Dressing the Baby Bump: Fruit Cocktail @ 35-36 Weeks Maternity Style

Above: Embroidered dress via Etsy, Proenza Schouler PS1, Forever 21 earrings and sandals


I am struggling these last few weeks. Nothing fits! No sense buying anything new, either. So I took to Etsy and picked up a few of these vintage embroidered dresses.

I look straight out of an ad for a tropical island. Which is fine by me.

Husband tried to snap a few quick pics before dinner last week....this blurry, dreamy, blown out effect is really just dusk, telling us it's too late to attempt photos, hah!

This weekend was full of activity, showers, housewarming parties, family gatherings, and now I want to keep the calendar nice and clear for baby Z's arrival. Speaking of which, stay tuned for the nursery pics, finally, this week!


Bebe Shower DIY Decor 

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Above: Me and the Mr! Complete with all our baby shower details.


Hard to believe my shower was over a month ago. Such a gorgeous way to welcome our baby girl into the world (see more photos and decor, complete with game ideas here)! 

I pulled together the decorations myself, being on a husband imposed baby budget, creating the floral arrangements and whipping up DIY gifts for all my friends and family.....but this was only a fraction of all the DIY fabulosity I had hoped to achieve for the day. Time was not on my side when it came to creating everything myself, but here is a guide for all you domestic and craft minded goddesses out there to make just about everything yourself!

Invites: First and foremost for the event! Mine were an order I ended up sending off last minute (believe it or not, much modified wedding invites). Had I only known about, and their collection of designs done in partnership with Huggies, I could have saved myself a little time and sanity. They have partnered to give us 18 baby-perfect invitation designs, complete with pin boards full of party inspiration. Seriously, the Crafty Like a Fox invite? Too cute and perfectly gender neutral. If you follow me on pinterest, you know I have a serious affinity for all that is foxy. Totally earmarking this idea for bebe's first birthday.

Best of all, you can enter Tend's pin to win sweepstakes, for a chance at $1,000 to plan your own baby shower (who couldn't use that?!), details below.

Burlap Runner:  I purchased burlap runners from a talented seamstress on Etsy. Check out this beyond easy, and chic, DIY woven burlap runner tutorial from Mr. Kate and make your own for the cost of materials.

Gifts for Guests - Lavender Honey Simple Syrup: These bottles of home brewed simple syrup were in keeping with my lavender theme and were the basis for the event's signature cocktail! View the lavender and honey simple syrup recipe and directions here. I was sure to include recipe cards for some delicious drinks as well, so everyone could recreate the libations at home.

Burlap Banner: Again, I purchased this from an Etsy shop, but the directions to create your own are shamefully easy and don't even require sewing. Check out this DIY burlap banner from Perfectly Imperfect. Post shower I used the banner in the nursery as well, hanging over the crib, at the ready to greet bebe.

Vintage Photo Centerpiece: I pulled my craft spirit self together and did manage to create my vision for the gift table centerpiece, a branch based arrangement with vintage baby photos. I originally wanted to include photos from our family, but on second thought, didn't want to cut into them. Once again, Etsy to the rescue where I bought a batch of B&W baby photos! The arrangement is easy to do: gather branches, a tall vase, rocks to secure branches, string, vintage photos, a hole puncher, and some dried flowers. Arrange branches in the vase, with rocks at the bottom to secure placement. Cut holes into photos and tie them off to the branch ends. Et voila!

Floral Centerpieces: I created these by buying bulk assorted flowers and arranging in various cups, vintage soda bottles, and anything else I found around the house! If the goal is a vintage market feel, as mine was, less matchy matchy and more mix and match is the way to go.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Huggies® via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Huggies®.

You can find an exciting array of theme ideas on the Huggies® Baby Shower Planner—it features games, favors, flavors, diaper cakes and more. Visit Huggies® on Pinterest to create exclusive invitations to match your theme and inspire your guests. 






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