Angela’s Baby Shower – A Teddy Bears’ Picnic in Grass Lake

Posted by Elizabeth on June 14, 2011 in Baby Showers, June Events

Last weekend was a my sister Angela’s baby shower and friends and family gathered at the Whistle Stop Park and Grass Lake Depot for the festivities. Ang collected teddy bears when she was growing up so the decision was made to have a Teddy Bears’ Picnic theme.

We wanted everything to be bright and colorful and one of the first vendors we booked was Allison of Allison Thompson Design, for the invitations. Allison’s work is amazing and she has now done wedding invitations for my wedding and one of my sister’s wedding, two bachelorette parties, two bridal showers and a baby shower. She’s also done invitations, programs and more for many of the weddings I’ve photographed over the years. I’ve wanted to opportunity to work with The Ballooney Bin, in Jackson, and what could be better for a baby shower than big, bright balloons? The Whistle Stop Depot has super high ceilings and balloons in the shapes of honey bees and flowers added color and fit the theme perfectly. They also made great take aways for the children in attendance at the end of the party. Brightly colored pots with either petunias or rye grass growing in them and a pinwheel stuck in the middle served as centerpieces and we had  Madeline’s Heavenly Harvest make mini honey bears with personalized labels as favors for the event.

Homemade salads  and lemonade were on the menu and Teddy bears from Ang’s collection “picnicked” at the table displaying the incredible cake by Lynne Markiewicz. It was my first experience with Lynne and definitely won’t be my last. Not only was the cake decorated perfectly, it tasted as good as it looked! A picnic blanket covered the table and we asked guests to sign it with their names and well wishes for Angela and baby.

It was wonderful to have so many of Ang’s friends and family in attendance and they’ve definitely made her well prepared for the arrival of her little one. I can’t wait to meet my new little niece or nephew! Enjoy the pics below!

Venue – The Whistle Stop Park and Grass Lake Depot, Invitations – Allison Thompson Design, Balloons – The Ballooney Bin, Cake – Lynne Markiewicz, 517.782.0237, Picnic blanket and children’s picnic set – World Market, Table clothes and service – Party City, Favors – Madeline’s Heavenly Harvest. Angela’s corsage – Designs by Judy.

An exterior of the Depot in Grass Lake.

Super cute baby shower invitations by Allison Thompson Design.

Bumbling bees and bright flowers from the Ballooney Bin added color to the space.

Guests arrive bearing gifts.

Bears from the mom-to-be's collection "picnic" around the awesome cake by Lynne Markiewicz.

The detail on the cake was incredible and included the adorable bee from Allison's invitations which was also used on the favor labels.

Instead of a traditional guest book, attendees signed a picnic blanket with well wishes.

Brightly colored pots were planted with petunias and rye grass and sparkly pinwheels finished the look.

A "garden" of balloons from the Ballooney Bin adorned the gift table.

The youngest party-goer flashes a smile for the camera :).

Traditional picnic food including chicken salad, jello and lemonade were on the menu.

Mini honey bears with custom labels (there's that cute little bee again) were provided by Madeline's Heavenly Harvest.

Angela rushes to put onesies on a clothes line, while talking on the phone and holding a baby, in this shower game.

In another game, guests had to match up baby animals with their names.

Time to ooh and aah over adorable baby gifts!

Ang and friend, Sarah, laugh while Ang opens gifts.

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