I had the opportunity to help with a baby shower for a long time friend of mine. I’ve known her since she was a young teenager and now she is married and having her first baby! First of all, I’m old. Second of all, I have loved seeing her grow up and make all of these awesome life changes. I threw her wedding shower as well which you can see here. This baby shower was a team effort with a few people so it was a breeze to put together! I highly recommend making any shower you are involved with a team effort. We simply texted each other ideas/colors/patterns and then ran with it! I texted this to my friend and then we based everything else off of it.
Yes. Tissue paper flowers, painted mason jars and balloons. Easy and budget friendly! I was mainly in charge of the food table centerpiece and a couple other decorative touches around the house. Someone else did the food (phew!) and the candy table. It all came togther in such a fun way. It didn’t hurt that my it was at my friend’s home who had recently redone her kitchen… it is gorgeous! Not a lot of decor was needed to make it a special atmosphere, for sure.
See those light fixtures? ::swoon:: This was the candy bar area which turned out super cute. The mommy-to-be’s mother-in-law made that cute diaper cake by watching a YouTube video! I painted the mason jar, added the small tissue paper flower and balloons. Super easy and cute!
One of the issues with needing to create decor and take it to another location is that transporting it doesn’t always work out very well. It’s easy if you are creating a centerpiece in your own home and can tweak it for hours until you get it just right. But if you’re needing to take it somewhere else this can cause a problem. I decided to experiment a little on how to do this and I think it turned out perfectly! So easy to move and transport! I took a large piece of foam core that I had and cut it into two 3 foot by 10 inch wide strips with an exacto knife. I then put them end to end (without adhering them together) and that was to be the size of my centerpiece (my friend’s dining room table is GIGANTIC!).
I then making tissue paper flowers (large and small-ish), blowing up balloons and painting mason jars. As I went along, I started hot gluing the tissue paper flowers and taping the balloons down to the foam core exactly where I wanted it. I didn’t glue the mason jars, however. I wanted to be able to take those off to transport it all later. But I glued everything around the mason jars. This way I could see where I needed to fill in some holes and make another tissue paper flower or add another balloon. When I was happy with it, I simply removed the mason jars and put them in a box to carry them and took the two seperate pieces of foam core and put them in the back of my car. It was so light and easy to move!
Then, at my friend’s house I just put the two pieces back together, put the painted mason jars back in their spots and it was all set!
Oh, and I stuffed the mason jars with tissue paper and added pink and white gumballs to the top.
I also ran a long piece of white and grey polka dotted wrapping paper down the center of the table first for a little somethin-somethin. 🙂
My friend who hosted it decorated her mantel with cute baby girl dresses and a banner made from photos of the mommy and daddy to be as babies and from when they were dating. She also made some tissue paper flowers for the mantel too!
They special ordered M&Ms with the baby’s due date and the parents’ names, etc. and it was such a cute little detail.
It was such a fun night and our guest of honor loved it! I think she got 30+ pairs of shoes for the baby… crazy! We joked that the baby will need to wear at least two pair a day to get through them all. 🙂
Hopefully you have been inspired by at least one thing if you’re looking for baby shower ideas! I highly recommend pulling some friends together to put one on rather than trying to do it all. Much more fun that way!