Client Baby Shower: Whaled Themed Eco-friendly Shower

Maya and her sister Sonya wanted to host a shower for friends and family that would be eco-friendly, festive, and relaxing. They chose to bring their closest ladies to Noktivo, a non-toxic spa in Chicago, for a “baby” mani and pedi.

We are so excited that these photos of the shower from Tuan H. Bui. was featured on Hostess with the Mostest! Check out all the beautiful details below.


Noktivo was a great space to host an intimate party and fit the “baby boy whale theme” perfectly. The colors Maya wanted to incorporate included a mix of blues and a pop of chartreuse green. We used three varieties of streamers to add color and interest around the room. The ruffled crepe streamers, bright blue fringed streamers, and sewn circle garland were grouped together as the perfect backdrop for the sweets table. We took the backdrop a step further with a lovely off-center draping of honeycomb tissue globes in a collection of different blues. Best yet, Maya plans to reuse these items in baby’s nursery!

Whale Themed baby Shower
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Whale Themed baby Shower
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Whale Themed baby Shower

The sweets, from Luscious Layers Bakery, was perfectly set a top a repurposed chartreuse dresser with vintage platters from Nimble Well. The cake, my favorite detail of the shower, featured an ombre of waves with an adorable whale and star cake topper that matched the invitations and paper details flawlessly. We used the whale detailing again in the cute sandwich toppers, flags, and baby boy banner behind the favor table.


Favors where packaged in grey polka dot bags and filled with other eco-friendly spa items that guests could enjoy at home. One last detail to love is the guestbook featuring a baby whale with folded hearts for guests to write in their “whale” wishes. We hand-painted the canvas to create the ombre look and framed it in a shadowbox frame.


Not only was this shower adorable, relaxing, and fun– it was also green! We had Collective Resource compost all of the food waste, decor, and disposables. Since the vendors we used for Maya’s shower are part of the Green Wedding Alliance, we all knew how to throw one heck of a low waste party!

Congrats to Maya and Craig <3


Planner: Naturally Yours Events
Photographer: Tuan H. Bui Photographer
Venue and Favors: Noktivo Spa
Bakery: Luscious Layers Bakery
Rentals: Nimble Well
Food: Mariano’s Fresh Market
Composting: Collective Resource
Invitations: Naturally Yours Events
Guestbook and Decor: Naturally Yours Events
Honeycomb Tissue Globes and Favor Bags: Shop Sweet Lulu 

Inspiration: 1960′s Mod Photo Shoot

This shoot is inspired by the 1960’s style of entertaining with small canapés and bright colors. We are so excited that this shoot was published on Ruffled Blog!
We used vibrant orange and yellow in the florals with accents of green in the foliage. The flowers were featured in a grouping of white modern vases, each with their own unique shape. Our florist, Fab Flora, made sure to use seasonal flowers by working with orange winter berries, yellow dahlias, and white anemones. To compliment these textured blooms, we used a layering effect with different pieces on the table. White linen was accented with a geometrical patterned runner, porcelain white plates sat atop textured wooden chargers, while green and blue glassware added in some color next to the mix-match of wooden and acrylic candle holders. One of my favorite elements in the shoot is the vintage mirror place cards and handmade table number.
The venue, Firehouse Chicago, provide the perfect backdrop with white subway tiles and dark wooden doors. Because it was an old firehouse they even had lightly used furniture from the 1960′s in the basement, ready for our use. We incorporated the mod furniture into our craft cocktail lounge where FIG Catering whipped up some colorful old-fashioned drinks fit for entertaining. They didn’t stop there– FIG Catering took classic 1960′s canapés, like egg salad and pigs in a blanket, and presented them on vintage platters from Nimble Well. Their sweets table featured delicious small bites of grandma’s classic sweets like, pineapple upside down cake and lemon meringue. We added more of a mix-match layered look with different textured platters in wood, porcelain, and acrylic.

The cake from Elysia Root Cakes, featured a square shape, smooth texture, with a pop of color and pattern. The pattern seen on the cake was incorporated throughout our stationery elements designed by Spilled Ink Press. That same pattern was carried over with the sweets table backdrop where we repurposed embroidery rounds painted royal blue and chicken wire as an architectural piece to hang floral elements from.


The whole shoot was perfectly brought together by Tuan H. Bui’s photographs. He capture the drama and excitement of the 1960′s style of entertaining and of our stylish models. Our bride wore a true 1960′s beaded dress with white gloves. Her makeup and hair, done by Debra Petrielli, captured the times perfectly. Our groom drew his inspiration from the Beetles with the skinny a pant and bright blue suite coat. His look was perfectly finished with a yellow patterned tie.


The vendors who made this all possible:

*Planning: Naturally Yours Events
*Photographer: Tuan H. Bui Photographer
*Venue: Firehouse Chicago
Models: Jena Nixon, Gold Noise DJs // Neil Cummins
Dress: Etsy Shop Powdervtg
Hair and Makeup: Debra Petrielli, Freelance Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist
*Stationery: Spilled Ink Press
*Florist: Fab Flora
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
*Savory Canapés, Sweets, and Cocktails: FIG Catering 
*Rentals: Nimble Well

* means they are part of the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance

Vendor Highlight: Collective Resource

My household/office started composting not too long ago, and it is seriously the most fun I have ever had with garbage! Being that we don’t have a yard, composting always seemed hard to do. But with our GWA friends, Collective Resource, we are able to compost more than just at the events we plan but now at our home/office too.


It is super easy! How it works is you’ll get a 5 gallon bucket delivered and you can choose either a weekly or biweekly pickup, depending on the size of your family/office. They come right to your door to unload the bucket full of food scraps and take them to a commercial compost site. You’ll even get a clean bucket for you to continue to use until the next pickup.

Commercial composting is different than yard composting.  At a commercial site you can compost anything that was once alive, including animal products and food soiled paper. I love knowing that the compostable disposables we use for events (or that product packaging from my favorite seitan company) is getting composted correctly, which isn’t always the case with yard composting methods.

So why compost and create zero waste events? We do it to reduce landfills and to give the vitamins and minerals of food scraps back to the Earth for healthy soil and a sustainable planet. With one easy call, Collective Resource will deliver compostable setups and then come back after your event to pick up everything and compost it.

Naturally Yours Events- Composting at baby shower

Together with Collective Resource and the many other businesses (FIG Catering, Greenhouse Loft, Pollen & more!), we have helped divert 500 tons of compostable materials from the landfill! As Collective Resource points out “500 tons is hard to imagine; picture 100 elephants in a line trunk-to-tail and that’s 500 tons!”


To start saving tons of valuable “food for the soil,” email Erlene [] with your address and daytime telephone number and she’ll hook you up!

  • Jerri Moser - April 4, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    I live in MI, I sure wish there was something like that here. We use to do our own composting. We had bought a compost bin many, many years ago at an outdoor event that we use to attend yearly. It was great because I would just scrape our dishes into a container that I kept inside, but not only our dishes, we put coffee grounds, potato skins, every food item that would normally gone into the garbage can, then at a certain point my husband would put dirt into it nix it up and about Spring/gardening time we would have nice rich dirt to put in our garden and it would all start over again. Great Job Collective Resources and Naturally Yours Events!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

Naturally Yours Events Website 2.0

We are so excited to announce that our new website is up! Take a look around and enjoy all the lovely details.

New Website

Some of the site’s new features include a Home Page with a slideshow of our work and a fresh navigation with links to new areas of the site. These new pages include an In the Press page with all the details on where we have been featured. We also added a page called Client Love where you can read some fabulous reviews from a few of our past clients. Even our Who We Are page got something extra special with new head shots and a team photo, taken by Tuan H. Bui Photographer!

In the Press

The newest aspect of the site we are most excited about is our portfolio page called Our Work. Complete with a mobile-friendly slideshow, our different galleries have useful details about why that client was looking for a planner, how we helped, and some of the vendors they had as their wedding-day-team.

Our Work

A special thank you and shout out to the designer, Pretty Lovely Design. We hope you love the new site as much as we do!

  • Alaina Bos - March 12, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    The new site is gorgeous!! I’m sure it feels gratifying to see all your hard work come to fruition! I especially love the “Our Work” tab and how you’ve detailed all the vendors for each wedding. Congrats!! xoxoReplyCancel

    • Carlene - March 12, 2014 - 9:47 pm

      Thanks so much Alaina!ReplyCancel

Indie Wed: Cirque de l’Amour Wedding Lounge

This winter’s Indie Wed was EPIC! We were invited to design the entire 3rd floor. So, naturally we transformed the space into a vaudeville-inspired carnival with a lounge area, vendors exhibiting and performers on stage. It was like having one giant booth and we had a blast coming up with the ideas.

 There were so many ways to enjoy the lounge. We had cafe lights and umbrellas hanging from the ceiling (umbrellas from Bella Umbrella) and a crushed red velvet curtain for our stage performers, all done by The Amazing-The Fantastic,  Art of Imagination! We had over 20 pieces of vintage furniture for guests to lounge on! You can thank Shadowbox Dreams Vintage Rentals for that.  We even had eco-friendly flowers from Fab Flora!

Wait there’s more!

 Next up, we had The Delectable FIG Catering serving corn dogs and rum milkshakes. The Spectacular Luscious Layers Bakery plated their cupcakes, brownies, and cookie sandwiches on beautiful vintage platers from Nimble Well. SPIN SPUN kept the cotton candy flowing with unique flavors like watermelon tabasco and salted caramel. Paper Stories did all the printing for the sweets table and we did all the chalkboards.

And yet, the fun doesn’t stop there!

  Finally there was a show like no other! Fumée Gypsy Project sang on the mic, Vaudezilla performed a can-can, and Red Hot Annie did her famous fan dance for us. Doodle Booth was hand drawing caricatures of couples and on the other side of the room they puckered up in our kissing booth. Tuan H. Bui Photography was there chatting with couples about his amazing work and documenting the lounge with these beautiful photos.

A special thanks to Indie Wed for year-after-year knowing how to throw a party!

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Vendors who made this possible:

Bella UmbrellaArt of ImaginationFab FloraShadowbox Dreams Vintage RentalsNimble WellFIG CateringLuscious Layers BakerySPIN SPUNDoodle Booth, Fumée Gypsy ProjectVaudezilla & Red Hot AnnieTuan H. Bui Photography, and Paper Stories.