Recently I was lucky enough to throw a baby shower for a good friend. I was thrilled to be able to share this special day with her, and make it great. She was having a baby boy and chose the absolute cutest baby nursery bedding for her little guy. (If we ever decide to have another, I may have to copy and get this nursery bedding myself!)
|Enchanted Forest by Lambs and Ivy|
Isn’t it so cute? It was also going to be the perfect theme for the shower – Enchanted Forest!
I handmade the invitations.
|Invitations: Instructions here|
When guests arrived to the shower, I had a door prize game ready. They had to guess how many whoppers were in the jar. They wrote down their answers and placed them in the box. (I covered a baby shoe box with burlap patterned paper and cut a slit in the front for each person to slide in their guess). The guest who came closest to guessing how many whoppers were in there won the jar full of whoppers as a prize. Each guest put on a name tag and also a necklace.
Baby Shower Games/Activities:
1. Don’t say “baby”
Each guest received a necklace (brown cording or ribbon with a blue plastic safety pin). Everyone was instructed to not use the word, “baby”. Whenever someone caught someone else saying “baby”, they got to take the other person’s necklace. At the end of the shower, the person with the most necklaces got a prize.
2. Guess the Baby Animal game
Each guest received a sheet of paper with 20 different adult animal names listed on it. They had several minutes to write down the name of the animal’s baby on their sheet. The person with the most correct answers won a prize. Click to download a free printable version of guess the baby animal game (and the answers).
3. Price Is Right
I purchased baby shampoo, baby wash, baby wipes, Desitin, package of Linkadoos, nail clippers, newborn diapers and baby washcloths. I showed each item to the guests and had them guess the price of each item. (I also informed them I purchased all of the items at Walmart.) The guest who was able to come closest to the correct total got a prize. Click here for a free printable version of the Price Is Right game. Added bonus: I gave all the goodies to my girlfriend as a gift.
4. Advice for the parents-to-be
I cut out cards for each guest to write a heartfelt thought or advice for the parents-to-be. I wanted this to be a way for the soon to be first time mommy and daddy to be able to lift up their spirits when they are having a rough day with their little guy, which I am sure they will have at some point. Every parent has those incredibly difficult days where we can use a laugh or some support from our friends and family.
Later, after the shower, I put all the advice cards, plus some other meaningful and humorous quotes together into a keepsake album for them.
I gave each guest a blank bingo card to fill out with items they thought my girlfriend might receive as a gift. While she opened her presents, each guest crossed off the items on their bingo card. The first two guests to get a bingo won a prize.
For the decorations, I kept it pretty simple. The tablecloths were plastic ones from the Dollar Tree or Hobby Lobby. On the main table I used a gold colored tablecloth. On the food table was a light blue one. The main table had the moss topiaries that I made. The cupcakes were on this table. They were very simply decorated. To adorn the cupcakes I placed a deer that I had cut out with my Cricut ‘Create a Critter‘ cartridge on the very top cupcake. This deer matched the ones I had used for the invitations, he was just bigger.
I also created a ‘Baby Boy’ pennant banner to hang above where she would be sitting opening gifts. It turned out so cute.
|Papers I used for the banner (most were purchased at Hobby Lobby)|
I wanted something practical (and cute) that the guests could use to take home with them. I purchased small terra cotta pots from Hobby Lobby and placed one small plant in each one.
I made garden tags with a thank you on the front and care instructions for the particular plant on the back. I glued a popsicle stick into the middle underneath the cream cardstock to be able to insert them into the dirt. They really looked nice on the table and added an extra decorative touch.
I made little tags to identify what each food item was. I simply adhered a printed out card onto a larger piece of cardstock that was scored and folded in half.
What we ate:
- Vegetables with Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dip
- Layered Bean Dip
- Guacamole and chips
- Roast Beef and Sun Dried Tomato Tortilla Pinwheel with Celery and BBQ Sauce Cream Cheese Filling
- Turkey and Spinach Tortilla Pinwheel with Olive Cream Cheese Filling
- Crackers with Swiss, Pepper Jack and Cheddar Cheeses
- Watermelon Fruit Salad (shaped into a baby carriage)
What we drank:
- Iced Tea
- Punch (Hawaiian Punch, Sprite and Pineapple Juice)
Triple chocolate with homemade strawberry filling and chocolate buttercream icing.
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