Sassy Southern Baby Shower.

Here's what I'll admit: I haven't spent much time in the South. Sure, I spent a day in Charleston, experienced one amazing Fourth of July in Irvington, VA, and had a business meeting once in Atlanta - but beyond that, I haven't done any real time in the real South. Nope, not even Austin. So when I got together with a few girlfriends to plan a baby shower for our friend and mama-to-be with Oklahoma roots, the suggestion of doing a Southern-themed shower came up and we thought it would be completely perfect for the guests of honor. The four co-hostesses brainstormed ideas for food, decorations and activities one evening over snacks and drinks. And while I'm certain the Southern theme could have taken a lot of directions, the one we went was absolutely delicious.

We relied heavily on the Lee Brothers Southern Cookbook to create the most authentic and tasty Southern menu around. Pimento cheese dip, deviled eggs, cucumber tea sandwiches, pulled pork sliders, three different pies, red velvet cupcakes and a variety of other treats filled the tables and the guests' bellies.

The mint juleps were a hit, and the teetotalers in the group imbibed in lemonade infused with strawberry, mint or ginger syrup.

We kept the decorations simple, choosing a cheerful color palette of bright yellow, fuchsia, baby pink and gray. A handmade fabric scrap bunting adorned the fireplace, tissue paper pom poms crowned the dessert table and balloons were scattered throughout the party space. The home was already filled with amazing mid-century furniture and exceptionally cool creative touches and art, so the decorations didn't need to do much work to make the space feel festive.

It was a co-ed shower, so we didn't play any of the usual baby shower games, but the hosts did want to leave our dear mama-to-be with some memories of the party and a few useful items as well. After coming across this blog post, we knew creating cute onesies for sweet baby Ruby would be the perfect activity.

I was in charge of the "onesie station," so I cut out some standard shapes, drew out a few design ideas and had handful of larger scrap pieces available for folks to create their own unique designs. After finding some washable fabric glue and picking up some rick rack (that wavy, ribbon-y trim) and buttons to use while decorating the onesies, the ladies at the shower got creative.

The finished onesies turned out to be completely adorable and every one was unique! We even had a few different sizes so baby Ruby will be fashionably outfitted until she's at least a year old.

Everyone seemed to have a great time at the shower - even the men who spent much of the time in the backyard playing cornhole - and each guest was sent home with an adorable baggie filled with homemade chocolate chip cookies.

We can't wait to welcome baby Ruby into our San Francisco family!

UPDATE 6/1/12: The part was featured in Project Nursery's Favorites for the week! Click here to check out the blog entry.

{Photos 1/2, 3/4, 5, 6/7, 9/10, 11, 18: Jennifer Paschal Gottlieb of Bruce Forrester Photography. Remaining photos: Senn & Sons.}