A few weeks ago, my friends and family treated me and #PocketPadula to the sweetest baby shower, complete with DIY flower crowns! The event itself wasn’t a surprise — our schedule is much too hectic for that, plus I honestly don’t love surprises. And as the party planner in the family, I put in a few notes about what I wanted in the party. But I was still blown away by all the love and thoughtful details they put together for me.
Even my niece, Asher made an appearance at the end of the party, rocking a purple cast from a broken arm (which didn’t slow her down at all — see more of her outtakes below)!
Since the shower was going to be in early summer, I preferred an outdoorsy and somewhat non-traditional venue. I had a hard time even knowing where to look and how to research options in the area, though. Then, on the way to our 20-week ultrasound, we drove through a public park I’d never heard of even though it is just 10 minutes from our house.
At the time, New Jersey was covered in snow, but I spotted a cute open pavilion beside a little pond. Luckily, it was part of the county’s public parks system and was available to rent. (#meanttobe) It ended up being a great spot for a shower! If you happen to be in need of a similar venue in Northern New Jersey, check out Loantaka Brook Reservation or other similar public parks in your area.
My mom, mother-in-law and sisters went out of their way to make every detail special for me. It was really incredibly thoughtful and creative — they knew exactly the types of things that would make me smile. My mom baked homemade treats, including onesie sugar cookies that honestly could’ve passed as coming from a professional bakery. They found some of the cutest signage and ensured everything coordinated. Plus, they managed to bring in vintage china instead of paper plates — such an unexpected and elevated touch!
The favors were especially memorable, too. They potted pink petunias in mugs that were all one-of-a-kind, vintage, and sourced from all over. Each guest was able to select the one they liked best and took home a “growing” reminder of Baby P!
DIY Flower Crowns
Even with all of those special elements, the party planner in me couldn’t help but submit another request, which was to do a DIY project together instead of party games. So after everyone arrived and visited a bit, the group sat down to make flower crowns. Admittedly, most of the women were a little skeptical when we first started. I don’t think anyone (myself included) had ever done it before. But once we got started, we realized how easy it was and each of the women started to have fun expressing their creativity.
Leave it to my mom, the DIY queen, to find a really easy way to create these. I’ve included a quick tutorial below in case you want to recreate something similar at a future party or event. They make for the cutest photos!
DIY Flower Crown Tutorial
Materials You Need:
- Wired jute cord, like this
- Colored ribbon
- Thing green floral wire stems, like this
- Green floral tape
- Fresh flowers with stems trimmed
How To Make DIY Flower Crowns:
Step 1 (suggest you do this ahead of time):
Use the wired jute cord to create the base of the crown. This should be in the shape of a crown or headband and wrap about 75% of the way around your head. At each end, twist the wire into a small loop.
Select the flowers you want to use and begin arranging them on the crown base, made of the jute wire, as above. Use the thin floral stems to attach the flowers to the base, wrapping tightly as you go.
Continue the above process, adding flowers and greenery as you see fit. Ensure the flowers’ stems are each secured to the crown base and the ends of the wire are tucked in. Depending on the number of flowers you add, you may need to use multiple wire stems.
Once you’ve finished adding flowers, use the floral tape to hide any of the green wire that may be visible through the flowers. You can simply wrap this around certain areas or go all the way across the jute for a more finished look.
Select ribbon in a coordinating color and trim two pieces of about 12 inches. This can be attached to the loops at the end of your jute base by tying a bow or not.
Position the crown on your head and tie the colored ribbon in a bow to secure it in place.
Ta-da! You now have a gorgeous flower crown. Enjoy!
All photography courtesy of Amy Moore Photography