Storybook Baby Shower

My cousin just had her little boy last week.  We threw her a Storybook themed shower a few weeks ago.  She has always been an avid reader so this theme was perfect.  We used children’s books, baby blocks, and primary colors heavily as the decor.

For our spread of food, I started with a blue chevron tablecloth and used cake plates, bowls and platters to get the food on different levels for better visual interest.  I found the inspiration for the food tent labels here – the ones she did not have pre-made, she shares how to make your own.  I made the hanging stars out of pages I cut from a copy of If You Give a Pig a Pancake using this tutorial.

Food Table CookiesIf You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Oreo Pudding Cookies)
Fruit PlateThe Very Hungry Caterpillar (Fruit Plate)
Ham SandwichesGreen Eggs and Ham (Ham and Swiss Sliders)
MuffinsIf You Give a Moose a Muffin (Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Mix)
Pigs in a BlanketThe Three Little Pigs (Pigs in a Blanket)

Hanging Decor

For the drink table, I attached paper honeycomb balls to the wall.  This was much easier than trying to hang them from strings at the correct heights but still just as cute to me.  I set some children’s books on the bottom shelf of the sideboard.

Drink Table Punch

Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings (Lemonade Punch)

Story Books

My mom cut flowers from her yard for us to use at the party, and I filled a big bowl with wooden baby blocks for a table centerpiece.

Centerpiece

Above the gift table I strung together circles I had cut from children’s books and colorful paper.  I made a couple of paper fan wheels from pages of a Mickey Mouse storybook as well.  I made the diaper cake by fanning the diapers in a circle rather than rolling and banding them.  The center layer is board books I picked up at the Dollar Tree. The mini flashcards strung around the bottom layer are from this etsy seller.   I found the cute Hungry Caterpillar rattle at Tuesday Morning.

Gift TableDiaper Cake

This was a really fun shower to throw.  Thanks to my mom for providing our location and flowers and thanks to my other cousins for providing food and serveware!

New Electrical Panel

We checked another item off our house’s to-do list.  The home inspection revealed that our electrical panel needed to be replaced sooner rather than later.  It took an entire day to do, and the electricians still had to return the following week to address a couple of other smaller tasks we wanted done.

New Foyer Outlet

We had them add an outlet to the foyer.  It is a large area and I was surprised that there was not an outlet here or in the hallway next to it.  Last Christmas, I put our tree up in the foyer – it looked great there, but I had to run an extension cord in front of the stairs and around the corner into the living room.  This year, it will be much easier and cleaner looking.

Stairwell Light

After we moved in, I ordered a new wall sconce for the stairwell to replace a Tiffany-style  sconce.  The new light fixture, like the previous one would not work.  Bradley fiddled with the switches, and even changed out both switches, but it still wouldn’t work.  The problem turned out to be bad wiring to the switch at the bottom of the stairs.  So for now, the fixture can only be operated from the top of the stairs.  Not ideal, but we didn’t want to have them mess with the drywall for now.  At least it does work now.

New Electrical Panel

Dining Room Update

In the dining room, I have rearranged our existing furniture to give it a fresh feel and see what I like.  With the table lined up long-ways to the window, I felt it gave more room for a table on the only wall without a door or window.  I would love to have a sideboard table like this, but it isn’t a high priority financially.

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I saw this collection of botanical prints and was inspired to add some to our house.  I ordered this book from Amazon, because I wanted to use drawings of flowers that are native to our area (many of which are now in my own yard thanks to my mom).  I framed them in gold frames that I picked up at Goodwill and used a Martha Stewart metallic glaze in Coffee to tone down the gold.

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There were quite a few more prints that I would like to have used, so I may add more down the road.  For now I am displaying Atamasco Lily, Red Cardinal flower, Fly Poison, Dwarf crested iris, Red Buckeye, Dutchmen’s Britches, False Soloman’s Seal, Eastern Columbine, and the Red Chokeberry.

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On the side table, I placed a lemon button fern on a milk glass cake stand.

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Living Room Updates

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I’ve added an oval coffee table that I found on Craigslist.  I didn’t want anyone to knock their shins on the corners of a rectangular table since this room also serves as a pass-through from the foyer to the dining room.

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When we bought recliners for the den, the loveseat was relocated to the living room.  It really helped to fill out the room and add much-needed seating for our weekly small group gathering.  The room is still awkward to furnish because of the door and window placements, so I’m sure this will be a room that changes a lot over time.

Before:

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Den Updates

Our house receives tweaking on a constant basis.  As I live in a space, I’m able to envision new and better ways of using the space for the way we live.  Last fall, we decided that we would graduate to the status of old people and buy his-and-hers recliners for the den to replace the loveseat/ottoman combination.  Bradley liked the thought of leather, and I liked the thought of the chairs not looking like jet-puffed marshmallows.  We purchased the chairs on Black Friday and have really enjoyed them ever since.

Den 0715 Den 0715b The other big change in the room is the removal of the corner cubby coat rack.  I removed the bench as soon as we moved in, but the coat rack stayed until I finally got a new cabinet to house our shoes.  It is the Oxford 72″ Bookcase with Glass Doors in Chestnut.  The size could not be more perfect.  It just fits between the light switch and the corner, and is 13″ deep – deep enough for Bradley’s shoes, but it doesn’t impede the air vent or outlet on the right side.  The functionality of this piece makes much more sense for us, and the corner bench set went to a nice family that can use it to corral all manner of kid paraphernalia.

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Before:
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From the house listing:

Den Before