My dearest friend, Kelly, is having her first baby next month and I had the pleasure of co-hosting a baby shower in her honor. We wanted this to be a wonderfully festive and fun baby shower filled with special touches and unexpected moments.
Since the invitations were the first thing that guests would experience, we wanted them to be perfect. It’s so true that your invitations set the tone for your event – we received lots of calls after people received these, so excited to see what was in store. I printed the invitations at home using our Quilted Frame Embossed Printable Party Invitations, then mounted them to blossom flat cards. Enclosed with each invitation was a paper t-shirt, along with a note explaining to guests that they should write a special message to Kelly and decorate their t-shirt in any way.
We asked everyone to bring their t-shirts to the shower where we clipped them to our clothes line centerpiece with miniature wooden clothes pins. It was wonderful to see what people created and it turned our gift table into a focal point. After the shower, I collected all of the t-shirts and will put them into an album for Kelly along with photos from the shower – something she, and the baby, can enjoy for years to come.
I was never a fan of shower games until I experienced Baby Jeopardy as presented by my amazingly creative co-worker (and baby shower hostess extraordinaire), Ann. I knew this game would be perfect for our shower – it brings guests together, allows people to interact, and reveals fun tidbits about the parents-to-be.
See our previous baby shower post where Ann describes how to construct the game board – a fun keepsake for your guest of honor. And because you’ve asked us in the past, here are a few ideas for questions: What was mommy/daddy-to-be’s first word? What quality of mommy-to-be does daddy-to-be hope the baby inherits (and vice versa)? What is mommy-to-be most looking forward to doing once the baby comes? Gathering this information takes a little stealthy coordination with relatives, but it’s well worth it!
To finish off our event, we wanted guests to leave with a small token – a little something sweet in hand painted duck cookies (made with love by my mother). It was the perfect way to end this very special day.