Happy Monday, friends! It’s been a while! I’ve been busy with the July 4th holiday and just life in general. But I can’t wait to show you a few pictures from the baby shower we hosted a few weeks ago! Come check out our version of a gender neutral baby shower!
One of my beautiful nieces is expecting a baby in early August. Our entire family is so excited about the joyous news! The mother-to-be and her husband decided for their first baby they wanted the sex of the baby to be a surprise. So when my sisters and I decided to host a baby shower for her, it proved to be a little tricky! We’ve never NOT known the sex of the baby in recent history so we were in unchartered territory. But, we accepted and rose to the challenge!
Planning a baby shower, regardless of the sex of the baby is a fun affair! I mean, what can be more exciting and wonderful than a new baby? So we put on our thinking caps and decided to go with a little blue, a little pink, a little green and a few colors in between! Here’s a few of the ideas we used to make the shower extra personal and special.
To begin, I ordered this sign from Etsy to welcome the guests to the shower. (I’ll share more details soon on how to order, etc.) The colors on the sign sort of set the stage. I put the sign in a vintage frame and set it on an easel on the front porch and added some faux flowers on top of the frame. (My husband secured the frame to the easel with a zip tie, for safety.)
For the living room, where the shower was to be held, my sisters and I decorated the large chandelier with an assortment of pom noms, and lanterns. I ordered several packs of pompoms on Amazon and we mixed and matched. We kept adding more and more until we were out of decorations and decided that the “more is more’ feeling was working for us! (As was the wine since we decorated the night before. #sistersleepover)
Honestly I can’t tell you how many pom noms ended up on the chandelier but it was a LOT. There were white, pink, peach, pale green, yellow, beige and white with gold polka dots. We figured we had all of the colors covered, be it a girl or a boy!
For the kitchen island we used a silver tray to house a few fun decorations. We framed the baby shower invitation in a vintage frame. There was a picture of the guest of honor when she was a little girl and a few vintage baby rattles and pacifier. We also had a vintage lamb vase filled with pretty little flowers. (My talented sister Stephanie, did all of the flower arrangements for the shower.) Finally, we filled a clear apothecary jar with brown and pink Cheerios. When my niece first discovered she was pregnant, she told her parents the baby was about the size of a Cheerio, so my funny brother dubbed the baby, “Baby Cheerio”. So, that’s the baby’s nickname!
Because the shower was a brunch, we decorated the dining room as well. Stephanie made this gorgeous flower arrangement as the centerpiece. She used my favorite swan vessel and flowers purchased from Costco. It was stunning!!!
We decorated the dining table with a white table cloth, the floral centerpiece and ALL of the food! We served chicken salad croissants, mini quiches, veggies and dip, a fruit tray, cake squares, a pound cake, cookies, mints, chocolate covered almonds, and nutty fingers.
Behind the table we decorated the large window with a balloon arch made of baby blue, pale pink, tan, beige and white balloons. We put a “Welcome Baby” sign in the middle. (All purchased from Amazon.) To complete the decor we added the family’s baby bassinet filled with a few gifts. This bassinet has held every single baby that has been born in our family for the past 40 years! After the shower we sent the bassinet home with the future Mommy.
We added a few more signs and decorations here and there…
One more cute idea, we added tiny floating rubber ducks to the punch. I bought them at the dollar store and washed them before popping them into the punch bowl.
My sister in law brought my niece’s little lovey that she had as a child as a prop. aka Mr. Wiggles.
As you can see, our niece was thoroughly showered with tons of gifts! We had the Mother-to-be seated in front of the fireplace along with her beautiful Mother and sister. Her Mom helped hand her the gifts and her sister wrote down the gifts and who they came from as everyone looked on and oohed and aahed over the darling presents.
The shower was SO much fun to plan and host and we all had such a great time! Everything looked so pretty even after the shower was over, that I left up the balloons and the flowers on the table for a few days more. It seemed a shame to take them down too soon after all of that effort! Plus, those flowers!!!!! GORGEOUS!!
Well, that’s a wrap on our gender neutral baby shower! I hope this gives you a few ideas in case you are planning a baby shower in the near future! Soon, I”ll share a few of our recipes and some other tips. Well, I hope y’all have a wonderful week! Let’s chat again soon! Hugs, Dell