One of my best friends is expecting a baby boy next month! We had her baby shower this past weekend, where she got showered with love. It was great fun and I wanted to share my planning process in the hopes it may help you in your own shower/party planning!
I’ll say this right up front…I have never planned a baby shower before. Luckily, I have some event planning experience under my belt so I at least knew the basic logistics. First things first…we needed a venue!
I exhausted many venue options before coming across Pasadena Yacht and Country Club in Gulfport, FL. I met with the Catering Manager, who showed me their main room for having events, and it was perfect. Spacious and surrounded by windows with beautiful views of an inlet. Signed, sealed, delivered.
Next, we needed a theme. My lovely Lora can be described as bubbly, energetic and kind. She is very, as you might say, sunny! A My Little Sunshine theme seemed perfect. I loved the idea of cute little suns everywhere and having yellow be the main color with pops of blue.
With a date, a venue and a theme it was time for invitations. I found these invites on Etsy through INVITEDbyAudriana. I also did a custom order with her for a Books for Baby card. We asked guests to bring baby a book instead of a card so we could build up baby boy’s library!
It took a LOT of Pinterest and Etsy browsing, and many trips to Michaels, before I finally settled on decorations. In the end I was so happy with the vendors I chose from Etsy. They truly made the vision come alive!
I did a custom order with Craftytude for the main “Welcome Sunshine” banner.
Accent banners were from Michaels.
Craftytude also custom made these adorable centerpiece sticks. I bought the fence base at Michaels and painted it white. Green styrofoam went on the bottom so I could stick the sticks in and they’d be secure. Green paper filler went on top to give the look of grass.
I made signs for the gift table, activity table and favor table. For an added pop of color I got flowers from Michaels, placed them in cute bottles (also from Michaels) and filled them with blue paper filler.
For activities, we did Onesie Decorating (stencils by QueenCityCrafty). QueenCityCrafty sent great detailed instructions with the stencils, including what brand of fabric paint worked best (I bought Tulip) and what brushes to get!
And Scrapbook Making.
My mom got me a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 for my birthday and planted the seed for this activity. Guests took a photo with mama-to-be and created their own page in her baby shower scrapbook. I bought colorful paper and stickers at Michaels to use as decorations. Everyone got really creative! And it was a great alternative to a guestbook.
We also played the Name That Baby Song game. Snippets of ten songs that had the word “baby” in the title were played and guests had to guess the song. Winner received a Starbucks gift card!
On their way out, guests picked up their favor and dessert; these cute little sunshine cookies made by megzcookies.
It was a great day filled with love, laughs, and of course, sunshine!
Here are a few key tips I recommend when planning:
Baby Shower Planning Tips
- Nail down a date and venue first.
- Use Etsy to find cute and affordable decorations. Or DIY and hit up a craft store!
- Stay organized. Create an outline for your event that includes all of your ideas, day-of specifics, guest list, menu, timeline and a to-do list.
- Use checklists to make sure you don’t forget anything!
- Keep a loose day-of timeline in your head. Have an idea of how long you’d like for people to mingle/do activities, how long you’ll need for games and how long you’ll need for gifts. I judged about an hour for people to arrive/mingle/do activities, an hour to play a game and open gifts, and then another hour for people to mingle more.
- Have fun!