After graduating from college, it seems like your social calendar begins to fill up even faster than it did during undergrad, if you can believe that one. Tim and I are constantly being reminded that we are at the “right age” for weddings and baby showers as invitations come trickling in through the mail. I love celebrations like these and look forward to every single one! After having my own wedding last October, I more than ever understand the tedious tasks a bride goes through to make her wedding day as perfect as she’s always hoped. I catch myself checking out the little details like the monogram choice, the type of invitation paper used, and the kind of save-the-date that is sent, because I now know how much time and thought is put into these decisions and it makes me truly appreciate every choice the bride makes. If you look closely, it can actually teach you a little more about the bride and the groom as a whole.
We have five weddings to attend this year starting in April until mid-September. Before we get to that point though, I am also blessed to be not only attending a baby shower this weekend, but throwing the party along with my mom. My cousin is pregnant with her first baby, a little boy, and we are holding the event in her honor at a restaurant on Saturday. I don’t want to give away too much information before it happens, but the two details I can share is that A) The theme is ducks and B) the mother-to-be is craving chocolate cake! Rest assured, those two things will be making an appearance at her shower!
When it comes to fun though, I am really not into the traditional shower games. I am trying to come up with a few different ideas that may help this shower stand out in the minds of my cousin and her guests. I have of course been using Pinterest to gather ideas, but I really haven’t seen anything too awesome that has caught my eye. Some of the cutest things I’ve come across are:
Each baby shower guest is assigned a letter & is asked to bring that letter decorated for the nursery.
Another “Pop” themed Baby Shower. This website is amazing, FYI!! If I am throwing a baby shower for you within the next year, please don’t check it out..! ;-)
Great for a ‘Library Building’ Baby Shower
How cute is this?!?!
FYI, none of these ideas are being used this weekend, but I thought they were all adorable! We have one ‘sort of’ game in mind, but nothing we are completely set on doing. We do have great goodie bags for the guests ready to go, and we also have the food and dessert handled. We are hosting another baby shower for a very good friend of ours this summer too, and we’ll need even more ideas! I love throwing events like this, because it brings me back to the love of wedding planning, without QUITE the amount of sleepless nights and tough decisions. This sort of responsibility gets me psyched to have kids one day and throw them some fun parties! My birthday parties consisted of roller blading a few years, but I had at least 6 or 7 gymnastics theme parties at the gym I attended. Those were amazing. My dream party though would have been at the American Girl Place. I was obsessed with my dolls and that would have been a perfect party in my eyes. Oh well, maybe for my 24th?! Ha!
I am curious:
What is the best baby shower you have ever attended?
Do you have any suggestions for great games, themes, treats, special details, goodie bags, etc. that really stand out in your head?
Any ideas to make the mother-to-be feel extra special?