I still can’t believe that one of my closest girlfriends is pregnant! (I won’t share her name because she’s not really crazy about announcing it to the entire world!) So when I was asked to help make some decorations for her baby shower, I jumped at the chance. I don’t spend a lot of time being crafty, but when I do, I absolutely love it. (Thank the heavens above for Pinterest.)
My pregnant friend and I share a wonderful mutual friend who hosted the party and did the majority of the planning and setup. Together, they decided on a beautiful yellow and gray theme since my friend is being surprised and does NOT want to find out the sex of her baby. It was gorgeous!
My friend even created an awesome baby fruit bowl, which was a hit!
Everyone was “oooh”-ing and “aaaah”-ing over the ADORABLE cupcakes from Cakes Jen Bakes here in Dayton. I couldn’t get over how CUTE and PERFECT they looked!
My friend even got a little take-home cake topper for the mom-to-be. With all the cakes together on a cupcake stand, it totally looked amazing.
In addition to all this, there was TONS of delicious homemade food, including sandwiches on croissants, homemade salsa, fresh vegetables (like, literally from the backyard garden) with dip, olive tempenade, and more. I totally didn’t take any pictures of the food, and I have no idea why. There was lots of it. I ate too much. The end!
I was asked to help create some decorations, and was given a GREAT idea to make some pretty paper medallions to go with a banner I was also creating. I’d seen them on Pinterest, but had NO idea how to make them. Being determined though, I found a fabulous tutorial by Jones Design Company (I am officially obsessed with this blog now, by the way), and made 10 large and 10 small medallions to use throughout the space. I was lucky enough to find a great scrapbook paper/cardstock stack that was ALL yellow and gray prints with some really pretty designs. Here’s what the circles looked like all finished!
The banner I created to go with them was very simple. I’m kicking myself for not getting a good picture of it before it was hung (it didn’t photograph well with so much light coming through the window), but hopefully you can get the picture! 🙂 I created the banner myself by making a template for the flags, cutting them from some heavy cardstock scrapbook paper, and adding holes at the top for string. The letters were printed on paper and circles cut by tracing one of my husband’s highball drinking glasses (seriously) around each of them. A little glue stick and some string and I was done!
We clustered the medallions on either side of the banner…
Overall, I was really happy with how it all came together! I was so flattered when my friend took the banner down at the end of the shower and said she wanted to save it to use in her hospital room when the baby arrived. 🙂 I also contributed some sweet quotes about motherhood and children that I printed and framed to place throughout the room. Here’s an example of one that I used (and love):
I popped them into these really cute, inexpensive picture frames from IKEA and they worked great! Also, don’t you just love the mason jars with lemon slices and baby’s breath? Totally my friend’s idea!
I saved a really special quote for a nicer frame I’d spray-painted gray. I printed the quote and matted it with some card stock that matched the paper medallions. WARNING: You’ll probably get teared-up reading this… in a good way…
Tear-jerker, right?! I totally didn’t mean to be a Debbie Downer, but I thought it would be really special to have on display at her shower.
And with that, on to the fun stuff! We played some fun games, including some Mad Libs and a Price Is Right game where we guessed at the cost of baby items. I love that my friend had tags made that looked just like the ones used on the TV show!
We also played some hilarious Mad Libs! They were purchased on Etsy HERE.
My friend also sent everyone home with an adorable little Barefoot Wines Pinot Grigio bottles (doesn’t the footprint totally fit with the baby theme?!) and matching Meyer Lemon hand sanitizer from Bath & Body Works with an adorable tag.
As you can see, the shower was amazing! If you’re interested in doing something similar, see the links below to the Etsy shop printables that were used:
- Invitations: Mira Greetings – Gray and Yellow Baby Shower Invitation
- Diaper raffle cards, favor tags, menu/place cards, Baby Shower banner (used above the fireplace), and more: Mira Greetings – Printable Party Pack – Yellow Gray Baby Shower
- Mad Libs: sarahlukecreative – Printable Baby Shower Mad Libs
I hope you enjoyed a sneak peak at our lovely little shower! 🙂