Remember the mock nursery I put together for a very special couple a few weeks ago? Well, that special couple is my brother and sister-in-law. Just recently, her sisters and I hosted a baby boy shower in her honor. They live out of town, so most of the decorating was left up to me. I figured I would document the event, for her enjoyment, and to show you guys what we came up with.
I have a lot of fun with this type of thing and there were a million different directions I could have headed; however, I asked my sister-in-law what she would like. She said simple and sweet… nothing with a theme. I conquer. Themed showers and parties can get pricey and the decor can’t always be reused later on for something else. So, simple and sweet it was.
Since they are having a baby boy, I thought I would bring some of the outdoors inside and use blues and whites. And seeing that my house isn’t ANYWHERE near ready to host any type of event, we held the shower at our church fellowship hall. It’s a nice, neutral space that can hold a lot… or a few. This is their second child so I knew the shower would probably be a lot smaller than last time. In my head I was planning for no more than 50 people max. That seemed to be a good number.
Oh… I almost forgot. Here’s the invitation we sent out a few weeks in advance.
And please don’t prank call the phone number listed on the invitation. Thanks 🙂
Anyways, I tried to tie the invitation to the decor that we used. Here’s what we did…
The burlap runners, white tablecloths, bird’s nests, and clear hurricanes were items that our church had that they so graciously let me use. I picked up the sticks up out of my yard and the wooden discs were borrowed. So everything on this table was free. I like free! Who doesn’t?!
As you can see, to soften things up a bit and make this room feel less like a cafeteria, I used round tables. I really like the way it looked, very intimate. I believe there were 4 small tables with 6 chairs and 2 large tables with 8 chairs. That made enough room for 40 people all at one time. Two of the tables weren’t even used to seat guests, but we did use one to place the open gifts on.
On the other end of the room, we had the present table, a place for the guest of honor to sit and open presents, and all of the refreshments.
The little clothes line was very easy. I just took some onesies and pinned them up with clothes pins to a piece of jute string. The paper laterns were picked up a Party City and tied in very well.
I didn’t think pink or red punch was appropriate for a little boy shower so we stuck with some southern drinks: sweet tea and lemonade. The mason jar jugs and stands also belong to the church.
And we had water for those who didn’t drink the other. And don’t worry… I know you are dying to know where the cute water carafe came from. Wal-Mart!!!!! For $3.97 each!!! Can you believe???!!!
And see those cute straws in the background? I picked those up at Amazon.
Here’s a better view of the food and desserts. We also put a little tent card by each item so that people would know what they were eating. I’m always deathly afraid somebody will pick up a shrimp tartlet and be anafalactic to shrimp and die… on my watch… because of my food. So, I’d like to be better safe than sorry and just “label” everything.
And here are a few of mommy, daddy, and big sister opening presents!
Yes, this one is a little fuzzy, but it’s a perfect “OMG…. look how cute this is” picture so I just HAD to include it!
And last but not least, all of the gifts that they received!
I think that it was a very lovely shower and we had a really good time. Thanks to her sisters, aunts, and family friends, I had plenty of help and there was LOTS of yummy food. I cannot wait to meet the little man in just a few weeks! I think he might have enough cute outfits to change three times a day… but that’s alright because what good is a baby if they aren’t spoiled rotten?!