It's a boy… and a girl!

Dec 6, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. ET

From perfect little party favors to personalized decor — a his-and-hers boy and girl baby shower to welcome twins in style!

chevron stripe baby shower

Recently I was lucky enough to host a baby shower for my very dear friend who’s expecting two bundles of joy — a boy and a girl! I wanted a theme that would both celebrate each baby and reflect their mom’s modern style. The result? A dusty pink and light aqua Chevron Chic soiree!

Beyond teddy bears and building blocks

While it’s tempting to go straight to shower-theme staples, like teddy bears or building blocks, don’t be afraid to skip pre-packaged themes and tie everything together with unifying prints or patterns instead. For this shower, I opted for pink, aqua and gray zigzag chevron prints that were displayed everywhere, from the invite to the stamped Mason-jar lids and chevron cupcake toppers I found on Etsy (Cherished Blessings, $4-$31). The food and dessert spreads were also displayed with custom chevron-print labels, as were verses from children's books that we framed for nursery art, thanks to another Etsy favorite (Grace and Guy $4-$9).

Setting a stylish cake table

The cake table is the perfect stage to display your theme… and your creativity. While the chevron end of the theme was woven throughout, the cake table is where the chic part really came into play. The cake was actually baked with love by the grandma-to-be (a classic all-white cake that Momma-to-be loved growing up). We topped it with a sweet His and Hers custom cake banner. For the rest of the cake table spread, I enlisted help from Pop Culture Desserts, who helped me up the ante on the chic factor with sweet touches like bite-sized brownies topped with powdered sugar, skewered and tied with a gray bow; white fondant cake pops with gray and white striped straws to match the Mason jars; mini powdered doughnuts; chevron-iced shortbread cookies and rich mini flourless chocolate cupcakes sprinkled with sparkling white dusting sugar. The mostly-white dessert spread was rounded out with pink and aqua chocolate-covered candies and a chevron table runner. Over the cake table we hung white paper pom-poms from clear wire and round paper garland that had alternating hues of pink, aqua, gray and white.

Simple personal touches

Because she was expecting one of each sex and it had been a few years since her last baby, I knew the mom-to-be could use a hand stocking the babies’ closets. I asked each guest to bring a boy or girl outfit to hang on a clothesline with a personal note for the twins, handwritten on chevron stationery cards. The mom-to-be loved reading all the notes and the guests enjoyed seeing all the adorable little outfits that the other guests brought. Since I’d called in some reinforcements from Etsy on the chevron theme, I wanted to make sure I added some homemade touches, too. I created these simple DIY S’mores favors in brown paper party bags, tied with a dusty pink and aqua chevron-print tag that read, “Twins: S’more to Love!” and stuffed them with an assortment of flavored marshmallows, graham crackers and mini chocolates.

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