Paisley’s baby shower {aka ‘SisterCousin is comin’ party}

I got to throw my sister a baby shower over the weekend. I am giddy with excitement to meet my niece, Paisley (love that name!). I am already an aunt…on Chris’ side of the family I have 4 nieces and 4 nephews (ages 21 to 2)! This will be my first niece or nephew on my side of the family. AND since it is my sister having the baby I feel the freedom to push my way into her business….and I will 🙂 I’m not sure the shower reflected my sister’s taste, but I think she liked my hodge podge of randomness! We had a little party under the sycamore in the backyard….

It seemed appropriate to take scraps from Firecracker’s nursery quilt and make some ruffles on the invites. (remember that is Baby Sister’s new online name)

It was an evening party so I had desserts and drinks…thanks mom, dad, grandma & Lars for baking some yummy treats.

Lesley loves chocolate cupcakes with white frosting. Usually my cupcakes look like one of my boys made them.

Meg came to the rescue with this frosting recipe (the end part where you add cool whip)…my cupcakes looked awesome if I do say so myself!

A jar full of advice, so when Lesley wants advice she can get it….more on this project (& a giveaway) on Friday!

Yep, my chair (post 4 hours of deep upholstery cleaning) made an appearance.

Isn’t she a cute little pregnant thing?

Before you email or comment to ask about the invitations, banner and food signs….they all started with this template set from Design Aglow. If you are a photographer YOU NEED TO VISIT DESIGN AGLOW. The products you can purchase there will take your business to new heights. Back when I was shooting for clients I used their holiday card templates and birth announcements. Every now and then I post fun block looking letters, a circle and a square collage of pictures…all products from Design Aglow. Though I don’t currently use the products for clients, I use them all the time for personal projects and gifts. They are so versatile…and no I am not getting paid to promote Design Aglow…I am just a big fan and I think those of you that are photographers are going to be so excited to find it. If you check the blog section of the site, you can find a little post about how I used the Fun & Flirty template for this shower.

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  • laura - love. i’m sure your sister was very blessed! can’t wait for the follow-up posts!

  • Lesley - LOVED the shower, the pics don’t do it justice!! Thanks again for an incredible evening – you blew me away.

  • Amber - Ashley, you make every thing beautiful! Seriously…very impressed.

  • Jamie - Beautiful! Is that a banner made out of vintage hankies/napkins!? Precious. You did an amazing job; so cute! Is that your own collection of vintage dishes? I’m blown away. This looks like the stuff you see in magazines. Great job!

  • Katie - You know how to throw a party! This belongs in a magazine!

  • julie - I love every happy little detail. So my fave type of party. How can I magically get a giant sycamore in my little Cali yard? Love. Love. Love.

    Then there is the Design Aglow’s collage canvas templates.
    I totally fainted. All your fault.

  • ashlee - What a beautiful shower! I adore the eclectic style you have going on:)

  • Jesse - What a beautiful shower!

  • An - I just found your website…LOVE everything!!! Thanks.

  • Kae - I feel like I’m reading a magazine full of beautiful stuff! What a lucky sister you have. God bless you both & your families. All I can say is..beaaauuutifulllll!!

  • DianneLisette - Oh my gosh! Thank you for sharing! The shower looked lovely, and THANK YOU for the tip-off to Design Aglow! What a wonderful resource! I can’t wait to sit down and look through their site!

  • Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy - I can’t wait for the follow up emails on this shower because it looks absolutely gorgeous!! Nice work!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - First of all, that shower is lovely! (Do you need another sister?!). I can’t wait to go play on that website! Thank you for the advice!

  • Maggie - Ashley~ i just spent an hour on this rainy Monday perusing your fabulous blog~ i teared up at all the beautiful photos & stories….I feel a little caught up on your life…and congrats to Lesely~ you are so creative & blessed to have your family near to witness all you have going on. Love to you xo

  • Jill J. - What a beautiful party! It actually makes me want to throw a baby shower.

  • amanda torres - I love the note about not spanking! Too funny!

  • amy - oh, this shower looks like the coolest thing ever. makes me want to be pregnant so i can do this–or wait, i guess it makes me want to have a shower for someone else so i can do all this again. : ) so, so cute! and i love how you added the fabric on the invitations. love it all!

  • robyn - you put a LOT of work into this! your sister is very lucky to have you 🙂
    and my favorite picture is “please don’t spank my granddaughter”.

  • emily anderson - stop with the beautifulness!

  • Abby - I held a baby shower for my sister at my house just yesterday, too! Baby Scarlett will be here in August. Everything was pink and green for us. I’m still exhausted so no photos up yet on my blog, but soon! We had hoped to have ours outside, but the N.C. humidity (and 95 degrees outside) pushed us indoors.

    LOVE the decor at your shower. Your style is so adorable! I can tell how excited you are to meet the little one!

  • Rachel - I’m fairly new to the blog. Been following now for a few weeks and have gone all the way back to page 20 and read every post in between. does that prove you’ve got a fantastic blog and personality? its great, wonderful, creative and real and I look forward to your posts. thanks for sharing with us all!

  • Heather - oh, wow! so much prettiness in one place. i have to go look at it all again….

  • janelle howard - hey. the pictues were amazing. you did a good job ashley. wish we lived closer so that you could take pictures of my family. talk to you soon.

  • abby - You did such a fabulous job on your sister’s shower. I love all the little details and the overall eclectic look. And I love the name Paisley! So fun!! 🙂

  • karen davis - what a party!! I love your style, it’s totally my style! simple and fun… and man those cupcakes look YUMMY!

  • Asha - I love the name Paisley, I saw it on another blog and had to compliment the mother. so cute!
    Question, I know your out west, right? any problem with bugs at an outdoor food party? If so, how do you keep the bugs away?

  • Faith - oh, now that’s super cute!

  • anne c - beautiful shower ashley!

  • Sabrina L - I have a now 14 year old niece named Paisley! Such a perfect name for a girl. Your baby shower looked amazing!

  • Amber Zimmerman - What a fun array of decor! Love love what you did! 🙂

  • An - So I’m looking through your shower post again and I’m hoping in your follow up post you could post some more details about the notes (“When it comes to daddy…”). That is such a great idea. I would love to know what other phrases you had. THANKS!

  • Lindsay - Just found your website, lovin it! And my daughter’s name is Paisley!!

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  • Kami @ Everyday Heaven - I think this might be the most beautiful shower I have ever seen!

  • tasha roe - lovely baby shower! it was so whimsical and dreamy; simply perfect!
    i love the eckert’s basket!! we have 3 eckert’s orcards near us and pick apples and peaches yearly. fun stuff!

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  • Damaris Palmer - simply breathtaking

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  • gigiofca - Was researching something or other and came across your gorgeous party. Your sister’s so lucky. You did an excellent job!

  • Jess - Hi, Could you tell me the fabrics you used for the invites? And, if there were any others used inthe baby quilt. Thanks bunches!!

  • Cari - Beautiful shower! Can you tell me where you ordered your notecards with the prompts that people filled out? In particular, I am most interested in the phrases used – wonderful idea and much more fun that just plain advice cards.

  • Natalie - Hi,

    this is such an inspirational shower, would you mind sharing the prompts for your lovely cards that you did?

    I hope that I will be able to do something similar for my best friend.
    Many thanks in advance