a few key items from A Wild Bloom Printables on Etsy. They were all editable templates and I printed everything at Office Depot (there were some issues, but they fixed them) and VistaPrints works too. This was the large welcome sign we placed on the easel, and all other prints mirrored this design. I customized the wording on my own. Other items included: books for baby, let’s drink bar menu, wishes for baby, 2 customized games, favors sign.
For florals, our goal was tons of greenery, dried flowers (pampas, palms), and shades of pink, neutrals, and whites. We created 15 floral arrangements. 3 larger for the round guest tables, 6 small for the books, food, activity tables, 3 medium for the bar and tables, and 3 for inside (bathroom, counter, etc). So there were tons of different flowers everywhere.
We got the flowers from a flower market (Berkley Flowers, they are the best) at the recommendation of a good friend of mine who used to do florals in the wedding industry. And made the arrangements ourselves. I LOVE making floral arrangements so this was fun, easy, and saved tons of money. Highly recommend Berkley’s for the most gorgeous flowers and vases if you are in the area.
I wanted to also share the beauty team I used that gave me LIFE. We are at Beauty Disclosed after all! They are all local to Miami and available for weddings, special events, etc. I loved, loved, loved, them all.
- Makeup: Glammed Up by Gabby
- Hair: Blo Coral Gabels (ask for Josie)
- Spray Tan: True Tan (Yeime is the best!)
- Nails: Static Nails (these press on’s are amazing)
- Dress: Free People Stay Awhile Maxi
- Slip: Amazon (searched high and low for a slip for this dress, loved this one)
Miami Baby Shower Vendor List:
- Flowers: Berkley Flowers
- Balloon Garland + Props: Vintage Unique Props
- Rentals: Atlas Event Rentals
- Prints/Signs: A Wild Bloom Printables + Carda Moon Paperie
- Cake: SugarBud
- Rosé: Cote Des Roses
- Catering: Pura Vida
I just wanted to say how grateful I am to Felicia, my Dad, and all of our friends and family. You truly made Baby Girl’s Baby Shower so special and I am so thankful. I can’t wait to get Baby Girl’s nursery ready and for her to be here in 3.5 short weeks! I’ll be telling her how lucky we are to have the most incredible, and supportive people in our lives.