Recently my sister-in-laws and I had the honor of throwing a ladybug inspired baby shower for our niece. We knew she was having a girl and her only requests were that we use the colors pink and gray and that we incorporate a ladybug in some way. Denise and I went to work collaborating on an invitation design and the ladybug baby shower design was born!
Denise shared the entire line last week here if you missed it, along with a free ladybug thank you tag download. It’s also available for purchase on Zazzle. Today however, I want to share with you how we used the invitation design as our inspiration for the shower decor.
I just love the color palette of light pink and gray. It’s soft and sweet, yet still has a modern sophistication to it. The centerpieces incorporated our colors and were made up of three pieces. Two tissue paper poofs, in two sizes. The larger one is 10″ and in gray and the smaller one is 6″ and in light pink. The plant is pink cyclamen and is potted in a silver bucket I found at Hobby Lobby. I made the pic in the plant using a wooden skewer and the ladybug tag.
I carried the gray and pink tissue paper poofs onto other decorations including a chalkboard sign I made for the entryway. Actually, the sign isn’t really a chalkboard, it’s a sheet of black foam core. Foam core is less expensive and lighter, making it easier to carry and hang. In this case however, I didn’t hang the board, instead, I used a large decorative floor easel that I already owned. I used my chalk pens on the foam core, I like how they look like real chalk. I was afraid of making a mistake and not being able to erase it, but I found a little bit of water on a paper towel removed any mistakes just fine and didn’t create any water damage to the paper. I also incorporated the ladybugs from our invitation design to help carry the theme through out the room.
More tissue paper poofs! This time on a wreath. I knew I wanted to make a banner for the gift table but I wasn’t sure if the venue would allow me to hang one on the wall over the table. So I decided to make a free standing wreath banner. I purchased a large grapevine wreath from Micheal’s and attached a banner I made from light pink card stock and chevron letter stickers. I found the chevron letter stickers at Hobby Lobby and couldn’t believe my luck, they match our ladybug invitation perfectly! To finish off the wreath, I wired a couple of the tissue paper poofs onto it and hung it from a wreath stand that I already owned.
For the favors, we used the ladybug thank you tags (download for free here) and simply attached them to bottles of pink nail polish.
Finally, no shower is complete without a pretty corsage for the mama-to-be. I’m a floral designer so I made ours, but I would recommend ordering one from a florist. This one is a triple light pink rose pin-on corsage. I recommend a pin-on for showers. Wrist corsages tend to get in the way when unwrapping gifts and a pin-on can be seen better in photos. I found the pink with white polka dots and the gray and white chevron ribbon at Hobby Lobby. Most florists have a large assortment of ribbon for you to choose from but if you happen to find the perfect ribbon on your own like I did, don’t be afraid to bring it to your florist, most won’t mind using it. Just make sure it isn’t too wide (no more than 1/2″) otherwise it will look silly.