Several years ago my dear friend was pregnant with her second child--who is 17 years younger than her first child! I threw a baby shower for her and it was such a pleasure. Things worked out so perfectly that the shower fell in autumn--her favorite season and an easy time of year to work rustic beauty into the scheme.
I decided to use my brown and cream china and work forward from that. I wanted cream and brown invitations, and found these--perfect!
Layered the table with a white cloth and then a long rustic piece of fabric the thrift store presented me with a few weeks before the shower. Set it up with my china, supplemented by more cream plates I had gathered at the thrift store to fill it out. A couple of cream candles and some flowers and that was that!
The menu was good and very easy: vegetables and dip, pumpkin-chocolate chip mini-muffins, mushroom and leek mini-quiches, chicken salad with pecans and cranberries in phyllo cups, traditional cucumber sandwiches, hot ham and swiss rolls, M&Ms, carob raisins, salted almonds.
I set my buffet with a tablescape that I loved, with a long swath of thrift store fabric along the top.
The cake's top layer was lemon and the bottom layer was spice. At the last minute I gathered twigs and berries from the yard to garnish the bottom.
My emptied-out hand sewing basket held the favors.
We drank hot spiced cider or Perrier and got very, very cozy in my small main room. It was a sweet afternoon!