A few snapshots from my weekend hostess gig

Happy Monday! Did you have a busy weekend? I had family in town, hosted that baby shower for my sister-in-law, and got in a photo shoot on Balboa Island with my daughter and parents. Too much fun for one weekend, and of course I am feeling it today!
But I was able to snap a few shots of the baby shower decorations before all the guests started to arrive, food was put out, and my hosting duties went into full effect. Because it was a small affair — all close family —  I didn’t go too crazy with the décor, but did do a few festive things to spice up the party, all easily replicable and very affordable…

Remember their sweet nursery scheme? Great inspiration for the party décor and invitation.

Completely in love with the way the cupcakes centerpiece came out. I heart Etsy!

Set up a Mimosa bar in the back, complete with OJ, grapefruit and blood orange juices in these $5 glass carafes.

Earl Grey and Salted Caramel French macaron party favors: yum-may!
(Loved my mom’s idea to trim the bags in the shape of fish tails!)

A “fishbowl” of favors!
(This was a last minute idea, but would’ve been super cute with a bowl that looked like an actual fishbowl!)

Budget buy: instead of buying expensive cut flowers, I got a few potted mums to cut myself.

An easy DIY: I made the striped tablecloth with two vinyl tablecloths, scissors and double-stick tape!

[ sources ]
Fish onesie cupcake flags & favor tags: Amy Dot Designs (Etsy)
Gray/white cupcake wrappers: Olivia’s Paper Shoppe (Etsy)
Tissue paper poufs: Shop Sweet Lulu
Gray polka dot cocktail napkins: Target
French macaron favors: Merely Sweets
Glass carafes: Cost Plus World Market
Invitation: me

But the bottom line is, we all had a really nice time together. Low stress, little mess = success!

Hope your weeks gets off to a great start!


  • October 17, 2011 Reply


    So sweet! I love the whole look…and those poufs do make everything so fun. Great work, and I know I would have been happy walking home with one of those delish favors. xo

  • October 17, 2011 Reply


    Absolutely beautiful, of course. I’m so sad I missed it!

  • October 17, 2011 Reply


    super cute, Erika. You make it look so easy and chic!

  • October 17, 2011 Reply

    Jill Browning

    You could have another career as a party planner! Everything turned out great!

  • October 17, 2011 Reply

    tobe | because it’s awesome

    looks darling! of course :)

  • October 17, 2011 Reply


    Everything looks SO cute !! Love the cupcakes and the hanging tissue poufs !


  • October 17, 2011 Reply

    Tamra {walks with Bella}

    Amazing, Erika!!! It’s bookmarked for inspiration, as I have lots of parties to plan for friends coming up. I love all of the decorations and the color scheme couldn’t be more perfect. Love your stationary too! Do you still have a stationary business for invitations? another website?

    Oh and where or where did you get that mirrored tray that was holding ur mimosa bar??? I’m on the hunt for something exactly like that! xo

  • October 17, 2011 Reply

    Lonely Wife Project

    It’s simply gorgeous Erika! I wish I had your eyeball for beauty!

    • October 17, 2011 Reply

      that girl

      Um hello, you sure do!!

  • October 17, 2011 Reply


    Love how original it is. Some people hear baby boy or baby girl and automatically do the pink or blue.
    Fishes is so clever. I will have to steal your tablecloth idea.

  • October 17, 2011 Reply


    What a cute and sophisticated baby shower! But now I really want a cupcake!

  • October 17, 2011 Reply

    Neahle Ize`

    I adore how chic and sophisticated the decor is … and at the same time it says “baby shower.” I may steal some of these ideas for my sister’s bridal shower!

  • October 17, 2011 Reply

    Emily | Recently

    I think low-fuss parties are the best anyways and yours looks so “simple chic.” Where are your gold trimmed plates from???

    • October 17, 2011 Reply

      that girl

      I inherited them from my grandma! They’re hand-painted, from Japan. Lucky me, huh??

  • October 17, 2011 Reply

    Mary-Candle Oil Warmers

    Beautiful, orange and white = happy bright day!!!

  • October 17, 2011 Reply


    Looks amazing! I love the color scheme!

  • October 17, 2011 Reply


    What a darling baby shower…love the colors, and what a great idea for the tablecloth!!

  • October 17, 2011 Reply


    Wow, beautiful colors, so refreshing that there is no pink or blue happening…love the nursery inspiration behind it :)

  • October 17, 2011 Reply

    Dawn {The Alternative Wife}

    Oh Erika, you did an absolutely amazing job! It all looks perfect! I bet they were thrilled. So happy that you had such a wonderful weekend :) xoxo

  • October 17, 2011 Reply

    karlita Borrego

    wow! I loved the decoration!! it’s exactly as I imagined when you posted your idea board.. loved it! thanks for sharing!

  • October 17, 2011 Reply


    This turned out so great! Just as I suspected. xo

  • October 18, 2011 Reply

    Grace – stripes & sequins

    INCREDIBLE! Such beautiful decor! You hit it out of the park!

  • October 19, 2011 Reply


    I love it!!! especially the invitations. so simple and cute.

  • October 20, 2011 Reply


    Lovely! Your attention to detail is perfection! Looking forward to following your blog
    Thanks and enjoy your day

  • October 22, 2011 Reply

    Tamara Stancic

    It looks so lovely! What really caught my eye, besides the great decor are the champagne glasses. Where did you get them?

  • December 7, 2011 Reply

    Sarah Park

    I love the color scheme! Great Job :) This is too beautiful!
    I esp love love LOVE the Tissue Puffs!!!

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