Recently, I hosted a baby shower for my only sibling, my older sister. Thankfully she is having a girl, since I specialize in pink! We had 16 confirmed guests, so I went to Old Towne Orange and went into an Antique store where I had remembered seeing a large variety of Limoges dishes. I thought it would be really fun to buy 16 different plates, each one with pink roses on it but in different patterns. The plates were anywhere from $9 and up to $95, so I opted to buy lunch sized plates, which are smaller than dinner plates, but a little larger than dessert plates and I spent about $230 for 16 plates and 1 serving bowl. I lucked out because the plates and bowl were all 20% when I went in! I would have tried to negociate a discount if they hadn't been on sale. I have found most antique stores will entertain reasonable offers. I also mixed in white milk glass servers that have holes on the edges, and wove them with pink ribbon. I brought a chippy old bistro table inside for added seating and used a pretty table cloth and added some pink organza fabric over the cushions that I tied into bows. I repainted my dining set white, and decided to use 3 coordinating fabrics for the cushions. The tablecloth was my grandmothers white cut lace tablecloth and I added a diaper cake for the center piece. For a fun touch, I framed the shower invitation and had it on the entry table. My sister loves seashells so I put some pretty polished white shells into a silverplated dish that I found at our local goodwill for $.99!
Everything looked really pretty and the shower was a wonderful party. My sister is due in about 2 weeks and I cannot wait to be an auntie!