It’s always an honor to be asked to host a shower for a loved one, but when the event is a baby shower for your little sister, it’s even more special. We had to find the perfect theme to shower my little NIECE with everything pink and perfect for summer. We settled on bunnies and pink strawberries to embrace everything that embodies sweet baby girls.
We placed at the front entrance a custom wood sign that my husband built and filled with beautiful pink flowers and strawberries provided by my talented friend from Heartworks. It was the perfect statement to welcome the guests before they stepped inside. I love how we can reuse this sign and change out the flowers to match the theme of the event. My favorite decor pieces are ones that are reusable.
As soon as guests walked in, they were prompted to take a polaroid picture and fill out some well wishes to baby girl on a small card. Both items were then attached to a scrapbook that mom and baby can read for years to come. We used this same idea for my daughter’s first birthday party this past April, and she has already started to look through it and point to all the pictures of her favorite people. We mailed some cards out to relatives who were not able to attend, so they could still be included in the shower. I like that the book is long enough that if my sister decides to use it at a future event, such as a birthday party, there are enough pages where guests can continue to add to it as the baby grows.
We wanted to do something a little different than balloon decor at this shower. Although I love the statement that balloons make, I do not personally have the confidence to set up an arrangement right before an event. This time, I wanted to tackle a wall display using tissue honeycombs and lanterns, items I could make and set up far in advance of the shower. Although the tissue honeycombs cost more than I would have paid for a balloon display, we plan to reuse or sell everything once the shower is over. I count that as a win! My husband hung some chicken wire from the ceiling with command hooks, and we hooked each shape using fishing line and paper clips. Making some of the shapes by hand is what took the most time. The invitation included a specific coral color strawberry, and I wanted the honeycombs to closely match this color. However, coral strawberry tissue honeycombs aren’t available to buy online so that meant that I had to make them myself using copy and crepe paper. Making your own is slightly tedious but it wasn’t a complicated tutorial, and I saved money by making so many myself. I ordered the rest of the honeycombs and lanterns on Amazon. The basic pink and white round shapes can be used for so many other themes for the next event! We also tied in some adorable custom strawberry and floral corrugated cutouts, which are also light weight and reusable.
I also had quite a few pieces of tissue honeycombs leftover, so I was able to tie them on a fishing line to make separate garlands. One we used at the book sticker station and the other hung from a ceiling corner. These can add such statements to any spot that needs some “pop.”
In place of bringing cards, we asked guests to bring signed books for baby girl to enjoy from her loved ones. To display these, we re-used the same wood wall my husband made for our daughter’s birthday party. We changed out the charcuterie cone shelves for plain shelves and used another cutout for the title. It was so fun to see the variety of books displayed from each guest and added a huge statement for the decor.
Dainty and perfect for summer, we had a spread of mini cucumber sandwiches and a bagel board filled with different cream cheeses and jams (including strawberry flavored, of course). The possibilities were endless for dessert choices with strawberries as the main theme. We had an abundance of strawberry flavored brownies, punch, lemonade, and salads. We added other pink treats including pretzels, puffcorn and beautiful decorated cookies by Bake Eat Repeat A Sweet Thang. I was so impressed how she matched the cookies exactly to the invitation and other decor. And of course, they were delicious! When the theme of your shower includes a fruit, the menu just comes naturally.
My personal favorite gift to give someone is something both practical and decorative. While onesies and stuffed animals are more exciting to open, I thought the most useful gift she would appreciate is postpartum and baby diaper items after she gives birth. For a new mom especially, shopping for these items can be overwhelming, so I took my personal cart and transformed it to include baskets and goodies for mom and baby. The top shelf includes everything needed for baby including cloths, diapers, wipes, changing pad, and other goodies all concealed in organized and labeled baskets and bins. My husband was also sweet enough to make a rack on top to hang pajamas and gowns for those late night diaper changes. The bottom shelf includes everything for mom including space for her pump and accessories, nursing creams, breastmilk bags, and other relief items. What made the cart perfect for the shower was the elements added to match the strawberry theme with a “mommy & me” cutout and this DIY strawberry vine. I love that the cart is portable so when mom and dad are moving from the bedroom to other living spaces, all their items are mobile and convenient.
What (or who I should say) became the main attraction of the shower was our special guest, Sookie. My good friend was able to borrow this sweet bunny friend for the day, and he was the perfect furry attraction for guests to visit and take pictures with. He was so behaved and tame in his little personalized grass and fence enclosure and ready to smile for some pictures with kids and adults!
The shower was enjoyed by so many. I couldn’t have tackled this “sweet” event without the help of some fabulous creators. I’m always so grateful when others help me achieve my vision to make the event as special as possible!
Strawberry Florals: Heartworks
Cutouts: The Party Sign Company
Cookies: Bake Eat Repeat A Sweet Thang