I love decorating. What I love even more… party decorating. The idea of taking a theme and going all out on decor makes my heart happy. I’ve only thrown a few parties (more like bridal/baby showers), but I didn’t skip a beat when it came to nailing the theme. It also helps that I make almost everything and even digitally design all the paper products from the invitations down to the food labels.
When it came to having my own baby shower, I knew what I wanted. I had a theme in mind and I had a vision of how to create it. The hardest part, planning your own shower from 1,500 miles away. I couldn’t really buy anything while in Texas because I wouldn’t be able to take it with me on the plane. So I would make some things and then send it off to my sister for when I got there. I ordered items I needed online and had them shipped to her house. I had an Excel spreadsheet broken down into tables and what decor/items I needed for each one. And I even had all my digital items ready to go on my tablet so I could print them when I got there. I was beyond prepared.
I wanted a rustic chic theme for my shower. Wood, metal, vintage with a touch of lace, floral and femininity. I went with a color scheme of lavender, mint and white. And I incorporated tans and browns in through burlap and wood. My dad cut up some tree branches to make different height pedestals and I made all the burlap and ribbon banners.
The food was a mixture of play on Greek and Italian food. I had a hankering for it when I was pregnant and just wanted to eat it all. I wanted mostly finger foods that people could and would enjoy, as well as things they would be able to snack on throughout the shower. Bruschetta, pasta salad, caprese skewers, olives, hummus, pita chips, etc. We kept the beverages simple with water, iced tea, lemonade and wine. We had so much food leftover, my sister and mom had snacks for a week.
I’m not a fan of games at showers, so I tried to keep it to more of activities you could partake in. We had onesie decorating, advice cards for the parents-to-be, scratch cards and guess how much candy in the jar. The favors were a simple metal tin filled with three different kinds of tea. I wanted to give out succulents, but that was just too expensive. The gift table was simple with a card box and diaper fund jar.
All in all, a lot of stress and hard work went into planning and putting together my shower, but it was good to go home and be surrounded by friends and family.