If you are like me, you’re hosting several parties a year. I do so many parties, that sometimes I forget to post some here. And then I completely forget about them. For four years. Sigh. So, here … directly from 2014 … is a baby carriage-inspired baby shower that my SIL Kathy and I hosted for her DIL, Christy. I’ll apologize right up front for the photo quality. That actually may be why I didn’t rush to post this party in the first place. But if you can look past that, I hope you’ll see lots of ideas you can copy for your next baby shower.
Fun fact: if you look at Brooks’ Feather Her Nest Baby Shower you can see Kathy’s “before” dining room. Christy’s shower gives you a peek at the “after” dining room, decorated by Charlotte, who I later used to do my first floor.
The party theme was inspired by an antique baby carriage that Kathy’s had forever. We placed it in the front hall.
Dining Room Decorations
So many times, when we think of paper party decorations, we talk about printables. But Loralee Lewis does things differently. Her beautifully designed paper party goods have vintage flair and come pre-printed on wonderful, heavy stock paper. The “Baby” banner below? All I had to do was string it on the ribbon. You’ll pay a little more, but if you are short on time or just don’t want to mess with printing and trimming your printables, the service is well worth it. (You can see more Loralee Lewis paper goods at my Wizard of Oz party.)
Kathy ordered the most gorgeous flower arrangements and you’ll see those throughout the party: on the dessert sideboard, in the center of the buffet table, across the living room mantle and on the coffee table.
These water goblets are an antique store find and great for holding party utensils.
I hand-stamped good quality paper napkins to tie them to our theme.
- Paula Deen French Toast Casserole
- Hash brown casserole
- Honey Baked ham and turkey
- Pineapple sprinkled with coconut
- Assorted nuts
- Homemade cheese straws
- Punch – you can see the punch bowl in the butler’s pantry
Our desserts were all made locally in Columbus, GA, with the exception of the macarons.
- Cake pops
- Pink ombre macarons from Splendid Sweet Shoppe
- Baby carriage sugar cookies
- White and pink M&Ms
- Jelly Bellies
Living Room Decorations
In Kathy’s living room, we decorated the mantle in a few easy ways. There is a large TV mounted over the fireplace so that ruled out placing anything in front of the TV. We placed four small flower arrangements across the top of the mantle. I made the onesie banner using my Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine and added a carriage silhouette to fit the shower’s theme. We clipped the onesies to ribbon using pink clothespins from Hobby Lobby.
I purchased the pink baby carriage image from Light Quotes and checked with the seller to make sure I could have the image enlarged to fit my frame. Then all I had to do was send the image to Office Depot to be printed and mounted on foam core board.
We brought a pink scrapbook to the party and loads of embellishments. Each guest pre-decorated a scrapbook page for Christy. All she had to do was add photos after Ada was born.
Baby Shower Favors
Our party favor was OPI nail polish in the shade It’s A Girl — how perfect was that for a baby shower?! All I did was add “It’s A Girl” tags from Loralee Lewis and place the polishes on a pretty crystal tray.