What is a baby shower without an actual shower? Uneventful. My sister, mom, and I threw a baby shower for my sister last week and as we set up the decor and food we watched as the sky to the north became darker and darker. Not a drop of rain fell until the shower started and all of the guests had arrived.
The skies then opened and dumped the heaviest rain I have seen in quite some time. Our quickly drenched guests were quick to grab food, presents, and decor, and run for the shelter of the house. Of course it only rained for 10 or 15 minutes but it was more than enough rain to soak EVERYTHING.
Still a fun night spent with friends, and a fun couple of weeks planning the shower. If you are in the process of planning a shower or may have to in the future. Scroll through the pictures for ideas... you never know when you'll need them. Any of these could be adapted for any kind of party.
Use what you have before purchasing anything!
- Before purchasing any decor items take a look around your home to see what you already have that can be used as decor. Here the vase of faux flowers, tied bedroom quilt, chalkboard and table where already in the home. Pulled out of their individual rooms and placed together it created decor.
- Twine and clothes pins were used to hang onesies, socks, and little pants that were being given as gifts. The mom to be also brought pieces that she had already purchased and they became part of the decor as well.
- Once you have done an inventory of what you can already use then head to the store for the extras.
- Tissue paper poofs can be made quite easily with any color of tissue paper you like. The pink banner strung in the top few pictures was purchased at Target for $4. You can add words, make your own, or leave it plain. They had similar banners in a variety of colors on the party aisle.
- Add a message to a chalkboard of any size. Greet guests, do a countdown, make a Happy Birthday sign for the birthday child. The sky is the limit. Get creative. You can find quotes that go with your party on the internet.
- Party planning is complicated enough without trying to be too detailed with the food. Stay as simple as you can and you'll be glad you did. I am still learning this lesson and more often than not try to make some unique thing for a party and it rarely turns out and I'm left with some strange thing.
- We simple put fresh fruit, m&ms and nuts, cupcakes, brownies, veggies, and chips and salsa all on different kinds of white plates and dishes. It looked great on the table and it didn't take hours to prepare. Still time consuming but not near what it could have been. And most importantly people will eat it when they know what it is. Simple foods for groups are best because you don't have to worry about differing tastes.
- Decide how much time you will need to set up and then double it. Setting up will always, always, always take longer than you think if you want it done right. If for some odd reason it doesn't you'll have plenty of time to be ready and there is nothing wrong with that.