I can remember being so overwhelmed with ideas for a baby shower I just didn’t know where to start!
I narrowed down my ideas to wanting something rustic, natural colours with pops of pink but, not too over the top yet, girlie and fun ready to celebrate my beautiful baby girl. Yes thats my version of narrowed down lol.
Things I considered before I started planning
A few other points I needed to be aware of was:
- Will the theme suitable for all ages?
- Will the theme fit my budget?
- Will there be enough decorations and favours to make the theme obvious?
- Will the decorations I plan to get fit into the space okay?
Choosing a Theme
The Woodland Theme fitted perfectly with this and I knew I had plenty of options for decorations and party favours. I had never planned a party before and this one felt extra special to me because it was for my baby, even though she was in my belly, so it had to be just right 🙂 Plus, whilst you’re pregnant with your first, you seem to have all the time in the world to spend hours looking on Amazon at artificial grass and leaves.
The Baby Shower took place in my kitchen and I invited a fair amount of guests so I had to be sure whilst there was enough food, favours and games for everyone it wasn’t too crowded in the kitchen.
I’m one of those very lucky girls who has a big island in the middle of the kitchen. I had always dreamed of this. I knew thats where I want the display and all of the guests can crowd around there plus we have extra seating in the kitchen too.
I started of planning my theme by looking for a table cloth. Something green or brown to set the tone. I soon realised that I wouldn’t have even got a table cloth to fit the island. Can baby brain start when you’re pregnant?
Instead I opted for an artificial grass runner. It was a great idea if I do say so myself. Automatically it set the scene of being outside. It’s also perfect for cutting to size and I liked the width as it didn’t cover too much of the table leaving more room for other decorations.
You can find the Artificial Grass Table Runner here: https://amzn.to/2Pt4fDm £17.00
As there was still space on the table I used a hanging vine draped over the table, which helped with adding colour and texture.
You can find the hanging vine here: https://amzn.to/2nWdM9o £2.99
I also used bunches of leaves to hang from the TV on the wall so the decorations were not just placed on the table and it tied the whole room together.
You can find the hanging wall vine here: https://amzn.to/2MERC9H £3.99
Alternative Food Placemats
My vision was to have all different tiers of food on logs however, this because pretty pricey. Instead I purchased a few flat log disks to place different food items on. They came in a pack of 20, were rather small but brilliant for holding a mini flapjack or other nibbles!
You can find the Log Disks here: https://amzn.to/2PtD8b1 £3.25
I purchased a natural log slice that was bigger to hold a selection of mini bites on. This looked great and varied the food placing. The natural log effect helped give off the rustic vibe.
You can find the Natural log slice here: https://amzn.to/2wc5hdO £5.99
For any other food placemats I just used plain old foiled trays that you can get from your local supermarket for pretty cheap!
One of the biggest decorations for make an impact was the table confetti.
My favourite was the rustic, wooden hearts with “Baby Shower” wrote on them. I sprinkled them all over the artificial grass runner. They also do “Baby Girl” or “Baby Boy” ones too.
You can buy the Wooden Hearts here: https://amzn.to/2MH3Y0W £2.99 for 50.
Other table confetti I used was artificial flowers. I kept the colour scheme of the two flowers white and pink to keep it girlie yet not overdone.
You can find the White Flowers here: https://amzn.to/2N8q21z £0.81
You can find the Pink Flowers here: https://amzn.to/2w3Z8RM £1.79
To decorate the nibbles wire toadstools were brilliant. You can bend them to shape in any direction as if they were growing from the ground. The contrasting red colour of the toadstool was very bold compared to the neutral colours of the brownies and flapjacks.
You can find the Wire Toadstools here: https://amzn.to/2ML7IOQ £8.87
Around other food placemats I purchased some Photo Props and mini pine cones. The photo props were great as the pack contained twigs, moss and log slices.
You can find the Photo Prop here: https://amzn.to/2ML5grE £4.59
I found artificial grass animals and they looked really good with the theme! I placed them around the display. When they first arrived I was thinking oh i’m not sure what to do with these but when the display got going they fitted in perfectly.
You can find the Turf Animals here: https://amzn.to/2LgFLcZ £8.64
I filled the floor with pink balloons and had the main balloon attraction was a foiled ballon saying baby hanging from the lights.
You can find the Foiled Baby Balloon here: https://amzn.to/2MHcHjG £2.54
The star of the show was the cake! It bought the whole theme together and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The cake was a total surprise too off my sisters.
I had biscuits from Slattery’s made that were Woodland Themed too!
And Jay’s Mum made the cutest fairy cakes!!
I had hot food on a display elsewhere in the kitchen and kept the sweet food on the display.
The personalised woodland themed chocolates looked great on the display. They tasted great too!
You can find the personalised chocolates here: https://amzn.to/2ByF0N2 £7.80
Games and Guest Book
My guest book was actually a frame where you signed a cloud and inserted it into the frame. The only problem was that I got Sharpie pens and the ink ran on everyones clouds so I recommend a normal biro pen.
You can find the Guest Frame here: https://amzn.to/2MIwLC5 £17.99
The Baby Shower games we played were:
- New mum advice cards
- How well do you know mum
- Baby Prediction
- Pin the dummy on the baby.
Overall the whole day was incredible. I had so much fun planning it for everyone and then putting it all together in the morning with my sister. I couldn’t have asked for a better day and I know my guests had a lovely time too!
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