Celebrating 2 Songwriters at The Station Inn

As many of you know, I LOVE a good party.  That love for planning parties and events is why Josh and I are building The Venue at White Oak Farms.  Last week, I featured an interview with Jessi Alexander, Nashville singer/songwriter.  I thought it would be fun to share some details from the baby shower I created for her at The Station Inn a few years ago.  

18 South, Jessi and J.R.'s band, regularly performs at The Station Inn. If you aren't familiar with The Station Inn, you should be!  It's a concert venue in The Gulch (12th Avenue neighborhood) in Nashville, Tennessee.  Some of the best musicians have graced the stage there, and it's an icon for any music lover.  Despite all the real estate development in that area, it has remained untouched.  It is well known for the bluegrass and country acts that have played there, and there is usually a line wrapped around the building trying to get in.  

The-Station-Inn-Nashville

When Jessi and J.R. were expecting their twins, a few girls and I went in together to throw them a baby shower.  I can't think of a better way to celebrate 2 musicians than with a concert and baby shower at their favorite venue-The Station Inn.

I along with 2 of Jessi's friends-Morgan Stapleton and Cassidy Bentley-set out to turn The Station Inn into a fun, Mexican fiesta. We wanted the venue to transform into something different that night, so we thought we would add some fun festive touches.  Plus, since J.R. is from Texas, he loves a good Mexican meal.

Here are some pictures from that night.  All photo credit goes to: Leslie Walker.

 Our "Mexican" version of the Stork.  I bought this stork years ago, and it traveled with me at any baby shower I threw!  I finally sold it before we moved back to West TN.  The shirt the stork is wearing is Josh's guayabera shirt he bought when we lived in Mexico.

Our "Mexican" version of the Stork.  I bought this stork years ago, and it traveled with me at any baby shower I threw!  I finally sold it before we moved back to West TN.  The shirt the stork is wearing is Josh's guayabera shirt he bought when we lived in Mexico.

Stork-The-Station-Inn outside

Inside The Station Inn, we used all kinds of decorations to transform the space for the party.  One super inexpensive thing we used were dowel rods with ribbon streamers tied in different colors and lengths.  We tied these to the ceiling using fishing line. We also had inexpensive red tablecloths and "Mexican" candles that you can purchase in the ethnic food aisle at the grocery store.  The  banners and Mexican lanterns were purchased online.

Inside-The-Station-Inn shot

For the menu, we had the main items catered by a local Mexican restaurant.  When I'm throwing a party for a large crowd, sometimes it's just easier to have the main course catered, and then I make the desserts.  For the dessert table, I incorporated "Dia de los Muertos" ceramic statues that I had collected during the time Josh and I lived in Mexico.  I made Key Lime cupcakes, strawberry margarita flavored cupcakes, raspberry almond thumbprint cookies and Mexican wedding cookies.  To finish off the cupcakes, I had a graphic designer, Lisa Sarmento, create custom guitar and star toppers with a Mexican-themed backdrop.

Dia de los Muertos Dessert Table

I also wanted to incorporate a wall of images for people to see baby pictures of Jessi and J.R.  I had my graphic designer create these custom cards.  On the front are images of Jessi and J.R. and on the back we left space for people to write fun messages to them.  I've taken this idea and recreated it multiple times over the years, including at several milestone birthday parties I planned for clients.

 "Two Peas in a Pod" and "The Perfect Duet" are just 2 of the cards we did.  

"Two Peas in a Pod" and "The Perfect Duet" are just 2 of the cards we did.  

 "Twice as Much to Love" and "Two of a Kind" to celebrate their upcoming twins' arrival.

"Twice as Much to Love" and "Two of a Kind" to celebrate their upcoming twins' arrival.

 Love this sweet picture of Jessi and Shyla, her daughter

Love this sweet picture of Jessi and Shyla, her daughter

 Childhood images of Jessi and J.R. mixed with fun little mustache onesies I made help adorn the stage.

Childhood images of Jessi and J.R. mixed with fun little mustache onesies I made help adorn the stage.

 Pre-show rehearsal

Pre-show rehearsal

Jimmy Wallace 18th South
 Jessi pregnant with twins performing at The Station Inn

Jessi pregnant with twins performing at The Station Inn

 One final shot of the concert that we all enjoyed that night!

One final shot of the concert that we all enjoyed that night!

If you're ever in Nashville, make plans to stop by and see a show at The Station Inn. Here's their website to look for upcoming performances. 

If you're lucky enough, you may catch an appearance by 18 South.  In the meantime, here's a video of one of their performances.