We celebrated our baby shower this month! Here are the highlights of our Baby on Board baby shower.
A few weeks ago, we had our friends and family gather in our home to celebrate our baby on the way. We had balloons, Hawaiian/Filipino food, and plenty of desserts. I’m grateful we were able to spend time with friends and family on this special day.
Here are the details of our Baby on Board baby shower:
Baby shower theme: Baby on Board
After we returned from our baby moon (around 20 weeks of pregnancy), I got together with my friend and event planner Elizabeth (Liz) Otsu from Otsu Events to plan our baby shower. I knew I wanted to have a more neutral baby shower theme. Since we just returned from Hawaii, Liz suggested Baby on Board as a baby shower theme.
I immediately loved the Baby on Board baby shower theme. We could incorporate coastal colors, like blues, whites, greens, and pops of color with tropical elements. And we could pick a few statement items during the baby shower to bring the theme together.
I plan to have a coastal-themed nursery, so this baby shower theme also worked with it!
Event Planner: Liz Otsu from Otsu Events
I’m so grateful that Liz was with me to plan this event. While I may be biased because she’s one of my best friends, I also can genuinely vouch for her because she’s had a rich career in corporate events.
Today, Liz is a Tacoma-based event planner specializing in weddings, events, and parties. Liz has planned and worked in trade shows, conferences, reward shows, and recognition programs for Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Liz was also previously responsible for venue management and Amazon HQ coordination.
Liz corresponded with all the vendors, ordered the food, ordered/picked up the décor, assisted me in the setup, and handled the clean-up of the event. She made planning the baby shower so much easier! She also suggested great ideas around ordering appetizers like spam musubi and placing gummy turtles in the sand (graham crackers) for little treats.
Flowers by Moonflower Design Co.
I’ve worked with Sam from Moonflower Design Co. for Valentine’s Day, and I was excited to work with Sam again for our baby shower. For flowers, I wanted to tie in tropical-inspired centerpieces. Even though we didn’t have a ton of tables set up inside my house, I still wanted one large centerpiece and one smaller one to place at the tables.
If you’re in the Greater Seattle area and are looking for wedding florals or baby shower flowers, I highly recommend checking her out! She creates beautiful, sustainably sourced floral pieces.
Balloons by the Balloon Boss Lady
I knew I wanted a prominent balloon installation. Liz and I walked to my house before selecting where the balloon installation would go. We decided to do a standing balloon installation in my formal living room. This room has the best light as well as high ceilings.
This was my first time hiring/working with Christine for balloons. She did a great job putting this piece together. Our florist Sam gave us extra greenery pieces. We gave them to Christine to incorporate into the balloon installment, and she added them. She also used additional balloons to fill our “B-A-B-Y” boxes, which I greatly appreciated!
Baby shower gift boxes by: Confete Party Box
We worked with Jamie from Confete Party Box for baby shower game prizes. If you haven’t heard of Confete Party Box, they are a women-owned company specializing in gift boxes. They provide curated boxes for special events, gifts, corporate events, and virtual party boxes.
Food provided by my parents and L&L Hawaiian BBQ
Since the theme was Baby on Board, my parents cooked BBQ chicken, rice, lumpia, and pancit. We also ordered spam musubi and Hawaiian mac salad from L&L BBQ. We also had lots of fruit, chips, and cookies from Trader Joe’s and Metropolitan Market.
Liz ordered the coconut cake from Metropolitan Market. Since we knew we would have many cookie options, we wanted a smaller cake.
I’m so grateful for our friends and family who joined us and showered us with love. I’m also thankful for our friends and family who still sent gifts and thoughtful messages even though they couldn’t be with us in person.
I’m currently 31 weeks pregnant, so seeing everyone during my third trimester was lovely. Our baby boy will be here the next time I see some of my friends and family!
Baby registry: https://www.babylist.com/list/baby-ellendt
For more pregnancy/maternity posts, check out:
28-week Pregnancy Update
12+ Petite Maternity Dresses to Add to Your Wardrobe
A Season of Life: Pregnancy, Cultivation & Rest
Thank you for reading!
Photos: Maddy Duggan