Minted Parties: Savannah Guthrie’s Baby Shower

It’s not every day that you get to help decorate and style a baby shower for the co-anchor of the Today Show, so we jumped at the chance to decorate Savannah Guthrie’s baby shower. Since she’s such a talented anchorwoman (and also a voracious reader!), we decided on a newspaper theme with a lot of typography and gender-neutral details (she and her husband Mike Feldman decided to keep the gender a surprise!).

Shower date: June 30, 2014
Location: The Glasshouses
Minted party decor: Jen Wick’s Big Top Personalizable Party Decor and Marabou’s Modern Mint Party Decor
Photographer: Samantha Okazaki/TODAY
Florist: Blossom and Branch
Event planning: Minted and Rock Paper Scissors Events

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Rebecca Minkoff’s Baby Shower

We were honored to get to style and decorate designer Rebecca Minkoff’s baby shower for her second little one on the way. Any great event starts with a great venue. And even though it’s a bit off the beaten track, Fitzarraldo in Brooklyn was rustic, chic perfection. After you’ve secured a date and venue, what’s next? Why, the invitations, of course! The great thing about planning an event for a designer is I could simply pull up her site and ended up finding inspiration in the ‘tortora’ color of this bag

Keep reading to see more beautiful details from Rebecca’s baby shower.

Shower date: June 7th, 2014
Location: Fitzcarraldo
Minted baby shower invitation: Simply Baby by Penelope Poppy
Minted party decor: Simply Baby by Penelope Poppy
Photographer: Sara Wight Photography
Florist: Cristina Lozito
Event planning: Minted and Rock Paper Scissors Events

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Design to Dish: Italian Cream Sodas

Written by Melissa of Lulu the Baker

raspberry italian cream soda

I’m completely charmed by the Southern tradition of throwing a Sip & See after a new baby is born! I love the idea of inviting friends and family over for a little get-together to meet the new baby, eat delicious snacks, and drink fizzy drinks–so many of my favorite things rolled into one fun party.

If you’re going to throw a Sip & See, you’ll need to serve a fun beverage. I absolutely love Italian Cream Sodas. They’re delicious and pretty, appropriate for all ages, and you can set them up as a create-your-own-soda bar, which everyone loves. Set out some pretty glasses, some cute paper straws, and some tasty flavored drink syrups, and you’re all set!

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diy fresh greenery garland

By Melanie of You Are My Fav

I recently threw a baby shower and knew that I wanted a fresh, green garland to serve as a centerpiece for the rest of the party. When a local florist game me a quote of $300 to make one, I instead headed to Whole Foods and bought $35 worth of supplies. Although I’ve never attempted anything like this, I was happy with the result and even happier with how simple it was to make.

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cotton candy cloud cake topper

By Melanie of You Are My Fave


When my friend’s five-year-old daughter requested a weather theme for her birthday party, I jumped at the chance to help throw it. Clouds became the main motif and my friend had the genius idea of using cotton candy to make a fluffy cake topper. It takes two supplies and about one minute to complete this tasty diy.

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Birth Announcement Inspired Baby Gifts

boho inspired announcement and gift

Summer seems to be the baby-gifting season (for me at least). I have several friends who are having babies, and accordingly, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect present for new moms and little ones. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite finds–all inspired by beautiful birth announcements. From bold to boho, I’ve found gifts to suit every mom’s unique style…

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baby shower message board

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fav

Last weekend I co-hosted a baby shower where over 60 people came! While I knew an organized activity was out of the question (not that I’m a fan of traditional baby shower games anyway), I wanted to create a way where guests could feel like they were participating in some small way and the mama-to-be could remember who attended. So I created this well wish board and placed it by the entrance. Here’s the easy tutorial.

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Show & Tell Q & A: Jenny Keller on dessert tables

Jenny Keller is the creative baking mastermind behind Jenny Cookies where she crafts lovely and elegant dessert tables and also teaches treat decorating classes. She recently put together an amazing treats display for Bachelor alum Molly Mesnick inspired by Animals Born Free party decor by Minted designer 2birdstoneRead on for tips from Jenny on putting together your own dessert table.

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Books to Bottles Baby Shower Invitation Challenge Special Prize Winners

Who doesn’t love a baby shower? The gifts, the excitement, the anticipation! We asked the Minted Community to design unconventional baby shower invitations for modern moms-to-be. We were looking for chic designs to re-invent the traditional shower invite. We can’t get over the number of adorable, edgy, beautiful, and truly surprising designs that came in! Now it’s time to shower those Minties with some love. We’re thrilled to announce the special prize winners for the following prizes. Congratulations, winners!

Avant Garde Award for the best ahead-of-its-time invitation design

Baby’s Due Date” by Serenity Avenue

We couldn’t resist giving our “Avant Garde Award” to this retro library-card design. Ashley created something truly novel with this one (pun intended). We love her attention to detail from the off-kilter, seemingly stamped months and numbers to the hand-drawn look of the circles marking the baby’s due date.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Backyard Barbecue” by Susie Allen | “Coming Soon” by GeekInk | “Letter Boy” by Homeseed Paper | “Ride On Over” by snickerdoodles

Cutest Award for the cutest invitation design that is still modern

Bonjour Bebe” by Pistols

Where do we even start with this one? “Bonjour Bébé” is absolutely adorable. We wish we could say it has a certain “je ne sais quoi,” but we know exactly what it is that we love so much! Her delicate flowers, precociously posh little baby girl, and sparing but prominent use of the French language push this design over the edge for us.

Runner Ups: “Heart & Bow” by Erin Pescetto | “Sailboat” by Olive and Violet | “Eats & Treats” by Noma and Dolly

Baby Makes 3 Award for the best invitation design representing the new threesome

Family Picture Wall” by Alethea and Ruth

“Family Picture Wall” does a beautiful job incorporating mom, dad, and baby into one cohesive design. Rachel’s lovely mix of bows, pins, hand-drawn frames, and varied text gives the design a personal, casual feel. We love the sense of anticipation in her adorable framed onesie, representing the little one to come.

Runner Ups: “Yellow and Blue Make Green” by VOSS | “Sweet Seahorses” by Oma N. Ramkhelawan | “Baby Makes Three” by Jamie Bryant | “Welcome to the Next” by Sandy Pons

Animals Award for the best invitation design incorporating an animal or other creature

Nesting Birds” by j.bartyn

Cambria’s “Nesting Birds” stands out for a few reasons. Her midcentury color palette and clean type make this a design for an incredibly chic, sophisticated shower. At the same time, her stylized flora and fauna are so nostalgically friendly and familiar. Not to mention the fact that she illustrated this design using an oil ink printmaking technique. We love a shower invitation with depth and personality!

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Via Stork” by Jana Volfova | “Stylish Stork and Funky Baby” by chocomocacino | “Babies are from Paris” by Ana Sousa | “Mouse Showers” by kadie foppiano | “Ready to Pop” by nocciola design | “Beat the Drum” by Cecile Paper Lounge | “Baby Elephant” by Pistols

Over-the-Top-Pretty Award for the prettiest invitation design

Floral Shower” by Bethany Anderson

Isn’t it obvious? We love Bethany’s beautiful, overflowing florals because they strike the perfect balance with her clean shapes and simple color palette. “Floral Shower” is over the top pretty, but it’s not overwhelming. This is the perfect shower invite for a feminine, delicate soon-to-be mom.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Oh Baby” by Lina Goldberg | “Oh Baby Florals” by Griffinbell Studio | “Petit Bebe” by Kristie Kern | “Baby Love” by Rebekah Disch | “Mariposas” by Wondercloud Design

Text with a Twist Award for the best design that uses curvilinear text to create unique shapes or unusual layouts with the mom’s or parents’ names

Cloud Nine” by robin ott design

Robin’s “Cloud Nine” just makes us feel good! Her beautifully detailed illustrations could have you staring at this design for minutes on end. Her use of curvilinear text is subtle, but perfectly incorporated and helps push the eye up, up to cloud nine. We love the way Robin sets the stage for the excitement that will come with the new baby.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Bold Baby” by a la amore | “The Big Reveal” by Cheer Up Cherup | “New Blooms” by Sarah Curry | “Rock-a-Bye” by Betta

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