My brain is still a little fried from this past weekend’s marriage retreat (in a good way!) so I thought I would just share some of the deets about the baby shower RJ and I got to put on for my sister and BIL back in late October, with the help of a few friends. Because my sister and BIL decided not to find out the gender of their unborn child, the color scheme for the nursery was gray and yellow, which I decided to stick with in planning the baby shower.
I searched far and wide on Etsy for the perfect baby shower invitation, and finally settled on this gem in KatieDid Designs’ Etsy shop. Isn’t it adorable? I love the shabby chic-ness (new word?) of the edges, and the cutie little owl family. For a while, I was debating between two different gray and yellow designs, finally deciding that if there was some way to merge the two, it would be perfect. I described exactly what I wanted to Katie, and she got it exactly how I envisioned it to be the first time! I would highly recommend her for your invitationing needs!
I am great an imagining things. But things don’t always turn out as awesome as I imagine. For example, this is what I envisioned for decor:
And this is what it ended up looking like:
It certainly wasn’t a “Nailed It” moment, but it also doesn’t look as elegant as my Pinspiration. Especially with that motion sensor sticking out at the bottom. I used Martha Stewart’s pom-pom tutorial to make a whole bunch of different sized pom poms in different shades of yellow and gray to hang up. RJ was DEFINITELY a trooper in helping me out!
Two of Jenny’s good friends were sweet enough to come down and help with food prep and decorating. They did an amazing job with the door, which I didn’t notice until I went home at midnight. What a warm and inviting welcome though, right??
I got the idea from my friend, Kristin, to make a banner where guests could write prayers and well-wishes for baby so that baby could literally be covered over with prayer. That’s assuming that the banner would hang above baby’s crib, which…it isn’t. Hahaha. But it is up in her room, so close enough! The banner was made out of different shades and patterns of yellow and gray scrapbook paper and twine.
We also set up a separate “gifts” station with its’ own banner…you know…just in case people needed help figuring out where to put their gifts…
For food, we didn’t go with any particular theme. I mean, I guess I tried to come up with some yellow-ish foods, but there is only so much lemon and egg you can eat at a party. Also, notice the pinwheels by the food display as part of the decor.
The cupcakes we bought for the party aren’t fancy shmancy cupcakes, but actually special ordered cupcakes from Ralph’s. Surprising, right?? They were quite moist and delicious, and they carried a wide variety of flavors, yet it didn’t break the bank. We decided on carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and white cake cupcakes with Oreo frosting. The frosting colors fit the color scheme well.
If you are wondering whether the Ralph’s cupcakes came with the cute wrappers, they did not. However, the wrappers are super easy to make so please don’t pay any money to buy them!! Really…it’s ridiculous. I used the template here to cut out multiple cupcake wrappers out of scrapbook paper and used fun scissors to create the scalloped look along the top edge of the cupcake wrapper. Mmmm…I want cupcakes now… You might have noticed the watermelon baby carriage. Yes, I carved that myself, and no, it wasn’t as hard as I expected it to be! You can find the directions here to make your own watermelon baby carriage. They add a nice festive touch to any baby shower.
I had just finished canning jalapeno jelly and apple butter, so of course, we needed finger foods that incorporated those elements!
And then, we had typical finger foods, such a those mini Costco quiches that I so love and could eat a whole tray of myself, little chicken salad sandwiches on croissant, little egg salad sandwiches, a veggie tray, and some spinach and artichoke dip with crusty French bread. All in all, we had way more than we needed, which turned out to be okay since most of the guests stayed until 10PM anyways. Most of the food was gone by the end of the night!
Peppermint mochas are one of my sister’s favorite drinks of all times, so I thought it would be fun to set up a peppermint hot chocolate/mocha bar (with marshmallows and all!) for guests to enjoy. I won’t give you the recipe though, because unfortunately it turned into a congealed globular mess of nastiness. You win some, you lose some. We also had a mimosa or sparkling juice bar set up for our guests to enjoy. Guests had their choice of fruit nectars in cute little pitchers, and either sparkling water or champagne to mix into a bubbly, refreshing drink.
Game #1: How Well Do You Know Your Baby Food?
I don’t know about you, but when my brother was a baby, I was always curious as to what baby food tasted like (come on!! I know I’m not the only one!!). As I am a lot more vocally curious than most of my friends, I thought I would give guests the opportunity to taste baby food for themselves. When guests arrived, they were welcomed to try out six different varieties of unlabeled baby foods at six taste-testing locations around the kitchen table.
If you couldn’t read it from the instructions sheet, the object of the game was to try to figure out what foods were in each jar. Each tasting station had a little cup full of coffee stirrers to taste the baby food and a plate to discard the coffee stirrers. Guests could check their answers by looking inside the Mystery Jar label. Some jars were easier to guess and tastier than others. You know, like strawberry banana. I think my brother (now a 20 year old baby) even finished off the rest of the jar. Some baby foods were a little grosser and harder to pick out. You know, like the turkey, green beans, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and carrots jar. It didn’t really help that it looked like baby diarrhea either. Maybe next time, I would offer a prize for the most foods guessed, since there wasn’t much incentive to participate in this non-forced-fun game. But all in all, I had fun with it.
Game #2: Boy or Girl?
Or not really a game…more like an activity. About two months before the baby shower, I ended up at a party store that was closing. I picked up these cute pink and blue name labels, with this game already in mind.
Upon arriving, guests had to decide whether they thought Jenny and my BIL were having a boy or girl. You know, just friendly competition. If guests thought they were having a girl, they proudly wore pink name tags around for the rest of the party. If guests thought they were having a boy, they strutted around with blue name tags. You get the idea. In the end, Team Girl won!
Game #3: Poopy Diaper
Of course, what baby shower is complete without a rousing game of Poopy Diaper?? For this game, RJ and I bought 10 different kinds of chocolate candy bars and melted them in 10 different number labeled diapers in the microwave so that they would resemble poop. Guests had an answer sheet on which they were to record what candy bar they thought was in what diaper. Don’t forget to make your own answer key first!
Honestly, I really think this game is more for the host than for the guests, because I had a jolly good time watching and taking pictures as guests stuck their noses in diapers, peered closely at the “poop,” and even as the more hardcore and determined guests tasted the “poop”!
If you play this game at a baby shower you are hosting, there are a few things I recommend. First, get some discreet chocolate candy bars, the lesser knowns, like Whatchamacallits. Second, you NEED a camera. You just do! Third, I would set a timer for how long each person gets each diaper. It just seems fairer that way.
Game #4: Baby Bottle Drinking Contest
For this game, you will need baby bottles with the slow-flow nipples filled with one or two ounces of whatever beverage you desire. We used water. People always come in thinking it’s so easy to drink from baby bottles because babies do it all the time. Actually, the slow-flow nipples make drinking from baby bottles a LOT slower than you think!
And who doesn’t love watching grown men drink from baby bottles??
We had multiple waves, during which the fastest baby bottle drinker would move on to the finals for the chance at winning an iTunes gift card. I had originally wanted to make this game more fun and “adult” by letting guests have their choice of beverage to drink from the bottle, whether it be beer, champagne, juice, sparkling water, whatever. But due to time constraints and needing to wash the bottles between each wave, this just didn’t end up happening. Hopefully next time though!
Game #5: Daddy Relay Race
Another brilliant baby shower idea from Kristin, during this daddy relay race, each of the men had 45 seconds to pin up as many pieces of laundry on the clothesline as possible, while holding the “baby” (in this case, Thomas the bear) and talking on the phone. It was definitely interesting to see each of the different tactics the men employed in trying to pin up the most pieces of laundry.
The only problem with this game is that it can take a long time with all the girls sitting and watching for a while, since only one guy can go at a time. But it was entertaining enough that I don’t think anyone got bored. But all the same, just FYI. And then after all of the official baby shower festivities were over, we played like 7 games in a row of Resistance. Hahaha. Perfect end to a wonderful and fun day! Thanks for reading! I hope this post comes in handy for any of you who may be planning baby showers in the near future. I had a ton of fun planning, and I know that my sister and BIL really enjoyed themselves at their shower. And please, if you try something different or have any other fun ideas, please share them! I am always open to more ideas!