A few weekends ago, we hosted a Baby Shower for our very own, Tanisha, and her little baby-girl-to-be, Reese. We were fortunate enough to host Tanisha’s shower at Malibu Cafe under the Hillside Umbrellas (you can check out the other areas at Malibu Cafe Calamigos Ranch to host an event on our blog post here).
As you’ve seen from some of our previous blog posts, Tanisha and Mark are in the process of a major home remodel. The theme of their nursery is going to be rustic modern with a touch of navajo (arrows, chevron, teepees, woodland creatures… aka CUTENESS), so we doubled down and decided to incorporate that into the baby shower’s theme.
We first went to Pinterest and some of our favorite blogs to find ideas and inspiration for the theme and decor. And of course, we found quite a few cute ideas for DIY Brave Little One Baby Showers that we absolutely loved, like these from Cue the Confetti and Emerson Grey.
Fortunately, Malibu Cafe offers a rustic casual setting that complimented our decor just perfectly (which meant less work for us!).
The Hillside Umbrellas have beautiful, long tables fashioned out of reclaimed wood. Instead of using table clothes, we simply ordered some adorable fabric pieces to place under the centerpieces.
We got some adorable fabrics from Spoonflower — they have so many options! For the center pieces, we kept it simple with painted wine bottles and potted succulents (which doubled as the favors!).To do this, we collected empty wine bottles (obviously, that wasn’t too difficult!), removed the labels, painted fun stripes and arrows on them and tied some feathers at the top. We also had a close and very talented friend, Lindsay Leibin, create custom printed menus that matched the invitations and we laid one at each setting.
As guests entered, we asked them to write a prayer for Reese and hang it on an arrow, which were also handmade (the arrows were my favorite part 🙂 )!
We purchased the wood dowels from DIY Home, feathers and paint from Joann Fabrics, and the eraser tips for the arrow from Rite-Aid (now, that’s what I call some budget shopping!). We painted some colorful stripes on the wood dowels, wired on the eraser tips, glued the feathers and tied some twine – and VOILA! There you have DIY arrows. Super easy, right?!
Instead of the usual baby shower games, we decided to setup a DIY headband craft station for our guests (because how adorable are little baby girls with big headbands?!).
We ordered the supplies from Etsy via RockyMountainMama1’s DIY Headband Kit (you can also check out Zulily‘s make-your-own headband kit), but you could easily buy your own supplies at a local craft store. We thought this was the perfect activity for a baby shower since it also makes for a gift for the mom-to-be. Plus, it’s personalized by each guest, which adds that special touch 🙂
All the adorable headband and prayer printouts were also made custom by our friend (and Thousand Oaks local), Lindsay Leibin. She’s so talented!
And for the final touch, we made arrow banners (because it’s not a DIY event without a banner or two, right??).
For the banners, we gathered paper that coordinated with the color themes (aka paint chips from building supply stores – another example of how our home remodeling has come handy 😉 ).We cut the paper into arrow shapes and connected them with twine (we recommend hole punching and weaving the twine through that way rather than gluing the twine to the back- we tried both but the glued one would flap over so if you do that, make sure that both sides of the banner are colored).
As you can tell from the photos, Malibu Cafe provided the ideal setting for our shower. Not only was the food delicious, but the service was outstanding. Our event coordinator, Monica, was fantastic and made sure that everything was taken care of – and we had our own personal bartender and waitress who were also super helpful.
We were so pleased with the outcome of our shower and couldn’t have been happier with hosting it at Malibu Cafe. It was so nice to not be worrying about the food or coordinating what’s happening next (we left that up to Malibu Cafe!)- but instead we simply relaxed and spent time visiting with one another, celebrating Tanisha and her baby-to-be.
Here are a few more photos from the day…!
Have you hosted an event at Malibu Cafe or created your own DIY Baby Shower theme? Please let us know! We’d love to hear from you and share more with our readers! #spreadthelove #DIYhostesswiththemostest