I'd been planning my sister's baby shower for months. Late at night I was up ordering things from Etsy and studying this entry from Hostess With the Mostess on a yellow and grey themed shower with bird accents.
Recently the day came, with Megan, several of her friends from Jackson, and friends from Birmingham, gathering at our house. Here we are with our cousin Maureen, who drove in from Atlanta:
I started the theme with this invitation, ordered from Etsy (Trinity St. Studio). It was the basis for all the decor:
Trinity St. also designed these matching water bottle labels and cupcake circles. The cupcakes are delicious lemon, from a top secret recipe of a local bakery:
These prints on the mantle were also from Etsy (with frames from Ikea). My sister is going to have a grey and yellow nursery; these were my gift to her. (The bird in the cage is from Pixie Prints and the "J" with bird is by Freshline Illustration & Design.)
Throughout the house I also put up photos of her from throughout her life. The photo below is of my Dad holding her as a baby, with me standing next to them:
In between these bird plates from West Elm are the parents to be:
I also hung tissue poms from Etsy (Simply Nesting) throughout the house:
And used flowers from Davis Wholesale Flowers in Birmingham, with lots of white and yellow tulips, along with tight arrangements of gerbera daisies.
This book is one I picked up (fittingly) at a Jackson, Miss Junior League thrift store. It's from 1962 and gives helpful advice to mothers-to-be like it's OK to smoke during pregnancy, just as long as it's not more than a pack a day. Right.
Many of the bird details like the ones below and above are things that I already had. Birds are so versatile. And since it's a motif that's been popular for several years, it's easy to find them on the cheap and use throughout the house.
I found these metal birdcages at TJMaxx. One went on the dining room table and the other on the serving table, where people left notes of well wishes and advice to the nesting mom:
The food was based on this menu from the April issue of Southern Living (of course): "Our Easiest Shower Ever." (I called my friends in the Test Kitchen on several occasions panicked that we couldn't pull it off, but they assured me that we could.)
They were right -- but only with the help of Chef Shane, who prepared everything except for the things we picked up -- Honey Baked ham for ham and biscuits and O'Carr's chicken salad, which we served in Phyllo cups.
Other dishes included gouda grits (which we served in these little Ikea cups -- thanks to Stephanie for that inspiration), fruit salad with yogurt and honey dressing, and a deviled egg bar, an idea I borrowed from my friend Jennifer.
Jennifer also gave me the lead on TableClothsFactory.com, where I got a ton of linens for cheap, including the chair back ties (less than $2/piece!) and the yellow napkins.
As napkin rings, I used these paper birds, also from an Etsy seller (Gnomenclature):
The silver belonged to my grandmother. I also used one of her hankerchiefs (with yellow flowers) in the decor.
I splurged on having the yellow damask table runner made (with fabric from Hancock). Couldn't resist because it matched the invite perfectly. (It could be made on the cheap if you knew how to sew!)
But the best part was spending time with everyone celebrating Megan and my nephew to be! Here we are with our Mama Bird:
The Jackson Girls:
Big thanks to everyone who helped, especially because I was traveling much of the week before. That includes Chef Shane, my parents, and @LDCSoundsystem, who spent countless hours working at my house and my parents' to get things ready. (She can help you too!)