Happy Monday! If you read my Friday Favourites, you know that I’m going to be an AUNT!!! My little sister, Kelly, is due in January and yesterday my mom, aunt and I hosted a shower for her, and it was such a success! Lots of family and friends came to celebrate, share well wishes for the mama-to-be, and shower her with beautiful gifts. It was so nice to catch up with family and friends, and I had a blast planning the shower. I love a good Pinterest craft, and this shower was the perfect opportunity for so many crafts. Today I’m sharing a little glimpse into the shower, and all of the resources I used during the planning.
For the invitations we decided to go the e-vite route, and used the free website Punchbowl. This process was SO easy! I chose my favourite design, input the shower details, the list of attendees with email addresses and hit send. I was then able to track responses through an app, and could even check if people had opened the email (which came in very handy in a couple of cases where I had the wrong address … oops!).
Planning the Menu
Our shower was during lunch, and we knew that some guests were going to be arriving late, so we wanted a casual buffet style, allowing guests to eat as they arrived. Our menu consisted of :
- Mom-osas – champagne for guests, and sparkling water for mama-to-be
- Charcuterie Board
- A croissant bar – build your own croissant station with egg salad, lobster salad, ham, cheese, and lettuce.
- Asian Cabbage Salad
- Spinach Salad
- Fruit Kebobs – stuck into a pineapple for display (so fun!)
Our décor consisted of my favourite … pink, pink and more PINK!
- Diaper Cake Centerpiece : took about 30 minutes to make with 120 size 1 diapers, some elastic bands, ribbon, and a hot glue gun. The “cake” was displayed as the centerpiece of our buffet lunch. The steps to make it were:
- Roll up diapers from top to bottom. Hold a couple of rolled diapers together in bunches with elastic bands.
- Cluster your elasticized diapers together in groups of approx. 60 (bottom tier), 40 (mid-tier), and 20 (bottom tier).
- Tie each group together with a piece of string.
- Cover the string with ribbon (using hot glue to hold ribbon in place).
- Stack the 3 tiers on top of each other.
- Decorate the cake as desired (I decorated with foam letters and numbers). Tada!
- After the shower, mama can take the diapers home for future use 😉
- “It’s a Girl” Banner : One onesie per letter, printed letters on cardstock, twine, and mini clothespins make for a simple, festive banner!
- Signs :
I wanted to have something fun for Kelly to take home as a reminder of the shower and celebration with family & friends, and found the perfect solution on … Pinterest of course! Aspen Jay has this free template you can download of an elephant holding balloon strings with her truck. We then cut out little pink circles and had each guest sign their name on a circle. After the shower I glued each circle onto the picture as balloons, and have framed it to hang in the baby’s room. #ProTip – do yourself a favour and use a big hole punch, or a silhouette cutter for the circles. My mom works at a local library that has a silhouette cutter, so a quick trip to the library and our circles were done in a flash. Your hands (and patience) will thank you! 😉
This is a controversial one. Opinions on games at showers tend to be pretty polarizing, people either love ’em or hate ’em. There are a lot of games out there that are embarrassing to either guests or mama-to-be. I wanted to make sure everyone enjoyed their time so I wasn’t interested in the embarrassing games, but still wanted to have a couple simple ones as an icebreaker for guests. Hello Rose Paperie (same place I got the signs) had some great templates that fit the bill perfectly. The games were a big hit, particularly Baby Shower Emoji! I’m not sure who had more fun with the emoji game, the participants, or me reading some of the creative answers! 🙂 After the games were complete we had fun little prizes for all of the winners.
As the final craft, I put together a little treat for everyone to take home. These “shower” themed favour bags each had a pink loofa, bar of soap, bath bomb, and little note reading “From My Shower to Yours”. There were a few children at the shower and they couldn’t wait to go home and have a bath … parents – you are welcome!
Little tip on the bags – I found that cookie bags from the dollar store worked the best to hold everything 🙂
With their party favours in hand, all our happy shower goers headed home, and I hit the couch with a glass of wine! 🙂
Have you hosted any showers lately? Have any fun games or décor ideas to share? I’m off to another baby shower in two weeks and can’t wait to celebrate another expecting mama with friends!