It was such an honor to be able to plan a babyshower for my brother Chris and Alexandria! They are fans of Lions and wanted to somehow incorporate that in their sons name. They fell in love with the name Ari Michael, which means "Lion" in Hebrew, and Michael is after our youngest brother. Here's some photos of the DIY décor before we got the party started!
Big thanks to J's Party Rentals for all the linens, tables and chairs. My aunt Linda, owner of Victoria Ivy Flowers did an amazing job on the floral arrangements! Im in love with all the different shades of green! I got the vases at the dollar store and just spray painted them white! The little wooden lions and ribbons are from Michaels! Can you say "design on a dime!"
We were going for the neutral colors and these smores goodie bags fit in perfect! Those adorable tags are also from Michaels and we just labeled them with paw prints & "thank you" rubber stamps.
These moss balls were the most random idea and a pain in the butt to make -but I think they turned out neat and added some texture to the décor!
My favorite table was in the worst light area! :(
First lets start with the adorable knitted lion beanie and bottom made by my talented friend Arlene, owner of Spoiled Rockin' Custom Crochet. The A-R-I letters were bought from Michaels and we wrapped them in orange yarn. Those little babies were time consuming too! My aunt Linda also made the coolest veggie bar I've ever seen! Who knew that the health trend was going to take over dessert tables! Huge Hit!!!
And of course I had to bust out a cake for my new little nephew and some cupcakes for the sweet toothes! The little Lion is made out of fondant too! :)
Alexandria found the coolest ideas on pinterest on how to make your own trophies to give away as prizes. We got the bottles from walmart and the bases from Michaels and just spray painted them! Im telling you I am a spray painting fool!!!
The babyshower was a success with lots of good times and laughter! Congrats again to my bro Chris & Alexandria! Now pop this baby out so we can hold him already!!!
I'M JANELLE MARINA
Wife, Mama Shark, + Photographer.
Most days, you'll find me in mismatched socks and a top knot, working behind my computer with a smile on my face, listening to Zac Brown Band and R&B
--or, dancing in the kitchen with my 3 littles and hunka husband, seeing who could come up with the coolest dance moves. I'm a wedding photographer, West Elm lover, aspiring advocate for our buddies with special needs, and a Certified Dreamer since 1986. We live in a cozy city in Southern California and are always up for a good adventure. I enjoy telling stories with my camera, grubbing on spicy food, and solving the latest Dateline case.