My sweet friend Jenna is one of the most hardworking, generous girls I know. She is an amazing seamstress and owns a business designing and creating the most perfect clutches and bags.  And she is expecting a baby girl this winter!!  Over the weekend, I had the gift of celebrating with her.  Such a crafty mama-to-be deserves a crafty shower, so my friend Amanda and I put our heads (and hands) together to dream up a lovely afternoon of vintage and pastel sewing-inspired spoils…

livingtheswelllifeblog-111713-07This coconut cake from Yum in Minneapolis all but stole the show!  Not only is its sweet fluffy texture the perfect stomping ground for pink giraffes and flags, but its flavor is incredible! Below, Amanda dipped into her vintage hanky collection to transform an ordinary lampshade into the room’s focal point, creating a chandelier of soft white yarn and lace above the table.  (How-to here!) On opposite sides, we hung two vintage lampshades, which we stripped down to the wires and wrapped with strips of fabric from vintage sheets.  Beneath on the table, a band of ruffly pink fabric created the perfect runner, adding feminine color and texture.

We also set the table with vintage hankies, in place of napkins, atop pretty pink and gold china from the thrift store. Neither of us own gold silverware (or rather, goldware!?), so we created our own by painting the ends of bamboo cutlery.livingtheswelllifeblog-111713-04livingtheswelllifeblog-111713-01 An old wooden ironing board covered with crocheted doilies made the perfect place for guests to set their gifts.  Below, a beautiful floral centerpiece with blush pink ranunculus (my fav!) and hydrangeas, designed by our friend Tara at A Day in Provence.

livingtheswelllifeblog-111713-06Although I am fundamentally opposed to any sort of shower game, you know how I love a good craft project!  As guests arrived, each one decorated a plain white onesie with acrylic paint and doily stencils. The results will look so cute on Jenna’s baby girl!


I feel so blessed to call these girls friends! You must peek at Amanda’s perspective of the party here, then go snap up one of Jenna’s clutches before she’s on maternity leave! (:DSC_5761

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