Vintage Americana Baby Shower Part 2: Food & Party Pics

If you missed yesterday’s post, you may want to go back and read it to see all of the goodies from Part 1 of my Vintage Americana Baby Shower series.  (did you miss the amazing invitation?  see it here.)  Today, you will see how we connected our theme to the food we prepared, the Mother-to-Be’s reaction, and other party photos.  A special thanks again to Kat Phillips, of TheGrayAttic.com (seriously, check it out – she is amazing), for these lovely images and capturing these precious moments.

I love the following photos of our friend’s reaction to seeing her baby shower.  All of the hostesses were standing in anticipation at the door to greet her.  Classic.

Seeing the table for the first time.

I know, she’s adorable.  It was so fun to put this together for our sweet, sweet friend.

Since we knew we wanted to have a shower that centered on Americana (our friend is quite patriotic and loves the 4th of July), we decided to serve food decidedly American.  This included hot dogs, hamburgers (we did sliders), and milk & cookies.

Food was served on my vintage snack trays.  I have picked them up at flea markets, off of CraigsList, and estate sales through the years.  We use them for nearly every gathering; they are pretty and useful!  They all have little cups that fit on the plates – you can see the circular indention.  Also notice the vintage baby scale and vintage glove holder (found in NYC at the Chelsea Flea) holding the shower invitation.

Vintage handkerchiefs were used as napkins.  The silverware was rolled in the handkerchiefs and placed atop the baby scale so people could take their eatery and napkin all-in-one.

On to food.

However, before we eat, a prayer of blessings and thankfulness with friends and family.

Now we eat!

Ruffles & French Onion Dip

Mini hot dogs.  We also had dipping condiments – ketchup and mustard.

Sliders with all of the fixings as desired.  (For the DFW readers, they were from Dutch’s, and they were DELICIOUS!!)

Delectable pesto chicken salad complete with star-shaped bread.  We wanted to balance ladylike food with the corn dogs and sliders.

We also had a red, white, and blue fruit tray that consisted of strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple slices cut into stars.

On to dessert!  The best part, right?

What is more American than apple pie?  Tartlets, that is.

Classic milk and cookies.  In shooter glasses from World Market –  We also used these here.  I adore the “Lollipops for Good Little Boys and Girls” folk art canister I picked up at the Chelsea Flea in NYC.

Yummy cake!

I love the beautiful Mommy-to-Be’s face here!  If you have been pregnant, you know this face!  ha.

  Are you thirsty?  We have beverages for you.

How about some Stars & Stripes Sangria?  We made this using Williams-Sonoma Blanca Sangria Mix and added strawberies, blueberries, and pineapple stars as pretty garnish and a light fruity flavoring.

My husband – yes, my husband – picked out all of these vintage-look sodas from World Market for the shower.  Yes, he’s amazing.  Kat wrote on the mirror using a chalk pen.

The “Lemmy” was my favorite soda design.

Water and coffee were available, too.

All of these elements together were picture perfect.

Aren’t the stacked vintage suitcases sweet?  They added a nice height to the tablescape.  The little chair has been in my husband’s family since the nineteenth century, it was a schoolhouse chair!

The red, white & blue runner was handmade and a gift for the Mother-to-Be to take home and use for all of her patriotic holidays.

Don’t gatherings in your home make you happy?

Sweet friends/the hostesses.

Hope you have enjoyed the photos and ideas from the shower!  Can you feel the love?

Have you had a special gathering in your home lately?

10 Responses to “Vintage Americana Baby Shower Part 2: Food & Party Pics”

  1. Jennifer October 17, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    Gorgeous! What a beautiful shower!

    • Grace October 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

      Thanks Jennifer! So glad you liked it. 🙂 Thank you for the comment!

  2. jillian October 17, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Grace, you are amazing! Not just in your decorating skills, but in your party planning! Have you thought about being an event planner? Beautiful, just beautiful!

    • Grace October 17, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

      Jillian, you are so sweet. Thanks so much for your comment. It is so not my mind that put this all together. This group of gals has some serious creativity, but I think everyone will tell you, KAT was the mastermind behind everything. She is incredible!!!

  3. Kelly KV October 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    BEST shower EVER!!!! No words to cover it all. So much love for my girls – you are all incredible!!

    • Grace October 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

      KK, love you! Such a joy to put it together for you – I got teary writing the post! 🙂

  4. Shelley Vidrine October 21, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Grace,
    Wow!! You are such a gifted blogger! I have so enjoyed these posts & have shared them with all my friends. Again, thanks for taking such sweet care of our precious Kelly. Thank Kat for her great photography & decorating skills.
    Shelley Vidrine

    • Grace October 21, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

      Thank you, Shelley! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  5. Susan October 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Love the accessories…adorable…

  6. Grace October 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Thank you so much, Susan! Thanks for reading! GM