Monday, June 22, 2015

Inspiration board: Under the sea baby shower


This summer, my brother and his wife are expecting their first baby. My studio apartment is much too small to entertain, so I love an opportunity to help plan a party at someone else's home. Our "party planning committee" includes the mom-to-be's mother, her mother-in-law, her sister, her best friend, and me. We're having the shower at my mom's house, but I know she's super busy teaching summer school (and replacing her deck!), so I've been helping with invites and getting everyone set up and organized.

Because I coordinate events for a living, I've learned that it's crucial to get all helpers on the same page early on--whether you're planning an intimate baby shower or a large-scale fundraiser. I love getting everyone together for an in-person meeting, but if that's not feasible, a group email, Facebook message, or text message can suffice.

For my sister-in-law's shower, her friend suggested an "Under the Sea" theme, which I love for baby boy. We set up a group message, created a shared to-do list in Google Drive, and I began Pinteresting like crazy!

Somewhat serendipitously, last week Paperless Post invited me to participate in a link-up about summertime entertaining. Paperless Post is a website that provides both virtual and printed invitations and other stationary. I've used them in the past for smaller get togethers (like my friend's bachelorette party), but hadn't thought to use them for this event. The designers at Paperless Post will choose a handful of blogger-inspired themes to turn into real invitations for their site. "Under the Sea" seems like a relatively common party theme, but my mom and I had a heck of a time finding an invitation that we both liked. I hope they consider turning my inspiration board into an invite on their site!

Here are a few of my favorites from the inspiration board:


Under the Sea Water Party via catchmyparty.com.


Rubber Ducky Baby Shower via catchmyparty.com.


Under the Sea Soiree via projectnursery.com.


Crab sandwiches via allthatglittersisgold.net.


Fishie crackers via thecottagemama.com.


Under the sea party decor via chickabug.com.

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