Today I am delighted to have Pauline Yasharian tell us about her unique and super creative joint baby shower – ‘Two Peas, Two Pods’. Pauline runs 3 Little Finches – a shop full of goodies for creative and modern weddings and events.
Hi HCB readers! I am Pauline from 3 Little Finches, my 2nd etsy shop, and a true labour of love! I genuinely enjoy creating memorable, highly personal wedding and event items and I hope it shows! I’m am ecstatic that Kirsty invited me to tell you about our 2 Bumps 2 Mums – 2 Peas 2 Pods baby shower on her inspirational and pretty UK baby blog!
My fellow mum-to-be friend and I are both Americans living in London, and we decided that instead of throwing individual baby showers for each other, we would have one big shindig instead. It took us awhile to come up with a motto for our baby shower (and at first even contemplated “Double the Trouble”), but finally settled on “Two Peas Two Pods” in honor of our soon-to-be double bundles of joy!
Kate, in addition to being a talented gemologist (who worked for Tiffany & Co.), is an avid cook and amazing baker so she decided to take on all of the food and drinks, whereas I (Pauline), run a wedding stationery graphics company and enjoy dabbling in designing paper products, so I took on the decor. Previously, I was a fashion designer in NYC working for labels like Anna Sui and Vivienne Tam, before relocating to London with my husband (the Executive Chef of Bar Boulud in Knightsbridge), and started a wedding graphics company as a hobby.Nearly every item in our shower was handmade, including the hundreds of pom poms in our shower colors – mint, gray, and ivory. Since Kate didn’t know the gender of her baby, we kept the shower in neutral, calm tones, and added touches of silver sparkle throughout for a winter-y feel. Since buntings are so popular here in the UK, that sparked a whole lot of crafting personalized paper buntings. And I took the simple triangular shapes and mimicked them throughout the graphic design of the paper products with chevrons and stripes.Throughout the room, I printed some inspirational baby quotes and placed them in matching silver frames. One of our favorite details were framed Save the Date baby announcements with our heads photoshopped onto pregnant stick figure bodies!
The painted chalkboard on the wall started out as a giant menu board that my husband and I painted the day before Thanksgiving, when we hosted a huge dinner party for our English friends, but we found it quite useful for dinner parties, and kept it for this party to list the activities for the day. We mimicked the giant chalkboard with mini chalkboards with mint colored painted frames to list the food.
Kate kept the food English-inspired with homemade blueberry scones, and tea sandwiches in flavors: chicken tarragon, veggie & lemon hummus, and cucumber & herb cream cheese. For drinks we had champagne bellinis on arrival (in flutes personalized with each person’s name on handmade tags tied with satin ribbon), and iced tea with mint cordial. We were also lucky enough to have one of our professional pastry chef friends (Ana from The Vanilla Project) create homemade vanilla cupcakes with salted caramel and lemon curd fillings. She also made homemade mint and lime macaroons for guests to take home as favors. I made the little clear cello bags by attaching printed card stock fold over labels to give the macaroons a professionally packaged look.
A fun part of our food spread was dedicated to an American candy bar (aka “Yank Candy Buffet”), and featured sweets like good old fashioned Hershey’s Kisses, Twizzlers, Jelly Belly jelly beans, Runts, Airheads, and Reese’s Pieces, that we special ordered from an American food company here in London. Some of the activities at our baby shower – a celebrity baby name game where everyone had to match a celebrity baby with his/her famous parents, a baby food tasting challenge (whoever has the best tastebuds wins a prize!), and a baby bottle chugging contest where the guests raced to guzzle baby bottles. And of course we had to have a onesie decorating station, but instead of using the usual markers or iron-ons, we opted for something a little less traditional with onesie tie-dyeing instead. Aprons, gloves, rubber bands, onesies, and dye were provided and everyone went to town! It was a little messy, but lots of fun and Kate and I kept the retro onesies afterwards.
Thanks so much Pauline (and Kate), your shower was gorgeous and very inspirational! We look forward to hearing about your new bundles of joy!
Sources & Credits:
Handmade paper products, packaging, event design: Pauline Yasharian from 3 Little Finches
Cupcakes, Macarons: Ana Velazquez from The Vanilla Project
Food: Katharine Thornton-Jones
Photography: Pauline Yasharian
Eco-friendly tableware, tablecloths, paper straws, candy bags: Pipii
Mint green cardstock, tissue paper: Paperchase
Onesies: Marks & Spencer
Rit dye, clothes pegs, aprons, gloves: Amazon
Baby bottles, baby food: Waitrose
Silver foil curtains: Party Packs
American candy: American Food Store