When it came to baby Deliah, all stops were pulled out for an angelical baby shower, that would represent just how heaven sent she is. Mom to be, Nikki knew she wanted a beautiful baby shower, but she also knew that she did not want to plan it herself. Desiring something whimsical that showcased the colors yellow and lavender, she hired planners Lotoya Vongrechin and Gabriella Ammiano to bring her vision to life. However, she did give the ladies one rule and that rule was absolutely NO PINK! Taking on the challenge , these planners planned an incredible over the top baby shower that included Oreo milkshakes, personalized cookies and cotton candy! Being that this baby shower took place in my hometown Detroit, Michigan , I just had to get all the deets!
Anything super unique about the big day?
“I loved the umbrella arch. It made such a statement for my guests when they walked into my shower!”
Any tips you would share with others planning an event?
“Give all the power to your planner. It made the process stress free and the outcome was more than I could have imagined.”
The client wanted to have an event in Downtown Detroit and specifically asked to be by the river. Therefore, we were limited on the venues with availability and location. We chose 42 Degrees North at the Renaissance Center because of their large windows that overlook the Detroit River.
What inspired your theme/style?
The client knew she wanted to have a whimsical theme. She was having a baby girl and did not want to use any pink in her shower. “Do whatever you want, I just don’t want any pink,” she told us. Her colors were lavender and yellow. We decided to create a whimsical rain shower theme for her event. We took the word “shower” literally and created a design that was unique to the client. According to Nikki, baby Deliah was “heaven sent” and we wanted to incorporate that into the day through the clouds and rain.
What inspired your party style?
In order to create an over-the-top event, we knew we wanted to use umbrellas as the centerpieces for this event. We had the florist create unique flower arrangements for the base of the umbrella. Floating around the room were balloon clouds, a hanging elephant because of the connection to the animal through her sorority, and chameleon chairs to represent rain. We created a custom paper umbrella arch for the entrance of the room and designed an over-the-top seating area for the mother-to-be to open presents, equipped with a large settee, a balloon arch that featured the color scheme, elephant hampers, personalized pillows, and paper umbrellas. We used large and small rain boots to use a the vase for our floral arrangements. The most special design element in the room was the memorial table dedicated to Nikki’s grandmas. She really wanted to find a special way to honor them at her shower.
What menu items did you serve?
We did a brunch buffet bar, including a juice mimosa bar. Baby Deliah wanted milkshakes, so we incorporated Oreo milkshakes into the menu for the baby and mother.
Describe your cake/desserts.
We knew there had to be a large dessert table incorporated into the design. We worked for months trying to get the right desserts and candies for the table. The cake was white with yellow and lavender rain drops, a lavender elephant with a yellow umbrella, and the baby’s name. We had personalized cookies made in the shape of rain boots, onesies, umbrellas, strollers, and clouds to fit the theme. We drove all the way to Canada to pick up personalized cotton candy for table. We got lemon and lavender macaroons, lemon-heads, gumballs, M&M’s, and rock candy, chocolate covered pretzels, and mini bunt cakes to finish off the table. We used transparent lavender pipe and drape behind the table and had a gold sign created with the baby’s name, Deliah Ruby White
We chose clear umbrellas filled with personalized M&M’s because the client loves M&M’s and had them as her favor at her wedding