When parents-to-be are letting baby’s gender surprise them, a yellow and green theme for the baby shower is a classic color combination. For a summer celebration what could be more refreshing than lemons and limes? The idea of freshly sliced citrus lining glass vases became the inspiration for the shower. A beautiful, rustic lemon leaf pattern on the invitation set the tone for guests and reappeared in matching table linens at the event. Everything at the party was citrus-inspired from the tissue paper lemon garlands and green and yellow boy/girl outfits to lemon-lime cupcakes and lemon thyme herbed pots.
Since the parents-to-be both come from big, Italian families, a Limoncello Raspberry Prosecco cocktail was served. They also used Italian tomato cans as vessels for some of the floral arrangements. And, a clothesline of onesies with funny “Italian” phrases such as “Mama’s Little Meatball”, “Future Pasta Lover”, and “I’m Not Yelling I’m Italian” gave a special nod to the baby’s heritage.
Baby Shower Wholesale Flowers
To make the room feel like a blooming, Italian lemon grove, they ordered a mix of yellow ranunculus, white stock, bright canary yellow roses, white asters, and salal lemon leaf. They also ordered the herb assortment combo pack, which includes olive leaf, rosemary, oregano and mint. It was the perfect combination of flowers, greenery and fresh herbs.
The flowers arrived 3 days before the event. The family opened the boxes, cut the stems and placed in buckets of water to hydrate. The delicate herbs, flowers and greenery looked tired and sleepy upon arrival, but they perked up beautifully after proper hydration. They made the arrangements on the day prior to the event.
It took about 4 hours to make 12 small arrangements with the sliced fruit, 4 arrangements in the tomato cans and 4 large arrangements for the entryway and buffets. The extra greenery and herbs were placed around the buffet to bring a freshly cut feeling to the display.
Making the Arrangements
A small, round, glass vase is ideal for your first time doing the sliced lemon and lime effect. There are two options for lining the vases with fruit.
Use 4-inch Aspidistra ribbon wrapped around the inside of a 4-inch glass vase to create a barrier between the fruit slices and the flower stems.
Place a cut block of pre-soaked, wet floral foam inside the vase to hold the floral stems and keep the fruit slices in place
Then create a mini bouquet using a rose, ranunculus, a sprig of hypericum berries, salal lemon leaf and asters. Secure with a rubber band and insert into the vase. Make sure to add fresh water.
Baby Shower Gift Display
Since the parents-to-be live out of town and many gifts were shipped directly to their home, the hosts created a giant photo board to honor and acknowledge the generous gifts. They printed out photos of all the gifts that were purchased via registries and shipped directly. The photos were placed onto a large display board with the name of the gift giver. This allowed the mom-to-be to enjoy the surprise of each gift and thank each guest in person.
Boy or Girl?
Just for fun, the guests were invited to write down their best guess on whether the baby is a boy or girl! A custom sign designed with the Lemon Leaf artwork explained the game to write their name in pink or blue. The Italian citrus baby celebration was refreshing and fun on a hot, summer day.
Lemon-Themed Party Favors
On their way out the guests were given Lemon Sugar Scrub favors, which were handmade by the grandmother to-be. The expectant couple is nesting in their new home and anxiously awaiting their little sprout.
Scroll on for more photos captured by Stamford, CT Portrait Photographer, Caitlin Charney.
- Invitation and Guess the Gender Sign: StylesWithCharm on Etsy
- Favor Labels: The FavorBox on Etsy
- Glass Vases: Dollar Tree
- Aspidistra Ribbon 4-inch: Michaels
- Lemon Leaf Tablecloths: Party City
- Custom Onesies: AnnLouiseBoutique on Etsy
- Lemon Tissue Paper Garland: Dollar Tree
- Photographer: Caitlin Charney