A baby shower invitation features a stylish “Mom-to-Bee,” adorned in a sleek black dress, bright yellow sash, white high heels and a high society hat, standing like a model beside a crib while two bees buzz about leisurely. Charis saw the invitation on PaperStyle.com before she was even pregnant, but she knew from the moment she saw that sassy bee-themed invite that it would be the theme of her future shower celebration. When she and husband Lorenza — both busy Atlanta OB-GYNs — discovered she was expecting their first child, the two decided to turn their baby shower into a gender reveal party, where family and friends would gather together to find out with the parents if the baby “bee” boy or girl. And with the help of Eliana Baucicault of ellyB Events, the “What Will the Baby Bee?” theme was brought to life in a way both charming and utterly sophisticated. Buzz on over to this celebration with these photos by Christine Gallagher Photography!
Can you give us an overview of the event?
We were expecting our first baby & wanted our baby shower to be something memorable. As 2 busy Atlanta OBGYNs, we know there are very few surprises in life & we wanted to share our gender reveal with the people that are closest to us. We had guests share in our special day from Georgia, to New Orleans to Birmingham, AL. The location was a chic loft called The B Loft which was a blank canvas that allowed our event planner to execute & carry out our theme. We opted for a coed baby shower because there were so many family & friends that wanted to share in our joy & it was way to get my husband involved with our baby planning & preparation. It was great to see my husband & his friends excited about an event that traditionally has been for the “ladies only.”
Was there a specific theme or style?
We chose the “What Will it Bee?” theme because we wanted something gender neutral & the colors (black, white & yellow) stood out. We were able to incorporate “everything bees” into signage & decor like honey, a bee hive cake & drink dispenser into our design.
What inspired the theme or style?
The Bee theme was inspired by the cutest invitation that definitely fit my personality (pregnant & sassy) by Paper Style. I found this invitation online months before I found out I was pregnant. I knew we had to have this theme when the time came!
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
Eliana from ellyB events used personal touches like white pillows personalized with “Baby Simmons.” The centerpieces & signage were created by ellyB Events. No detail was forgotten. The bee hive & bee salt & pepper shakers were super cute! We loved the hydrangeas in the vases wrapped with black & gold ribbon & the votives had little bumble bees painted on them. We loved the photobooth & it allowed our guests to be themselves & show their personalities while also displaying memorable quotes or their baby gender votes. We also asked guests to bring their favorite children’s books for our baby in lieu of cards to build his or her library.
Did you DIY any of the details?
I made some of the signage for the event including the “He or She, what will it be?” voting sign, stickers & designed the decorate the onesie station. Our guests were asked to “vote” on whether they thought we were having a boy or girl & wore stickers with their votes.We had some DIY – for guests too. We asked everyone to design & decorate a onesie for our “little bee” with paint, stencils & iron ons. They also gave us advise for our little one on decorative bee themed cards.
What was the most memorable moment?
When we got our ultrasound at 16 weeks gestation, we asked our sonographer to write the gender of our baby & seal it in an envelope & we mailed it to the same baker that made our beautiful wedding cakes almost 4 years ago. The anticipation & wondering if we would be buying tutus & nail polish or spending our evenings at ballgames drove us crazy but we kept the sealed envelope in a drawer until 2 weeks before our shower. When we finally cut our bee hive cake with fondant bumblebees the inside was “Blue” white champagne!
Tell us about the food and desserts.
Our guests had a choice of fried & boiled shrimp, pasta salad, Swedish turkey meatballs, beef brisket on croissant, Jerk & teriyaki chicken, fruit & cheese trays for a buffet lunch, nonalcoholic specialty teas like mango tea & a tropical passion mocktail , and a variety of desert shooters like red velvet cake, lemon pops, apple pie & tiramisu to name a few. Our caterer was Decuir Catering. The cake was made by For Goodness Cakes. Our guests were sent home with jars of honey with a handmade label stating “Glad you could bee here.”
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the guests?
We just had some jazz background music-we did not want to take away from our shower & the activities & mingling that was going on.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
I don’t think I would change anything. Our coed shower was very special & we know our little man was blessed with so much love that day. Our family & friends appeared to have a great afternoon & it was a shower that meant so much to both of us.
Venue: The B Loft | Event Planner, Desserts & Rentals: ellyB Events | Photography: Christine Gallagher Photography | Photobooth: Sophia Barrett Studios | Cake: For Goodness Cakes | Food: DeCuir Catering | Stationery: PaperStyle | Wall and Votive Decals: Ten23 Designs