From Amy, Chief Event Planner for Operation Shower: “I am so excited to bring you a recap of the recent success that Operation Shower and Cloud B had with our ‘Boxes in Bloom’ Mother’s Day Showers at Ft. Hood and Scott AFB. Between the attendees and the boxes we sent to moms who were unable to make it to the shower, we honored 65 women and families with amazing gifts for their new little ones. Just look at some of the wonderful donations from our sponsors! We at Operation Shower cannot thank them enough for their contributions.”
Bloom-ing Where We Plant
Our goal this year was to not only throw great events but to make them as Eco-Friendly as possible. It’s really easier (and cuter) than you might think! (Check here for more ideas on throwing an Eco-Friendly party.)
Nashville Wraps generously donated recycled wrap and tissue that we used to make our (recycled) boxes more special; we used the whimsical Whimsy Press gift wrap for our centerpieces. Not only did they liven up the table, but they also contained raffle prizes, ensuring that everything we did served a dual-purpose.
Some lucky moms also received the adorable teddy bears as their prize. Those cute little flower placecard holders from a Favor Affair? Well, those went home with the moms to be used to hold photos of their new babies. IKEA bud vases? Yep, those were favors, too. Flowers? You got it! They were given as thank you gifts to our helpers from each base. Finally, the cards were a “thank you” from the Arbor Foundation, as we planted a tree in honor of each baby.
Saving A Bloom
By using real dishes and linens instead of paper, we were able to help reduce our paper waste, and in the process, we made our moms feel like Queen(s) For A Day! Thanks to Aramark for donating the table settings for Ft. Hood. Thanks to Kim at Head of the Table for bringing a great punch of color with your donation of fun coral and white dishes and stemware. The coral roses and alstromeria made these florals especially fun to create!
What makes a great party even better? Great food! Thanks to Let Us Do The Cooking and Works of Art Cakes for providing food and cake for Ft. Hood and Hollyberry Catering and Jennifer’s Pharmacy for donating deliciousness to Scott AFB. One word: YUM.
While every party doesn’t have the luxury of having a professional photographer, we were spoiled enough to have two: Angela Breckenridge and Julie Enstall. These ladies not only spent their Saturday donating their talents but also provided each mom with very special portrait donation offers. We are so grateful to each of you for helping us capture these events on film!
Bloom-ing with Gratitude
We appreciate Jenn for inviting us share our event with all of her readers! Take a peek at the full post over at Hostess With The Mostess and maybe try some of these ideas for your next Eco-chic party.
Blessings and a safe return home to all of our deployed soldiers,