April Showers

I know, I know—it isn’t April anymore. But the baby shower I attended in Arlington, VA. this past Saturday was on April 30, so I feel this title still applies.

I have to preface this post by saying I had only been to one baby shower before this past weekend, so admittedly I have very little expertise in the field. Still, I feel pretty confident in saying that this one was fabulously fun. The party throwers (sister of the Mom-to-be, Lisa, and best friend of the Mom-to-be, Bailey) made sure to add plenty of personal touches and surprises for Alison, so that the day really felt special, and not generic.

Another post preface—I am not now, nor have I ever been, a crafty person. However, this past weekend I crafted like my life depended on it. And let me tell you, I feel quite ready should another baby shower appear on the horizon (I’m talking to you, sister!).

Read on to see some of the personal touches Lisa and Bailey came up with, and feel free to steal them for your own party planning.

And check out the Etsy shop that created the banner above here.

The Welcome Packet/Baby Naming Game:
Upon entering the shower, each guest was greeted at the door with her own personalized Welcome Packet which included a pink pen, a name tag, and two sheets of paper for the baby naming game that we played. Here’s how said packets were made:

First, Lisa created adorable clothes pins by cutting out small circular pieces of different patterned paper and gluing them to the pins:

Then, packets were rolled up with the two game papers, a pen, and a name tag, then tied with ribbon that read ‘Alison’s Having a Baby!’:

Each guest’s previously submitted baby photo was hung on twine with the decorated clothes pins for the game (which, sadly, I did not win):

The Mom-to-be as a baby

The welcome packets were placed on a table at the room entrance, along with two ‘Grandma-to-be’ pins:

The Candy Bar:
Best friend/co-planner Bailey trekked some apothecary jars of different sizes from her home to the shower, and we filled them with candies of the red-colored family variety, including Twizzlers, pink & white M&M’s (get custom baby shower ones like Bailey did here), Swedish fish, and Good & Plentys:

Guests each had their own plastic bags with ‘Baby shower honoring Alison Em Grantham’ stickers on them to fill up:

The Chip Cones:
The girls bought different printed paper and cut them into different sizes before making them into cones to hold chips and cheese fries in the buffet:

The Cake Table:
Two cakes were purchased from Cake Love and perched on a dessert table with a special cupcake for the Daddy-to-be from Crumbs:

The Utensil Holders:
The tissue paper flowers on these utensil packets were my first real attempt of the weekend to help craft some of the Baby Shower Supplies (yup, even those adorable flowers were handmade!). I’m not sure I can say I was successful, but I can at least point you in the direction of how to do it yourself:

They also purchased a few pre-folded flower garlands by Martha Stewart, which we hung as a banner across the fireplace where the gifts were left:

The Food:
Most of the food at the party was homemade, to include the watermelon baby carriage, which Lisa’s ever-patient (and talented!) dad carved by hand (see how to here):

Do you have any fun baby shower ideas to share?

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  1. by Urja Dave

    On May 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    how crafty! i love the baby carriage watermelon!

  2. by Taryn

    On May 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    so cute! looks like it was a beautiful baby shower!

  3. by rocky

    On May 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Great article Cheryl! Such great ideas for a fun and memorable baby shower!

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