POPSUGAR Celebrity

A Bun in the Oven Baby Shower

Apr 21 2012 - 5:51am

When the very talented Sarah Crawford of Lil Hoot [1] found out her friend Stacey Butler, the baker at Sugar on Top [2], was expecting her second child, she knew that only a very special baby shower would do. The result: a bun in the oven shower that has us swooning . . . and craving a brioche cinnamon bun. Using a vintage toy kitchen (a gift for the baby-to-be) and full-size baking tools as shower decor; adorable and cleverly worded paper goods; and a sweet aqua-and-red color scheme that translated beautifully into an aqua red velvet cake, Sarah just blew it out, baker's style. While this shower totally makes sense for a professional baker, we think it would work equally well for any mom-to-be who loves baked goods — in other words, pretty much every mom-to-be!

Source: Meredith Nelson Photography for Lil Hoot [3]


Graphic designer Jayme Marie Designs [4] created the invitations, along with all the paper goods for the party. (Note: her Etsy shop [5] is now one of our faves!)

Kids Kitchen Decor

Sarah of Lil Hoot [6] went crazy (the good kind) with the baking theme, using lots of plays on words, including a banner reading, "Let’s toast the bun in the oven!" hung over the vintage toy kitchen, a gift for the baby-to-be.

Bun in the Oven

A closer look at the banner, hung over a display of cake pops, macarons, and sugar-rimmed champagne glasses.

Cake Pops

The guest of honor baked the sugar-dipped cake pops, displayed in a pink toy toaster with a label reading, "Cake Pops — the best thing since sliced bread."

Toy Kitchen

Sarah kept everything in the toy kitchen small, using small baking dishes and ramekins to display macarons.

Paper Goods

Jayme Marie Designs [7] made all the clever signage.

Baker's Decor

Sarah hung brightly colored whisks and spatulas with multicolored ribbon from the ceiling.

Toy Kitchen

The second toy kitchen also displayed champagne and desserts and was framed by a garland Sarah made using baking twine and cupcake liners. Get a DIY [8] tutorial here [9].

The Cake

A precut look at the aqua red velvet cake with pink and red sprinkled hearts made by Pickwick Baking Co. [10]


It's even cuter when it's cut!

Sugar on Top

An homage to the mom-to-be's baking business [11].

The Dessert Menu

The desserts included an aqua red velvet cake with pink and red sprinkled hearts made by Pickwick Baking Co. [12], as well as brioche cinnamon buns, mini macarons in five flavors, sugar cookies, and more.

Cake Pops

Cake pops, made by the mom-to-be, are even cuter when dipped in brightly colored sugar.


The brightly colored macarons pop on aqua quatrefoil contact paper, which Sarah used to line the shelves of both kitchens.

Brioche Cinnamon Buns

Also baked by Pickwick Baking Co. [13]

Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies made by mom-to-be Stacey were displayed in aqua measuring cups.

Sugar Cookies

More sugar cookies from Sugar on Top [14], the mom-to-be's baking business.

Notes For Baby Butler

Guests wrote messages for the baby. (We love the "pretty please with sugar on top [15]" pun.)


Polka-dotted Jessie Steele Oven Mitts [16] did double duty as favors and place-setting holders.


A closer look at the cute favor tags.

Bun in the Oven

The guest of honor, with a bun in the oven and a bun in hand!

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