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‘M’ is for Mason – Baby Shower

‘M’ is for Mason – Baby Shower

Baby Mama Celeste attributes all the credit of her beautifully decorated baby shower to her talented cousin talented Adrianne Espinola of Hollister, Ca.

“My cousin took all my ideas and created such a beautiful decor. All the credit needs to go to her. She loves to throw parties and does this kind of stuff a lot.”

And that she should! Check out these amazing details!

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‘M’ is for Mason – a personalized burlap banner adorns a beautifully decorated mantel ready to welcome Baby Boy Mason.

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‘M’ is for the magnificent boxwood topiary overseeing the dessert table at Baby Boy Mason’s Baby Shower.

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Cheers to Celeste! 🥂 Mom-osa Bar 🍾 Pour the bubbly, add some juice, top with fruit!

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Personalized Champagne Baby Shower Favors – “Pop it when she pops! Enjoy a toast when Baby Mason arrives!”

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Cheers to Celeste as we welcome Baby Mason!

Party on,

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Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana!

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Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana! Cinco de Mayo Party

We’re cranking up the color and turning up the tunes! Let’s ‘Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana!’.

Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for the ‘fifth of May’, is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

Traditional Mexican dishes, free-flowing margaritas, and festive decorations top off the vibe. Incorporate Mexican music and be ready to shake your maracas, olé!

Kid Friendly Beverage Ideas

We wholeheartedly encourage you to keep those margaritas flowing, but we’ve also gotch yo’ back, girl! We’re gonna help you save face and keep pace by staying hydrated, so we’ve curated some of our favorite non-alcoholic options for you as well. 💦

Topo Chico Mineral Water won’t put a damper on your Fiesta Party vibe.  It’s basically mineral water, with sass!

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More non-alcholic options include lemonade, Jarritos (mexican soda), and carafes filled to the rim with water – or Kool Aide if you’re cooler than us!  (Totally dropped the ball there – that would have been ‘Kool’!). Top those buckets off with fresh cut fruit – blood oranges, orange, grapes, lemons and limes. The more, the merrier!

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Jarritos was Mexico’s first national soft drink in 1950 and is now the best selling Mexican soft drink in the U.S. Jarritos is the best compliment to Mexican food because of it’s nine great tasting and authentically Mexican fruit flavors. (Description courtesy Amazon.com)

 

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PRO TIP: Don’t be like us. Fill those jars up with KOOL AID for an additional pop of color! 😂

We dropped the ball and went with ice-cold water, but Kool Aid would be a much KOOLer option!

We want you to show us your jugs!  Uh, I mean, we’d love to see your festive displays!  We’re always looking to show our customers off!  To be considered for feature, simply submit your party photos to mae@customaed.com.

Tequila Sunrise with Ella Bella

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They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and maybe they’re right.

Little Miss Ella Bella looks like she knows just about all there is to know about good tequila.  Arriba! Arriba!

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Grab your FREE ‘Tequila Sunrise’ recipe printable, olé!  You can download by pressing the ‘DOWNLOAD’ button below. Cheers!

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Tequila Bar

This is asking for trouble (she says with a twinkle in her eye!).  We invited guests to DIY at the Tequila Bar. Provide lime, salt and of course – TEQUILA!

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Something about this pink Himilayan Sea Salt speaks to our fiesta-loving hearts.  No matter how you like your tequila, a side of pink salt makes it all just a little more fun.

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There really is no party quite like a fiesta party! The design and setup process was a lot of fun; from early-morning Tequila Sunrises with mi amiga, to sharing Jarritos with the kids, there’s just so much life and color in a good Cinco de Mayo party.  We’re sharing our Cinco de Mayo shopping list over on Amazon. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Party on my friends!  ¡Vamos de fiesta!

Jackie & Mae

 

A Baby Shower Fit for a Queen

For all the Queen Mamas-to-be, your court awaits!

A Royal Baby Shower

by Tiler Haley

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Our gorgeous Mama-to-be, Ms. Tiler Haley and her BFF forever (or since 7th grade!) Ms. Erin Potter.

When it comes to royalty, loyalty matters!

Jaw to the floor over this gold princess throne chair rental from

Brilliant Lounge Party Rentals – Fresno, California

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Gorgeous photos of the expectant mother-to-be on display in ornate gold frames were gracefully strewn throughout the party decor. Table settings made complete with golden flatware, chargers, porcelain trimmed plates and topped off with ‘Oh Baby’ napkins in gold and white. Scroll all the way down for purchase link.

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Is there a sweeter name in all the land?  ‘Colette Noelle’ is announced on a buttercream cake with pearl decorative accents and topped with a bow.

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Champagne Baby Shower Favors invite guests to “Pop it when she pops!  Enjoy a toast when baby arrives!”

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Special thanks to Mama Tiler for sharing your gorgeous ‘Baby Shower Fit for a Queen’.

And they all lived happily ever after…

DETAILS:

Chair: Brilliant Lounge Rentals
Oh Baby Beverage Napkins: purchase link below
Champagne Baby Shower Favor Tags: Custom Mae’d

RSVP or Regrets Only? That is the question.

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RSVP or Regrets Only?  That is the question.

Somehow in our always-busy-world, we’ve decided that requesting an RSVP is too much to ask of our guests. So we’ve given people an out.

Enter the “Regrets Only”.

Asking invitees to contact you only when they can’t attend a party saves those who will attend from having to do anything.  However, it also puts pressure on those who won’t attend to offer a reason why.

We’re not actually doing anyone any favors by requesting ‘regrets only’. In fact, there’s a level of shaming at play in requesting ‘regrets only’.  Even with a legitimate reason, people will often feel bad and occasionally awkward about responding with a ‘no’.

Okay, but who actually makes time to RSVP anymore?

The answer is: … almost everyone!

We have to stop behaving as though requesting something as simple as a reply is putting someone out.

Most people are happy to reply as a common courtesy. Taking a moment to reply to your host requires only a minute of our time. Not only is this the proper thing to do, but both guests and hosts alike will benefit.

As a guest, RSVPing goes hand-and-hand with taking a glance at your calendar.  Life is busy.  Taking a glance at my calendar helps me to keep things in check, which leads to better time management and a healthier, happier household.

As a host, well – this is where it gets real real.  You’ll gather information which goes a long way in planning your party or event.

When you’re asking for an RSVP, what you’re really asking is:

  • How many people are coming to the party?
  • How much food will I need?
  • How much alcohol do we need? (super-duper important!)
  • How many party favors should be assembled?
  • How large of a cake should I order?
  • Who should sit next to Aunt Martha?

Finding out how many guests will be in attendance is the main reason we ask for a response. Not knowing how many to plan for, we’re likely stuck buying food and beverages for all 50 people you’ve invited, even if only 20 show up.

When we’re talking about perishable food and festive party favors, ka-ching!

When we’re talking wine? Well, I wouldn’t consider that a ‘problem’ at all!  😜🍷

Do yourself a favor the next time you plan a party or event. Ask for a response in the form of an ‘RSVP’. Skip the ‘regrets only’ and go for the gusto. You’ll be glad you did.

Do your invitees a favor too. Make it easy to RSVP.  For more informal parties (um…totally not for weddings!), allow guests to RSVP via text or email.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Even if numbers are skewed a bit, as they typically are, you’ll have a much closer count and be able to plan accordingly.

If all else fails and you still end up with extra wine, you know where to send it!

Feel free to leave your RSVP questions in the comment section below.  I’d love to keep the discussion going.

Party on,

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Coordinating Rustic Barn Style RSVP inserts are available in the shop:

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Ready to Pop! Baby Shower Champagne Favors

She’s Ready to Pop! These Baby Shower Champagne Favors are the perfect touch for your BFF’s Baby Shower!

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Available in your choice of 2.5″ or 3″ inch circles, your personalized tags will arrive within a week of placing your order.

Tags are printed on white card stock in your choice of colors.

I chose to display mine on mini bottles of LaMarca Prosecco (approximately $4.99 each – sourced locally in Maryland).

 LaMarca Processo baby shower favors

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. I’m here to help!

Use the contact form on this site, or email me at mae@customaed.com.

Party on,
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