The Perfect, Organic, Hostess Gift Baskets for my Baby Showers

I cannot believe my baby showers have come and gone, after all these months of planning and visualizing how everything would turn out! I started planning my baby shower in February/March this past year to really get a head start on things. I had a vision and I wanted everything to be perfect!

I am Argentinean, and my side of the family speaks Spanish. My husband on the other hand, is Lebanese, and his side of the family speaks Arabic. So I figured I would have two amazing baby showers; one was a Tea Party Theme Baby Shower for the Spanish side of my family, and the other was a Tropical Baby Shower for the Lebanese side of the family. Also, who doesn't want to plan two gorgeous baby showers anyways! Any excuse works haha

My amazing mom and sister helped me plan and organize the Tea Party Baby Shower. Let's be honest though, I am a control freak, so I had a vision and a plan and everything had to go by the book lol, but nonetheless they helped with organizing, scheduling, games, prizes, music, etc!

For my Tropical Baby Shower, my cousin Jenn and best friend since grade 9, Nabila, helped plan and organize it. Again, I had my vision and had my contacts with all my vendors lol, but they helped with organizing, scheduling, games, prizes, and drinks, etc. Also, Nabila's family graciously let me use their house for the baby shower! 

I am so grateful to not only had the chance to plan two stunning baby showers, but to have FOUR amazing hostesses who helped me put it all together! I was truly blessed and am so thankful for everything they did for me!

As a thank you, of course, I wanted to gift them with the perfect hostess gift. I was so happy to find Inka Organics so close to home. I knew that the beautiful organic gift baskets that they create, would be perfect for my hostesses! Even though I am in Ottawa and they are in Toronto, I had them deliver to one of my cousins who lived in the GTA, and he brought it down to Ottawa for me. 

Inka Organics has SO many beautiful, clean, practical and organic gift baskets that anyone would love to receive! It was hard to choose, which basket would go to which hostess, but here is what I got them:

I got my mom the Bliss for Her gift basket. She's crazy about soaps and lotions, so I got her a collection of organic, clean, and practical personal care products! 

For my sister, I got her the Aromatherapy Lover gift basket. It was full of so many beautiful products to treat the body, mind, and soul! 

My cousin Jenn eats organic, so the Corporate Mini Me gift basket was perfect for her! Its full of organic and delicious teas, chocolates, fizzy non-alcoholic drinks, truffles, chips, seaweed snacks and hard candies.

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For Nabila's family, I got them the Cocoa Nut gift basket. Another great collection of delicious and supreme chocolates, snacks, drinks, and coffees!

If you are in the GTA area, they deliver all across there, so definitely check out Inka Organics for beautiful, practical, and organic gift baskets for any event, gift, or party!

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My Tropical Baby Shower

I could not be happier with how everything turned out last weekend for my Tropical Theme Baby Shower! As some of you may know by now, I ended up having two baby showers. One the weekend before which was a Tea Party Theme Baby Shower, and than this one! It was a lot of work putting two baby showers together, but with the help of my amazing team of vendors, we were able to pull it off!

As mentioned, my theme was a tropical theme. I stuck to lots of whites and gold, with beautiful hints of greens. 

My desserts were again made by me and my mom, but mostly my mom. I do have my own cake business called CarlasCakes, but my mom says its bad luck to bake your own desserts for your baby shower so she took over! We planned the theme together, but the baking was all her. She designed and made all the beautiful cookies, and baked the cake and cupcakes. I helped to ice and decorate, but I really cant take much credit... it was pretty much all her! The top tier of the cake was a chocolate Nutella cake, and the bottom tier was my famous red velvet cream cheese. The cupcakes were vanilla with vanilla icing. I made some chocolate covered red velvet cookies, and we also made banana bread... this is my top secrete recipe, and in my opinion and opinion of many... its the BEST BANANA BREAD EVER!!! Trust me! Lastly, we made some salted caramel and Nutella macarons. Yummy!!

The dessert table back drop, marble table, and green paper leaves were created by the super talented The Paper Florist in Ottawa. She was a dream to work with! She is so creative and professional, and always understand my vision! She also made the "Oh Baby" sign which hung over my photo booth backdrop, and the gorgeous peacock wicker chair!

Of course, I had to have some sort of welcome sign with balloons for when the guests arrived to the party. Lettered It beautifully hand wrote my welcome sign onto a gold frame which stood on a stunning gold stand. 

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Balloons N' Blossoms created a gorgeous white and gold balloon garland on the side of the sign. They also put together the stunning balloon garland that wrapped around my dessert table back drop.  

Monara Events created two breath taking backdrops. One was the photo booth backdrop, where myself and guests would stand to take photos, and the other was the back drop that went behind the food bar. They also supplied all the light pink linen, and white chairs. 

The Freshii Kanata location (1106 Klondike Rd, Kanata) catered the event with so many delicious wraps, salads, and energii bites! I also got their Moroccan Dish which is called the Biiblos Bowl! It's quinoa, spinach, walnuts, chickpeas, feta cheese, dried cranberries, cucumber, carrots, and a spicy harissa tahini dressing (first photo)! Everything was SO delicious!!!! They even made some adorable menu cards for the event. 

Carling Flowers designed my beautiful gold pineapple flower arrangements that were placed around the room! I was totally in love with them! I had originally asked her to create flower arrangements in a regular pineapple, but then I got the idea to paint them all gold, and have the flowers be only white to match my theme! They turned out perfectly. 

The Loot Bag Lady provided these super adorable succulent gift favours for all my guests to take home. Arent they so cute! I love how they turned out. 

Huge thanks and shoutout to my amazing hostesses, best friend Nabila, and cousin Jenn. I am a control freak and did plan everything with the vendors etc, but all the details like organizing, drinks, games, set up, location, and prizes was all them! Thank you thank you! As a thank you, I got them two beautiful Inka Organic Gift Baskets. Read more about them in my blog here!

I am so happy with how everything turned out! The very talented Bethany captured the whole event! I have been using her for all of my photography needs. I love her!! 

Thank you again to all the vendors who helped make this day possible. 

Check out each vendor on Instagram:

Desserts: CarlasCakes
Dessert Table, Backdrop, Tropical Paper Leafs, Wicker Chair: The Paper Florist
Welcome Sign: Lettered It
Balloons: Balloons N' Blossoms
Fabric Backdrops, Linen and Chairs: Monara Events
Wraps, Salads, Moroccan Dish, Energii Bites: Freshii Kanata
Pineapple Flowers: Carling Flowers
Gift Favours: The Loot Bag Lady
Hostess Gift Baskets: Inka Organics
Photography: Bethany

My Pink, White, and Gold Tea Party Themed Baby Shower

Last weekend, May 20, I got to celebrate my Pink, White, and Gold Tea Party Themed Baby Shower with close friends of the family. Women who have been a part of my life for many years, some ever since I was born. I feel so special and lucky to have been able to share such a special part of my life with all of them!

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My sister, who now lives in California, flew down to Ottawa the night before the shower to celebrate with us. Of course she wasn't going to miss out on my first ever baby shower! I was so happy to have her here, since she is my one and only sibling, and best friend, I had missed her so much this past month so her being here this week was wonderful! 

She is staying the week because I actually had two baby showers (Baby Shower # 2: Tropical Baby Shower). 

My mom has been, as always, so helpful in every step of every journey I have always taken. She is my rock, and best friend. I love her so much - just writing this makes my heart feel so warm inside. I started planning my baby shower months ago, connecting with so many talented vendors in Ottawa to make it all come together. My mom was a part of each step, and spent weeks with me talking, discussing, brainstorming and planning over "mate" (a popular Argentinean tea).

She stayed up all hours of the night, days before the shower, designing and baking all of the different sweets for my dessert table. I cannot believe how gorgeous the stork cookies turned out. Each cookie took hours to make, and was made out of pure love! I am so lucky to have the best mom in the world, I can only hope to be as amazing as her one day. I look up to her, and love her with all my heart!

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My dad is the cutest! Of course he doesn't know much about how to plan a baby shower, but he was so helpful in any possible way he could be. We hosted the shower at my parents home which was originally planned for being outside in their backyard because they have a beautiful and big one, but the weather called for rain so we had to last minute plan for indoors (it ended up being a gorgeous day outside anyways, so we ate inside, but played games and hung out outside). 

My poor parents had to move everything out of the dinning room so we could arrange the gorgeous set up that I had all my vendors coming in to do the morning of. But it was no questions asked, my dad (just as much as my mom) wanted this day to be perfect! So he spent days moving all the furniture out, making sure everything was in order, tiding up, working with our gardener to make sure the backyard and front yard were perfect, cutting the hedges, opening the pool etc! I am so lucky to have such a strong and kind father, who has given his life for me and has done nothing but love and protect me! 

Alright so now lets chat about the design. Because I decided to have two baby showers (it was easier this way because of the large number of guests), I had to also come up with two themes. The first baby shower, hosted by my mom and sister, was a Tea Party Themed Baby shower. The colours were all pink, white, and gold (with a hint of green). My mom worked with Lara from Golden Apple Events who helped organize day-of scheduling, game ideas, execution of games, day-of set up, and kept the whole day running smoothly according to schedule! She was amazing!

We completely changed our dinning room into a Tea Party sit down. With the help of all the vendors who completely understood my vision, we created the set up even more beautifully than I had imagined! At the end of the room, right behind where I sat, Sage Designs set up a stunning white and pink fabric backdrop. They also provided us with gold chairs, and white linen which made the whole room feel so special. 

Monara Events supplied the chinaware, because what's a tea party without the tea cups and tea pots, right? Sticking to the white, pink, and gold theme, we set up each table with gorgeous sandwich plates, dessert plates, tea cups and saucers, tea pots, creamers, and sugar bowls!

The savoury sandwiches, scones, cheese and fruit was provided by Centurion Conference and Event Centre. They also provided hot and cold drinks, as well as the juice cups, cutlery and napkins for each guest. 

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I worked with Carling Flowers to create the stunning flower centrepieces for each table. Originally, when we thought the baby shower was going to be outside, we were going to have one long table, so it was going to be one large centrepiece in the middle, and then two medium ones on either side. However our last minute decision to bring the party inside meant we would have three separate tables, and therefore needed 6 centrepieces. Carling Flowers had no issue with this last minute change, and they were so easy to work with. They truly ended up creating gorgeous arrangements! The colours were perfect and so romantic!

Lettered it not only designed gorgeous place cards, but she hand wrote each guests name on each of them! They were flawless - it was the perfect touch to the whole set up. She also made me a beautiful welcome sign that was placed on the outside of the house for when my guests arrived. I was in love with everything! 

I was so happy with the balloon wall that Balloons N' Blossoms created on the outside of the house. Right at the entrance, they completely covered the brick around the front door and made a fabulous wall of small and large white balloons, which took them two days to create! They came the night before and the morning of, to finish it all. It turned out super cute, and was the perfect spot to stand and take photos!

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It was so easy to work with The Loot Bag Lady. I told her my Tea Party Theme, and Baby Shower colours of pink, white, and gold, and she took it from there. She spent a couple of days crafting the gift favours for my guests and presented me with the design. Of course, they were perfect! Little tea cups and saucers, with a tea bag on the inside, all wrapped up in cellophane, and tied with each guest name. 

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The Paper Florist hand-made each and every single flower that you see on the walls and around the dessert table! She is extremely talented and was an angel to work with. She worked closely with me on my design and completely understood my vision. We created a flower wall at the entrance where my guests and I could stand and pose to take photos. Of course, sticking to theme of pink, white, and gold. Then she set up a charming marble table with gold legs (which she made!!!), and a white and gold backdrop (also made by her) that was framed with more of her beautiful hand made paper flowers. Wow! 

As mentioned above, my mom made all the super cute cookies! Each hand made! As many of you may know, I started CarlasCakes 8 years ago, so of course, I am a baker. But my mom didn't want me to have to make my own baby shower cake so we split up the work! She baked family recipe cake flavours and I decorated! The top tier was a vanilla cake that was filled with Dulce De Leche and rolled up to create those lines when you cut into it! Then the top and bottom of the vanilla roll was our famous chocolate cake that we use for everything! The bottom tier is literally, the BEST carrot cake EVER! Picture a super moist cake, stuffed with walnuts, coconut, raisons, pineapple, and carrot, with a hint of cinnamon and layered with cream cheese frosting in the middle. Mmmmm, all of my guests loved it and couldn't have enough of it (including myself, I think I ended up having 2 slices lol)! Its been a family recipe forever, and will most likely stay that way for many more generations to come! We tied it all together with white macarons, and adorable chocolate and vanilla cupcakes that were filled with chocolate and vanilla cream and lined with a beautiful and classy white lace liner. 

As a thank you to my wonderful mother and sister, I got my Hostess Gift Baskets from Inka Organics. I wrote another blog with more detail about what each basket had because they are both so special and unique that I want to focus on each with more detail! Read Here They are organic and practical gift basket items each different and unique and perfect for each hostess!

I have been working with Bethany my photographer, for over a month now. I trust her 100% for all of my photos that she takes for my Instagram, and of course for my Baby Shower. She is so fun to work with. She knows my good side (lol) and knows what kind of photos I like! She is very professional in her work and takes stunning photos. I love working with her! She is truly the best!

I am blessed to have worked with such a talented and amazing team of women, who all came together to make this special day perfect! The attention to detail from each vendor really brought the whole event together and made it exceptional. 

Thank you again to everyone, I couldn't have done it without you!

Check out each vendor on Instagram:

Event Planner: Golden Apple Events
Fabric Backdrop, Chairs, & Linen: Sage Designs
Chinaware: Monara Events
Food & Drinks: Centurion Conference and Event Centre
Flower Arrangements: Carling Flowers
Place Cards & Welcome Sign: Lettered it
Balloon Wall: Balloons N' Blossoms
Gift Favours: The Loot Bag Lady
Paper Flower Wall, Marble Table, & Paper Flower Back Drop: The Paper Florist
Cake, Cupcakes, Cookies & Macarons: CarlasCakes
Hostess Gift Baskets: Inka Organics
Photography: Bethany