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A Velveteen Rabbit Inspired Baby Shower

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Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

So… this just might be one of my favorite baby showers ever! That may have something to do with the fact that The Velveteen Rabbit was one of my favorite books as a child… (we had the audio version as well and I can literally hear it playing in my head as I’m working on this post!) – but there’s also no denying that this party is downright charming and gorgeous to look at either!

Kristeen from Kristeen LaBrot Events designed & hosted this rustic Velveteen Rabbit Baby Shower for her sister-in-law, and it’s obvious how much care & creativity went into bringing it to life – from the wonderfully unique floral arrangements displayed in birch-covered pots and vintage glassware, to the custom-sewn fabric napkins, handmade invitations, whimsical doily chandelier, and more!

Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

Read on for more lovely images + all the charming creative details… 

Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Kristeen…

“I designed/hosted this baby shower for my sister-in-law and chose The Velveteen Rabbit theme because that was her favorite book as a child.  She and her husband aren’t finding out what they’re having, so we also needed something that was gender neutral.

I wanted to play up the textural elements from the book — we used rich, rustic materials such as burlap, cotton, velvets and wood.  Vintage spools of thread and small jars of buttons were placed throughout the tablescapes.  The floral arrangements were designed in vintage depression glass, birch wrapped vases and mason jars.  The bright colors were phenomenal – they popped against all of the natural elements.  Fujiko’s Flowers handmade the whimsical doily chandelier than hung over the guest of honor’s table as well as the napkins from the fabric I selected from Joann Fabric.  I fell in love with the napkin’s print as soon as I saw it!

The vintage toys were provided by both Fujiko’s Flowers and myself.  Some were purchased on eBay or flea markets, and others actually belonged to us.

The cake by CAKEGoodness was breathtaking – the rabbit detail was picked up from the rabbit glassware from Anthropologie.  I set the cake atop a wooden box draped with velveteen fabric.

The invitations were hand-made by me.  I spray-mounted thick card stock onto burlap from Joann Fabric and sewed a tiny button at the top.  I also designed the menus using the Paper Bag cover weight paper from Paper Source.

The guest book was a copy of The Velveteen Rabbit.  We asked guests to write a note to the baby in the book’s cover.

I loved how the grosgrain ribbons looked on the striped straws.  It took a while, but I sewed tiny buttons onto each one!

My sister-in-law loves Vanilla Creme Soda, which is why Boylan’s Vintage Soda was chosen as the party favors.  I soaked the original labels off and designed custom labels to replace them.  This was a fun and budget friendly favor; they cost approximately $1.75 each in the end.

We played two games: The first was “Like Mommy or Daddy?” – which listed some of the baby’s traits and asked who my sister-in-law hoped the trait came from.  We also played “Old Wives’ Tale Trivia.”

Vendor Credit
By |2018-02-12T18:26:45+00:00November 28th, 2011|Baby Girl, Baby Showers|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Mandy November 28, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Oh I’ m in love! What a neat theme!

  2. lisa November 28, 2011 at 8:11 am

    LOVE it! The colors, textures, vintage elements. Great job!!!!

  3. Aimee P November 28, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Wow; that’s something we haven’t seen before! So thoughtful, so creative and unique. I love this. Just pinned it!

  4. MonogrammedEverything! November 28, 2011 at 9:50 am

    This is ADORABLE!

  5. Kristeen LaBrot November 28, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Thank you so much for the feature! It’s always an honor to be on HWTM!

  6. Sarah November 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    This is just SUCH a sweet theme and so beautifully executed! I am dying over that doily chandelier!!

  7. Kelly November 29, 2011 at 4:18 am

    This is just darling! I feel sentimental just looking at it :)

  8. [email protected] Shower Ideas For Girls November 29, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I saw this theme before, but never have I seen it this beautiful.

    wow, you’ve done a great job!

  9. Kathryn November 30, 2011 at 9:50 am

    This is so so sooo adorable! What a sweet idea for a gender neutral shower!

  10. MyBaby January 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    You got lots of wonderful ideas. I love the rabbit and the theme. Good job!

  11. Julia August 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Such a wonderful idea for a baby show, so exquisite!

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