Teresa’s Baby Shower: Ready to Pop Theme
When my sister told us this past Christmas she was pregnant, my first thought was BABY SHOWER! OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration, it was probably more like HOORAY! Nevertheless, I couldn’t wait to get planning with my mom for the PERFECT baby shower.
The first thing I did was research baby shower themes. I didn’t want to do the typical pastel themed baby shower, I wanted to do something unique and different. That’s when I came across these Ready to Pop Baby Shower Invitations from CandlesandFavors.com. I loved the saturated colors and since my sister and her husband love movies and movie going, I thought it was perfect. It’s also gender neutral if your guest of honor has chosen not to find out the sex of the baby until the delivery day.
I carried the theme into the decor of the food/beverage table in a few ways. I grabbed some yellow napkins, utensils and red plates from Target and Big Lots! that went along with the theme. I had some red party cups for beverages, which fit in perfectly with the theme. I bought a couple yards of the red and while polka dotted fabric from Joann’s and made a table runner to give it a punch of color. I really wanted red/white stripes, but I couldn’t find any, unfortunately. The fruit arrangement went in a cute red bucket found at Joann’s. I placed condiments for the popcorn bar (more on that in a minute!) in baby jars I covered with red ribbon. All of the food and beverage items were labeled with place cards that I made by mounting yellow scrapbook paper on to an existing place card, and then writing the name of the food on red ink on white index cards. A friend of Teresa’s made the gorgeous diaper cakes that went on each table as a centerpiece. Finally, we added red, white and yellow balloons for a finishing touch.
I decided to save on money and do a light lunch/appetizers rather than a full on meal. My husband is a caterer, which also helped. He made some tea sandwiches and other appetizers, as well as the fruit arrangement. Thanks to him I also didn’t have to rent any table linens, they all came from our garage.
I also came up with the idea of doing a popcorn bar to add to the light lunch offerings. I had a bowl of regular popcorn and a bowl of kettle corn, with an assortment of toppings in the baby jars with red ribbon glued around them. Condiments included kosher salt; cheddar and nacho cheddar cheese powder; red, white and yellow M&Ms; and chocolate chips. I originally planned on using these favor boxes from CandlesandFavors.com, but unfortunately I didn’t read the description closely enough. So when the boxes arrived I was surprised to find how tiny they were! Instead I went out to Target and got some of those plastic popcorn boxes from the dollar bin. Beverages were simple: water, iced tea, coke and diet coke.
Instead of games, I wanted to focus on activities the ladies could do during the shower, while visiting with Teresa and each other. One of the ideas we came up with was this Onesie decorating table. We supplied iron on designs, stencils and fabric markers and blank onesies and bibs and had each of the ladies decorate them. They really enjoyed it and now Teresa has PLENTY of onesies for baby!
I also had a picture frame with a white mat so the guests could sign it with wishes for Mama and baby. This table also had a photo album with baby pictures of Teresa, and some assorted pictures of her husband as a baby.
I made little rosettes for the grandmas and guest of honor. They were really simple, actually! The rosettes came pre-assembled from Michael’s. All I had to do was attach a pin to the back and write the sentiment on a sticker and put it on the front. I also added a ribbon to the Mom-To-Be’s.
After playing ONE game (it wouldn’t be a baby shower without at least one game of baby bingo, right?) and opening presents, we called it a day. My sister had a wonderful time (and got a little teary eyed when she opened the baby quilt I made for the baby) and all of the guests had a good time as well. I loved seeing everything come together and I loved how the theme carried throughout the shower!