Harrison's 100 Arce Woods
When I found out I was pregnant with Harrison, I immediately knew I wanted to have a Winnie the Pooh themed baby shower. Pooh’s adventures in the 100 Arce Woods has such a classic, sweet sentiment with a hint of nostalgia that I wanted to re-create for my guests through different experiences.
In order to bring 100 Arce Woods to life, I wanted to find a venue that would give my guests a woodsy, rustic vibe. Instantly, Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita in Brickell, FL. came to mind when I began to research venues. They have a covered Garden room which holds around 75 guests, situated in the back of the restaurant. You are welcomed by an iron entrance and the room is adorned with hanging flowers, succulents, rustic wood tables, rattan accent chairs (also made of iron), Spanish tile floors, lanterns, and a grass wall. It was the perfect venue in the sense that it needed little to no extra decor.
Anyone who knows me can a test that I’m a HUGE fan of Flowers. Floral arrangement can turn any space (home, office or a party) into something truly special and tie into any theme. Luckily, I got to collaborate with my dear friends at Nery’s Flowers to bring to life some unique flower arrangements that would give the space a woodsy & rustic feel. What I love about working with Nery’s Flowers is helpful, knowledgeable and creative they got with my vision. I remember vividly telling Tatiana how I wanted an arrangement with brussel sprouts and within a day & two, she was sending over visuals as inspiration for what we could do. Love working with passionate people and you can clearly see how much they love what they do through their work.
We created two different arrangements mixing glass vases, wood bark vases, timber slices along with a variety of trinkets, such as books, wooden ABC blocks and wooden toy cars to sprinkle around the tables in between the floral arrangements. The florals were a mixture of wild flowers, blue thistles, white hydrangeas and dried bunny tails to name a few.
On top of flowers, for me it’s about the little details that make events personal. I always try to incorporate the old with the new at my celebrations as honoring or having something of sentimental value at an event has always meant a lot to me. I’ve done this in a few different ways such as displaying old wedding photos of Alexis’ & I’s grandparents and parents are our wedding sign in table. For Harrison’s baby shower, I purchased two small outfits similar to the ones that Alexis’ Dad and my father worn when they were little boys to display them as guests walked into the garden.
Finally, you all know that I'm a big lover of all things food, including desserts. So when it comes to favors, I usually love to create delicious dessert tables filled with different types of treats for my guests to indulge on. And since Pooh was such a honey lover, I knew I needed to incorporate honey into my shower.
First, each guest got to take home a small jar of Wild Blossom Orange Honey that I decorated with a custom thank you label and mini wooden honey dipper. Guests loved it and even a few told me how yummy it was in their daily cups of tea. Second, I made sure that my dessert table provided an array of different desserts such as mini cinnamon bites, pecan swirls, oatmeal cookie pies and of course, honey buns! Note to anyone planning a party, always have little to-go bags since guest at times want to take a little something home for later.
It was truly a special day for Alexis and I to celebrate our Baby Boy alongside our closest friends & family and I hope that anyone looking for some inspo on an upcoming shower can find this post useful. If you happen to have any questions on the theme, location or details I mentioned above, please feel free to leave a comment below or reach out via Instagram. Happy to help you make your day as special as possible.