OMfreakingG ... how much do I love baby showers!?
Eeeeeek! So much!
I love all the itty bitty baby clothes and shoes and onesies and just everything that goes into making this day so special for the mama-to-be.
I was asked to help plan the baby shower for the 2 pregnant soon-to-be mamas on the Home and Family show on the Hallmark Channel. I chose a vintage theme and we made everything from the invitations to the decor to the candy table. Check out my pictures below.
I used my vintage luggage as decor. This is a great tip. Whether you're planning a vintage baby shower or a themed baby shower or something simple and pink, use pieces in your house. Vases, mirrors, luggage, pillows ... get creative. A lot of these items can add to the decor and they cost nothing because you already have them lying around! I added my little ivory bird cage and I threw a candle inside. Bird cages make for great candle holders. The twig heart is something we made with twigs and wire. Just adds a little whimsy to the shower.
Flowers! We love hydrangea and these flowers were great for the show because we needed it to pop on camera. If you have planted flowers or plants in your house by all means use them in your baby shower. It's a lot more affordable than cutting fresh flowers.
The baby letters were made with the white wood letters from Michaels, 3M spray glue, and white glitter.
The chalkboard is an old farm chalkboard that I actually keep in my pantry. I wrote a well-known baby quote on it to give the party a warm vibe. You could place something like this on your buffet table and serve your food around it as well.
The pictures to the right and left were the onesie invitations that we made. We framed them in the segment and had all the guests sign them. To see this tutorial click here: Onesie Invitation Tutorial
On the table is a simple diaper cake made with all white diapers and glitter ribbon. Some hydrangea on top.
My coffee filter pom garland is hanging in front. For this tutorial click here: Coffee Pom Tutorial Garland
And for the cofee filter pom tutorial click here: Coffee Filter Poms
More flowers. Always keep the flowers consistent with the theme. I know I sound like a broken record, but like I have said in all my other party posts only pick a couple colors and stick with that color-scheme. We used whites, ivorys, and grays, and purple as our pop of color. I used different jars, and pitchers to hold my flowers. I think the variety is what makes the table look vintage. I used mason jars, milk jars, even marinara jars.
The clothesline! I love ME a baby clothesline! SO grammatically incorrect. I hope Papa isn't reading this : )
I love doing a clothesline at a baby shower. It doubles as the gift and acts as party decor. Always pick clothes that match your theme and I used a simple white rope with old fashion wood clothes pins. If you want to get even more creative you can spray paint the clothes pins like I did for our Moroccan Baby Shower here.
The grow pot party favors. These are simple and functional. I love functional favors. We had a vintage-natural theme going so we made everyone a painted terracotta pot with seeds to take home. To see this tutorial click here: Grow Pots
The candy bar! Dessert bars are so popular these days. They can be expensive but if you are planning on doing a candy bar, plan ahead. I bought all my apothecary jars at Michaels and went on the day where everything was 45% off (with the coupon). They do this about once a month. If you don't have jars you can also uses vases. I have one in front. I used the Gartner Studios Michaels candy labels so it was easy to print them out on my computer (these are in the wedding aisle). I attached the labels to coffee filters and hot glued them onto ribbon. Again, always keep your candy colors consistent. I always buy everything from www.candywarehouse.com and it's great because you can search by color.
The little to-go boxes. Again, these were from Candy Warehouse and I used old book pages and a tag punch to make these tags. I then stamped them all with a little black heart. Book pages are great when doing a vintage theme. Lots of times you can get old books from libraries. When the books get damaged, they throw them out and you can use the pages to craft : )
The milk bottles! We sell these on Lilyshop and they are great because they add so much charm to your party! They are made of plastic so I use them for children parties as well as adult parties. We used the gray paper straws from Party Queen and we put a little Gerber flower cookie on each straw.
And that's a wrap!
Congratulations to the soon-to-be Mamas and THANK YOU for letting me celebrate your special day! XO
Behind the Scenes Photos:
This shower and other segments on this episode of Home & Family on the Hallmark Channel (8am/7c) below: