Thursday, May 10, 2012

Oh (Dragon) Baby!

We had a baby shower for my sister this past weekend, which was the reason for my visit. This is the Year of the Dragon, and she's been playfully referring to the little one as Dragon Baby, so that became the theme for the party.

We started with invitations designed by Chloe Marty. I had spotted her cute dragon invitation on Pinterest, and she worked with me to change the original dragon into a more Asian-looking one. Naturally, we sent out the invitations using a Year of the Dragon stamp!

I drew a lot of inspiration from the Lunar New Year party at And Baby Makes Four. Although I didn't get a picture of it, I ordered the same paper tassel garland seen on that blog, and it turned out just perfectly. We also had a few red lanterns scattered here and there.

I loved the arrangement of branches and lucky envelopes seen on The Party Dress. My sister's mother-in-law found a beautiful red vase and outfitted it with dried mountain laurel limbs. Guests were encouraged to write a little note to Dragon Baby and to leave it in a lucky envelope.

We replicated centerpieces originally seen on Pier One's website (they're no longer there, but you can view them at They were really easy: mini takeout boxes, silk flowers, chopsticks, and dragon picks.

The water bottle labels were made using the Silhouette cutter ("chinese_dragon_C01001_20508" in case you're interested), and that same dragon motif is used for some of the signs. Off to the right, you'll catch a glimpse of the mimosa bar, which was inspired by Simple Modern Weddings.

For favors, we put custom fortune cookies inside miniature bamboo steamers and tied them up with red ribbons. We also dipped some of the fortune cookies in chocolate and served them on Asian spoons.

The rest of the menu was mostly Asian-inspired.

No party is complete without a themed dessert, right? I fell in love with the dragon cupcakes seen in the book Cupcakes, Cookies, & Pie (yes, from the same geniuses who created the sheep pound cakes), and I was so fortunate to find Amanda at Esquire Confections, who executed them perfectly!

I'm excited for the Dragon Baby!


  1. So many details! No wonder you've been so busy! It's all so beautiful!

  2. wow wow many awesome details. love it.

  3. You all did an amazing job in creating your Year of the Dragon-inspired baby shower. I'm sooo impressed by all the loving details. Of course, being Chinese, I'm biased but I can't think of a better theme for joy and luck in welcoming this new baby into the world!

  4. I love the theme and the colors. What great ideas, it looks like it was so much fun.

  5. How cute! Love the theme--everything looks great!

  6. Looks like a wonderfully themed shower with lots of great details. I'm sure your sister loved it. (sjn821)