Baby shower time is here. I cannot believe our little Aksel (aka Mr. Awesome) will be making his arrival at any time now. So many thing for our family to look forward to, and one of them is most definitely an awesome baby shower to announce the arrival of our little man.
The only baby shower I have ever helped to plan was through my work. This is a little different. There are very little decorations and we basically have a pot luck. My girls and I are the only ones throwing this shower and it will be for family and friends. Well, this is basically just a party, and I have thrown plenty of them. So, here we go.
TIP #1 PICK A THEME
Picking a theme for your party will point you in the right direction for your decor, cake, and food. There are so many cute baby boy themes to pick from: storks, trucks, Noah’s Ark, nautical, and so many more. Taylor fell in love with a rubber duck cake, so there is our theme
TIP #2 FIND YOUR VENUE
Most of the time baby showers are thrown in someone’s house. However, recently a lot of people are choosing restaurants, parks, or even catering halls for their event. We are blessed to have a beautiful church with a bright and cheery atrium as the local for our event. It is important to know your location early in order to plan the number of guests, order your invitations, and figure out what type of decorations you will need.
TIP #3 PLAN YOUR MENU
Every party needs a great menu, and a baby shower is no exception. Whether you decide to have it catered or make homemade goodies, it is important to check with the guest of honor, the parents to be, for their preferences. The spread can consist of finger foods or a sit down meal or anything in between depending on the time of day and budget. We chose to serve chicken salad croissants, potato salad, fruit, deviled eggs,homemade eclairs, punch, and coffee.
TIP #4 DECORATION TIME
Thank goodness for Pinterest. There are so many economical, do-it-yourself projects you can take on for the decor. The rubber duck theme was pretty easy to pull off. We had centerpieces that consisted of a fish bowl filled with clear and blue stones and a rubber duck sitting in the middle. The blue and yellow color scheme included the banner, table cloths, plates, napkins, and balloons. My major project was the diaper cake. This was only my second attempt and I think it came out quite nice.
TIP #5 SHOW STOPPER CAKE
There so many adorable cakes to choose from. I love the mommy bump cakes that are so popular. Tiered cakes are quite nice as well. Taylor fell in love with a mommy rubber duck swimming on a cake full of bubbles with her baby trailing behind. I am very lucky to have a mother-in-law with pastry chef abilities. She made a homemade version with matching cupcakes that stole the show.
TIP #6 HAVE FUN
This is a celebration for goodness sake. Allow plenty of time for socializing. However, a few games are nice too. We did the toilet paper to measure the belly game and the name the baby food game. After tasting some of the baby food my son said he now knows why babies cry. The table full of moms won, they got every flavor right, including the combination flavors. They later told us the varieties were printed in small letters on the side of the containers. That was okay it all combined to create great memories. Make sure you allow for time for the parents to open gifts. My two loved sharing the thank you with their guest and I think the guests enjoyed seeing the joy on Taylor and Nathaniel’s face.