This past Saturday I threw my first baby shower! My sister Haley is expecting a little girl in August and I hosted a shower for family & friends at our home to celebrate my sister & my little niece on the way.
Creating a Theme
Since Haley isn’t the biggest fan of the color pink, I tried to create a shower theme that was more modern and filled with plenty of greenery. She has always loved flowers and all things gardening, so I settled on what I named a “Modern Garden Theme”.
Once I decided on the theme I started looking for a shower invitation to match the theme. I found this one on Easy & based the rest of the shower around it. The watercolor flowers, succulents, greenery and colors were the perfect inspiration to tie everything together.
I knew I wanted to incorporate succulents & eucalyptus as the main decor with a few light pink accents along the way. Luckily our main living space is already filled with various shades of muted greens so it was easy to add a few more touches throughout the space to make the main color (green) really stand out.
Here are a few pictures of our home before adding the shower decorations…
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As you can see, green is the main accent color throughout our downstairs so adding some extra greenery and party decor was all it needed!
Balloons always add a festive touch so I ordered 3 bunches of light pink balloons, one for outside and two for inside. I used a mirror I already had to create the welcome sign just outside the front door. Simply using chalk markers to write out the message and then I tied balloons to the top just before guests arrived. I made the fireplace banner a few days prior to the shower using card stock, twine and a hole punch. It only took about an hour to make. Not only did the banner serve as the perfect shower decor, but it can also be used in baby girl’s nursery once she arrives.
I picked up a dozen succulent spikes at Michaels Craft Store for accents on the food table, along with 5 bunches of Eucalyptus from Trader Joe’s to serve as the floral arrangements. I love using Eucalyptus throughout our home because it’s very inexpensive and dries beautifully! An arrangement can last months and still look wonderful. (Just be careful not to let your four legged friends get into it as the oils from the leaves can hurt their stomachs) The cute little chalkboard sign was found at Kirkland’s. I wrote out “Sugar & Spice and everything nice” in chalk paint and placed it on the food table.
Personally I really enjoy shower games. When you are hosting a party with many people who will not know each other, I find that having some sort of ice breaker to get people talking and engaged really helps make things less awkward. A couple months before the shower I stumbled across a couple activities in the Target Dollar Section that I knew would be perfect. I placed the games (all but bingo) on the front table so that guests could immediately feel included as soon as they walked in.
- A Calendar: To guess the baby’s due date
- Baby Bingo: Before opening gifts, I asked everyone to pick a partner and fill in every space with what they thought she may open. The first two teams to win Bingo won a prize.
- Little cards for Predicitions and Advice: It was originally meant to be a banner but I just used the cards from the pack and used the clothespins for the next game.
- The Clothespin Game: If you say the word “baby” at any point during the shower, whomever hears you say it may take your clothespin. The person with the most clothespins at the end of the shower wins a prize.
After everyone had gotten something to eat & mingled for a bit, I asked everyone to grab a partner for Baby Bingo & we began opening gifts.
Using a wooden box I bought a few years ago at Michael’s I created a simple decorative box to hold the prizes for the game winners. I used bubble wrap from an Amazon order and some beige tissue paper to help fill the empty space. Then I placed a few succulents in the corners and displayed the gifts inside. Before the shower I kept my eye out for the perfect little prizes whenever I was in Target. The Savon soaps smell absolutely heavenly, and so do the pretty glass candles (we have a few around our home now too), and I thought the mug was just cute & fun.
I absolutely loved throwing the shower. I’m always excited to host anything but it was extra special watching everyone love on and celebrate my sister. We all had such a wonderful time, and I can’t wait to meet my first niece in just a few short weeks!