Although the bridal shower period in my life is slowing down some, baby shower season is in full swing. When I had the opportunity to host one for a good friend I was stoked! Not because I have an intense love for showers (it’s actually kind of a love-hate relationship), but because I love friendship and parties, and to be exact, parties with a theme. This was not my first baby shower thrown solo, but it was my first baby shower with the lovely addition of Pinterest and Etsy ;).
The planning process is my favorite part of any event. When I asked the mom-to-be what her nursery decor would be (navy and yellow moon and stars) I knew right away what theme I wanted. I’ve always loved the saying “I Love you To the Moon and Back” and had happened upon an adorable sign on Etsy that I used to build everything around.
Everything was given an astronomy related name. Friends helped make traditional appetizers and snacks, and my signature salad that usually is made with orzo pasta I made with star shaped pasta instead. Other savory items included the tea sandwiches (including PB & J for kids) cut out in (gasp) moon and star shapes!
Moon pies dusted with powdered sugar moons and Celestial Cheesecake Shooters adorned the dessert table, and an adorable cake made in West Seattle by Stuffed Cakes took center stage. Blue punch was taken up a notch with cut up fresh starfruit (which amazingly you can get from Amazon most of the year).
I found DIY Star Garland and was able to “score” the stars using a burnisher type tool because I couldn’t find an actual scorer. If I had a Criket this project would have been a ton easier, but as it is I hand traced the stars using wood cutouts I had bought for the diaper cake and then cut each one out by hand while watching TV in the evenings with my husband :).
Small origami stars were sprinkled on tables along with star and moon confetti (again from Amazon- what can I say I’m a true Seattlelite). Two girlfriends had made tissue poms for weddings (including mine), so I tapped into their expertise and we had a tissue pom making party that was a blast. Those poms ended up being bunched together with Japanese lanterns for an eye-catching arrangement that looked fantastic (in my biased opinion)!
The Diaper Cake served as a centerpiece for one of the tables. Washi tape was layered on top of chevron ribbon, and various wood cutouts were painted to match the theme. I was lucky enough to find some pacifiers that even had stars on them. Perfect!
Daffodils were placed in vases with the same blue Chevron ribbon, and other floral arrangements were made with blue and yellow hydrangea from a local craft store.
Balloons made their appearance although I tried to cover them in tulle and they wouldn’t float! Nice thought:(.
Most shower games tend to be too cheesy for my liking so I tried to play the ones that I have liked in the past, or that I had seen online that looked decent. I ended up asking the mother and father-to-be’s parents for bits from their childhood. For example when they were born they had red hair or played the flute etc. The guests had to guess if it was the mother or father- to- be.
The second game was a Price is Right game I downloaded off Etsy. I liked the idea of this because the game items could be added to the gift haul for Mom. The final game involved paper plates placed on top of the guest’s heads, and they have to draw a picture of what baby will look like. The mother-to-be picks her favorite one and Voila you have the winner. This game got a lot of laughs. And simply because I am competitive as heck, and I loved, loved this picture on Pinterest, I made some DIY Baby shower game trophies on star bases. Who doesn’t love a trophy?!
Lastly, while the mother to be was opening gifts I had all the guests fill out a “Wishes for Baby” card and mounted them on pretty card stock for looks and so guests could write on something sturdy. After the shower, I hole punched each card and strung them on a binder ring with the invitation on the first card as a cover to give to Mom for a keepsake.
Homemade moon and star shaped frosted sugar cookies in organza bags. A super talented AudreyOLeary (who also took these pics!) friend of the mom-to-be made cute favor tags with phrases like “we are over the moon that you could come “and helped me out with the photos including group and individual shots!
In the end, it was a lot of fun and a big success. The mother-to-be was showered in love, and ultimately that’s what it’s all about:)