Shortly before my wedding, I found out my best friend since 1st grade was pregnant. I was ecstatic and quickly claimed the honor of hosting her baby shower. I've never thrown a baby shower before, but I was not about to let that stop me. She's been gracious enough to pave the way for big life events such as marriage and babies before me, and I have jumped in with my own paving of hosting awesome showers for her. ;)
I've been Pinteresting a while for baby showers, just in case I would ever need to find those great ideas I discovered. I've been having so much fun looking for more great ideas and imagining how to fit them in. I posted both boy and girl ideas while I was waiting to see what Baby Smith turned out to be. I was thrilled to death to dig into my feminine side when I found out Addison Nicole was planning to make an appearance in January. Here's a look at the details of the day along with template FREEBIES and recipes for you to DIY too. :)
Sugar Scrub Favors
Cloud/Rain Shower Backdrop
Things You Should Know About Babies
The Games and Prizes
Step 1: The Invitation
I loved the baby diaper invitations I saw and decided to recreate it on my own to fit the sizing I needed for the invitation card I wanted to slip inside. Click here for the diaper invitation template. Because I work on a budget, and I didn't already have double sided, colored card stock, I cheated and cut out pieces for the lining and only glued them in the places that show so I wouldn't waste paper (for some reason my supply of pink paper was low...it must be my favorite color or something). ;) If you're using the cheat method, make sure you cut 1 of the side leg lining piece when the template is facing up, and one when it's facing down so that you'll have a piece that fits the two opposing sides. Click here for the diaper invitation insert template. I used a glue stick to assembly everything except the bow, which I stuck on with a glue gun.
Step 2: The Favors
I wanted something girly that people would actually use. I also sell doTERRA essential oils, so I was trying to find a recipe I could use for a homemade favor. Then I stumbled on this beauty on Pinterest:
Step 3: The Quilt
I sew a little. And by that I mean, my friends think I'm really good at it. But if someone who actually sews things were to look at my work, they'd probably cringe. Ha. I hate following patterns. So I usually figure it out on my own and do it the easy, and maybe a little sloppy way. But if the end result looks decent, then who cares if there's an uneven edge, right?? ;)
Cheryl at A Pretty Cool Life gave an awesome tutorial on a really easy, really adorable baby blanket. She had a great trick for cutting the right size triangles for the pennants on it, which I actually also used to make pennants on some twine to hang around the tables. I used flannel for my blanket--nice, warm and cozy for a baby. I used a light pink fabric for the front, various pink and brown patterns for the pennants (the baby room color scheme), and a super cute, chevron print to cover the whole back. I used pink bias tape on the edges, which I'd never used before.
I used it as decor with the cloud and rain shower backdrop on the front window. All that was needed to make the rain drops was some colored cardstock that I sewed together on my sewing machine. I wrapped the drops around a piece of cardboard to transport them without letting them get tangled. The clouds were made from white balloons tied onto a piece of twine that I tied above the raindrops. It looked so cute! It was probably my favorite decoration!
Step 4: The Bow Bar
Everyone was so amazed by my Bow Bar. I've seen it all over Pinterest, so I was very surprised no one had heard of it before. I did have to go give some guests an extra nudge to go do it. I think crafty things intimidate some people. But this craft was really an amazingly easy one for everyone. I could have made fabric flowers myself, and I did make a few for variety, but I knew it would take too much time, which has been a little scarce with work lately. So I searched Etsy for the perfect package of bow bar supplies, and found just what I needed from PrettyLilTrims. I used an empty frame wrapped around with ribbon for the finished hairbands to be hung on.
Step 5: Funny Diaper Notes
I thought this was such a funny idea, and makes lots of sense. Of the (many) things that make me drag my feet about the thought of having kids, one of them is losing my precious sleep! You should see me in the morning when the alarm goes off on a work day...not a pretty sight. (I know, I have some maturing to do. #selfish) I thought of myself at 2am changing a diaper for the umpteenth time and I thought that it would definitely brighten my mood if I had something unexpected and funny to read on the diaper I was using.
I borrowed the idea I've seen on Pinterest about repurposing old diaper boxes by covering them with duct tape. Driven by Decor had the great signs to print for them.
Step 6: Advice Onesies
I found a great printable for a onesie on Acire Adventures and cut out a bunch from scrapbook paper. I put a hole punch in the corner of each and laid them out loosely on a table. I made a cover page onesie that said "Things You Should Know About Babies" and left colorful markers for guests to fill out pages of advice. There were a lot of funny ones! I was very excited Nicole and Josh had a baby announcement picture with a onesie; it fit perfectly!
Step 7: The Food
This was one area that seemed to get more and more elaborate as time went on. I didn't want to serve a whole meal, so I opted for some easy, fresh, and brightly colored snacks! The table display turned out beautifully. I recruited the help of some attendees so I wasn't doing everything myself.
Fresh cut veggies in tasting cups with dressing at the bottom
Cheese and crackers
Strawberry flavored yogurt pretzels
Cake (which I forgot to serve but looked lovely on the cake stand I found at Marshalls!)
Sparkling cranberry lemonade punch
Sweet and spicy Good Earth iced tea (the BEST iced tea I've ever had!)
1 cup of unsweetened coconut,
1/2 cup chopped walnuts,
1 peeled, diced apple,
1 cup of dried cranberries,
Seeds of 2 pomegranates
(The easiest way to remove the seeds from a pomegranate is whack it hard with a wooden spoon all over before you cut it open. Then when you open it in a bowl of water, you just brush your fingers over it and they fall out pretty quickly.)
This salad is delicious, fresh, different, and keeps for quite a while. :)
Sparkling Cranberry Lemonade
1 can, thawed pink lemonade concentrate
1 qt. sparkling water
4 cups white cranberry juice (I used white, cranberry, strawberry juice by Ocean Spray)
Combine juice and concentrate. Add sparkling water just before serving.
My best friend's favorite cake has always been yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I didn't find too many brown colored cakes for baby showers, so I thought I'd experiment with marshmallow fondant. Bad idea! At 11pm the night before after wrestling with it and having patchy spots on my cake, I realized the beautiful fondant ruffles and bows I was planning was either going to cause me to pull an all-nighter, or was going to turn out horribly ugly because the fondant was way harder to manipulate than I imagined. So before I hit any of those points, I pulled off the fondant and fixed the chocolate frosting.
So all the fondant I made wouldn't go to waste, I rolled a bunch into little balls and stuck them around the edges. It was cute, clean and classy. Want to know my tip for even frosting?? After you frost the cake, get the frosting knife a little wet and go over uneven spots. Keep doing this whenever the frosting starts to stick to the knife again.
For the cake topper, I sketched a onesie on a piece of paper and used it as a pattern to cut out pink onesies. I glued a button to each and hot glued them to some twine that I tied to skewers.
I did unfortunately forget all about it at the shower and we didn't cut it. But I just sent it home with Nicole, who was of course ecstatic that it was her favorite kind. ;)
Step 8: The Games and Prizes
I didn't want cheesy games. I chose two easy ones that I found printables for:
Nursery Rhyme Game Printable by Chickabug Blog
Mr. & Mrs. Wright Present Pass by eBabyShowerGames
For a tie breaker question, I had prepared how many days until Addison would arrive using the Date Difference Calculator. Just in case, I also calculated how long it had been since Nicole and Josh got married. I didn't need either tiebreaker, but I was glad to have them just in case.
I sell essential oils, and they are GREAT for making homemade gifts. :) They also help your health, so it's a double win!
Citrus Bliss Foot Soak
Recipe from Homespun with Love
3/4 cup epsom salt
1/2 cup baking soda
zest of a lemon and an orange
5 drops each of grapefruit, orange, and lemon essential oil
Mix together, put it in a pretty jar. It lasts 2-3 weeks. Give it a little shake if it settles.
Lavender Bath Salts
1/2 cup epsom salt
1/2 cup baking soda
5 drops lavender essential oil
And there you have it! That's how to throw a great DIY baby shower. I hope you enjoy the recipes and printables, and that they help you make your own shower a big success. :) Leave a comment, and let me know what you think!