Happy Thursday, friends! As you probably know, our first grandson made his debut a few weeks ago on my husband’s 60th birthday! We knew for months the baby was a boy, which made it super easy to plan for his arrival. Come see a few baby boy shower ideas!
A few months ago, we held a luncheon at our house for our son and daughter-in law to celebrate the pending arrival of their first child~a boy. Me being me, I had to find just the right decorations for the party. I scoured the internet and Pinterest and found some fun inspiration! So, I’m going to share them with you because they are so easy to replicate, for a boy OR a girl! Here are a few of my favorite baby boy shower ideas!
1-Flowers, flowers, flowers!
I took a vintage silver ice bucket to a local florist and had it filled with flowers for the table centerpiece. It contained blue hydrangeas, white roses, gladiolas and a mix of other seasonal flowers and greenery. (Pink flowers would be just as lovely!)
I also took small, vintage baby vases to the same florist and had them filled with tiny arrangement to set all around the house. The small arrangements were only $12-15 each. Aren’t they precious? I found most of the vases at antique stores or on eBay. However, the blue baby block was my son’s and the high chair was mine. Talk about vintage!
2-Paper Pom flowers, lanterns and banners!
I bought several different kits on Amazon of paper pom flowers and lanterns because I wanted the colors gray, blue and white as our predominant color scheme. They do require some assembly, but it isn’t too tricky, once you get the hang of it. Then, I hung them from our enormous chandelier in our great room!
I staggered the pom-pom flowers and lanterns on the arms of the chandelier. I taped a string of baby blue elephants across the top arms. Christmas ornament hooks, ribbons and tape held the decorations in place. (The chandelier is on a dimmer so the bulbs don’t get too hot next to the paper.)
We placed the “It’s a Boy” banner in the dining room window along with some paper fans I had from a previous shower. NOTE: Helium balloons are also a fun way to add color and fun to a shower. We could have used blue, white and gray to further our color scheme.
3-Tiered trays, confetti, ribbon and rubber ducks!
We decorated the sideboard in the dining room with a white table runner and on it placed all of the desserts.
Cute Peter Rabbit plates, and napkins were placed on the sideboard for easy self-service of sweets once lunch was finished. (The Peter Rabbit napkins and plates were purchased through Minted.com)
By using tiered trays and stands, it makes it easier to hold multiple desserts in one location. Plus, it looks pretty!
This tiered tray is one of my favorites! It’s by the old Southern Living At Home collection. The two-tiers allow for double the amount of goodies in the same amount of space. On this piece we put homemade truffles in white dessert cups to dress them up a bit.
The holes in the plates allow you to add ribbon to suit the occasion. I found this darling ribbon at Michael’s and thought it was perfect for this display. It’s the little things, right?
For more blue-inspired decor, we added round blue confetti and baby blue rubber ducks! (The confetti would be easy to make yourself using a decorative hole punch and tissue paper, but I purchased mine for convenience. It was just a few dollars for a bag of hundreds of pieces.)
This 3 tiered tray held vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with glittery gold “Oh Boy” picks. So simple and easy!
4-Use a vintage bassinet, cradle or high chair to hold baby gifts! This bassinet has been in our family for nearly 40 years. Every child, grandchild and now great-grandchild has slept in this sweet little bed. We used it at the baby shower as a display and to hold presents, and now our grandson sleeps in it! (I’m pausing a moment for some sweet memories of my boys in this bassinet…I’m ridiculously sentimental.)
We also placed spill-over gifts on the large ottoman in the great room for easy access.
5-Place framed baby photos of the couple around the house or use a maternity photo of the expectant Mother. This was my daughter-in-law’s clever baby announcement and it’s my favorite ever!
ANOTHER TIP: Take a baby bottle shaped bank and fill it with travel size baby shampoo, soap, bath toys and a brush and comb. It makes a cute decoration and an extra gift for the Mommy-to-be. (Bottle bank found at Walmart and the travel size supplies at the grocery store.)
For our luncheon we had the food set up in the Butler’s Pantry but sadly I didn’t take pictures. When we entertain large groups, we like to stage most of the food in the Pantry. It keeps the mess out of the way and leaves the kitchen and dining areas clear for eating and mingling. We used clear plastic plates, cups and blue disposable utensils for simplicity and easy clean up. (You can buy packages of all blue plastic utensils at Walmart for $1)
After lunch, we gathered around and watched the couple open their gifts. We aren’t big on playing games, so we got right to it. Some showers are for women only, but as a family we all wanted to celebrate this special occasion! My sisters and sister-in-law kindly helped me with this gathering, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart!
If you are hosting a baby shower in the future, I hope this will give you a few ideas! By using more pink than blue or vice versa, all of these ideas can be implemented for a boy or a girl shower. And if by chance you don’t know the sex of the baby, simply use a combination! Together, my sisters and I made most of the desserts and we catered the bulk of the food from our local Publix Store. That was really easy too. I sat down at the catering counter with a Publix employee and we figured out how much of each dish to order. They even offer free delivery for orders over $100 and within a certain mile radius. @publix.com
For now, all of the vases and many of the decorations have been safely packed away for next time. Who knows when this might be in our large family?
Thank you for stopping by today and always. Your support means the world to me! Let’s chat soon, shall we? xoxo Dell