My biggest piece of advice when planning a baby shower is to make sure the shower reflects your MTB's style. Katie is so not fluffy, girly pink; she's hip and sophisticated, so no teddy bears and storks.
Her other requirement, cheesy baby games. I twitched a little, but that's ok. I refused to do the How Big Is My Belly Game...that is embarrassing on every level, but I figured out a way around that to make them a little classy-ish.
My inspiration is always starting with the great Amy Atlas...WWAD? The shower was being held at an upscale gym so I really had to make it not feel like...well a gym. With high ceilings and fluorescent lighting, well, you see where I'm going with this...
And I must admit, it's my favorite party I've thrown so far...I pulled out all my tricks I could think of...varying table heights, different textures and mediums, tiny details, oversized details...
Next up, to enlist the help of my favorite party printables gal Kori of Paper & Pigtails to set the table scene...I told her what I wanted and she was all over that! P.S. I don't bake. They were all store-bought except for a few that were Otis Spunkemeyer cookie dough that I baked. Don't judge. I can only do so much.
The Purple Pug for the milk bottle inspiration.
I found pink pacifers for everyone to wear for the 'Can't Say The Word' game; and once again, the competitive streak seriously came out again.
I used lots of kraft paper; the table coverings, the wrapped boxes, covering the mirrors behind the dessert table...
super clever idea at Garnish, and it was perfect!
My favorite part was decorating onesies...we actually wanted artwear the baby would wear so I did a little research and came up with a great solution. I purchased different materials and ironed fusible webbing on the back. Guests then could freehand designs or use stencils and cookie cutters to trace, then cut out and iron onto the onesies. Katie's mom will later sew the designs to reinforce them on.
Safari printables - Paper & Pigtails
Gable boxes, clear labels, paper straws, wooden berry boxes, wooden spoons - Garnish
Cookies - local grocers
Banana candy mold - Home Cake Decorating Supply Co. (local store)
Ribbon, material for the onesies, fusible webbing - JoAnn Fabrics And Crafts
Kraft paper, ribbon - local store
Block letters, papier-mâché giraffes, acrylic boxes, cookie cutters - Michael's