Breath of Life

Every new baby brings joy and happiness into the world. Friends, family and sometimes the staff of L:B magazine gather to celebrate the birth and offer gifts and love to new mothers and fathers.

Spring is the season of celebrating life, and there’s no event that brings more joy than the birth of a new baby. Following tradition, friends and family gather to honor the mother- and father-to-be, showering gifts on the young family and their new addition.

At Life:Beautiful, we have been blessed with being a part of this tradition as expectant staff members have welcomed new babies into the world. So when art director, Lauren Northness, was close to delivering, we gathered to honor her and husband, Mike, with a shower.

Lauren’s love for gray and yellow and clean-style graphics drove the design. The need to keep things quick and easy influenced decisions, but didn’t compromise style or food choices.

The result: a beautiful, easy gathering for busy people. These shower ideas will readily translate into other color options and other celebrations, such as wedding showers, anniversaries or birthdays.

No matter what palette you’ve set for the design, color has the power to impact a space in a big way for little cost. Use fabric—it’s inexpensive and can be cut to cover con-tainers, food and gift tables, or to line baskets and create banners. We used two stripes and a chevron pattern. The patterns hid the fact that the tablecloths were not hemmed and the flags were simply folded over white cord and stapled.

Purchase stretched art canvas and paint it one of your party colors. The canvas offers space for a sign or hand-painted message.

Neutral furniture from a nearby family room swapped places with fussy living room furniture for the day. Pillows and a side table further supported the color theme. These can be brought from other rooms or borrowed for the event.

A spread of cakes, fruits and beverages and the Bible verse Jeremiah 1:15 is set for a yellow-and-gray-themed co-ed baby shower
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Purchase stretched art canvas and paint it one of your party colors. The canvas offers space for a sign or hand-painted message.

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A neutral living room is decorated for a co-ed baby shower with yellow and white balloons and yellow and gray ribbons and pillows
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Neutral furniture from a nearby family room swapped places with fussy living room furniture for the day. Pillows and a side table further supported the color theme.

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Invitations for a co-ed baby shower follow its yellow and gray theme.
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Invitations help establish the look of the celebration. These charmers, designed by L:B associate art director Britney Peterson, sport a banner of mixed patterns reminiscent of ones used at the shower.

Download: Baby Shower Invitation
Download: Postage Stamp

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Guests gather at a co-ed baby shower
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L:B staff members gather to honor Lauren and Mike.

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Favor boxes for a co-ed shower follow the celebration's theme of yellow and gray.
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Favor boxes were filled with yellow candies. The boxes were made from a template printed onto cardstock.

Project: Favor Boxes

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DIY Bingo cards for a game at a co-ed baby shower.
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Customized games, including Bingo, give guests a fun activity and a chance to learn more about the honored guests.

Download: Bingo Game
Download: Best Wishes Game

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Bakery cakes are special and save on prep time for a co-ed baby shower
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Bakery cakes are special and save precious time.

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A plate of fruit is an option to sweets for guests at a co-ed baby shower.
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Fruit offers a break from sweets. For great choices, provide meat and cheese trays and vegetable platters to offset the sugary foods. These may be found ready-to-serve from grocery stores and delis.

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Bottles of Sanpellegrino Limonata with straws at a yellow-and-gray themed co-ed baby shower
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Drinks with straws eliminate the need for glasses. Offer a flavor that goes with theme and several others, including water, to suit guests' preferences.

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A husband and wife unwrap a sweater at a co-ed baby shower
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Lauren and Mike opened gifts for their new baby just three days before Miles Leon was born. Gifts were wrapped in the shower's theme colors. Carnations in yellow and white make for a simple flower arrangement. Just clip stems and pop them into water to make a polka-dot design.

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Paper cones in yellow and gray with baby's breath and a note of thanks make easy and thoughtful baby shower favors.
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Paper cones of baby's breath send a note of thanks home with guests. These were easy to fabricate using a template.

Download: Paper Cone

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A bouquet of white baby's breath and hydrangeas in a white urn is a flower arrangement that works well with any baby shower theme
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White baby's breath and hydrangeas are a simple floral arrangement that work with many baby shower themes.

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