Holy crap. Can you believe it? Kid #3. That may have been my initial reaction to the news when I first heard approximately 9 months ago…but then, as with most of my thoughts they turned right to the party. We held her sprinkle last weekend and while I am glad it is over so that now I can go into labor without ruining the party, I wish I had a week or so more to fully perfect the theme. Our friend Erika and I threw the party and I’m just going to say it, we make a great team. This post is going to sound like most of the stuff was my idea, but that is the beauty of this partnership. E let’s me be party bossy and she excels at operations. While I am the driving creative force, nothing would actually happen, if not for her practicality and time management. Originally, I wanted to replicate a shower originally shown in Blueprint magazine. T is very modern and likes things crisp and clean and the design of this shower is just that. But I wasn’t sure what to do about the invitation (my design skills – as you can tell from my photo layouts is pretty limited). But luckily I came across this invite, available for download, designed by Hostess with the Mostess. This led me to the idea of using the umbrella and #3, since no name has been decided on to date, as a logo throughout the decor. But as I shopped and starting preparing for the shower, in the midst of holiday madness, I felt myself being drawn towards a winter slant. But since the weather is pretty much hovering in the mid 70’s right now, I decided to stick with the apple green, orange, white and silver color scheme and expand on an untraditional holiday decor idea. It was really when I found the white foil Christmas tree at Borders!!! that this idea really began to take shape. I painted wooden “#3’s” that I bought at Michaels to hang as ornaments and just used colored ribbon to further decorate. This sat on the guest book table and was the first thing guests saw as they entered the hallway. Since T’s house is pretty fabulous, there really isn’t much needed in the way of decor. We rented a few high-boy cocktail tables and white linens and made a few basic centerpieces to add some color and bring more holiday cheer throughout the party. The glass vases I used I have had since my wedding and I just added some paper and ribbon to take them to the next level (note, I had a hard time finding ready made paper in the scrapbooking stores that fit the look I had in my head so I made my own. I figured out how to get the pattern used in the umbrella on the original invite and printed full pages of the design.) I got the idea to use fruit instead of flowers to fill the vases when T mentioned that she had a hard time finding white flowers for my sprinkle a few weeks before. Since that is what I had planned on using also, I decided to really play up the colors and being California, oranges were in no short supply. To add to the holiday theme, I bought inexpensive silver ornaments at Target and mixed them through the fruit too. I wished I had bought more of those for to add to the tree. The tree always lacked a bit for me. I really could have used A or T’s design eye for that one. The only other element I had for the centerpieces was a piece of orange cardstock that had a decorative edge. Easy.