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A Sweet Mint & Blush Baby Shower for Baby Hadley

  • By Jen Causey
  • Photos by Steve Cowell

Jen Causey of Something Turquoise shares her baby shower featuring mint and blush decorations, pastel florals, and DIYs to add a personal touch. She drew inspiration from Martha’s Celebrations collection, available at Michaels, and crafted personalized party accents using her Martha Stewart Cricut Explore Air 2 machine.

Meet the Mommy-to-Be

Of all the crazy twists and turns my life has taken, this one by far is my favorite! About a year ago I reconnected with Dean, my junior high school crush, and within days we knew we were finally meant to be together (after 23 years of chasing each other). It was one of the happiest days of my life when I found out we were pregnant. We want a large family and hopefully this is the first of at least three children! Embarking on this new journey has opened my eyes to the world of baby and children crafts, and I will be expanding my DIY wedding blog, Something Turquoise, to cover all mommy topics. I’m calling it A Little Turquoise and I’m thrilled to debut it next year!

And the Baby

Hadley is a long lost surname in Dean's family. My idea to honor the name was to use it for our first born, male or female. We chose Hadley Jane (J for Jen) for a girl and Hadley Dane (D for Dean) for a boy. God chose to bless us with a girl, so Hadley Jane it is!

A Martha-Inspired Color Palette

My mom and dad are beyond thrilled about becoming grandparents and they wanted nothing more than to host my shower at their home. A family friend happens to be an incredibly talented florist and helped me design the beautiful arrangements that give a nod to the mint and blush theme. My dad and I made the wood block centerpiece vases that also served as favors for our guests to take home. The white wooden room dividers, umbrellas, and linens elevated the look and the coordinating Martha Stewart Celebrations decor helped tie the party space together.

Pretty Placesettings

I used many items from Martha’s Mint & Blush Celebrations collection, which made decorating very easy. The hanging decor kits were great for embellishing the umbrellas and the darling plates, napkins, and cups outfitted each table. The pastel colors and floral accents were absolutely perfect for the baby shower. The plates are high quality and as sturdy as they are gorgeous, which held up to the hearty Mexican catering we had for lunch.

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A Cozy Spot

I heavily relied on my Martha Stewart Cricut Explore Air 2 machine to create personalized decorations that were used throughout the party space. One of my DIY projects was creating banners that were hung as signs for the different areas around the baby shower–gift table, drinks station, and dessert buffet. I even added a touch of color to the neutral wooden room dividers by draping mint fabric and foil iron-on. My Cricut machine makes it simple to create custom decorations from a variety of materials that are unique to my crafting style.

One of my favorite ideas for the baby shower was to open gifts while sitting in my new rocking chair. I’m so excited to cuddle my sweet baby girl in this chair and having it at the shower was extra special for me.

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It’s Nice to Meet You

I was looking for an interactive craft that would let my guests get creative, so I turned to my Martha Stewart Cricut machine for help. I scaled down Martha’s rosettes project, intended to be used as a large wall decoration, and turned them into name tags. They’re delightfully easy to make; the machine handles all of the intricate cutting and even creates the fold lines. I also came up with the idea to create stickers with fun sayings like “Mommy Support,” “Advice Maven,” and “Baby Whisperer" that would allow everyone to customize their name tag. At the shower, guests chose their favorite color rosette, found their name flag, and picked out a sticker that would be used to assemble the name tag. Everyone absolutely loved them and enjoyed getting crafty, plus it made for a cute takeaway.

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Learn to Make These Name Tags

Let Love Grow

One of my favorite DIYs to make for events is favors. I’m an air plant fanatic and knew right away that they would be my favor of choice for the baby shower. I created each one to double as a seating card, too. The design incorporated mixed metal colors of silver, copper, and gold to tie in with the other decorations. The colorful mix of air plant, metallic accent, and the Martha Stewart Celebrations plates at each place setting made for an adorable display to welcome each guest. 

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Honoring the Matriarchs

All these wonderful ladies are thrilled about the arrival of Hadley Jane and their new titles of grandma-to-be and great-grandma-to-be, so I wanted to honor them. I used my Martha Stewart Cricut machine, 4” satin ribbon, and foil iron-on to create sweet sashes for each of them, including myself.

You Can Call Me “Mom”

I’ve been waiting to be a mama for 35 years, so making this sash for myself (rather than a friend or family member) was a little surreal. I actually teared up while crafting it! I had all three designs hand-lettered by a graphic designer before I uploaded the digital files to Cricut’s Design Space platform. That’s one of my favorite things about Cricut; you can design custom creations using your own digital files or browse the huge database of pre-made assets.

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Fun & Games

I had a bunch of activities and games to keep guests entertained. Everyone colored a page for “Baby’s First Alphabet Book" and I cannot wait to read it to Hadley. Available on each table were the supplies for guests to write or draw on white diapers with “diaper thoughts” to give us a chuckle as we’re changing the baby. Something I really appreciated was having gift givers fill out their "thank you" card address while at the baby shower. Now all I have to do is grab each card and write my note without worrying about addressing!

Sweet Treats

I’ve always loved Mexican food, but while being pregnant I can’t get enough. We catered in Mexican cuisine, and in keeping with the theme, my mom baked the most delicious churro-inspired cupcakes and cookies! I also set up a “spike it yourself” cocktail station with three types of lemonade and the option to mix in tequila or vodka. Everything was designed as self-serve, which kept the party casual and allowed more time for me to mingle with guests.

On Display

The pre-designed Martha Stewart cupcake wrappers and the cupcake flag toppers files for my Cricut machine made decorating the desserts super easy! I used the machine’s pen feature to write “it’s a girl” on the cupcake wrappers and also drew pacifiers on the flags.

The cupcake stands and cookie trays are also from Martha’s Celebrations collection. The gold pattern on the tiered stands matched the metallic accents I used throughout the party space and the mint-colored trays tied in with my mint and blush decor theme. Both of the serving items were great quality and I didn’t have to worry about heavy serving platters that could break if the table was bumped.

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