Operation Shower with Heidi Klum and Babies R Us

Operation Shower hosted by Heidi Klum and Babies R UsEarly last week I was very luck to be able to spend a few days up at Universal Studios volunteering for Operation Shower.  If you are not familiar with this fantastic organization, they travel the country and throw baby showers for military moms-to-be.  They shower them with love and gifts and give them the most amazing memories.  This was the largest shower they have thrown to date thanks to the generous support of Babies R Us and Heidi Klum.  We spent one whole day on set up – crafting and decorating under the direction of Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess (sweetest, most talented party gal ever).  And day two found us welcoming the moms and their guests and helping with whatever they needed.


I am so grateful that I could be apart of this amazing experience.  Amy and the rest of the gals that work tirelessly to put on these events always do a remarkable job.  These ladies are only able to do what they do because of donations.  You may remember I mentioned Amazon Smile around the holidays.  By selecting Operation Shower as your charity of choice, a percentage of your eligible purchases gets donated back to them.  And it is super easy to set up.  Just search and select “Operation Shower” (NOT Operation Shower of Appreciation – no idea what that is).

This shower was designed by Jenn with a fabulous dessert area created by the adorable Marie of Sweets Indeed.  It was so much fun to get to spend some time with the other fantastic volunteers but I especially love watching the moms-to-be get spoiled.

You can see more about my last Operation Shower experience here.

Above photo by Maria Healey Photography.  See the rest of the event photos on the Operation Shower Facebook page.

I’m not sure who did the video but will update as soon as I find out.

Party Details:
Graphic Design, Paper Party Details, and Printing: Hostess INK
Photography: Nicole Benitez and Maria Healey
Floral Design: Empty Vase
Candy: Candy Galaxy
Helium: Balloon Time
Sweets Station: Sweets Indeed

Operation Shower – A Recap. Finally.

Photo by Dez an Tam

I am so grateful and lucky to have been apart of the Operation Shower that took place back in January during the PGA tour stop at Torrey Pines.  I have been wanting to work with Operation Shower for a while and when this opportunity came up I jumped at the chance.  The cool part about this particular event was that each table was to be designed by a different party designer or blogger.  How fun is that!?!  The other extra special exciting part was that Pottery Barn Kids had just released a new line of decor and we got to see it before it got released to the public and use it in our table decor!

Photo by Dez and Tam


Set up day was absolutely miserable.  It was super windy and rainy and as you can tell from our table placement, we were pretty much getting soaked and had to keep setting up the table after the wind continually blew it over.  We finally had to store it all under the table and reset it the morning of the event.  It was super fun to have Dez and Tam there taking pictures of all the set up and getting acquainted of new and old friends. So in carting all of this stuff down to San Diego from Orange County, I forgot to bring my camera along!  I used my iphone and borrowed Tori’s camera to get detail pics of our table.  Thanks, Tori!!!  We were all given the theme for the shower and given custom party printables created by Paper and Cake for the event.  From there it was up to us to decide what the table looked like.  Lauren and I set out to keep the table pretty neutral with pops of fun colors.  I love how our table turned out.  There were tons of diy elements to it but I think the overall look was still really classy.

We used tons of painted safari animals throughout our design.  We knew it had been done elsewhere but gosh dang is it SO fun to do!  Lauren made this insanely ridiculous cake cake-type stands with them.  I would have drilled a hole through my hand if I had tried.

We used a pattern that Abigail had created for the event and made it in to a placemat that my pal, Ryan printed on foam core for me.

Here are some of the other fun ways we used the Paper and Cake safari set.  The set is now available for purchase in her shop!

A favor was not mandatory, but we wanted to do one.  We decided a First Birthday Party kit would be super cute.  The wooden spindle held a cute tiny little triangle flag banner that would be just enough to fit around a high chair.  I am really fond of how they turned out.

I am sparing you tons of pictures of myself with all the fantastic ladies that were there.  I’m not sure why I don’t just take a picture of them and always end up in it!  Amy, from Operation Shower, is with me in the picture on the left.  This whole event goes off without a hitch because of her amazing planning and people skills.  She never shows stress, has a fantastic sense of humor and handled an event with major sponsors and a ton of scatter brained (mostly me) designers with absolute ease.  On the right I am with Jenn of Hostess with the Mostess.  I finally got to meet her in person and am even more fond of her than previously.  She is a true talent and an all around good person.  I think I want her to run for president.

This is the adorable and talented Jackie Culmer of Jackie Culmer Photography.  She, along with Nicole Benitez, photographed the day of the event.  You simply HAVE to see all her amazing photos!

Here are just a few of hers of things I forgot to take photos of. :)  That giraffe in the bell jar delighted me all day and was styled by Tori of Thoughtfully Simple.  My pal, Kristin of Meringue Bake Shop supplied her delicious Push Cakes which were displayed on the dessert buffet by Sweets Indeed.  Marie not only styles and designs in such a fun way, but she also sources the most delicious, unique treats to serve.  I found out about Firefly Confections from her once I tasted their Salted Caramels.  Mind blowingly good.  And it is always fun to see the amazing designs of The Marshmallow Studio!!!  And I have a total couple crush on Marie and her husband.  I want them to be my neighbors.

Please go check out all the recaps!

My post on CBS LA about Operation Shower in general and how you can get involved.

Like Operation Shower on Facebook and check out all the galleries!

Wrap ups by:

Sweets Indeed

A Blissful Nest

Thoughtfully Simple

Tom Kat


























Operation Shower Prep

Operation Shower is next week!!!  Today Lauren and I are busy finishing up some of our crafts for our table design.  I am beyond excited to share this awesome experience with Lauren and all the other fine table designers.  I can’t wait to see what everyone puts together.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram next Monday and Tuesday (Jan. 23 and Jan. 24) as we set up and then put on the event for deserving mothers to be!  A huge thank you to Amy for being a dream to work with and for tackling all the logistics of this event with ease and also to Pottery Barn Kids for being just plain awesome, in every way, thus far.

Don’t forget to check out who is involved in this special Operation Shower by checking out the Pottery Barn Kids Operation Shower page on Pinterest!

Photo by Cupcakes and Cutlery


A Safari Baby Shower by Operation Shower, Pottery Barn Kids and, well, me!

Sunshine Safari Printables by Paper and Cake

You guys!!  I’m super excited to be able to share some info about an amazing event that is coming up.  I’m still sort of in a dreamlike state about it.  I’ve been wanting to help out at an Operation Shower (you know, the group that puts on AMAZING baby showers for military families around the US?) and learned a few months ago that I would be able to when they came to San Diego.  I was ready to do whatever they needed.  If they asked me to unwrap 5,000 straws I’d do it in a heartbeat.  If Amy wanted me to walk around holding her hair in to a make shift ponytail because she forgot a hair band I totally would have done it.  But then I was asked to design a table!!!!  The coolest part?  A bunch of other bloggers (like, legit bloggers:  Hostess with the Mostess, The TomKat Studio, Sweets Indeed, Thoughtfully Simple, A Blissful Nest… the list goes on and on!) were also asked to design tables! For this Operation Shower each table will be designed by a different party gal but all of them will be based on the amazing printables designed by Abigail of Paper and Cake shown above.  I can’t wait to see how they all come out!!

Animal Banks from Pottery Barn Kids

May I blow your mind a little bit more?  This time around, Pottery Barn Kids is heavily involved in the shower (something tells me that is going to end well for the mom’s being pampered at the shower).  The fine, kind folks at Pottery Barn Kids have just introduced some new products, including, but not limited to, a safari theme.  They are very generously letting all of us use some pieces in each tablescape!  How rad is that??!

Canvas Wall Art by Pottery Barn Kids

You definitely need to go check out the new stuff online at Pottery Barn Kids and then you should make sure you are following the Pinterest board they set up for all of those involved in Operation Shower to pin to.  It has been a fun way to keep tabs on what the other designers are looking at and will be exciting to see if their tables turn out anything like what they have pinned.

Let me know if you need an invite to Pinterest!

Do not expect much blogging from me this week.  I am in full party prep for my son’s bday next weekend.  Then in the middle of the week I will be watching 5 children for 3 days with overnights and school drop offs, pick ups, meals, baths, the works.  I’m a little anxious about it but I’m sure I’ll be fine.  Gulp, right??

I wish all of you a fantastic new year!