Thursday, March 6, 2014

Baby Shower: Owl Theme

A couple weeks ago, I had the privilege of putting on & hosting a baby shower for one of my best friends! She is expecting a baby girl due in April. We are thrilled to add another little one to the mix of "baby friends" & our girls will be about 4 months apart. 

I had so much fun planning & getting things ready for the baby shower.

{Owl Themed Baby Shower}
Location: My house

First of all, Courtney is doing her nursery in Owls. She found an adorable fabric that includes cute little birds & flowers as well as owls & her colors are pink & teal. She is also adding chevron in the mix & it was fun to have a few little chevron details in the decor. It was easy to decorate in those colors since I already had decor to match & was able to use some of her nursery items as well. My mother in law got her this little sign & I was able to use it on the door.

I used our dining room for the refreshments. The pink & teal pom poms were left over from other baby showers I have hosted & birthday parties. I always have a ton of tull on hand since I use it a lot in my Christmas decor. I just tied it to the chain of the chandelier & let it drape around & behind the table.

Simple decorations on the table included blue mason jars, nursery sign that Courtney bought, burlap table runner I made a couple years ago, & cute little chevron candy dishes that belong to Courtney as well. I made little signs with details about the food & little owl cup cake toppers.

Since the shower was held at 2pm, I figured most everyone had eaten lunch. I had simple refreshments that included a chicken ranch cheeseball with crackers, assorted fruit with a vanilla bean cream cheese fruit dip, mixed nuts, chocolate eggs & white cake cupcakes with pink frosting. The favors were little chocolate nests with the same chocolate eggs in them. Cute for an owl/bird theme! I have also done the same favors when I hosted a bridal shower themed "Love Birds" =)

I added little Thank You tags to the favor nests =)

Water & Punch were the drinks of choice! Paper straws are always so much fun =) 

Pretty pink raspberry punch includes:
Pink lemonade
Raspberry sherbet
Very simple to make!

 Living room decorating was also very simple. I used a baby banner I made for another shower a couple years ago (it's always so nice to have things available to reuse!) another sign for the nursery & a little chalk board with the words "It's a Girl!" written on it.

Another fun little thing I have done before is an advice tree! I just made little birds & owls from craft paper, punched holes in them & tied some string to them so they could be hung on the tree.

It's always fun to see what wishes & advice each guest has for the new mommy & baby.

 Courtney only had 8 weeks to go & still looks amazing!

The littlest guest, Rilynn! She always makes this face when she's trying to figure out what's going on! =)

We played a couple games that included baby gift bingo, draw a baby on the paper plate & then I set a timer to go off while she was opening gifts & whoever brought the gift she was opening at the time got a prize. I just used little hand lotions, hand sanitizers, body wash & bubble baths as the prizes.

Its always so much fun seeing all the cute little baby gifts!

We had a great time! Several ladies came out for the party & Courtney got a bunch of great we are just waiting on that little girl to make her arrival!! 

Pretty much the only expenses for this event was for the food, plates, napkins, cups & straws. I also called the florist & had a bunch of baby's breath held for me to use in the mason jars. I am also always picking up little lotions, hand sanitizers etc for possible gifts or just to have on hand. I had collected several so they were perfect for prizes. 

I enjoy having these kinds of events & have hosted many over the years! Most items are reusable or easy to make. I had help from Matt's Aunt Maudine who came early to get the food fixed, favor tags tied & things arranged. She also was a great baby sitter while I hosted =) Unfortunately my mother in law was in the hospital starting her first chemo treatments & Gmama ended up sick, so my family help was limited. The most important step to any event is to start EARLY & try not to stress out! haha With 2 kids in the mix you never know what might happen. I started decorating 2 weeks early & worked on  a few things here & there during nap times. We were also out of town the weekend before & then I got SICK! Thankfully I got to the Dr. early & was well enough to have a good time =)

I am blessed with good friends & couldn't be happier for Neil & Courtney to welcome this new little addition =)

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