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Sweet Storybook Baby Shower

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Sweet Storybook Baby Shower

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For a good friend having her third baby any day now, I had so much fun throwing a storybook baby shower. She is having a little girl; so, sweet, vintage books that included old Nancy Drew, Madeline, and a collection of Golden books were perfectly enchanting for the decorations, along with a vintage-looking baby girl dress, and a banner made of book pages and craft-paper lettering that read “Sweet Baby.”

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For my chalkboard art above the food table, I put a quote by Hans Christian Anderson, “Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s own fingers.”

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I thought long and hard about what to serve at this afternoon (storybook) shower. Knowing I had my own nursing baby and that I would be out of town the week before the shower (getting back home the day before the shower…not in the plan when we picked the shower date, ha!), I wanted to choose foods that went along with childrens’ books and could also be mainly prepared and frozen a week or two ahead…So I decided on cookies! If you give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff is a super fun book that turned into a series, one that my own Pen Elaine loves and is great for learning cause and effect, as well as practicing the concepts around reading comprehension and order of events. I made two of my favorite cookie dough recipes (Chewy Brownie cookies & PB Nutella cookies) a couple weeks in advance, spooned them onto a cookie sheet to cool in freezer, rolled them into balls and froze on the cookie sheet before storing all the cookie dough balls in freezer bags labeled with the baking directions. I simply placed dough balls on baking sheets and followed the directions on the morning of the shower.

For a third cookie option that looked more “girly, I made(super simple) red velvet cake mix cookies with white chocolate chips on the night before the shower. I also mixed up sweet chicken salad the night before, which I placed into adorable, single-serving paper cups (they looked like cupcake holders) that were pink-polka-dotted from the party section of Hobby Lobby, I think. I served the chicken salad with a bowl of wheat crackers. My gracious cohost brought all the fixins for fruit and veggie trays. For those, we put up a sign that said they were from “Mr. MacGregor’s garden.”

I kept drinks simple with mason jars, pink polka-dot paper straws, water in a drink dispenser, and a pitcher of iced, raspberry green tea (thanks to powdered drink mix).

 

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ACTIVITIES:

So, honestly, my entry way activity did not actually get done – but here’s what I did with good intentions…first, I labeled one tiny plastic baby (from the cake-decorating section of Hobby Lobby) with a piece of colored tape or sticker. Then, I blew up some balloons and stuck a little plastic baby inside each one, thinking people could pop a balloon and find a baby inside. The guest who found the “labeled baby” would get a door prize. Part of the reason we didn’t follow through on this activity was that a teeny, tiny 6-week-old came to the party, and we didn’t want to scare him! Also, there was enough other stuff going on that we didn’t need another “filler” game. However, I thought it looked cute just as decoration!

To go with our storybook theme, I thought this Children’s Book quote quiz by Pumpkin Seed Paperie on Etsy was so much fun. I just gave everyone some paper and a pen, then I read out the quotes and let guests write down their guesses for title and author, each worth one point, for the book quote. At the end, I read out the correct answers for all of them, and guests scored their own sheets. There was a prize for the most correct answers. This was a fun, simple game that got everyone seated and ready to watch our special mama open her gifts.

(I love seeing what mamas receive at baby showers!)

In order to send the honored mama home with some sweet notes to read over and be encouraged, I customized these precious cards by PopSugar Moms by adding space on the back, printing them double-sided. Guests actually worked on these at their leisure, throughout the shower, but I reminded and encouraged everyone to finish them up and leave them in a stack before we started the group game and presents.

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P.S. My new favorite baby shower gift, especially for a new baby girl, for a second or third time mama, is something practical (e.g. diapers) and this book trilogy by Mo Willems – Knuffle Bunny.

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Little Boy Baby Shower

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Little Boy Baby Shower

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There are few things as fun and secretly self-indulgent as throwing a baby shower. It gives me an excuse to make an entire party that revolves around celebrating a new baby.

I’m not good at sticking to a theme, but this one ended up with a sort of Old Man and the Sea kind of theme, so here’s some quotes:

“It’s silly not to hope. It’s a sin he thought.” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

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I felt very fancy by printing out a menu in a cute font and framing it for a centerpiece on the food table – food selections included:

Fruit (grape bunches & strawberries)

Veggie tray (carrots & broccoli with vegetable dip)

Crackers (wheat thins and triscuit type crackers for dipping)

Raspberry Salsa Cream Cheese Spread (a friend’s recipe)

Chicken Salad (my favorite recipe)

Fruit Tarts (such a pretty, and easy, pinterest recipe)

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Drinks:

I made little labels for the drink options,

Blue Raspberry Lemonade

Raspberry Green Tea (powdered drink mix version, delicious)

Water in the leaky drink dispenser 😉

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Sweet Food & Activity:

I also made a version of (Six Sisters Stuff) Snickerdoodle cookies in the shape of sailboats for people to decorate with icing and sprinkles. Plus I had a bowl of blue and white candies that were dark chocolate peppermint York bites or something – the blue candy on the candy aisle of the grocery store!

For eating, we didn’t need forks for anything, so I only laid out a hodge podge of small china plates and cloth napkins. We used my stored up collection of mason jars (from spaghetti sauce) for glasses. (I made sure my dishwasher was empty before the shower so that everything could be thrown in for faster cleanup!)

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For a boy shower, we wanted cute but still “manly” party decorations. So, I loved this mantel idea on Pinterest where they strung up ties and onesies. I had just bought a bunch of ties for our gender reveal party with the thought that they could double as shower décor. Thanks to my super talented friend at Porch Swing Sewing, who happened to be my shower co-host (and owns all of the beautiful serving dishes on my table!), we had adorable onesies on our mantel banner with a tie, a circled “n” (for baby Nathan), and my favorite: suspenders and bow tie! They were so cute, I could have eaten them up! Plus, they looked perfectly cute and manly, hung between old man ties.

I also strung up a banner of balloons over the entry to the kitchen, and I hung my “coffee filter poof garland” over the gift table. I also had up my window art with Psalm 139:16, “In Your book were written all the days ordained for me before one of them came to be.” This verse is usually associated with babies, especially before they are born, and is so comforting and exciting for a mom to remember when dreaming of and for her unborn child. In my kitchen, I wrote a quote on my chalkboard from I Like You, a cute, old book by Sandol Stoddard Warburg,

“I like you because

I don’t know why but

Everything that happens

is nicer with you

I can’t remember when I didn’t like you.”

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ACTIVITIES:

1. Late Night Diapers (cute idea via DrivenByDecor): For this, I had a bunch of newborn diapers, some sharpies, instructions, and I used a mini “terrarium” for a container to corral the finished ones. People could write short messages on the diapers for our honored mom to read when changing those million newborn diapers at all hours of day and night, some encouraging and some just for fun.

2. “My water broke!”(hilarious idea via lifetreasured.blogspot): When I saw this on Pinterest, I couldn’t resist doing it at the first opportunity. I bought two packs of tiny babies from Hobby Lobby, and my 2-year-old helped me put one in each ice cube tray spot before filling them with water and freezing them. Each guest got one “baby ice cube,” and the first to have her ice cube melt enough for the baby to float at the top was supposed to say, “My water broke!” and get a prize. The winner was a college girl who kept swirling her drink in strategy to win. 🙂

3. Hospital Survival Kit/Price guessing game: Our final, more traditional game was paired with our hostess gift of a hospital survival kit, since our mom of honor would be giving birth in a hospital for the first time, even though she is expecting her third child. (Joy is at Home had great ideas for stocking it.) After having the guests write down there guesses for 12 items included in our kit and totaling them up, the top two closest to the grand total received prizes. Our kit included a few nursing items from her registry, as well as chapstick, fruit snacks, yummy-looking energy bars, travel face wipes, travel toothbrush kit, soft, elastic headbands, cute socks (b/c I couldn’t find fuzzy ones), a nightgown, and some watercolors for her kids.

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