If you’ve visited NoH recently you know: I am BEYOND excited that spring is here. So when my friend Nadine asked for help planning a baby shower, I couldn’t resist a spring woodland theme. Think Bambi, but without the sad parts. I figured this is both seasonal and gender neutral, making it more accessible no matter the audience.
I love this invite because it is whimsical and sweet, without being overly cliché (i.e. no rubber duckies and diaper pins!) and it fits in perfectly with our theme!
It is important for the host to include the following info:
- Mother’s name
- Date/ Time/ Location
- RSVP info (note: If you are receiving the invite- remember to do this!)
- Where the mother is registered
I wanted to keep the décor fanciful and childlike. Plus I like the idea of the mother-to-be taking the items home after the shower to use in the nursery (assuming she isn’t planning a “Trucks and Trains” or “Princesses and Castles” style room). For example, the rabbits can become bookends and the deer a cherished stuffed animal.
Baby showers typically last 2 to 2½ hours. In addition to the actual gift giving/ opening (yes, like any other shower, a baby shower is meant to shower the expectant mother with gifts!), it is great to include activities. There are about a million games available. I recommend sticking to one or two short ones (you can find several here).
Creating a memento for the mom-to-be is also a great activity. For this shower my suggestion is an advice/well wishes tree. This topiary can be set up on a table with paper leaves attached to string and pens. The guests can each create a note for the mother/ baby. This can then be displayed in the baby’s nursery.
This of course all depends on the time of day for the shower. I recommend either hosting a brunch or an afternoon tea. Keep things simple by preparing a buffet. People can pick and choose and continue to mingle without having to deal with assigned seating or other ambience killers.
As for dessert? I suggest carrot cake cupcakes. Perfect for our woodland theme. Plus, who doesn’t love cream cheese frosting? Check out this yummy recipe from Paula Deen.
The problem with favors is no matter how much people love you, they do not want your baby’s initials on a paperweight (okay, maybe they do, but only if ‘they’ are the grandmas-to-be!). So, that leaves you with two options: something edible or something a bit more entertaining and functional. I am currently loving these little mini grow pots that come with different seeds (everything from roses to sunflowers). I was lucky enough to be gifted one by my friend Jessica Wenger (of the Spring Fashion Trends) and I think they are the perfect compliment to our theme!