Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ships Ahoy!

We designed this baby shower with our client to celebrate her son and daughter-in-law's first baby. The baby's nursery was in a whale theme but the mom-to-be was having another shower in this theme. They wanted a shower that coordinated but didn't copy the whale theme. We thought a vintage nautical design would be perfect in a range of blues, off-white, and a touch of rustic red. Our sea-faring inspirations came from the iconic rope wrapped anchor.

We were blessed to start planning the shower from the beginning. This gave us the chance to design and craft the invitations.

Instead of a printed sign behind the dessert table we hand painted a large anchor and the baby's name on a large piece of canvas that lended to a more vintage look. We painted and distressed crates and then stenciled the words "Adore", "Easton", and "Always" on them. We made decorated crab cookies as favors and used the crates to display them. The mom-to-be took the crates home to use as nursery storage!

We used a mold to make color coordinated anchor decorations to place on the cake pops for a great dimensional look. 

And when we think of nautical, we think of weathered wood that's been exposed to the salty air so we an antiqued look to everything as well as treats that were both sweet and salty. We crafted these delicious salted caramel shortbread bites that were very popular. We also made red velvet whoopie pies because the mom-to-be loves red velvet cake.

To make all of the paper products look vintage, we printed on watercolor paper. The result was better than expected! The cupcake toppers had that look of being weathered by the sea air which was all because of the textured paper. Instead of a traditional pennant shaped banner we designed nautical flag shaped banner that was used in front of a table as well as mini nautical flags that wrapped around the vintage gallon jug.

We created a 'message in a bottle' station for the guests to write words of advice and encouragement to the new mom. Above this table was a huge television that our client asked for us to cover up. We designed a large sign which just looked like an amazing three dimensional sign and not just a TV cover up. On this table we also placed an amazing model ship! With a little paint and creativity, we made it a one-of-a-kind personalized piece of art.

The shower was so much fun to create and it was great that the mom-to-be wanted and was able to use the personalized crates, canvas artwork, and detailed wooden ship for the baby's nursery.

This party is available on our Etsy shop! Click here

Vendor Credit & Resources
Event Design, Invitation and Printables: Honeycomb Events & Design
Personalized canvas artwork with anchor: Honeycomb Events & Design
Cupcakes: Icing on the Cupcake Sacramento, CA
Cake pops, whoopie pies, and crab cookies: Honeycomb Events & Design
Floral centerpieces: Grandma-to-be, Cindy Keck
Crates (that were painted blue): Joann Fabric
Vintage Pepsi crate: etsy seller, amyrebeccadarabcsek
Anchor mold: globalsugarart.com


  1. How creative of you to work in the "weathered" look into the party details! And I love how some of the props and decorations could make their way home to the baby's nursery. Sweet!

  2. I really LOVE the backdrop in this! Do you make these and sell them? I can't find anything like this anywhere!!! And this is EXACTLY what I need for the shower I am giving for my brother and his wife! I think they could even use it in their nursery! Thanks

    1. Hi Summer,

      We have been asked about this canvas backdrop before. My brother handpainted it and I know it took quite a bit of time. I will ask him about recreating it and if he would be willing. I also worry about shipping it because I fear the paint may crack or chip when rolled up. Either way, I'll let you know!


  3. Hello,

    I'm a new mom to be and I'm doing anchor/nautical theme for the baby shower and baby's room.. after spending hours and hours searching the internet, I finally came across your Vintage Nautical theme and I'm totally obsessed and in love with every single detail. I'm very interested in having this exact set up, with EVERYTHING (hand painted sign, crates, customized ship, invitations, msg in a bottle, etc.) I need everything except for the cup cakes, cookies, and cake pops. I live in Kansas City so I'm wondering what I can do to have this beautiful baby shower???

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