So, this past September I got to give my dear friend Zoe a baby shower. She was going to giving birth to her third baby and the reason we just HAD to give her a shower is because she has two boys and now they were finally having a little girl!
This was the very first shower I have ever planned. I usually try to stay away from them. LOL! I'm glad I had Sandy (Zoe's mother-in-law partnering with me). I'll be honest, planning a shower is NO joke but I did love coming up with crafty ideas to make it as personal as possible.
If you are planning a party or shower, here are some things that could spark your creativity!
Whether making or buying decor for the shower, make sure they are items that mom-to-be will be able to use in the nursery. Party planning can be expensive and I wanted to make sure as many of it would go towards the baby's room. I asked Zoe about the colors and style she was going for in the room and kept it in mind while planning/buying decor. My friend was going for a shabby chic room and so I decided to do a fabric streamer garland to be used for decor at the dessert table but the intention was that after the shower the garland would be used to go over baby's crib area. Here's what I came up with. I will be including a tutorial in the future with the DIY details on how to make these. :)
Instead of playing games I decided to have a headband making station. I bought a white frame and added some string to it so people could hang their headband creations at the shower. The frame was then given to mom so she could put it in the baby's room to hang the headbands or to hang pictures. I'm so fortunate to have lots of crafty friends. My friend Rachel makes beautiful headbands so she provided a bunch of the materials. (Thanks Rachel!)
I also made tags that people could attach to their headbands this way, in the future, mom could see who made it and if she wanted to she could take a picture of baby wearing the headband and send it to the person who created it.
The Personal Touches
Personal touches add so much sentiment to the shower. You don't have to go overboard, just a few things here and there could just give it that personal touch that mom-to-be and guests will enjoy. The personal touches I added was hanging baby pictures of momma around the room. I also bought a glass jar for guests to place fun notes in it for mom to read in the future while nursing or during one of those sleepless nights. People could write something inspirational, or funny, or a tip...really whatever.
From the beginning I had the idea to make the menu a grab-and-go appetizer type of thing. I will say, I thought it would be easier but not sure if it was or not. One thing is for sure, I LOVED the results. It just looked so proper and added so much to the party, it was almost a decor of its own. Plan a few things that you won't have to reheat but don't be afraid to add a couple of items that can easily be kept warm in a crockpot. Our menu included things like Macaroni & Cheese in martini glasses, strawberry shortcake in shot glasses, fruit skewers, "taco salad" tostito scoops and other goodies.
The Sweets Table
Yes, do have one. It's fun to decorate and adds such a punch to your decor. You don't even have to go too crazy. The food will speak for itself. Since the color of the shower was pink, we try to incorporate as much of it in the food. We had doughnuts on a stick, strawberry shortcake in shot glasses, cream puffs, cotton candy in pretty cupcake liners, rice crispy treats, some small meringues and of course the beautiful cake my friend Jenny made.
I did have a blast planning it and learned so much throughout the process but one of the biggest tips I could give you is...
- Don't do it alone! - I partnered with my friend's mother-in-law to plan the event and split up some of the cost and the work. I also asked some of my wonderful crafty friends to share their gift with us for the shower like my friend Jenny that made the cake, my friend Rachel who provided some of her beautiful headband pieces creations (check her stuff here) and my other friend Jenny who took the photos (check her stuff here) Also, to help with cost and time we asked some of the family and friends that were attending if they were able to bring a dish, we send a list of what we could use and left it to see if anyone could help. It worked out great. We asked for things such as macaroni and cheese, rice crispy treats, cream puffs. Mainly things that wouldn't take too much time from people.
Alright, enough reading, here are other pics from the party for your inspiration!
(Huge thanks to Sandy for letting us use her flower shop, Richardson's, for the shower. We got to have a beautiful backdrop of goodies to work with and incorporate in the shower. Go check out her shop sometime if you're in town!)