Another Paper Source baby is on the way, and last week we celebrated new mom-to-be, Heather! Between the three of us we brainstormed all sorts of baby shower ideas, eventually landing on a “cute as a button” theme, which worked perfectly for a gender-neutral baby shower. Using our button inspiration, along with Heather’s nursery colors of light green and white, we created a simple, sweet space for all to enjoy.
Annie’s button baby banner, featured earlier this year, was a perfect fit for our shower theme. We hung two rows spelling out “cute as a button, cute as can be”, which was also used in our invitation.
One of the best ways to make a shower extra special is to add a personal touch. We knew early on that we wanted to incorporate gumballs into our design as a nod to Heather’s father who is in the candy business. Large glass jars filled with white gumballs made for perfectly sweet table centerpieces. Our tables were covered in solid wrapping paper in sage and pool, and button decorations made from circle cards and circle labels dotted the table tops.
We love doing spectacular gift baskets for baby shower gifts – the baskets are reusable for the nursery and you can fill them with all kinds of adorable goodies. Honoring Heather’s personality, we created two gift baskets – one for “practical baby” and one for “stylish baby”.
To add drama to our space, we used a tree branch in a glass jar filled with more white gumballs to create a wish tree. Each guest wrote a wish for Heather or the baby on a leaf that was tied to the branch with satin ribbon. It made for such a charming decoration and is something Heather can keep for years to come (all the leaves will be put into an accordion album for safe keeping).
When designing the menu we had Heather in mind! For our afternoon shower, we made sure to include all of Heather’s favorite treats, including an extra large cupcake with plenty of frosting.
The right baby shower games can really make the event and can take as much or as little time to prepare as you want. We printed Baby Bingo grids onto A7 flat cards – an oldie, but goodie. For our Celebrity Moms game, we printed pictures of pregnant celebrities making sure to cover their eyes. The person who correctly guesses the most names wins. If you need make it even more challenging, have participants guess both the name of the celebrity as well as the name one of her children.
Finally, we wanted our guests to leave the shower with a little something. Glassine bags filled with tiny cookies sealed with a button label were the perfect finishing touch.
–Ann, Kristen & Liz
PS colors: peacock & fuchsia, lake & chocolate, night & curry
Latest fave: Cupcake Kit, Printable Labels, & Cavallini Wrapping Paper