In case you’re new around here, I’m 27-years-old. That’s approximately the time in life that wedding season starts to wind down (as far as I can tell) and baby season starts to wind up (as far as I can tell). I can tell I’m close to transition time because last year I had 7 weddings and this year I only have 1. And this year I’ve been to 2 baby showers, just completed my first maternity photo shoot, and have a Facebook news feed full of little ones.
Now, this is actually a pretty neat transition because all of my friends seem pretty happy about it, and it’s a pretty solid reason to have more parties. (And yet again, in case you’re new around here) I really like parties.
Last weekend I went to a baby shower for Ben’s best friends. It was a co-ed baby shower with the most spread of food (it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing when the table has both Vietnamese and Italian food on it). It was super chill and the games well-thought out and passive. Super into passive baby shower games over here. We wrote motivational/cheeky messages on diapers (I think they were all supposed to be motivational… we may have failed) & guessed stats about the baby.
I wanted to share a few baby shower ideas and inspiriational photos from the event in case you find yourself planning a shower of your own. (Or more likely, planning a shower for someone else, I think I’m the only weirdo-face who likes to think about planning her own showers.)
Make a sock bouquet
Now, I’ve seen diaper cakes before (and there’s an awesome one pictured below), but I had never seen a sock bouquet before. What a fun way to incorporate baby items into the decor. And baby socks are so gosh darn cute. The mama-to-be’s aunt made this bouquet below to be gender neutral, but it could absolutely be geared towards baby girls or baby boys.
Fancy up the food
This was the first thing I saw when I walked in the door. Little fruit bowls! In an orange! With all different colors! It’s seriously the prettiest. One day I hope to make food this pretty in life. I’m pretty sure it involves developing the patience to cut melon into similarly-sized pieces.
Stick to the theme
There are plenty of baby-themes out there. This page has 65 theme ideas and this one has 100 more. That said, I think this was the first baby shower I’ve been to where the theme meant something more to the attendees. It was monkeys, because 2016 is the year of the monkey on the Chinese calendar. The monkey theme played through the streamers, decorations, and more. The mama-to-be’s best friend was even able to find Monkey ribbon at Michaels. Flipping adorable.
So think about the mama-to-be when you’re choosing the theme and choose something that means something to her (I’m thinking the theme of my baby shower should one day be Rugrats. Because Rugrats.) – and when in doubt go with whatever the theme of the baby’s room is going to be.
Also, let’s take a moment to appreciate the adorable cake. The theme even stretched to the cake. Yet again, flipping adorable.
Don’t forget to say thank you
And at the end of the evening there were adorable party favors. (Of course there were!) And they were filled with M&Ms.
Actually, even one step above party favors. The guests of honor went around while opening gifts and said thank you to each person right after opening them. I thought that was really cool. Sometimes showers are too big to do something like that, but this one was just the right size to make it feel extra personal.
Second baby shower of the year, and I’m sure there are more to come soon. I can’t wait to see what other themes are decided upon, how they execute game, and what other games I get to play along the way. Happy baby shower to the mama-to-be! Can’t wait to meet the newest little one!
What have been some of the best baby shower themes or games you’ve played to date?