Pink and Blue Baby Shower

My friend, Ashton, and I got to host a baby shower last Saturday for my sister-in-law and her best-friend-since-kindergarten, Christina.  This baby will be the first grandchild on its mom’s and dad’s side, so there was a lot of excitement at this shower!

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Christina and her husband have decided not to find out the gender of their baby, who is due in mid-May.  At first I thought it would be hard to plan a cute shower…all I could think of was yellow ducks!  Then Christina requested that we do a pink and blue theme, and thanks to Pinterest, we were able to do lots of cute things with those colors.

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When guests came in, there was a small welcome table.  On the table, we set the clothes pins that Ashton had made.  She glued pink ribbon to some and blue ribbon to others, and guests selected and clipped on a pink or blue clothes pin based on what gender they thought the baby would be.

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We also had two papers for guests to fill out, and when they were done, they dropped them into the tall vases we tied ribbon around.  One paper was “Guess Baby’s Stats”, and the guests filled in their guesses on the baby’s gender, name, weight, length, birth date, birth time, hair color, hair texture, and eye color.  Once baby is born, it will be fun to go back and see if anyone was close!  The other paper was called “Wishes for Baby” and will be a great baby-book keepsake.  This was a family and close friends shower, which will make these all the more meaningful.

I’m glad we had these papers to keep guests busy.  There were about 10 guests who arrived quite early, and I have a feeling that things could have felt awkward.  Having something to do, and thus, something to talk about, was a life saver!  When guests at a shower have either something in their hands or something to eat, things are going well!

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The baby received so many nice gifts!  There were lots of outfits, books, blankets, and other essentials, as well as some bigger items like a Bumbo chair, swing, stroller, and car seat.

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Baby also received some beautiful hand-made gifts like this quilt, made by its great-aunt.  Christina’s husband is a farmer, which makes the theme of the quilt so special!

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Ashton’s daughter was a big helper to Christina with the presents!  She thought this was a party “for Chrissynina’s birthday!”

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We played Baby Trivia and Baby Bingo.  You can find the bingo cards here.  I just printed some pink and some blue, printed them off on card stock  at home, and then cut them out.  I’ll post the Baby Trivia game I made tomorrow.

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We did a onesie clothes line off the fireplace.  I got some white yarn at Walmart and just used duct tape to hold it onto the bottom of the mantle.  I looked EVERYWHERE for pastel pink and blue onesies- Gap, Carters, Gymboree, Children’s Place, Target – and couldn’t find anything that was plain pastel.  Finally, I looked at Walmart and they had everything I needed- and for just $6.00 per pack of three!

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We set up another table against the patio doors at Ashton’s house with sonogram pictures of the baby and favors for the guests.  We filled clear treat bags with carmel corn and popped a label on top that said “Ready to Pop!”.

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Now, onto the food, the important part!  We served strawberry punch and water to drink.  Food was cake or cupcakes, fruit kabobs (strawberry, pineapple, grape and cantaloupe), home made cream cheese mints (in the shapes of roses and daisies), tomato, basil and mozzarella kabobs on toothpicks drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette and mixed nuts.

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The baby’s great aunt (same one who made the farm quilt) offered to make the cake for the shower.  I was so amazed at what she came up with!

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She used shortbread cookies to write “Baby Henry” on the top.

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I found the cupcake toppers on Amazon- the little mustaches matched the invitations we sent.  (You can find them here.)  The round toppers said “Boy or Girl” and were from the My Little Cupcake store on Amazon.

The cupcakes with frosting decorations were made by John’s (Christina’s husband) cousin, Holly.  She made them to match the invitation and they were so cute!

Strawberry punch, mason jars, pink and blue ribbon, paper straws

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Ayla talking to Grandma

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The three little girls that were there- Ashton’s daughter, my niece Madeline and my sister Evangeline- were super happy to play with these balloons once the party was winding down.

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My little sister Eva is getting so tall!

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Pretty little Madeline

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Baby Shower for Ashton {Orange and Blue Baby Boy Shower}

My mom, sisters and I put together a baby shower for my cousin Ashton and her baby boy, due in June.  It was such a fun party to celebrate the new baby, and we loved the excuse to make and eat lots of yummy treats.

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We had carrot cake, slices of cheese cake with strawberries on top, chocolate cup cakes, fruit kabobs, and cream cheese/cucumber sandwiches on little squares of rye bread.

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My sister made the orange and blue cloth pennant banner and we hung it to the wall with stick pins.

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I found the clear glass cylinder vases at Target for $10, filled them with little oranges and tied a ribbon around it.  Thank you Pinterest for an inexpensive centerpiece that I can use again at home!

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I made the banner on the cake with cake pop sticks, scrapbook paper, thick string and a glue stick.  I am one of the most un-crafty people ever, and I did that in about 30 minutes.

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For favors, we put homemade carmel corn in little bags, stuck on the label and displayed them in a couple of baskets.

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The clothes line was my mom’s idea, and it turned out to be the cutest thing!  Eva and I had a great time putting it together.  We used duct tape to get the string to stay on the underside of the mantel, and then hung up the orange and blue clothes and bibs that I found at Carters.

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Aunt-to-be McKenzie, my sister Therese, and me.

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McKenzie, Ashton (the mom-to-be), and their Grandma Madelyn

Thanks to Therese for helping me put together the paper flowers!  Nathan said they looked like truffula trees!

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I love this picture of my niece Madelyn!

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For drinks, we had orange and cucumber flavored waters and orange punch.

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My sister also made the “Welcome Baby” sign.  It was such a cute idea!  I’m planning to copy it in pink and blue pastel for another baby shower I’m having next weekend.

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My sisters and cousins- in age order!

Left to right: Eva, McKenzie, Therese, Me, Ashton, Krista, Megan

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We played baby bingo, baby trivia, and finish the nursery rhyme.  We had some good laughs over the baby trivia!

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Ashton had lots of little helpers!

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My sweet and serious niece, Elliana

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Orange and Aqua Baby Shower

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My cousin is having a baby boy in June.  We are so excited and in several weeks, I’ll be throwing a shower for her with my sisters, mom and a cousin.  I wanted to do something that was a little different than the traditional baby blue thing.  When I found these invitations, I knew we should go with aqua and orange.   Even the back of the invitation is orange with white polka dots.  I love all the papers, ribbons and labels in the pictures above that add festivity to every little detail!  I’m thinking of pretty orange punch, paper straws and cute cupcake toppers.  I can’t wait to share pictures on here of what we come up with at the shower in March.

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I’m not a huge fan of shower games…so many times they are just awkward, especially if there are a lot of people at the shower who don’t know each other.  I found a few ideas on Pinterest that I think will be fun, and a couple that will be a sweet keepsake for the baby book.  I plan on using Adobe Illustrator to create my own game papers that go along with the orange/aqua theme.

Games:

Take A Guess– Kind of like The Price Is Right, but for baby items.

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Baby Shower Bingo

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Keepsakes for the Baby Book:

Guess Baby’s Stats– Guess the name, weight, length, birth date, hair color, eye color, etc.

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Wishes for Baby– my favorite!  How sweet will it be for the baby to look back and see how many people loved him and cared for him even before he was born!

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