Aqua & Orange Baby Shower Inspiration Shoot {all the lovely little details}

by jacin on April 25, 2011

Hi everyone! How was your holiday weekend? I hope you were able to unwind, relax, turn off the computer and spend quality time with loved ones. I tried to do the same and feel nice and refreshed today, ready to take on what is going to be a very busy and exciting week!

Today I am excited to show lots more pictures from our baby shower inspiration shoot that was featured on Pizzazzerie last week. If you didn’t see it over there, or catch my  quick description over here, well, today is your lucky day because of course I’m going to go photo-heavy with pics from our ahhhhhhmazing photographer, Gavin Farrington.

Who said a baby shower had to stay within the color realms of pink and blue? Not us, not today!

It all started with a ruffled shower curtain from Anthropologie

…and an idea sparked by Erin Frank of Host-It Notes, to get our creative minds spinning. Oh, and the fact that our lovely friend Kara Kull of How Fab and Delightfully Engaged is pregnant and due any time now, was reason enough to celebrate, so we threw her a little Baby Shower Inspiration Shoot!

My newfound friend Amanda Reapsummer of One True Love Vintage Rentals provided lots of vintage props for the shoot. Amanda is such a sweet person and we really have a good time together whenever we meet up. This wedding industry is so big, yet so tiny at the same time, and I am really loving all of the amazing fellow wedding peeps I’ve gotten to meet so far.

The crafty genius Erin of Host-It Notes made {yes made} the stuffed owls…

… the blue and orange bunting…

and…. wait for it…. the ruffled cake stand skirt. Stay tuned for more on those from her over on her blog!

So to prep for this shoot, Erin, Amanda, Gavin and I discussed logistics at a few SF wedding meetups beforehand, and then met one evening to go through the plan again, to decide who would bring what, etc. Guys - I was responsible to make cupcakes, bring mimosas and OJ, arrange all the florals, bring baker’s twine, then of course help on-site with styling. Well, I was about halfway down my block on the way to Kara’s house when I realized that my gorgeous orange ruffled cupcakes had been sitting on the trunk of my car when I took off. So… sadly, the cupcakes you see in the pictures are my plan B cupcakes that I had to pick up from Safeway where they luckily were able to dye them just the perfect shade of orange. Always have a plan B, friends! {Not gonna lie, I definitely started to tear up when my pretty little cupcakes landed on the pavement! When I arrived at Kara’s house I was a hot mess. Minus the hot, haha!}

my cupcake nemesis

So for the flowers, I wanted to keep it simple with bright pops of orange and just a bit of white, so I used ranunculus, baby’s breath and bright orange tulips. They were so so pretty and Gavin took some amazing shots of the lovely blooms. I’m pretty much obsessed with them. Can you believe how he was able to capture such detail??

I loved this little vintage box that Amanda brought! What a perfect “vase” for the flowers.

When I was at Safeway for my plan B cupcakes, I picked up these powdered donettes, too. They brought a nice touch of white to the display.

Here’s a few more of my faves from the shoot. I loved how well we all collaborated; everyone really did their part and it all just kind of  fit together with the master plan. We each tweaked the final design ever so slightly and added our own accent somehow, and it was just such a fun shoot, too.

See that yummy tart? Mommy-to-be Kara made that - from scratch! And it was just as delicious as it looks.

Kara also hand-dipped these blue and orange frosted animal crackers to give as favors. Are they not adorable?

We had perfectly matching {and delish} macarons from Paulette Macarons, and I had the challenging task of taking a perfect bite for that picture. Tough job, but someone had to do it.

See that pretty teal cupcake stand? Yep… the craft-master herself, Erin, took a white cupcake stand from Target and spray painted it to the perfect shade of teal. Isn’t she awesome?

Oh, and we had a lot of fun, too. I have no idea what I was saying in this picture, but it was enough to get the crowd going to prove my point that we really enjoy each other’s company :)

Thanks again to Erin, Amanda, Kara, baby, and Gavin for an inspiring afternoon! See, all those lovely little details really do make a difference!

Happy Monday, everyone!

Design + Styling: Host-It Notes, One True Love Vintage RentalsLovely Little Details, Kara Kull
Handmade Items: Custom fabric crafts by Host-It Notes; Favor bags and cookies by Kara Kull
Props: Pitcher, bottles, compote, vases, tins and suitcase via One True Love Vintage Rentals
Plan B Cupcakes: Safeway
Curtain: Anthropologie
Cookie Jar: Plasticland
Cupcake Tree: Originally from Target, then painted. Out of stock, but similar style can be found at Crate and Barrel.
Food: Paulette Macarons, Peach tart by Kara Kull

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate/MagnoliaRouge April 25, 2011 at 1:03 AM

Beautiful job!! And I so agree with your on the colours… I would go out of my way NOT to use pink or blue in an obvious way. The use of the curtain shower is genius!!


Kismet April 25, 2011 at 1:43 AM

The colours are delicious! and a great job styling and photographing! Sounds like you all had a great day together-what fun!


Annie @ Marry You Me April 25, 2011 at 1:51 AM

LOVE! This was so amazing. I love the colors, the decor, the flowers - every last bit of it! And is that a laughatong I see going on in the last pic?? :)


Bec April 25, 2011 at 2:40 AM

LOVE, love, love this gorgeous baby shower! Aqua and orange is one of my favourite colour palette. Every detail is just perfect! Well done xx


Brancoprata April 25, 2011 at 3:33 AM

Love the colors, the flowers, the details!!!! Looks like the girls had fun!!!


Kristina @ K5 Becomes a Bride April 25, 2011 at 3:53 AM

hello beautiful! what a perfect shoot…love the mason jar incorporation :-D


Wendy Oliver April 25, 2011 at 5:37 AM

I LOVE it! Everything in there is beyond beautiful!


Marcie Maler April 25, 2011 at 6:43 AM

OBSESSED! Love the colors and vintage style. Totally my thing. Now I need to have a kid!


erin * sparkle & hay April 25, 2011 at 7:31 AM

this is so so gorgeous its not even funny. this is just beyond dreamy & i LOVE hearing the behind the scenes. (& i love that your outfit matches the shoot colors too haha)


Laura *You Stir Me* April 25, 2011 at 7:40 AM

this is so awesome, you guys! You all did such a wonderful job on pulling all the little details together - especially the plan B cupcakes, Jacin! Seriously, way to go on finding the perfect colors for a baby shower…I am keeping this gem for inspiration down the road!!!


Lauren @ Baby Lifestyles April 25, 2011 at 7:47 AM

I love the color combination! The blues and the orange-peach go together so beautifully! This would be so great for a mom expecting boy and girl twins too. Amazing job!


Spun Sugar Suite April 25, 2011 at 7:52 AM

Gorgeous! I love the peach and aqua together, each and every photo is my favorite. I would love to know about that awesome tin holding the flowers! So cute!


Adrienne O'Connor (Ruffles & Tweed) April 25, 2011 at 8:07 AM

I can’t even handle how much I love this - great job, everyone! That Anthropologie shower curtain is such a great source of inspiration - I had my eye on it a while ago and am completely regretting the fact that I did not purchase it! Happy Monday all :)


Lisa April 25, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Oh my gosh, Jacin, seriously? EVERY detail is absolutely adorable and perfect!! I have been scrolling up and down to try to pick a few favorites but I can’t narrow it down at all haha :) I want to move to California and get in on creating these inspiration shoots!!
Hope you had a wonderful Easter!


postcards and pretties April 25, 2011 at 9:15 AM

I cant express how much I love this baby shower…you did a fantastic job!!


Paper Moss April 25, 2011 at 9:41 AM

holy moly this is the most amazing shower i’ve ever seen!!! it is so beautiful. makes me want a little one, ha! :)


Sarah {A Paper Proposal} April 25, 2011 at 11:15 AM

SO CUTE! Love the ruffled backdrop and the color combo!


Claire April 25, 2011 at 11:18 AM

I just can’t tell you enough how much I love this. It’s simply gorgeous!!


Alicia@CharityWedding April 25, 2011 at 11:52 AM

This is a dream baby shower! SO absolutely stunning. When I get pregnant- I’m calling you first!


Martine Louise Resnick April 25, 2011 at 12:27 PM

This is great! I totally agree about being open to choose colors other than blue or pink! That goes for nurseries too! The details in this shoot are lovely. I like the vintage feel. Some of my favorites are the patchwork bunting, the blue mason jars, the vintage suitcase and tea tine and I especially like the owls!


Liesl April 25, 2011 at 1:00 PM

I am just loving the color combination, especially the coral accents…one of my favorites for spring and summer! Oh how I love your blog, Jacin! I hope you had a lovely Easter!

Liesl :)


Nicole April 25, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Oh so cute! The color combination was awesome!


Lena April 25, 2011 at 3:21 PM

That ruffled backdrop revealed as a shower curtain is just ONE of the reasons that I admire your design style and genius! Love this shoot, darling!


Kamie April 25, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Love it! And I surprising love the colors!! Everything is gorgeous even the plan B cupcakes!


Jessica April 25, 2011 at 7:09 PM

I’ve been obsessed with baby showers lately and this photo shoot gives me so many great ideas! I love how you used the shower curtain too.


Sarah April 25, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Love the colors, absolutely gorgeous!


kristi April 26, 2011 at 12:33 AM

One word ~ PERFECTION!!!! I am so very thrilled that you all got together and worked on this! This has got to be one of my favorite baby showers to date ;-))) Love that Anthro. shower curtain…and love that you pulled in some orange! It sounds like you all had such an amazing time and it came out through the pictures…if that makes sense!!!! So many pretty details to love! But I gotta tell you, those owls are the cutest EVER!!!! Amazing job ladies ;-))))

And P.S. ~ So sorry to hear about your cupcakes! My heart just sank when I read what happened…yes, Plan B one should always have ;-)))



Rhiannon {Hey Gorg} April 26, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Way to go, Jacin and team! You guys did such a fabulous job and I am so impressed with the end result :) Everything looks perfectly pretty and fun and whata lucky Mama to be!!! I too love that ruffled shower curtain; an have it hanging in my washroom in a lovely gray hue! And don’t fret about the cupcakes love. Everything went fabulously xo


Shawna Gohel April 27, 2011 at 9:54 AM

This shoot is absolutely adorable, and I am so happy to see the onesie! Well done ladies!


Erin April 27, 2011 at 8:24 PM

I can’t take credit for that adorably cupcake stand. It was both purchased and painted by my friend photographer Nissa Brehmer ( I saw it at her house and begged her to loan it to me! Just looking at this post takes be back to how much awesome fun we had!


Steph April 28, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Love! Probably because they are very close to my wedding colors ;) And I’m obsessed with that shower curtain.. Urban Outfitters has a strikingly similar one for almost half the price, too!


Kristin @ Bona Fide Bride April 28, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Love this! I especially like the bite taken out of the macaron… You obviously work well under pressure! ;)


ajira May 2, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Seriously gorgeous! What a wonderful colour palette you guys chose to work with. The styling is awesome and the photography scrumptious. Off to Erin’s blog to see if she’s posted instructions for making those owls and that bunting! :D


Tana May 5, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Hi! I JUST LOVE YOUR BLOG! your style is so same to mine, your job is adorable, i love weddings, please visit my fashion blog from Lima Perú also i’am in bloglovin, xoxo!!


sarah true May 6, 2011 at 4:31 AM

LOVE the color palette!! the details are just perfect. Gorgeous!


viv @ the eclectic life May 10, 2011 at 9:39 AM

I am utterly obsessed with this gorgeous party! The colors, the shower curtain backdrop, vintage details, and sewn owls are simply perfect! I am so inspired and would love to host a party with similar features. Thanks for fueling our creativity and our visual envy!


Sharon @ Libby James June 3, 2011 at 8:12 AM

how did you know aqua + orange was my fave color combo? ;] i did a post on the combo in february and have been obsessed ever since!

xx sharon


Lottie Fowler June 6, 2011 at 6:27 AM

Awww we did my baby shower in owls. So sweet. Love it!


Alisha June 6, 2011 at 7:10 AM

Absolutely beautiful pictures. What a lovely set up. The flowers are gorgeous, and the colors are stunning. Well done!!


Anna June 18, 2011 at 1:22 PM

ahh this is amazing!! i’m loving every little detail. so perfect. and the colors - my favorite right now!!


windsor andersen July 6, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Really really really pretty and I love the non traditional colors of orange and blue for a baby shower. So warm and inviting.



Sherry August 21, 2011 at 12:06 PM

What an absolutely amazing shower. I LOVE the color combination. Looks like I’ll be pinning away today. Stunning.


Miriam Corona August 25, 2011 at 10:01 AM

I love the gender neutral color combination! I would have never thought to use the ruffled shower curtain as a backdrop and the matching ruffled cake stand cover is so adorable as well as the bunting and little owls. And oh-no! Your homemade cupcakes!!! As a planner & dessert stylist having a plan b is always must! You just never know how things will work out and you definitely have to consider that desserts may get ruined when transporting them. This has happened to me many times! In hindsight the cupcakes you picked up at safeway are super cute and match perfectly :)


Melissa C January 23, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Stunning! I’m a big owl fan and I love every detail.


Laura Taylor January 29, 2012 at 10:57 AM

The setting is so cute. The orange theme is really wonderful for a baby shower. It’s a great idea for organizing a baby shower. I can recommend this theme to my clients. Thank you for sharing this great idea!


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