Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Baby Shower Ideas


Last week I posted about the fall baby shower I hosted for my sister with the help of some Minted party decor and a few DIY touches. Today I'm sharing more details on the decor, games, and food from the party in case you might be planning a shower down the road and need some inspiration!   

Baby Shower Activities

Every shower needs a couple little activities to get guests talking and having a good time. While I'm not a huge fan of games like "guess what's in the dirty diaper", I have a couple of favorite activities (stolen from past showers I've attended!) that I like to use when I'm hosting.


For my sister's shower I made a little packet for each guest that included:
I printed the activities on kraft paper card stock to coordinate with the invitations and the rest of the decor. The wishes for the baby are a fun way for other moms to give a little advice and are a nice keepsake for the the mommy-to-be. For the word scramble, I gave everyone a set amount of time and then awarded prizes (homemade jam at the farmers market) to those that got the most words right.


Here are another couple ideas for you:

1. Have the guests suggest their favorite baby names. The Minted table tents made for the perfect suggestion card that everyone dropped in a big jar. My sister then read them out load after opening the presents - everyone got a kick out of hearing the names.

2. Buy the mommy-to-be a set of thank you cards, then have each guest write their address on the envelope to save her from having to do so. She will appreciate the time savings! I got my sister these cute personalized thank you cards from Minted that coordinated with her shower invite and stamped the envelopes for her as well.


Table Decor

If you're hosting a shower at someone's home, you are probably rounding up a hodgepodge of chairs and folding tables like we did!  One easy way to dress up chairs and give them a cohesive look is with this simple bunting to hang on the back of the chair. 

All you need is some pretty paper cut into circles (a big circle punch works great for this!) and then strung onto a length of twine. I actually made mine by stringing together some Minted table confetti. The large confetti were the perfect size and mix of patterns, and required no cutting!


For some additional chairs, I cut circles out of the few extra baby shower invites I had left over, as well as some kraft paper cardstock.


For details on these easy DIY centerpieces, see my previous post!


Food and Drink

We had a brunch for my sister's shower. My mom worked hard in the kitchen cooking some delicious quiches and cinnamon rolls, but incorporating couple store-bought dishes like these mini muffins helps lighten the cooking load a little. I plated these muffins on a cake stand and decorated them with a few Minted cupcake toppers to make them look a little more special.


You can also dress up straws with the cupcake toppers and use stickers like these from Minted on the front of paper cups to help guests keep track of their cup by writing their name.


Everyone loves a party favor, and it doesn't have to be extravagant. We packaged up a couple of biscotti in a clear cellophane bag and sealed with a sticker for guests to take home.


I hope this gives you some ideas for your next shower! The cards, stickers, and confetti from Minted went a long way with just a few DIY touches. Minted offers so many great decor lines for every type of party, from baby showers, to birthdays, to holiday gatherings. Be sure to check them out if you're planning a party soon! 

I received products from Minted for this post. All content and opinions are my own.

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