Desserts weren't the only thing on display at Best Friends For Frosting blogger Melissa's baby shower. Pretty pink flowers create a stunning floral wall. We love how the pale blush tone pops against the crisp white wall.
One easy way to start planning a shower: Pick a theme. For Melissa, it was easy -- Garden Party! "Over the years, I have celebrated some of my favorite milestones in my parents backyard: my wedding reception, Charlie's baby shower, and now Baby No. 2's baby shower! I was over-the-moon excited to celebrate my baby shower during the fall (my favorite season of all time). I really wanted my baby shower to capture an outdoor fall garden party theme with all of my favorite girly trends -- pink, hearts, gold dipped pumpkins, flowers, and bunnies. We played a mix of '60s and country music. The baby's nursery is decked out with bunnies, so I wanted to make sure the baby shower reflected my anticipation in a fun way!"
Put together a perfectly coordinated spread by using colored cake stands to match desserts. Sweet Cakes by Rebecca used a mix of vintage and new stands to get the look.
Styling Tip: Found the perfect cake stand but in the wrong color? A quick coat of food-safe spray paint is just the ticket!
For a chic (and effortless!) dessert, top purchased doughnuts with edible gold glitter.
Melissa's stunning dessert table centerpiece was a gorgeous pink and gold layered cake. To get the look, use cut fondant shapes to decorate a frosted layer cake. We love the combination of pink hearts and white bunnies!
You don't have to do it all yourself! Melissa turned to a local bakery, Sweet Cakes by Rebecca, for her stunning desserts. Purchase sugar cookies and add your own colored icing for a coordinated spread.
Purchased cupcakes are party-ready with a simple fondant cutout. Simply cut and place on top!
For Melissa's pretty-in-pink shower, Sweet Cakes by Rebecca created ultragirly cake pops. To keep with the theme, each cake pop was topped with a pink heart and edible gold glitter.
There's no easier way to carry the theme of a sweet garden party than cute bunny cookies! Get the look by using royal icing, which dries to a hard finish.
Melissa's chic centerpieces pulled in seasonal elements with a gilded touch. To create the look, paint mini pumpkins gold and surround them with greenery and flowers. We love the contrast of the dark greenery with the gold pumpkins.
Melissa had one piece of advice for when it comes to selecting menu items. "Make sure they are favorites for the pregnant mom, and be conscious of food allergies or dietary restrictions of guests."
Melissa turned to Etsy shop Beau Tied Affair to create her custom chalkboard menu. We love the delicate floral details and fancy calligraphy.
Melissa chose her favorite foods to serve at the shower. We love the pretty presentation of these skewered caprese pops. Use Italian herb mozzarella balls for extra flavor!
No party would be complete without punch! Melissa created this dreamy drink -- perfect for an afternoon with the girls.
Melissa's Styling Tip: Surround your punch bowl with cut pink flowers and fresh greenery for a delicate yet festive look.
"We styled a mix of both antler and succulent card holders across the table. I placed handwritten cards of each menu item in front of each dish," Melissa says. "This not only helped tie in the theme, but it was great for guests to easily decide what they wanted to nibble on."
For Melissa, it was important that her baby shower was infused with creativity. "Whether you're a little like me and want to have your creative hand in throwing your own baby shower, or you're in charge of throwing your best friend's baby shower, I have a few tips for everyone," she says. "Pick a theme -- create a Pinterest board with images of your favorite details that will capture the mood. Make a list of all the details from how many tables you will need to what kind of music you will be playing. I wrote down every single detail and exactly what we would need to do to make that happen. The magic is in the details -- even the smallest ones!"
Melissa Johnson is the founder of the lifestyle website Best Friends For Frosting and a regular contributor for Martha Stewart and Redbook magazines. Her site serves as a daily inspiration guide for stylish and creative living, aiming to inform, excite, and inspire readers with creative ideas for celebrating the everyday, all while loving their lives from the inside out.