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Baby Shower Details Part 4 – The Invitations

by
LAURYN

When it came to my baby shower invites, I was just as picky as I was with my wedding invites, which is why I went with Bliss & Bone again.

They have invites that are unlike anything else. They’re so fucking dynamic & dramatic that they’re everything you want them to be & it just makes a world of difference.

If you don’t remember, I designed moody, modern wedding invitations with Bliss & Bone & there was nothing white, bridal, glittery or lacey about them. They were dark, they were vampy, & they had a twist.

Cindy totally got my vision & it was no different when it came to the baby shower invites, which I wanted to be alligator themed. This was totally inspired by Patricia Altschul & her alligator dinner party on Southern Charm. ( She is just one of a kind by the way, if you haven’t listened to her podcast episode, you gotta. )

At the time, we didn’t tell anyone the gender of the baby ( we did the gender reveal at the baby shower thanks to Manservants ), so we wanted to keep it masculine & feminine & wanted the invitations to reflect that too. But with some pops of pink to represent The Pink Palace, aka The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Cindy & I worked together to do a dark green alligator skin invitation with pops of BHH pink. We used pink marble to mix in with the green & had big beautiful envelopes with vintage alligator stamps. No, I’m serious…we found a picture of a vintage alligator & had them made into stamps. THAT is how insane working with Bliss & Bone is. That’s the kind of stuff they’ll do & how closely they’ll work with you.

We also designed menus for each place setting at the shower. They had the same green alligator border with the main body being white. It was so fun to carry the idea of the invitation through to the menu. Really pulled things together, ya know?

For a refresh on my wedding invitations definitely check out this post where I break down everything.

If you’re someone who is super specific, know what you like, always have the vision in your head but can’t always articulate it the way you want to… then Bliss & Bone is for you. THEY GET IT !

You should also know that we used Bliss & Bone’s paperless product for our save the date cards. We also used a paperless invitation to send everyone a reminder about the pastel dress code. I wasn’t fucking around on the pastel theme LOL !!

Creating with Cindy was a totally seamless experience from the save the date paperless invites, to the paper invites, to the dress code reminder, to the menus. Everything was cohesive & I literally had no changes or edits to make. Which is RARE, let me tell ya.

In fact, you guys can check out this quick little video on what the paperless save the date looked like.

Today Cindy, the boss behind Bliss & Bone is here to answer some questions. In this interview you’ll hear about how Cindy got into the biz, all the ways to make invites with Bliss & Bone, & how she makes her company stand out.

Let’s welcome Cindy to TSC.

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♡ Let’s get into it! Introduce yourself, your company & how it came about.

Cindy Skanderup: Hi!!! I am Cindy Skanderup, born & raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. I graduated with a degree in fashion design, moved to NYC, tried out the fashion industry & quickly learned it wasn’t for me. 

I then made a career switch to become a graphic designer at an ad agency. When I say I learned on the job, that’s putting it mildly – I knew NOTHING – but dug in & learned quickly. Fast forward 4 years – I moved to LA & started freelancing, taking on print, branding & web design projects. I did this for almost 10 years prior to starting Bliss & Bone. 

In the midst of it all, I met Carl, my now husband & business partner. At that time he was 10 years deep working in finance & finishing up his MBA, but he desperately wanted a change of scenery. He’s more of a t-shirt & shorts kind of guy & can’t really sit still, so a desk job wasn’t really his true calling. When the time came to plan our wedding we were blown away as to how stale the wedding market was ( it has come a long way since which is super exciting ). We had a hell of a time trying to find something that fit who we were – so, we decided to create it. Carl quit his job, we invested all our money, & dove in head first into Bliss & Bone. 

Why do you think your products/designs standout more than other companies?

CS: From the beginning we’ve always had a different vibe – that was the entire motive behind creating the business. We know that we’re not for everyone out there, nor will we ever try to be. Staying true to our vision & constantly trying to innovate helps keep us fresh & unique.

A major difference, aside from aesthetic, is that we provide digital & printed solutions. We were one of the first companies to offer this one-stop-shop approach. With our websites & newly launched paperless invitations, we strive to bring something different to the table that goes beyond looks. We listen to our clients, take to heart their needs & wants, & make the necessary adjustments when developing our products. Being a family run business allows us to really pay attention to who we’re serving.

You designed my wedding & baby shower invites with me. Do you like working with someone so specific ( me ! ) or do you prefer to have your own creativity.

OMG YES! Working with you is dreamy. While you know exactly what you want, you have never squashed the creative juices. The inspiration you provide is contagious & you’re always down to run with it! Pushing boundaries is something both you & I do best, so together it’s a perfect match 🙂 

The number one element to a successful project is trust. We have the client’s best interest at heart & always want them to be overjoyed with the outcome. It doesn’t matter if they know exactly what they want or are completely overwhelmed – putting the trust in us to listen & deliver will always lead to a gorgeous result.

What’s the most extravagant idea you’ve made come to life?

CS: I think we launched Bliss & Bone with some pretty extravagant stuff like leather invitations, ferns pressed between acrylic & even a silk chiffon scarf invitation which had to be printed in Italy! We are pretty much down to try anything!

What are some things people can expect when working with your company? What are the details & things you guys do differently?

CS: We listen & are completely honest. We will never take on a job that isn’t the right fit. If we think someone can do it better, we’ll say so. When working with us you can always expect something unique without ever sacrificing quality.

As an entrepreneur with a niche business, how have you stood out?

CS: It’s certainly not through social media since I fail on that front! Fortunately, I think our products & aesthetic speak for themselves. We’ve never had to really make a case for why people should choose us. You either love it or you don’t. So often we hear huge relief from our clients –  they are psyched that they finally found something that speaks to who they are.

Behind the scenes, there is not a day that goes by where Carl & I don’t discuss new ideas, ways to improve our products, & both the positive & negative feedback that we get from clients. We are always listening, learning & paying close attention to every detail.

What’s the process of designing a card or invitation?

CS: We have developed 3 products, each with their own builder on our site. Paper for anything printed, Websites for wedding & event websites, & Paperless for digital cards & invitations. 

We work with our clients on whatever level they require. Some will come to the site, do it all online, & we’ll never ever cross paths with them – not even a single email will be exchanged. Alternatively, we provide design services & consults where we will guide clients through the process. We even create & save projects for them in their account or handle everything offline if there is something more unique at play. We understand that everyone has a different skill level, comfort level &and time availability, so we cater to everyone on an individual basis.

Simply put, our builders are really easy & you go through the guided step process to create your own invitation – if you need us, we’re here to hold your hand.

 What makes the most beautiful invite you’ve ever seen?

CS: Wow that’s tough. I’m pretty fickle which is a good thing as a designer since I tend to want to do something different all the time. At heart I’m a minimalist. I LOVE a lot of white space & beautiful, mostly tiny, fonts. Playing with neutral tones, pops of black & varying textures to add dimension, just pulls at my heart strings.

At the end of the day, if the invite reflects the event & the people behind it – then it’s perfect!

♡ How can someone work with you?

CS: Order online or give us a call! We love to chat on the phone a& really connect with our clients. Most of the time we’ll push for a phone call instead of email because talking through the details is sometimes easier. But, if you don’t want to deal with us you can do it yourself online & we’ll leave you alone 🙂

You can buy something as is, request customizations to existing designs, or come to us with a completely different idea – regardless you’ll always receive a high quality product & great customer service. Carl is awesome at the customer service bit – so you’ll probably talk to him & I’ll chime in when design is up for discussion.

♡ Leave our audience with some advice for up & coming entrepreneurs, especially when it comes to the influencer space.

CS: I think it’s about finding the balance between staying true to yourself & your vision, while bobbing & weaving with the market. Do what you do best, but also listen to your clients. They will often give you the best ideas on how to pivot or grow your business.

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Hope you guys loved that post & as I said, working with Bliss & Bone is a TREAT for anyone who is as psycho-specific as I am. I’m just absolutely obsessed with their invitations ( like, our envelopes were lined with velvet, guys ).

Also, Cindy is offering all TSC readers 10% off paper & paperless invitations so use code SKINNY10 at checkout.

Be sure to follow them on Instagram @blissandbone & checkout their website.

x, lauryn

+ check out all the baby shower details here.

++ listen to the baby shower playlist.

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Baby Shower Playlist Coming At Ya

by
LAURYN

To fit the vibe of a baby shower, or any party if we’re being honest, you need a good playlist.

I shared that we had a specific baby shower playlist & A TON of you DM’d me so I wanted to share it here too.

Typically, I have all of my favorite playlists on Spotify so you guys can have access to what I’m listening to. You can find this one under:

 The Skinny Confidential: BABY SHOWER VIBES

The whole shower was a dream come true. Everything was pastel, we had alligators in doggy-style all over the tables ( LOL ), & everything from the flowers, to the goodie bags, to the gender reveal was out of this world.

If you guys haven’t read the details on our pastel & alligator-themed baby shower, you can scope them all here & here. Like, we get specific, let me tell ya.

If you want to see what else is out there, here are all of the playlists that I’ve created over the years:

And while we’re here, let’s not forget all the other TSC playlists:

TSC WORKOUT PLAYLIST

TSC SUMMER WORKOUT PLAYLIST

TSC DOES EUROPE PLAYLIST

TSC KICK YO ASS INTO GEAR AFTER THANKSGIVING PLAYLIST

TSC CHAMPAGNE DANCE PARTY PLAYLIST

TSC SWEATY, SEXY PLAYLIST

TSC VIBEZZZ

TSC SAME PENIS FOREVER

TSC BOUGIE BOSSANOVA PLAYLIST

TSC FEELING JAZZY

Listen while you work out, clean the house, walk the dog, count steps, do your makeup, WHATEVER! You guys know I ALWAYS have Bossa nova playing in the house no matter what I’m doing.

Do you guys have any good Spotify playlist recs I should check out? Let me know.

x, lauryn

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++ scope all my favorite things of 2019.

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Getting Ready To Give Birth: What’s In My Hospital Bag

by
LAURYN

Hey guys, what’s up!

The other day I did a hospital bag breakdown on my Instagram Stories. So many DMs & questions came through about exactly what’s in it. So here we are with a dedicated post on the matter, because as you can guess, it’s fucking specific.

So, in this post we’re going to go over each thing, with links & details.

If you’re not pregnant, I apologize, but I just feel like I have to this post for anyone who’s about to become a mom.

It’s an important thing, ya know? The hospital bag. That’s why I actually made a specific Amazon Store called “What’s in my Hospital Bag” & I also talked about it on my new Instagram account @and.the.skinny.was.like. ( Follow along for standout stars & total gems that I just think everyone needs. You’ll find the best, most useful accessories, skin care, office gadgets & just things you can’t live without. )

Anyways, let’s start with the actual bag. This is something that I designed with Stoney Clover. They have the cutest stuff. We created this bag that wasn’t too ‘baby’ if you know what I mean. We went with a black bag, gold zipper & matching pouches to go with the bag. The big bag says BABY BOSS, and the 2 little bags say DIAPERS & BABY BOSS. It turned out so cute & I just like black for the hospital because it won’t show too much dirt ( also just really into black for babies right now ).

Alright, let me pull out my scroll & we’ll get into exactly what’s in my hospital bag.

Baby Bosstick Hospital Bag

Barefoot Dreams Leopard Blanket

If you don’t have one of these & you’ve been reading TSC for a while now, we gotta talk. They’re the actual best. It’s the softest, most buttery, most comfortable blanket in the world. The Kardashians love it, my dogs love it, we love it.

Baby Barefoot Dreams Blanket

We got this for the baby in white. It’s super neutral which I’m very about right now ( for the baby ). This is a mini version of the one above & it’s so soft & luscious.

♡ Another White Blanket

Just in case I need it, I decided to bring another white blanket to the hospital. You just never know, right?

Neutral Swaddles

As I said above, very into neutral for the baby. Our nursery designer, Jada, picked these specific swaddles out. They’re from Snuggle Me & they’re super soft. We also have a white one with gold hearts that I’m very much about.

Chic Hospital Gown

Nothing grosses me out more than wearing a hospital gown that other people have worn. I have vasovagal & everything in hospitals really grosses me out. This cute gown is on Amazon, it’s pink & white polka dot, & most importantly…it’s my own.

Heating Pad

Every single person including my doula recommended a heating pad. It helps to relieve cramps, so I bought one. Let’s hope this works.

Comrad Compression Socks

In pink of course !! These socks came recommended to me by my friend Rachel. She works at Dr. Barrett’s office ( they did my boob job ) & she loves them. I tried them out & I think they’re gonna be great for swelling. Compression wear is known to help: reduce swelling, improve circulation, & helps rebuild your muscles.

L’ovedbaby Onesies

These are organic, cotton onesies. Again, opted for neutrals here.

HONEST Diapers

We brought some HONEST diapers just in case. The hospital has diapers, but we are bringing our own anyway. ( If you’re on an HONEST fan check out my tour with Jessica Alba here. )

♡ Alllllllll My Own Skin Care

As you can see I have a pink makeup bag filled with my favorite skin care. You can expect, Elemis oil, Heartspring Rose mist, Barbara Sturm calm drops, & some Drunk Elephant moisturizer ( & my pink toothbrush ).

Atroscious Women’s Maternity Underwear

These are BIG, they’re large, they’re in charge, but so comfortable. I figure if I’m going to be extremely uncomfortable then I may as well have the most comfortable underwear ever.

Breast Pump

So many people recommended this Medela breast pump. I’m not sure if I’m breastfeeding or not, I could go either way. Need to try it first.

Hipp Formula

This formula came highly recommended. It’s a German formulation & I wanted to be prepped in case I don’t breast feed.

Pink & Clear Bottles

Super cute, BPA free & easy to hold.

Barefoot Dreams Socks

Surprise surprise. Barefoot Dreams socks are going in the hospital bag. You should also note that we brought shower shoes & slippers, but they’re in Michael’s bag- don’t need them crowding mine. LOL.

Baby Mittens

We got these from my sister-in-law Jordan. They’re so cute & neutral. She gave us a huge list of stuff we needed to bring, so that was really helpful.

♡ Candy

Everyone told us to bring candies & lollipops, so I chose Yum Earth & Smart Sweets. For more on this candy & why I love it check out this post.

Fashionlush Coin Purse Full of Vitamins

My friend Erica designed these cute coin purses so I filled mine with Ritual Prenatals, SEED probiotics & amino acids.

Medela Tender Care Hydrogel Pads

These are for my nipples. What else can I say?

♡ Misc. Stuff

+ CBD oil to rub on my stomach.

+ a belly band to hold things in.

+ K’pure Settle Down spray.

+ Young Living tangerine oil ( & peppermint because I heard it helps with nausea. ) Check out my post on oils here.

+ Mary by Daniva nipple cream.

+ strawberry candies

+ Leyla Milani hairbrush ( mini of course, to keep things organized ).

+ Tums in case I get heartburn ( let’s hope not, cause the baby will be out of me, right? ).

+ water wipes

+ sheet masks ( you never know ).

+ belly mask ( again, you never know ).

+ a deck of pink playing cards.

+ a silk sleep mask ( why I’m obsessed here ).

+ my favorite blood orange perfume.

+ Airpods with a cute heart case.

+ & Depends diapers. LOL.

+ Vitamin K drops because we decided to do Vitamin K orally instead of the shot.

Pink Bell

I wouldn’t be me without a pink bell to ring in case Michael decides to dose off. If I need something I can just ring it. Ding ding Michael !!

Would love to know any recommendations you guys have. What am I missing?

Huge shout out to Carly of The Preggers Pantry, my sister-in-law Jordan of @influencerSEO, Whitney of @witness.birth, & Jada Neoni of @jadaneonikids because they all helped me curate this hospital bag.

There have been so many amazing DMs about what to bring to the hospital. This is super extra because I like to be over-prepared. You never know what you’re gonna need. This is a really personal post to share, but I’ve never been a mom so I just have to learn on the go.

Again, I’m not trying to be perfect here, just showing what I’m doing. Wanna have all my bases covered, ya know?

Anyway, let me know any recommendations below! & be sure to scope the entire Amazon page here.

x, lauryn

+ check out my baby shower details here.

++ if you’re over the baby & pregnancy stuff, check out everything you need to know about microneedling.

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Baby Shower: Theme, Decor, Planning Tips & Details – Part 2

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LAURYN

Hey guys, whats up?

We’re back for part 2 of my alligator pastel themed baby shower. If you missed part 1, be sure to scope it here so this all makes more sense. To give a quick refresh:

Patricia from Southern Charm threw an alligator themed party on the show & I just thought it was so unique so I had to copy her on the idea. We met Patricia to record a podcast not too long ago & she was kind enough to send us some of the alligators for the party.

Anyway, we kept the theme masculine with the alligators, but added in a pastel element to keep our friends & family guessing before we revealed the gender. The whole thing turned out very Disneyland & Alice In Wonderland-esque. As I said, head over to part 1 to peep all the specifics. There’s also a video at the end of this post, so be sure to scope that too.

Today, we’re breaking down my outfit & the goodie bags. 

I wanted to wear white because no one knew the gender except Michael & my sister Faye ( her son Daxton guessed it was a girl which is so funny ), but other than that we were very hush hush.

For my outfit, I wore a two-piece set from ASOS. The shirt was a cropped, v-neck long sleeve & the skirt was a white pencil skirt. The material was thick & it really held me in. The skirt is here, but the top is sold out ( similar here ).

I also found some similar looks on Verishop for you guys:

ribbed midi skirt | crop tank |pastel purple dress |sunglasses

I paired the set with a lilac headband to bring some pastels into it, & I found this perfect one on Amazon. It’s really pretty & perfect because it looked super expensive, but it wasn’t. It was like a patent leather lilac. Talk about the shoes

SHOES! Mimi, my other little sister Faye, Erica & I all decided to wear shoes inspired by Romy & Michele. We found 4 different different colors on Amazon & they were surprisingly comfy. They were a bit stripper-y but we wanted it that way to be funny. They’re such a good find & were only $35. Scope out all the colors here ( I got pink of course ).

Mimi actually made hers by getting some blue shoes & pasting some blue feathered boa on it.

Anyway, I completed my look with a bubblegum pink, faux crocodile wrist bag. The bag is from Cult Gaia & it’s sold out now, but they have tons of other cute ones. You can find a similar pink one here. It’s just so cute & I can’t wait to wear it again. My mani & pedi were white- thank you Glamquad ( seriously the most efficient thing ever ) & I had an organic spray tan before.

Kelsey ( @kelsey_long_artistry ) came to the party as my friend but also did my makeup. Shawn did my hair & we did a Barbie curl to go with the lilac headband. ( If you want Shawn’s favorite hair products, check out her post here. )

Arielle who’s been my friend for years shot the whole baby shower ( & my wedding too ) & Chris Tran, was there taking video. ( Video to come soon !! )

Ok, moving right along. Let’s get to the goodie bags.

We really wanted all the brands ot show through, so we did cellophane bags with pink ribbons & an alligator sticker & Baby Boss sticker on each bag.

Baby Shower Goodie Bag Deets:

♡ Glow Recipe 
website | instagram

Obsessed with Glow Recipe. I love their products & it also helps that all of them are pastel colored. They made sure our goodie bags were nice & packed with their pink juice moisturizer. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s this gel kind of moisturizer that’s so good for fine lines & wrinkles, plus dryness & redness. It’s super lightweight & made with watermelon extract, hyaluronic acid & other botanicals. It’ll leave you so glowy.

♡ Kopari
website | instagram

Big fan of Kopari. We included their mini coconut scrub which is so good to get your lymphatic system going in the morning. Honestly, this scrub is so good – “The one-of-a-kind Coconut Crush Scrub is infused with a uniquely delicious blend of coconut oil, crushed Tahitian coconut shells, and brown sugar to hydrate and buff dry, dull skin for a silky smooth, lit-from-within glow. The complexion is left looking polished, restored, and radiant with a sweet, milky coconut scent to transport you to the tropics.”

If you want to try other Kopari pråoducts, their all natural deodorant is a game-changer & I’ve been using their lip balm forever. The best part is all their products are safe for pregnancy.

Lana Nicole Events
website | instagram

Lana worked with me to make custom Cheeto’s bags that said BABY BOSSTICK & skittles bags that said BABY BOSS. We also made BOSStic tic tacs for the goodie bags. I thought this was such a fun way to personalize some takeaways for the guests.. Any opportunity I can get to be creative  & to make a project fun, I take. I just love a special touch like this.

♡ Poo~Pourri
website | instagram

Poo~Pourri is all over my house- it basically works like magic. You spritz the bowl before you go & it creates this barrier on the surface of the water & traps the odor below. This is incredibly efficient if you share your bathroom with you S.O. or a roommate. You should know that there are NO harsh chemicals—just the good stuff. Unlike the other guys, Poo~Pourri is safe to breathe & safe to flush. All the stuff we like: no fake fragrances, no parabens, & thank God- no formaldehyde. It’s just a bunch of essential oils that work. This is all so important when getting a house baby-ready so I thought it was perfect to include a little bottle in the goodie bags.

♡ Softy Straws
website | instagram

This is my favorite straw brand on the planet so instead of using paper or plastic at the shower, I wanted everyone to experience a Softy Straw moment. I reached out & asked if they could send us a bunch of straws so we also included them in the goodie bags. We had them throughout the party hanging out of watermelon mimosas.

Olipop
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This brand makes these drinks with prebiotics, botanicals & plant fiber. Fiber has been a huge theme on the blog this year so it was very on brand to have these. We served Olipop drinks at the party, but also included them in the goodie bags. Pop a pink Softy Straw in them & you have the most Instagrammy drink.

♡ Taja Collection
website | instagram

We worked with Taja Collection to create Baby Bosstick candles. These were all around the tables & in the goodie bags. They made these beautiful matte white candles that fit perfectly with the theme.

This is one of my favorite candle brands because of their customization. They’re out of control with how gnarly they customize. If you’re looking for a brand that really takes it to the next level, then this is the brand for you. I cannot recommend them enough when it comes to candle customization. They also worked with me to design a candle specifically for my niece Luna. This company also does custom diffusers & vases.

♡ Woo More Play
website | instagram

As you guys know Woo is my husband’s company. They make coconut oil lube which just makes everything better. It won’t mess with your PH & is totally safe to eat. Fun! They also have Freshies which are wipes that come in this fun little box that you can just throw in your bag. They were such a fun addition to the goodie bags.

 We wanted each guest to leave feeling fresh from the Freshies & dewy from the skin care.

After filming all the details of the party, Chris Tran went around & asked each guest to say something to me, Michael, Baby Bosstick, or all of us. We didn’t see this happen so it was so special & fun to watch it & reflect on it after the shower.

Another fun thing we did is we had a book at the goodie bag table. But not just a baby book, we bought a Beverly Hills Hotel coffee table book. If you haven’t seen one, it’s this beautiful pink book full of all the secrets of the hotel. We had pink sharpies in a BHH mug for everyone to write notes in the book. It was so special to me that my dad & Julie found the page with the picture of Faye Dunaway ( that we recreated for our pregnancy announcement ) & signed it. I thought it was so fun & creative.

So there are all the specifics on the baby shower. If you haven’t checked out part one, be sure to check it out! Hope you guys loved being included in the shower & let me know if you have any questions about anything below.

It was so fun to have you guys come along on the Instagram stories & if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go checkout the highlight on my Stories called ‘bb shower.’

Also be sure to check out this video of the whole event. It’s super fun.

I have to say though, I’m not throwing a party for a while. I need a hot minute.

Hopefully this inspires you to have a baby shower, your way & on your own terms. For me, that meant no games, no opening presents, & coed. Doing things the way YOU want & the way YOU want to remember them is better than tradition. Personalize your event for you.

Sometimes we do things the way society tells us  to, but it’s more fun to do it your way & curate events to your personality. ( Like I just didn’t want to wear something blue to my wedding, ya know ? )

Chat soon.

x, lauryn

+ read about the gender reveal, cocktails & food in baby shower part 1.

++ scope our wedding recap here.

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How To Throw A Pastel & Alligator Themed Baby Shower – Part 1

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LAURYN

PASTELS ! ALLIGATORS ! WATERMELON MIMOSAS ! OH MY.

If you know me, you know I love a detail & details were exactly what consumed my entire baby shower. But lets back up.

The inspiration for my alligator & pastel baby shower originally came from Patricia Altschul. Surprise, surprise. Love her so much ( more on that here ). She threw this alligator party on an episode of Southern Charm, you know the one where Kathryn & Thomas fought at the dinner table?

The theme is so unique & chic, & isn’t quite masculine or feminine. It’s right in between which was perfect because no one knew the gender. The alligators kind of teeter on the masculine side, so I decided to add pastels to trick our guests.

To keep the theme cohesive, we asked all the guests to wear pastels. From the party being scented with cotton candy, to Baby Bosstick Cheetos, to passion fruit probiotic mimosas, to pomegranate Meyer lemon pancakes, to the Bossa nova jazz music, the five senses were happening. It all felt very Disneyland & Alice in Wonderland-esque.

You can watch footage of the baby shower on my Instagram highlights, but I also wanted to do 2 in-depth posts in case any one needs some inspiration for their own baby shower ( or a friend’s ).

You know that I’ve been to a lot of baby showers & my personality is that I’m not a games fan. It’s not my thing, never been my thing. I wanted mimosas. I wanted mimosas flowing everywhere. & I didn’t want anyone to watch me open presents for an hour. It doesn’t sound fun, but that’s just me.

No games, no presents, lots of alcohol, & I always wanted a coed shower. I have tons of girl friends, but I also have a ton of guy friends who are truly my best friends. Hopefully I’ll be at their bachelor parties LOL. I also wanted my dad & father -in law there so that’s what we did. You should also know that for big events like this ( like our wedding too ) we keep it really intimate & only have our closest family & friends there.

My stepmom, Julie, mother-in-law, Lisa & I worked together to make the vision come to life with Encore Events. So thankful for Lisa & Julie because they really helped the event go off without any glitches.

As far as the gender reveal, we decided we didn’t want to pop a balloon or cut a cake. Nothing wrong with those at all, but I just wanted to do something super different & creative. So we utilized the ‘Man Servants.”

If you haven’t heard of Manservants, welcome to the best thing of your life. We used them for my bachelor party too. You can hire them to basically do anything. It was such a hot day so these hotties were holding pastel parasols over everyone’s head while we noshed on banana bread & egg white frittatas. Half of the Manservants were dressed in mint green & the other half were dressed in funfetti pink, serving cocktails at the door with cotton candy. As I said, we really wanted to confuse our guests with the gender.

So  when the baby shower was about 2 hours in & everyone was nice & toasty we blasted Girls Just Want to Fun which was so fitting because Micheal & I were in a 6th grade play together & I sang that song. All of our friends from school immediately got it & remembered I sang this at the 6th grade Jubilee.

Anyway, as the song was playing the Manservants came out dressed head to toe in pink, even the shoes & sunglasses. One was carrying a huge matte pink bottle of rosé, another had a Barbie, one had aa pink vintage phone, & someone had light pink & dark pink roses. Michael also wore a pink polka dot shirt & walked out with them. We also had the Encore Event girls come out with a big sign that said “Michael is so fucked” & they were wearing pink blazers too.

Sidenote: I found this old photo of Michael dressed as an alligator when he was 2 years old so we had that photo blown up & brought out too. I asked my mother-in-law if she still had & she does !! So our daughter can wear it for Halloween when she’s 2. So cute !

You can watch the whole thing go down in this video:

It’s probably worth mentioning that I strategically placed the alligators all over the even tin doggy-style to keep it light & funny. This wasn’t a PG shower & there’s nothing wrong with having some fun with it.

We decided to have the shower at the Beverly Hills Hotel which was super fitting since we did our pregnancy announcement photo shoot there too. It was inspired by Faye Dunaway, sitting by the pool after she won an Oscar.

The Beverly Hills Hotel is just iconic & so is the courtyard. I love the depth of the history with Hollywood Stars. Since we’re having a girl I thought it would be so perfect for her to frame this photo one day & have it on her wall & she can tell people that she had an alligator, pastel themed baby shower at The Beverly Hills Hotel. I mean, she better get this fucking picture blown up. I know this sounds so bougie but it’s just my dream.

Also the hotel is just so well-branded. From the second you drive in you’re surrounding by big palm trees, there’s white & pink striped wall paper, the font is iconic & everything is just very strongly branded. It was just the perfect venue.

Ok, let’s get into who made all of this happen.

Belle Âme Balloons
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We were very specific about the balloons so we need this specific balloon company. There were huge, beautiful balloons everywhere.

There’s nothing worse than working with a company who doesn’t bring enough balloons, but Belle Âme brought tons & tons so the whole place looked really full. There were pastel balloons everywhere, even in the trees.

Betchin Cakes
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Brittni makes the most epic, cutest, unique cakes in the world. She’s made cakes for Shay Mitchel, Jackie Schimmel of The Bitch Bible, & Stassi Schroeder & let me just tell you she does not disappoint.

As you can see, this came has Michael & I in doggy style & she used a little gummy worm for Michael’s weener which I thought was so funny. All the girls at the party were flicking it, & at the end of the day I pulled it off & ate it. Brittni also worked with us to make a custom alligator cake which was just perfect with our theme.

Bliss and Bone
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You guys might remember Bliss and Bone from my wedding invitations. Here’s the thing: sometimes I’m not the best at communicating exactly what’s in my head ( is anyone else like this? ). But Cindy immediately got my vision. In fact, there were no changes when she presented the custom invitations. Which is very rare in my case. Usually I am overly specific.

It’s nice to work with someone who GETS IT so it was a no brainer to have Bliss and Bone do our  baby shower invites & menus for the event too.

I’m going to do a full post on this separately but as you can see we had alligator themed invitations with green & a pop of pink. We wanted to stick with the masculine/feminine look because we hadn’t announced the gender yet. We also did hints of pink marble every, like inside the envelopes. We really wanted to throw people off. The menus were such a highlight at the table too. We kept the same color-scheme but used a bit more pink.

Burlap & Crystal
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You guys have met my stepmom, Julie before ( check out this post if you haven’t ). She has such an incredible, creative eye so obviously the nametags she made were adorable & chic. She’s such a visionary when it comes to events & she always helps me. Plus, isn’t her handwriting beautiful?

Encore Events 90210
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Thee planning could not have gone smoother because of Encore Events. I found this company through one of Kylie Jenner’s friends & Brittany & her team were able to completely streamline my entire vision.

They delivered EXACTLY what I wanted. I told them everything that was in my head, & using all their resources ( including an amazing graphic designer ) they made it happen. When I saw it, I LOVED IT. Like, no changes you guys. That never happens ! It was exactly, I mean exactly what was in my head.

It’s so nice working with someone who understands your vision without having to tell them every single detail. Their employees were wearing pink blazers & skirts & made everything streamlined. I could not recommend them more for any event.

Lady Glitter Entertainment
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When I was in St. Tropez there was this little beach club that does glitter tattoos while you’re partying & I get one every year. & so I wanted this at my baby shower because I wanted something interactive. Instead of everyone just sitting around, I wanted them to have something to do ( but not games ). This was the perfect way to keep people entertained & also have something for them to do while they were drinking & eating. I got a silver glitter tattoo with little rhinestones which reminded me of St. Tropez.

Lana Nicole Events
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Lana worked with me to make custom Cheeto’s bags that said BABY BOSSTICK & skittles bags that said BABY BOSS. We also made BOSStic tic tacs. I thought this was such a fun way to personalize some takeaways for the guests.. Any opportunity I can get to be creative  & to make a project fun, I take. I just love a special touch like this.

ManServants
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I had my first taste of ManServants at my bachelorette party. Basically, you tell them your type, his duties, & his name ( our’s was named SUSAN at the bachelorette party ). Then he comes over & treats you like a queen. He built my sister’s baby swing ( my nephew, Dax was there! ), fed me grapes, made skinny margaritas, & gave us foot rubs. He also took Instagram pics – a real catch. FESTIVE. Oh the ManServant can also speak French, fan you with a banana leaf, & propose to you in public. Who cares about strippers when you can have this?

So when it came to the baby shower, like who better to help us serve pastel colored cocktails, hold umbrellas over the guests ( they did this for the whole event because it was so hot out ), & help us with the gender reveal, as I said above. They can also rub your back & make a mean martini, so what’s better than that?

Objectify Rentals
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The linens needed to be very specific because, as you know, I wanted them to be pastel. We needed some that blended right with the alligators & plates. The ones that Objectify provided felt amazing & laid great. It’s so important that they don’t pop up on the tables.

Olipop
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This brand makes these drinks with prebiotics, botanicals & plant fiber. Fiber has been a huge theme on the blog this year so it was very on brand to have these.

Olive & Nectar
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If you want a cheese & meat plate that’s on fucking steroids then Olive & Nectar is your go-to. I’ve never seen Charcuterie boards like this before. They made one for my sister-in-law’s baby shower & first of all it was about 6 feet long. It was so decorated that it’s more like a piece of art. Sofia is so artistic with the way she lays it out- not only did she have all these amazing cheeses, but there were tons of fruits, nuts & crackers & the whole thing was out of this world.

Naturally, we needed a board at our baby shower. Sofia made one for my hotel room so all the girls could snack while we were getting ready. To keep in on theme we had tiny alligators climbing all over the food.

Patricia Altschul
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Pat was kind enough to lend us her alligators from her Southern Charm alligator party & she sent all different kinds. It was perfect because there were a lot of albino alligators which fit right in with the pastel theme. You guys know how obsessed I am with Patricia so this was a big moment.

Petals LA
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Petals did all the flowers & they were honestly incredible. They were all pastel, covering the tables & made the whole party feel very ‘Disney princess.’ This company is amazing especially because when your party is over, you can give them back their vases & take the flowers home in the Oasis ( you know, the green foamy stuff florists use? ).

Revelry Event Design
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They provided us with tables & chairs & worked with me to make sure the chairs were just perfect. As you can see it was very ‘Alice in Wonderland’ & without these chairs it wouldn’t have been the same.

But you should know that Revelry does amazing event design. Think table settings that will have your jaw on the floor. They have furniture & are basically & interior design company for events.

Scent Events
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This company scented Katy Perry’s candy concert with a sugar scent & did Coca Cola’s latest event in cola scent. When I found out about this I immediately asked them if we could scent my baby shower with cotton candy. Boy oh boy he did not disappoint.

The entire shower smelled of fresh, fluffy cotton candy & it really evoked the five senses. I normally have all 4 senses going but to have 5 going with the smell involved was just a whole new world. Let’s just say the whole event was ‘sweet.’

Softy Straws
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This is my favorite straw brand on the planet so instead of using paper or plastic at the shower, I wanted everyone to experience a Softy Straw moment. I reached out & asked if they could send us a bunch of straws so we also included them in the goodie bags. We had them throughout the party hanging out of watermelon mimosas.

Sprinkle + Whisk
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This TSC reader reached out & wanted to make us some custom cookies which I was all about, of course! She took them to the next level. We had tiny alligator cookies with pearls on them, we had cookies with the instagram photo we used for our pregnancy announcement, & little Beverly Hills Hotel ones.

Suja
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I’ve been a longtime fan of Suja. Their drinks have been a theme over the last 7 years so it’s no surprise I wanted them at the shower. Suja makes cold-pressed, organic juices & they’re just so good. We did watermelon mimosas & we used their probiotic passion fruit to make mimosas too. This way you get your probiotics while having a little fun!

Sweet E’s Bake Shop
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This company was kinda enough to make these chic, marble cakes for the shower. They worked with me on the color scheme & also did some cake pops for us. I requested mint green cake pops & they were totally game. Not only were these so pretty, they were delicious too. They had these flowers sticking out of the pastel colored cake & it was such a pretty touch.

The goodie bags were filled with Kopari, Taja Collection candles, Glow Recipe skin care, Woo, Softy Straws & PooPourri but we’ll do a whole post on that next week ( along with my outfit deets ).

Hope you guys liked these ideas. I just wanted to get as detailed as possible on each aspect of the party in case any of you wanted to throw an alligator/pastel baby shower or party ( specific, I know ! ). If you do use any of these ideas, please tag me on Instagram so I can repost it.

&, I’m well aware of how extra I am. I can’t help it. The creativity of pulling everything together & executing a vision is what gets me off. But I can tell you I was hungover after this party even though I didn’t have one sip of alcohol. The following day I actually couldn’t even get out of bed.

Massive respect to all the party & event planners out there. Be sure to stalk part 2 next week where we’ll be talking goodie bags & my outfit.

x, lauryn

+ scope how to throw an epic bachelorette party by Erica of Fashionlush.

++ check out other tips & tricks for baby showers here.

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