Operation Showers of Appreciation

I’m back with another amazing charity event. Operation Showers of Appreciation is local to California and hosts baby showers for mother’s-to-be who’s spouses are in the military. Their founder, Kimberly, has a heartfelt reason for starting this organization and when Courtney Faith (whom I met at the Sunshine Farms event with Operation Shower, approached me about it, I wanted to learn more. This particular shower happened to be extra special as it was held in honor of Sgt. Jared C. Monti. If you haven’t read his story, you can do so HERE. His bravery and the legacy he left behind is what touched my heart and had me saying “yes”! Hi family made a special appearance via Skype and I found myself in tears at the strength and courage that they must now portray.

I was honored to create the beverage and dessert station for this baby shower and am so thrilled to share with you the amazing people who donated to this event. The Pixel Studio donated all of the photography services and again, blew me away with the moments he captured. On my blog, I focus on the sweets and decor vendors as that is what I am directly involved with BUT you can get more info. on the organizations Facebook page and website.

When I was told that Sophie the Giraffe was donating a Sophie to each and every mommy, her speckled prints inspired the decor. We went with a giraffe/grassland look and added subtle items throughout. Sophie is THE best teething toy out there and I know many people who’s kids hang onto them long after their teeth have grown in. They are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year!

I instantly thought of Plates and Napkins and all of their designer party supplies. This is not your average party store. Not only do they carry every theme and color palette designs imaginable, but they have such chic, modern and hip designs as well. I could easily create a whole table around some of their plates. No joke! They always have daily deals going on so if you love to throw parties need something pretty to look at, look no further! Plates and Napkins so graciously donated the perfect giraffe print cups, napkins and plates.

I am also a HUGE fan of IZZE drinks and a beverage station is not complete without it. IZZE comes in lots of yummy flavors and they make it easy to color coordinate to your event! I never have to spruce up or decorate around and IZZE bottle. They just look perfect as is so I was ecstatic when they donated enough fizzy fun to go around. I know a few families who had never tried it before and it certainly created some buzz around the shower. There are plenty of places you can go to enjoy this sparkling juice drink, simply search for a location near you via their website. Look for their dollar off coupons on Facebook as well. My favorite flavor? Blackberry. YUM!

For the table decor, Tulips and Trophies in Lake Elsinore, donated the beautiful, floral centerpieces which we sat atop giraffe print risers. These were made simply by covering cardboard boxes with fabric! Each mom went home with not only a Sophie, but some other adorable treats as well. I am a repeat customer of A Precious Memory’s etsy shop. She creates gorgeous shoe favor boxes out of paper. You may have seen her designs in our Paris party. She was kind enough to donate adorable keepsake baby booties which drew lots of oooh’s and aaaah’s.

Her daughter has an etsy shop called EmeeLou’s. She sells the cutest lollipops, animals, and corsages all made of washcloths. EmeeLou’s donated washcloth cupcakes and I heard many mom’s saying they wanted to display their washcloth cupcake as part of the bathroom decor. They are just too cute!

We made fabric favor boxes filled with toffee almonds and adorned with a camo pacifier. These were so much fun to make and we’ve had so many inquiries since then. There will be many styles and themes available in store soon!

For the dessert station, we covered a large piece of foam core with some fun, green, wood grain fabric. Covering foam core is the easiest way to create a solid backdrop in an area that needs it. It gives your Sweet Station a stage. The giraffe print cake was donated Mama B’s Cakes in Glendora. This cake quickly became the centerpiece.

The fun cupcakes and delicious mini chocolate eclairs arrived from Sweet Layers Cakes and Pastries in Murrieta.

The adorable chocolate oreo pops are a staple product of Half Baked Co. in Valencia. There is tons of eye candy and cute treats on their site AND they always use local, organic ingredients and carry a really yummy line of gluten free, vegan and low sugar options.

We brought in the chocolate truffle, lemon meringue tarts and caramel toffee popcorn. Bite size bursts of flavor at it’s best!

Happy parents left with lots of loot!