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5 Ways to Throw a Baby Shower like Kelly Kapowski

While we might still imagine Tiffani Thiessen (AKA Tiffani Amber Thiessen AKA Kelly Kapowski) as the uber popular cheerleader from Saved by the Bell, she’s all grown up now and even expecting (another) little one – she’s already a mom to four-year-old daughter Harper. To help welcome the newest addition to her family, Thiessen hosted a gorgeous baby shower in Los Angeles (check out all the pics on her blog).

If your due date is coming up and you’re putting together a shower of sorts, here are five tips to take from the actress and lifestyle guru’s shindig.

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1. Incorporate a color scheme. If you’re not super stoked on the idea of your baby shower being decked out in pastel shades of blue and pink, picking specific colors will do wonders to add more dimension to the decor. In Thiessen’s case, she chose cobalt blue and purple. The colors could be seen in her floral arrangements as well as in the guests’ attire (and also on her adorable daughter who is pictured above). (Photo via @tiffanithiessen)


2. Give your menu a theme. To stray away from the classic party platters, give your menu more direction by following a theme. Thiessen went with a French-inspired menu and served French bread with jam, ham and cheese croissants, orzo salad and grilled asparagus with lemon. (Photo Steve Steinhardt)


3. Create a kid’s station. If it isn’t an adults only affair, be sure to create activities that will keep the kids entertained. At Thiessen’s party she set up a small picnic table that was packed with coloring books, crayons and miscellaneous crafts. (Photo via Brit + Co)


4. Skip the gifts in favor of a charitable donation. If this isn’t your first and you’re pretty well stocked on baby related necessities, ask guests to skip the trip to Babies-R-Us and instead donate to a charitable cause of your choice. This is an idea Shakira adopted for her recent baby shower and one that Thiessen also embraced. She tells People, “[Husband Brady Smith] and I have always felt extremely blessed so we love to give back. What’s even better is that our amazing friends and family love to as well,” she says. “So everyone brought donations to one of our favorite charities Baby Buggy.” (Photo via LMarie Photo)


5. Send guests home with a party favor they’ll actually use. Your shower is going to be a hit, right? So go ahead and give guests something to remember it by. Thiessen gifted her friends and family small succulent plants to take home and nurture. (Photo via Alyssa Rosenheck Photography)

Are you currently planning a baby shower? What elements of the party are you most excited about?

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Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)