Category: Featured Baby Shower
I’ll be revisiting a few posts the next few weeks as I soak in the last 2 weeks with the kids before school starts…
Over the weekend I had a little dinner for 3 of my girlfriends…ALL expecting BOYS! I decided to have the dinner baby shower style. We had such a fabulous evening…
Freelance photographer/DIY enthusiast Jin (from misscontradictionofsorts.blogspot.com) hosted this fab luncheon with a whimsical/Alice in Wonderland theme. Wouldn’t it be fun to use these ideas for your baby shower?
The fabric bunting is not only gorgeous, but is easy enough for anyone to make! Just cut a variety of fabric strips and tie on some twine/jute rope. Jin also posts a fun tutorial for her DIY mustache straws.
My friend Lori of The Purple Tree Photography threw us a terrific co-ed baby shower, and the pics she also managed to take that day are in! The event was co-ed with no games or gift opening, but some fun activity stations like a date night jar (where friends left creative / spicy post baby date ideas for us, complete with lots of offers of free babysitting that we will be taking them up on ; ), a photo booth, and some hilarious signage that Lori made to highlight the food and beverages.
Since we didn’t open gifts at the shower, a lot of people sent them in advance, and we were able to use a lot of the gifts we’d already received as decor. I loved that they did double duty – free decor, and a nice way to show off how much we appreciated our gifts at the shower itself!
Of course Floret Cadet was on the scene – I had a blast doing the flowers- it’s so fun and freeing to design when you’re the client too! More pics of the florals from the event at Floret Cadet’s facebook page.
There were many penguin references throughout the shower, including on the invites. Our baby’s pre-natal name has been Pinguina (Italian for Penguin) after her appearance on a very early ultrasound when she just had little arm buds in lieu of arms.
Food and beverage – yum! Lori made the cutest signs to differentiate the things that the pregnant ladies in the group (there were a few besides me) could eat and drink. These said “Sushi A La Nemo” and “Sushi A La Veggies”
And the drink signs were even more hilarious! They read:
Knocked Up Lavender Lemonade (for those who might end up that way after a few)
Virgin Lavender Lemonade (for those who are growing little people inside)
Honey Hibiscus (Preggo friendly iced tea)
Peach Sangria (Only preggo friendly if you think you’re in the 1960′s)
More pics (as the event starts to get a little more dude friendly / PG-13) after the jump!
Chatura sent in photos of her beautiful baby shower and I wanted to share right away. There are a lot of creative ideas that may inspired those of you that are baby shower planning. LOTS of cute handmade garlands, homemade desserts, water bottle labels, etc. & the menu makes my mouth water! I’ll let Chatura give more details:
My name is Chatura, and I am writing to you from Ottawa, Canada. I’m very excited to enter into motherhood. I have been cherishing all the new experiences that come with expecting a brand new life, and my baby shower was no exception.
As for the shower details, most of it was planned and designed by me with loads of support from my husband, mom, sister, and sister-in-law (what can I say, I love being involved in the preparation and coordination of an event that brings my ideas to fruition, much more than I enjoy surprises).
- We decided to come up with an “Over The Moon About Baby”, shower theme. A theme that was a little fresh and different.
- We also wanted to keep in line with the existing décor of the house by designing a shower that complimented what was already there. So instead of picking an entirely different colour theme, we stuck to the existing neutral tones and orange accents of the house, but incorporated yellow (because of the moon theme) and blue (because it’s a boy) to the shower décor colour scheme
- All the invitations, banners, the garlands, and other décor accents were handmade by me using scrap booking paper from Michael’s, a sewing machine (all the garlands were machine sewn), and a Martha Stewart start punch.
- As you may have guessed the baby’s name will be Ihsan, hence the banner dedicated to him behind the dessert table.
- We served tandoori chicken, yellow rice pilaf, and various other south Asian salads/sides. I really wanted to treat the guests to some good south Asian home cooking.
- Most of the desert was homemade, with the exception of the miniature cupcakes, purchased from the flour shoppe (theflourshoppe.ca), a specialty cupcake bakery in Ottawa. – At the end of the shower we sent the guests home with cakepop favors, with little handmade tags that said “It’s a boy”.
- Most of the shower festivities happened on the backyard deck (patio), on a cool September evening. The shower was held at a townhouse, but there was plenty of space for the guests to mingle and enjoy themselves. One of the most memorable shower games was designing toilet paper diapers in teams of two, everyone really got into it and delivered some memorable diaper ensembles.
- Instead of a conventional guest book, all the guests signed a photo frame with messages for the baby and myself. It now hangs in his nursery so that one day he can also know how excited everyone was for him to arrive.
This craft baby shower is full of colour and fun. This fabulous baby shower was photographed by Karen Feder Photography for mum-to-be Karna in Minnesota. Karna’s friends organised and made everything for this crafty baby shower to celebrate the imminent arrival of her baby girl. The informal relaxed event was attended by all of Karna’s closest friends, including a few other expecting friends. The friends wanted to do something creative and took inspiration from Pinterest coming up with a birdie craft baby shower. The organising was done in secret so it was a surprise for the mum-to-be!
The party was decorated with paper and ceramic birds, charming bird cages and fresh flowers. There was a gorgeous nappy cake topped with a brightly painted bird house. Bright pinks, blues and greens were used in all the craft baby shower details and everything was lovingly hand crafted and embellished. Special touches included a guest book where the guests where invited to “leave some tweets for Karna and the baby”.
During the craft baby shower the friends got to be creative and crafted hair barrettes for the baby girl, using a colourful array of felt, ribbons and buttons. They each made two or three hair barrettes each and then pinned them to a card with their message to the Karna and her baby. Karna said “I now have dozens of barrettes in many different colours that I’ll be able to have my little girl wear for years — not only was it an extra special present but it also showed their creativity – I have some truly talented friends.”
Baby shower games included a quiz called “Before They Left The Nest” that asked questions about Karna and her husband growing up. The guests could also record their hopes for the baby called “Dear Baby…” Karna loved this idea “The answers from each of the girls were so different and so special, representing their personalities and hopes. It’s something I will treasure and look back on as she arrives, as she grows and as their hopes for her turn into realities”. This is a lovely idea and something that the mum-to-be can put in her baby journal to treasure.
A little green inspiration to you this morning. Celebrations at Home posted this beautiful baby shower last week in honor of St. Patricks Day. I thought a lot of these green ideas would be fun for a “surprise baby” baby shower…
mini pistachio cakes wrapped in gold ribbon & refreshing basil infused limeade sound just perfect to me! Visit Honeycomb-events.com to purchase this printable collection!
I love the idea of Coed Baby Showers. Not all baby showers have to be the traditional luncheon with baby games and an afternoon of opening presents. What do you think of having a big party to celebrate the coming baby?
This one is adorable and looks incredibly stress free. The decor is simple but so cute. I love that anyone can replicate this look. Tulips in mason jars, and helium filled balloons in 3 different colors that match the place settings.
mini cupcakes via Amy @ shewearsmanyhats.com. for the flags she printed the text, cut flag shapes, and attached them to toothpicks with a little craft glue.
Ducky Punch via Cheryl @ tidymom.net. the blue Kool-Aid makes it look like bath water and the sherbet mixed with the ginger ale gives it “bath bubbles”.
this baby shower is so sweet. there is nothing formal or uncomfortable about it. i love the idea of drinking homemade lemonade out of vintage mason jars!
and by the way….i LOVE Squirt! i think i am going to buy some and drink it with a straw
photographed and decorated by Bethany of edenphotography.biz
this is my FAVORITE baby shower! (i know i always say that)…but really, i LOVE this. it is so sweet and wholesome. what a wonderful theme to celebrate a baby coming into the world. (and the food looks so delicious and healthy you can learn about all the party details at One Charming Party via Sara Westbrook Photography
these gorgeous baby shower photos were sent in by mama-to-be blogger of www.withtwocats.com. she is expecting her baby girl in a few weeks (almost my due date twin!!) i have fallen in love with the beautiful hand-crocheted flower garland made by her grandmother. be sure to check out her blog for some great design inspiration!
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baby shower 2:
a really fun baby shower designed by Sarah. Sarah has some absolutely adorable and inexpensive ideas…visit her blog, teammartinok.blogspot.com for detailed info.
“…These were completely designed using digital scrapbooking kits from DigiScrap Addicts and Just Digi Layouts. I found the wording for the front on Google: Lemonade pop sweets and treats, someone new for you to meet! Please come meet… The back was just the party information.”
“…bubble wands $1 (from Dollar Tree) in pots from Dollar General ($2.50 each)”
“…drink jars are from Wal-Mart ($5.96 each). These are great because they’re so versatile that you can use them for a variety of things!”
“…Cupcake stand is from Michael’s, normally $19.99 but I bought it with a 50% off coupon. I also bought wrapping paper from Michael’s, and cut circles to cover the cupcake stand. The toppers are all designs from the invitations, but I also added Jasper’s birthdate for one of the toppers. That date stamp is from a digital scrapbooking kit by WM[squared]Designs. We made chocolate fudge cupcakes as well as strawberry cupcakes with blueberries in them (thanks for the idea, mom!) and they were a HUGE hit! Would love one right now. :)”
“…For guest favors, I set up a candy bar along with sippy cups for guests to take some candy home with them. (sippy cups were purchased 5/$1 at Dollar Tree – what a steal!) I bought all the candy at Wal-Mart, including the precious little swirl lollipops…only 33 cents each!”
“…And finally, my gift to Jasper! I put together a basket, because who doesn’t love gift baskets?! I bought the orange basket at Hobby Lobby and embellished it with some wood designs from Michael’s and a vinyl “J” from Uppercase Living. I filled it with diapers, some clothes, a bib, and some pacifiers that I found at Target thanks to Katie at It’s in the Details – that girl could be a personal shopper – she always posts about the neatest finds!”
“…Also in the basket was a PRECIOUS dress and headband from Jaime at BusyBizzyB. Her blog & etsy shop always have such cute things, and she’s GREAT t work with! This wasn’t actually in her etsy shop but I requested it, and she had it to me in no time flat. Go check her out!”
“…I also had a picture frame in the basket, and I put Jasper’s first picture along with her birth info. in it…but forgot to take a picture of it actually in the frame! Here is the digital design of it.”
“…Well, I think that’s it! It was a lot of work but a TON of fun. Thanks to everyone who helped & shared ideas!! I’ll leave you with a picture of the proud mommy, and sweet Jasper gazing up at her favorite “aunt” – me!! :)”
an absolutely beautiful baby shower by Sugarcoated Events. See more at sugarcoatedevents.blogspot.com.
Sharing a passion for chic design and a flair in unique creations, Brie and Karon of Sugarcoated have created the ultimate in hand crafted and stylish events.
Having spent many years researching beautiful designs throughout the world, Karon and Brie love working with each individual to style their ultimate Sugarcoated dream.
Specialising in Bridal & Baby Showers, the girls have also branched out to small weddings, product launches, birthdays, christenings etc.
Designing everything from handcrafted invitations, themes, place-cards, table settings, favours, floral arrangements etc the girls have finally transformed their love of beautiful design and event coordination to share and Sugarcoat so many other dreams.
ha! i love this i found this over on Claire’s blog, craftschmaft.com.
2 x packets of cake mix with icing mixture included
(I used White Wings White Chocolate Rasberry Swirl)
2 x 250g packets of chocolate finger biscuits
2 x 250g packets of cream cheese
2-3 tablespoons of cocoa
blue food colouring
rubber ducks to decorate
white mini marshmallows
for detailed step by step directions on how to make a rubber ducky cake visit craftschmaft.com.
We love this simple and elegant celebration to welcome Emily’s baby #4. Shared from Brooke’s blog, inchmark.squarespace.com
“…I wanted to hang some hearts over the table but once I cut/punched all 50 or so, the thought of punching holes and tying them all to string seemed a bit ridiculous. Saved again by my sewing machine… much faster.”
“…I put together a little quiz (thanks to Emily’s mother) about Emily when she was younger. The best question was about her getting sent to the principal’s office in second grade for throwing spitballs at the ceiling in the girl’s bathroom. Heart toothpicks for some of the food (two hearts stuck together with a bit of double stick tape).“
“…It’s nice to not have to deal with cups and ice at parties, so I’m a fan of water bottles. And they always look cuter with new labels. Emily’s favorite drink is IZZE (her favorite is actually the raspberry flavor, but she likes the pomegranate too and well, it matched the color palette better). I’m not above choosing drinks solely on their color.”
“…Light blue and white sugar cookies, with a few red ones thrown in. These heart cookie cutters are from an old kit from Martha by Mail, I wish I had bought one of everything they sold while they were still in business. So well designed and so well made.”
“…Emily’s sister was kind enough to pick up some Sprinkles cupcakes, and the red and blue candies on top were perfect. Although my cupcake love is reserved for Magnolia Bakery, these are pretty good too.”
“…My sweet sister in law ran all over town trying to find some red heart candies. I used my new favorite trick for the tags, punching out the heart shape and putting fabric behind it.”
Thanks, Brooke for sharing this. To see more, visit inchmark.squarespace.com
We are really excited to introduce a new section of our blog…our FEATURED BABY SHOWER! We have found a beautiful baby shower to share with you today. The event was organized and designed by Paula for her sister:
“…I really liked how they turned out & I received some really nice compliments from the invitees! ahhhh…that’s what makes it worth it!”
“…I made the pom poms from Martha Stewart from scratch. The first one was a little tricky and then the others got easier & easier. I was a bit pressed for time so I made one a day and that seemed to work for my time management more. I also made the Baby Boy Banner in one evening. I knew in my head what I wanted it to look like , so it was easy to put together. I was already in love with the paper…that always makes creativity flow. If the paper doesn’t turn my crank, it is frustrating. I now only buy paper that speaks to me…why make it harder!!!”
“…The food was inspired by several dessert bars & candy bar ( buffet style) I took some inspiration from my fave designer: Rebecca Thuss & from Oh How Charming. It worked out great. The attendees seemed to really enjoy the treats. There were parfaits, 4 types of cookies ( PB, Oatmeal raisin, Choco Chip, Double Chocolate), Caramel Apples, Cinnamon Candy Apples, Fruit kabobs, Mini Cupcakes (chocolate & vanilla mint), Caramel Popcorn, Yogurt Dipped & Chocolate dipped pretzels & Water Bottles!!!
The take home gift was homemade caramels wrapped in wax paper & put in tin wrapped bags. Loved the bags & ribbon!!! I printed a little tag with Baby G’s pic & and a little “thanks for coming” note.
All in all, it worked out great. One tip I had to take note of from this shower is to give myself an extra hour for vendors who can at times make you late. I could have used just 1 hour more and i would have not been so pressed for time!!! but hey, what can you do?
I really enjoyed myself and think my sister loved it, so I was happy to have the shower for her & Baby G….btw, he was an angel!!!”
To learn more about this beautiful baby shower check out prettyshoulders.blogspot.com.
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