I tried to do mostly decorations that could be re-used. This cut down on cost BIG time.
Here's how I did it:
I added a big drop of glue to the back of the triangles at the bottom of the flag to weigh them down so they would hang nicely.
- I made some Mod Podge letters of the baby-to-be's name to decorate the table, as well as give as a little gift to my friend to use in the nursery if she wanted. Learn how to do them HERE.
- It's always fun to make your own cupcake stands like this one:
- I also made this cute polka dot garland. Get the how-to HERE, it's so easy!
- For table cloths I got plastic clothes from the Dollar Store and was able to reuse them or both showers. For the picture above I did a dark pink with a light pink on top that I wrinkled and “smushed” to give the table some texture and “filler” decor.'
- We both used picture frames to display things; Shannon displayed her custom invitation (see picture above), I used them to label the tables and some food items.
- We both made custom invitations and food labels using GIMP. See how I made this one HERE:
- Flowers are a beautiful way to add a lot of pizzaz to a shower or party, but they can be pricey! These are silk flowers from my wedding in 2007 that I've held onto. They really added a lot of pop to the food tables and take-home-gift tables.
- I started shopping early and kept my eye out for great deals. I found this purple flower bowl and matching polka dot canister at a craft store for super cheap.
- I wrapped an empty box to use as a food stand. It gave the table a little extra dimension and added more levels. This is also a cute way to display cupcakes!
- I made some easy tissue pomander balls, learn how HERE.
- We did a variety of dips at the shower, they were all super yummy! There was my pico salsa, EASY black bean dip, fruit dip, spinach artichoke dip, Queso, etc. We also had a variety of things do dip them in (chips, pita bread, bread, veggies, fruit, etc.
I, personally, think games at parties are clutch. At a baby shower it eases awkwardness for those who don't know anyone there, it allows for fun conversation, and it's a great way to get to know the mommy-to-be better!
Prizes don't have to be expensive! Often time a candy bar with a ribbon around it is the coveted prize. Keep things cheap and simple.
Baby shower games I've done:
- Write down as many Sesame Street characters as you can in 3 minutes; live people and/or puppets. The most characters wins.
- Interview the husband and ask him questions about his wife's pregnancy (her cravings, her favorite and least favorite part about being pregnant, what she's looking forward to the most, etc.) and see how many answers you can match.
- Put out 20+ baby items on a tray, give people 1 minute to memorize as many as they can, then give them 3 minutes to list as many items as they can remember. The most items remembered wins.
- Take the labels off of 5-10 baby food jars and number the lids with permanent marker. People have to guess, without opening the jar, what the baby food is. The mom gets to keep the food when she's done. Be sure to write down a key of what the food is before you take the labels off!
- Melt various candy bars in diapers and have people guess what type of candy it is. Most of them look like nasty poop, so this one is pretty funny.
- Write the baby-to-be's name, or the mom + dad's names at the top of the paper. Give everyone 3 minutes to create as many words as possible using only the letters from the names. If anyone else has the same word they have to cross it off. Whoever has the most words left wins.
- Name as many baby items as you can think of in 3 minutes. If anyone has the same item you have to cross it off your paper. Whoever has the most items left wins.
- Guess how many toilet paper squares it takes to make it around the mom-to-be's belly.
- Each person cuts a string to be the length they think will measure the exact size of mom-to-be's belly. The person with the string that fits around her belly the closest wins.
- Write the baby-to-be's name or the mom or dad's name vertically down the left side of the paper. People must come up with a “baby thing” for each letter of the person's name. For example, ANN might be: Apple sauce, Nap time, Nuk binkies. You try to match what the mom will write on her paper. The most matches wins.
An activity I did at the two showers I threw was a hair bow station. It was a fun way to keep your hands busy while making little gifts for baby-to-be!
Here's how I did it:
- For my shower Shannon made yummy bread loaves and put them in these cute bags. She printed her own labels and simply stapled them to the top of the bags. So cute!
- For me, I started shopping early for the showers and was able to find these perfect frames for $0.50 each on clearance at Joanne Fabrics!
- For the other shower I made candy pill bottles since the mommy is a pharmaceutical rep. See how I did those HERE.