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Brave Little One DIY Baby Shower {Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch, Pt. 2}

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).

DIY Brave Little One Baby ShowerAs 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.

DIY Brave Little One Baby Shower at Malibu Cafe Calamgios Ranch

Hillside Umbrellas at Malibu CafeWe 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.

DIY Brave Little One Baby Shower Decor

Fortunately, Malibu Cafe offers a rustic casual setting that complimented our decor just perfectly (which meant less work for us!).

Brave Little One DIY Baby Shower- LocalLove805The 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!).DIY Brave Little One Baby Shower decorTo 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.

Brave Little One DIY Baby ShowerAs 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 🙂 )!

DIY Brave Little One - arrow baby shower decor

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?!

LL805 Brave Little One Baby Shower - DIY arrowsInstead 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?!).

DIY Headband Craft Station

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 🙂

DIY Headband Craft at Baby Shower

All the adorable headband and prayer printouts were also made custom by our friend (and Thousand Oaks local), Lindsay Leibin. She’s so talented!

DIY Headband Craft Station - Baby Shower decor 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).

DIY Brave Little One Baby ShowerAs 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…!

Baby Shower at Malibu Cafe - LL805

LL805 Baby Shower at Malibu CafeKale salad at Malibu Cafe Calamigos RanchTanisha, mom and the grandmasthe sisters - LocalLove805

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


Hayley {LL805}

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  1. Ashten (@alwaysashten)
    5 years ago

    You guys throw the best parties. In fact, I’m inviting myself to the next one.

    Glad you were able to get your post done even though you were tired, Hayley! I stayed up and finished mine, too….and I’m hurtin today! 🙂

  2. Sarah
    4 years ago

    This is such a beautiful shower! We found this page when researching ideas for my friend’s shower. I hope you will answer my question! We are trying to make the arrows (they are awesome) and wondering when you say you had guests “hang wishes on them” what that looked like? How did they attach to the arrow? Where did they put the arrow after they wrote the wish? Thank you for your help and inspiration!!

    1. Hayley
      4 years ago

      HI Sarah! Thank you for reaching out! So glad you found us and liked our shower! We printed off little tags with arrows (which matched all the signage we used for the shower) and we had hole punches with bakers twine tied to it. We had a bunch of those sitting out with pens next to the arrows and had a sign asking guests to write their wish. Once they wrote their wish, we asked them to tie it to the end of an arrow and simply place it in the big vase. So they were all in the vase and the mom-to-be took the arrows and wishes home as a keepsake. We have more photos too if you need, but I believe we’d need your email. You can contact us through out Contact page and we could email you if you’d like. Thanks again and best of luck! xoxo

      1. Sarah
        4 years ago

        Thanks so much for taking the time to write back! I love the idea of putting them in a vase! Cool! I would love more pictures! I put my email above, so hopefully that will work. I live in Simi, so am 805 too! We looked at the Malibu Cafe yesterday and LOVE it!! Too bad it is slightly out of our budget, as there are only 2 of us throwing the shower and I am currently a SAHM…we are trying to find a way to make it work!


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