On a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, we had the chance to celebrate Babygirl Chang with a cute cactus themed shower! My bridal shower back in 2014 was fiesta themed so it seemed only fitting to continue the trend since Mexican food is very missed by B & I. So, we hired a taco lady recommended by a friend of ours and got to work on the decorating.
After scouring Pinterest for all the ideas, I knew I wanted to have a balloon garland - they just look so happy and fun. I got back to LA right after Thanksgiving (read: perfect for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales) and began looking for deals from party supply stores. The different balloon colors and sizes I got came mostly from Party City - on sale! - and a local balloon shop called Balloon Emporium. A friend of mine runs an awesome DIY blog called A Beautiful Mess where I learned how to make the garland, which I thought turned out quite nice. The directions are easy but the only downside was the balloons kept popping in my sister's face, which (rightly so) scared her until she refused to string up anymore. We ended up using helium to fill the balloons, which saved a ton of time but wasn't very practical since they kept trying to fly everywhere. My suggestion would be, if you do have the time, pump them so they're easier to manipulate. A lot of the decor items, knick-knacks, and parting gifts came from the 99 Cent store and Dollar Tree! Such a steal if you're willing to be patient and scour the aisles.
Janet ordered these amazing custom cookies and cupcakes from Sugar & Spice Life (they're located in Westchester by the airport!) that totally made the shower! They were so cute, creative and tasty - I loved them so much! The cake came from King's Hawaiian and my MIL baked her famous carrot cake that disappeared instantly. The custom donuts came from our friends at Tasty Donuts and Cafe in West Hollywood. You haven't lived until you try their blueberry donuts; it's that good.
So many cute details! We had a standalone nacho bar off to the side with this adorable fiesta sign that I forgot to capture and an unforgettable homemade Tamarindo chamoy apple platter from this IG shop (they're in El Monte) that everyone inhaled. Our taco lady was the best! She was prompt, self-sufficient, and included horchata and a ton of garnishes. Let me know if you want her contact.
The best part? In the middle of our party, B's old lion dance crew decided to throw us an impromptu, vibrant dance that was so good. To everyone who participated - you guys rocked it! You can see the video here. If we haven't said it enough, thank you to all our family and friends who came out to celebrate this growing Bump. I couldn't have dreamed of a better baby shower.