Ocean Blue for Baby Leu

 

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When Jenny Leu, of Forrest and J, asked me to design her baby shower, I was flattered.  Ok, I was scared, lets be real.  It is no easy task to design a baby shower for another event designer.  There is so much pressure to make it look perfect and even more pressure to make perfection fit into a budget.  Not an easy feat.  On top of that, I have a lot of my editorial props and party supplies packed away in storage as my family and I are transitioning from one home to another.  We are currently living in an apartment complex, so I don't have the extra space to build backdrops or installations as I typically would for an event.  I think that is what makes this event so special.   There are creative DIY pieces in every area of the shower and they are all things that any one can create with little space and limited time.  

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The key to stretching your event budget is to to secure a venue that can elevate what you already have,  a space that comes with a lot of "stuff",  and also to repurpose elements that may have been used for past events. 

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Jenny and her husband Adam, live their life on the California Coast.  Adam wakes up and surfs everyday and they spend most of their free time on the sand.  They are excited to welcome their boy into this world and raise him in this laid back lifestyle so I decided that the a Coastal surf inspired baby shower layering shades of blue was the way to go for this event.   

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Sourced. , is a venue in Laguna Beach, California that truly embodies the surf shack vibe.  This pale blue shake shingle house has been transformed into a creative workspace.  The rustic hardwood floors on the interior feel like they could have been made from aged beachwood and the white walls and natural wood vaulted ceiling are a designers dream canvas.  Renting the venue space allows you access to their custom bar, use of plants, succulents, tables, and large assortment of lounge furniture.  There are no additional fees to use or not use the furniture that they have in house.  Having an assortment of decor and props already in place to work with that only require you to position and style can make a budget go a long way.  This is what I mean about "Stuff".  The less money I had to spend on props and lounge rentals, the more I could spend on the other unique details.  

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My focus on pulling in the coastal elements for the beach was to have the splatter reflect the spray of the ocean.  I wanted something different than your typical watercolor or dip dye.  The shades of splattered blue ran through the invitation suite, signage and the dessert spread.   

The laser cut signage from Midnight Confetti was repurposed from Jenny's gender reveal party.  I left some of the birch wood elements natural and others I spray painted with dark blue spray paint to make them look new.  

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I added in a few DIY elements that were all budget, time, and space friendly.  All of my DIY instructions, plus where to buy all of this fun decor can be found on Black Twine.  

 

Design + Styling: Niki Stoller of Seventh Bixel | Photography: Wisteria Photography | Venue: Sourced. | Florals: MV Florals | Dessert: Sugar Crush Sweets | Invitations + Laser Cut Signage: Midnight Confetti | Paper Plates and Cutlery: Sophisti Plate | Plastic Glassware: L'entramise | Sparkling Wine: Le Grand Courtage | Napkins + Candles: Target | Custom Surfboard: Agave Surf | Party Blue Print: Black Twine

Blood Orange Gin Fizz

We have a lot to celebrate lately.  For starters, It’s spring and that means we are going to be outside attending parties, BBQ’ing, enjoying the start of wedding season and hitting up the beach and pool.  Also, daylight savings is finally here, and although we have to adjust to the hour of sleep we lose and waking up to a dark sky, we get an extra hour of sunlight!  

We have been working hard over here pulling together lots of ideas for how to get your entertaining mojo out of hibernation.  We kicked off March providing tips on al fresco dining and even have two custom invitations available for purchase at just $5.  If you missed getting your e-vite ordered, it’s not too late.  See here for details.

Most importantly, it’s Friday, which means celebratory libations are in order.  Up on today’s menu is our Blood Orange Gin Fizz.  Blood Orange season is typically from December through May, so we are making the most out of this fruit while it’s still in season. This drink uses fresh fruit, it actually fizzes when you make it, and it’s refreshing.  

* Recipe makes 1 serving

Blood Oranges ¼ cup (approx 2-3 oranges)

Granulated Sugar ¼ cup

Gin 1.5 oz

Confectioner’s Sugar 1 teaspoon

Club Soda 4 oz

Rosemary, for garnish

Collins glass

For the rim of the glass:  Zest the blood orange(s) onto a plate.  Add the granulated sugar and mix together.  Wet the inside and outside rim of your glass using a wet paper towel and place the glass into the sugar mixture spinning the glass to evenly coat the rim

 

For the cocktail:  Juice the blood oranges and pour the juice into your cocktail glass along with the gin and stir.  Be sure not to knock off all of your rimming sugar.  Next, Add your confectioners sugar and club soda.  Once all of the fizzing has stopped, add ice and a rosemary sprig for garnish and enjoy. 

Be sure to share your creations with us on Instagram using the hashtag #seventhbixel . 

All images in this blog post were taken by Amanda Jameson and styled by Niki Stoller of Seventh Bixel