To brighten up the traditional baby shower, we gave this fun occasion a makeover with bold colors, simple creative touches, and an easy-to-prepare, sophisticated menu.
These ideas will serve you well at home, but they are also designed to work well in a corporate setting (such as a conference room or dining area). No matter where you celebrate, the guest of honor will feel extra special.
Let your invitations set the tone for the upcoming shower. Whether it’s a boy, a girl, or even a surprise, bright hues and a whimsical design prepare guests for a fun afternoon with friends.
Hostess tip: You can find inspiration in just about anything. For this shower, the color palette and basic design were based off of a small piggy bank from Pottery Barn Kids.
Floor to ceiling, this table is packed with easy, inexpensive ideas to customize the look. First, create a blank canvas by covering the table and chairs with white linens. This will make any accent―from the place mats to the flower arrangements to the table runner―stand out.
Hostess tip: Save time by having your tablecloth professionally laundered in advance. (You don’t want to spend the day of the shower slaving over an iron!)
Instead of signing an ordinary guest book, have friends write warm wishes on a white-matted picture frame. (Be sure to use permanent pens so that the ink doesn't smear.)
Then, when the party’s over, the expectant mother can use the frame as a decoration in the nursery.
For a look like this:
Wood Gallery Frames
$29 to $79
Available at Pottery Barn
An afternoon baby shower isn’t the time for heavy fare or expensive china. Keep it simple by serving light finger foods on a mix of white serving pieces (adorned with colorful wire ribbon). And for a pop of color on a side table or buffet, use a fun fabric in lieu of tablecloths.
Easy Baby Shower Menu
To finish off the pom-poms, hang them from brightly colored grosgrain ribbon attached to easy-to-remove hooks (we used 3M Utensil Hooks with Command Adhesive).