Top 10 Most Pinned Posts

We are having a dreary, rainy day here in Tennessee, so naturally I’ve been wasting time on Pinterest. During a search for a housewarming gift, a project of mine popped up (See number 9 below)! This exciting find led me on a hunt to find my post popular posts on Pinterest.

1. Three Easy Kabob Recipes

Grilled Chicken Pineapple Kabobs at BetweenWeekdays.com

2. How to Can Spaghetti Sauce (Recipe Included!)

How to Can Spaghetti Sauce from BetweenWeekdays.com

3. Red Front Door

Red Front Door at BetweenWeekdays.com

4. Crafting a Hot Pink and Zebra Baby Shower Corsage

DIY Corsage at BetweenWeekdays.com

5. My Favorite Taco Seasoning Spice Blend

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6. Pinterest-Inspired Baby Shower Projects

Pinterest inspired baby shower projects at BetweenWeekdays.com

7. How to Make a Tutu Wreath

How to make a Tutu Wreath at BetweenWeekdays.com

8. DIY Paint Chip Art

DIY Paint Chip Art from BetweenWeekdays.com

9. DIY Keepsake Art

DIY Keepsake Art at BetweenWeekdays.com

10. How to Make a Clothespin Photo Wreath for the Laundry Room

DIY Clothespin Wreath at BetweenWeekdays.com

Honorable Mention:

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe at BetweenWeekdays.com

Six Months

We just celebrated our six-month anniversary of living in our blue house. Where has the time gone? I thought it might be fun to look back at what we’ve accomplished these past six months and where we’ve yet to go.

The Blue House at BetweenWeekdays.com

Our house looked a bit dated when we moved in, but that didn’t stop us from falling in love with it almost immediately. The floor plan was exactly what we were looking for, plus this house offered a lot of updated features for us including hardwood floors throughout, a formal dining room and a large, level lot, to name a few. We were able to see past the previous owner’s decor to know that this was the house for us.

LivingRoom

One of the first things we tackled was changing up the majority of the lighting throughout our home in what I like to call the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. To read more about the lighting changes we made, click any of the links below. We made some unconventional changes when it came to some of the fixtures, but we’re very pleased with all of the lighting choices we’ve made.

It took us several months to get unpacked and settled, but once we were in, I began sharing a room-by-room house tour with you. So far, I’ve been excited to share with you two guest bedrooms, a guest bathroom and my office. I’m looking forward to sharing the rest of the house with you soon!

The Office at BetweenWeekdays.com

We’ve experienced a lot of living and loving in this house, too. We’ve already hosted two baby showers, numerous family dinners, and we added a new, furry member to our family.

The first shower we hosted was for my sister-in-law, who welcomed a beautiful baby girl into this world May 10. Since my niece’s nursery features a hot pink and zebra theme, it only seemed appropriate to apply that same theme to the baby shower we hosted back in March. Since we were still in the midst of unpacking and painting, this shower was the push we needed to finish settling in! To read any of the Pretty in Pink [and zebra] Baby Shower posts, click any of the links below.

FoodWithCake

The second baby shower we hosted was only a few weeks ago. This baby shower had a sweet theme focusing on gender neutral colors and “games.” The shining star of this shower (besides the glowing mom to be) was the menu. I’ve still got a few details to share, but to read all about the prep work and menu, click any of the posts below.

Baby Shower Mama at BetweenWeekdays.com

We’ve had a busy six months! We have a lot of projects we’d like to complete around here, but, luckily, we have plenty of time. We plan on staying in this house for at least 10 years, so we’re in no rush to make a ton of big changes immediately. Here’s some of what we’d like to do in the next few years:

  • Completely gut and renovate our master bathroom
  • Paint the kitchen cabinets
  • Redo the front landscaping
  • Repair (and expand?) the privacy fence out back
  • Add better storage to the master closet
  • Add crown molding throughout the house

That’s just a sample of what’s on the giant to-do list. I’m not sure if we’ll get around to any of those projects, but it sure is nice to dream.

Here’s to another great six months!

I’m linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick.

Sweet Baby Shower Success

Today, I’m super excited to share with you some of the pictures from the sweet baby shower I hosted for some dear friends of ours a couple of weekends ago. As far as baby showers go, this one was a huge success! The menu was well received, the “games” were played by everyone, the parents-to-be received some of their most-wished-for gifts, and everyone seemed to have a great time.

I’ll share a couple more posts with all of the details, but I just wanted to quickly drop in to share a couple of pictures

Baby Shower Mama at BetweenWeekdays.com

The sweet mom-to-be was absolutely radiant. She called me a couple of days after the shower to thank me and let me know how much she enjoyed her shower, which of course made me so happy. I love doing these things for the people I care about, so it was nice to know it was appreciated. Also, if the baby is a girl, she’ll become my namesake. My heart is full.

Baby Shower Buffet Mama at BetweenWeekdays.com 

Mom-to-be started off the line to the buffet (no surprise!) followed by dad-to-be. Soon, I’ll share with you all of the menu items. Spoiler: the food was a huge hit!

If you’re curious about some of my inspiration for the shower, I’ve moved the baby shower Pinterest board out of the realm of secrecy and into the public eye. Click here to see more.

To read more about this shower, click any of the posts below:

Baby Shower T-Minus 3 Days

Baby Shower: T-Minus 3 Days!

Baby Shower Storage at BetweenWeekdays.com

Sweet Baby Shower Progress

Cast Your Vote Gender Chalk Board from BetweenWeekdays.com

Pinterest-Inspired Baby Shower Projects

JoshandMonicaWedding

Planning a Special Baby Shower

 

Baby Shower Inspiration

If you’re interested in any of the baby shower projects I completed for my sister’s-in-law baby shower earlier this year, click any of the links below:

FoodWithCake

A Baby Shower Menu 

BabyShowerGame

Drop-In Baby Shower Games

GiftBasketforBoys

Baby Shower Entertainment for a 5 Year Old

Between Weekdays: TuTu Wreath

How to Make a TuTu Wreath

BetweenWeekdaysDIYCorsage

How to Make a Baby Shower Corsage

GameTable

Gifting Baby Shower Decor to Parents to Be

Planning a Baby Shower

Baby Shower: T-Minus Three Days!

I can’t believe I only have three days until the baby shower. Yikes! In the spirit of keeping it real, I thought it’d be crazy fun to share with you my last minute to-do list broken down by the day. Keep in mind that the shower isn’t until 6 p.m. Saturday, so I have most of the day to finish up.

Baby Shower T-Minus 3 Days

To-Do Thursday

  • Make rice krispie treats.
  • DIY food flags.
  • Finish deep-cleaning the main areas of the house. This will take most of the day.

To-Do Friday

  • Buy all the food for the shower and begin assembling dishes: caprese skewers, potato salad, punch, sweet tea, etc..
  • Pick up cake and cupcakes from bakery. (Here’s the cake’s inspiration.)
  • Assemble rice krispie treats into cute packaging for favors or shower snacks.
  • Assemble s’mores basket.
  • Pretty up the water bottles.
  • Arrange flowers clipped from yard and purchased at store.
  • Sweep and mop all floors.
  • Celebrate my Dad’s birthday!

To-Do Saturday

  • Spray off deck early in the morning.
  • Arrange furniture, fire pit and corn hole sets outside.
  • Set up umbrellas outside.
  • In the event of rain, move living room furniture out to accommodate large (borrowed) dining tables.
  • Buy ice.
  • Pick up balloons.
  • Decorate! Decorate! Decorate!
  • Finish preparing dishes, and then clean the kitchen so it sparkles!
  • Set up all food.
  • Remind Dad to bring Keurig.
  • Lock Winter and her litter box in the bedroom. I would hate for someone to accidentally let her outside. (In the event of rain, our dogs will spend the day at my Dad’s.)
  • Fire up the grill right before party time. Note to self: don’t forget Travis’ new apron!
  • Take lots of pictures and enjoy!

I think the best way to accomplish everything on Saturday will be to divide and conquer. I’ll handle all the food prep and decorating, while Travis sprays off the deck and arranges the furniture. I’ll ask my Dad to pick up the ice and balloons, so we won’t have to leave the house at all.

As you can see, it’s going to be a busy end-of-the week for me. I’m sure I’ll get it all done, but I might have to pull a couple of all nighters. Wish me luck! I’m going to need it…

Sweet Baby Shower Progress

The baby shower I’m planning for some dear friends is really starting to take shape. I already shared with you my inspiration for the baby shower and some of the Pinterest-inspired projects I’ve been working on.

Cast Your Vote Gender Chalk Board from BetweenWeekdays.com

I think its time to share with you some of the other details I’ve been working on. As you know, I’m going for a turquoise, green and coral color scheme with bits of yellow for this couples baby shower. My Nana and I are knee-deep in creating some fun fabric bunting for decor. If all goes as planned, I’ll have several rows of bunting to use as decor for the shower. The finished product will look something like this:

I’ve also decided to have a gift cradle instead of a gift table. If I thought the parents-to-be would be receiving piles of gifts, I would have opted for the table. However, this is a small and intimate shower, so the gifts should fit nicely.

I have a cradle that my Papaw built for me that is very similar to the one pictured above. While I’m not giving the cradle as a gift, I think it will be a beautiful vessel for presents. When we moved, the bottom piece of wood blew out of the cradle, so it’s currently being repaired by my father-in-law, which is why there’s no photo. He assures me it’ll be ready in time for the baby shower.

I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect invitations. Originally, I thought I wanted something with mason jars or something with a vintage flair. But when I saw these, I knew they were perfect.

I was able to customize them to my needs, and I’m really happy with the final design. I swapped out the pink for turquoise and changed up some of the wording. I had them printed and cut at Staples, and then I mailed them out.

Planning the menu for this baby shower has been a bit more complicated than I originally thought it would be. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  • Caprese Skewers
  • Barbecue Chicken
  • Cole Slaw
  • Fruit Salad
  • Marinated Cucumbers
  • Potato Salad
  • Cake and Cupcakes
  • Rice Krispie Pops
  • Smores
  • Water, Fruit Punch and Beer

The menu isn’t set in stone, so I’m quite sure it will change. For instance, I know caprese skewers don’t really go with a barbecue theme, I just really want to eat them. If my garden isn’t producing by then, I’ll probably leave them off the menu.

At this point, I’m feeling pretty good about my progress. I’ve got a closet full of supplies and projects just waiting to be pulled out and set up:

Baby Shower Storage at BetweenWeekdays.com

Here’s hoping everything pulls together by the big day!

To read more about this shower, click any of the posts below:

Cast Your Vote Gender Chalk Board from BetweenWeekdays.com

Pinterest-Inspired Baby Shower Projects

JoshandMonicaWedding

Planning a Special Baby Shower

Baby Shower Inspiration

If you’re interested in any of the baby shower projects I completed for my sister’s-in-law baby shower earlier this year, click any of the links below.

FoodWithCake

A Baby Shower Menu 

BabyShowerGame

Drop-In Baby Shower Games

GiftBasketforBoys

Baby Shower Entertainment for a 5 Year Old

Between Weekdays: TuTu Wreath

How to Make a TuTu Wreath

BetweenWeekdaysDIYCorsage

How to Make a Baby Shower Corsage

GameTable

Gifting Baby Shower Decor to Parents to Be

Planning a Baby Shower

Pinterest-Inspired Baby Shower Projects

Last week I shared with you some of what I’ve been pinning for an upcoming baby shower I’m throwing for a pair of dear friends. Today, I want to show you what I’ve been working on.

Feed the Pig

Feed the Pig Baby Shower Decor BetweenWeekdays.com

I just love this idea. I found the white piggy bank at Walmart for $3. I already had the paper and ribbon on hand. I love that the piggy bank is a simple white, because it will easily fit into any nursery’s design.

The piggy bank and whatever collects inside will go home with the parents-to-be at the end of the shower. I may have already added some contents to Sir Piggy.

I first saw inspiration for this project here.

Daddy-to-Be Corsage

I obviously don’t except the soon-to-be dad to wear a floral corsage with billowing ribbons, but I think this version might just suit him

Dad-to-Be Corsage from BetweenWeekdays.com

The adorable baby and stork picture was free clipart I found online. I simply saved it to my computer, opened it in PicMonkey and added the words. Then I added the ribbon and glued it all together. Simple and free!

I first saw inspiration for this project here.

Cast Your Vote Gender Chalkboard

Chalkboards are all over Pinterest, so it’s about time I jumped on board, too!

Cast Your Vote Gender Chalk Board from BetweenWeekdays.com

Have I mentioned that the gender of the baby is unknown? The parents are hoping to find out the gender before baby is born, but that won’t happen before their shower. This is the closest thing to a game we’ll have for guests, so hopefully they will really enjoy making predictions.

I purchased the chalk board at a yard sale for $2 and added the words with my Silhouette SD. I already had the jars holding the chalk, which I think was around .89¢ for a four pack I’ll let our nephew play with this summer. Once again, this is another inexpensive project ringing in at around $3.

I first saw inspiration for this project here.

Faux Floral Corsage

DIY Baby Shower Corsage from BetweenWeekdays.com

Admittedly, I pinned myself for this project, since I knew I wanted to make a corsage similar to the one I made for my Sister-in-Law. The only difference between how I made this one and the zebra corsage is that this corsage does not have a removable hair bow. Since we don’t know the gender of the baby, I didn’t feel that step was necessary. However, the mom-to-be can cut off the ribbons and still use the flower as a pin if she wants to after the shower.

Click here for the full tutorial to make your own corsage.

Framed Onesie Line

Framed Onesie Line from BetweenWeekdays.com

I love this. I think it is simple and beautiful. I also love that I got the frame for FREE at a yard sale. The onesies were around $6 and will go home with the parents at the end of the shower. I’m guessing the parents will get sick of yellow pretty soon, so these are all size newborn.

To make this I cleaned up the ivory frame and stapled ribbon to the inside edge of the frame where the glass would go with a staple gun. The clothespins were each painted turquoise on the sides and backs, and then I Mod Podged strips of paper to the front. I’ll also send home the clothespins with the parents.

This project is similar to the clothespin line I created for my sister-in-law.

I first saw inspiration for this project here.

That’s the round-up of Pinterest-inspired baby shower projects. I’m really pleased with how well all of these turned out. I’m looking forward to sharing more details of the baby shower with you soon! The shower is the first weekend in June, and I’m already well on track to being ready well in advance.

p.s. If you’re interested in any of the baby shower projects I completed for my sister’s-in-law baby shower, click any of the links below.

A Baby Shower Menu 

Drop-In Baby Shower Games

Baby Shower Entertainment for a 5 Year Old

How to Make a TuTu Wreath

How to Make a Baby Shower Corsage

Gifting Baby Shower Decor to Parents to Be

Planning a Baby Shower

I’m linking up to the Pinterest Challenge over at Young House Love and Bower Power. I’m partying at Between Naps on the Porch, Thrifty Decor Chick and Funky Polkadot Giraffe. Join me!

Baby Shower Inspiration

I’m hosting another baby shower soon! This baby shower will be quite different from the Pretty in Pink [and zebra] Baby Shower I hosted back in March. I’m so looking forward to sharing all of the details with you during the next couple of months.

I’ve created a pin board on Pinterest, but I’ve had to make it private in order to conceal all of the details from the mom to be. So, I thought it might be fun to share what I’ve been pinning. (Next week I’ll share what I’ve accomplished from my pinspiration during the Pinterest Challenge.)

I’ve already put together my own “Feed the Pig” piggy bank originally seen here. I absolutely love this idea, and I’m hoping shower guests get a kick out of it, too.

I’ve already utilized several free printables, and the birdie above is one of my favorites! I placed it in a turquoise frame, and it is absolutely precious. I also had the coordinating favor tags printed. I’m thinking about using them in the place of gift cards, and I’m sure I’ll be able to find several other uses for them as well.

I’ve asked a local baker to create the cake above for the shower. The cake will be strawberry and will have matching vanilla cupcakes. Yum! I’ve got come cute things to dress up the cupcakes. However, I still would like to find a pretty cake stand similar to the one above.

I created a onesie line for the Pretty in Pink [and zebra] baby shower, but this baby shower needs a different approach. I love the idea of framing the onesies. I’m happy to report that this project is already well underway.

A big inspiration for this baby shower is mason jars. I think they’re perfect for the expecting parents and the kind of shower I hope to plan for them.

I’ve got a lot in the works for this baby shower, and I can’t wait to show you everything very soon!

A Baby Shower Menu

The menu at the baby shower I hosted for my sister-in-law earlier this month was a hit with the party guests! The menu was one of the very first things I planned for the shower, and I was able to mostly stick to it.

The expectant mom’s parents graciously purchased the cake for the event and brought it the day of. They also brought cupcakes and mini cupcakes. So fun!

BabyShowerCake

I’ll be the first to admit that this cake is not something I would have ever chosen. It’s just not my style, but I’m so very happy my sister-in-law was able to have exactly the cake she wanted. I was also happy to have an occasion to use the cake server from my wedding!

The Menu

I was responsible for the rest of the menu. I knew that any food we had at the shower needed to be able to sit out for several hours since this was a drop-in shower. I also knew that I didn’t want to be completely tied to the kitchen the morning of the shower. And I didn’t want anything that would be too difficult to eat with plastic cutlery or anything that would be difficult to clean up spills. With those things in mind, I think I came up with a pretty terrific menu.

FoodWithCake

Fruit Salad with Fluffy Orange Dip

I love fruit salad! Who doesn’t? I cut up strawberries and added grapes to two of my Wilton Armetale bowls the night before the shower, because I knew I could put the bowls in the fridge during the night to help them stay cool during the next day. The morning of the shower, my Mom and Nana helped me pull this dish together. We added apples, bananas, pineapples and the juice from one lime to each bowl. The lime juice helped keep the bananas and apples from turning brown. (Technically my Mom vacuumed, but it was still a huge help!) All of the fruit was purchased from Sam’s Club the Thursday before the shower. I served the fluffy orange fruit dip from Our Best Bites‘ first cookbook.

Cheese, Crackers and Mixed Nuts

This was a no-brainer menu item. What made it even easier was pre-cut cheese slices purchased from Sam’s Club, which included cheddar, pepper jack, swiss and colby jack. I added a box of Ritz crackers and a package of mixed nuts to round out my cheese tray. My cheese board was a wedding gift from my Nana, and I love occasions where I get to pull it out and dress it up.

Mini Quiche

Also purchased from Sam’s Club, the mini quiche helped dress up the table. I served it on a white, ceramic platter I got from a yard sale for a dollar. These were simple to make, and everyone really liked them.

Cut Vegetables with Ranch Dip

I love a good veggie tray. Of course, all of the vegetables were purchased at Sam’s Club. The dip was just a ranch packet mixed with sour cream. (I confess: I snacked on this for days after the shower.) The vegetables consisted of broccoli florets, baby carrots, snap peas and red, yellow and orange bell pepper strips. I made the dip and cut/arranged all of the vegetables the night before the shower. The morning of the shower, all I had to do was uncover the dishes and place them on the table.

Chips and Salsa

This was so very easy, and I noticed a lot of people gravitating towards this dish. I used another Wilton Armetale platter refrigerated overnight and added the chips in the morning. Wilton Armetale dishes are made of an aluminum alloy that keeps food cool longer. The salsa stayed cool for hours.

Pinwheel Sandwiches

These were another Sam’s Club purchase. Who’s surprised? They’re located in the freezer section, and all you have to do is set them out with enough time to thaw before guests arrive. I used another Wilton Armetale tray to help keep them cool.

Prosciutto, Salami and Pepperoni Wrapped Mozzarella

The men at the shower loved this one! These were purchased at Sam’s Club and came already prepared. All I had to do was lay them out on a platter before the shower. Actually, my mother-in-law artfully arranged them on a serving dish, which made it even easier for me!

M&M’s

I borrowed a couple of candy dishes from my Mother to serve M&M’s throughout our house for the shower. Luckily, the Valentine’s Day package of M&M’s matched the shower colors beautifully. I snatched up several packages as soon as I saw them hit the shelves in early february.

Mints

What baby shower would be complete without mints that read “Baby Girl?” I found these adorable mints at the Dollar Tree and scattered them throughout our house.

BabyGirlMints

Beverages

I decided to keep the beverages super simple serving only sweet tea, water with lemon and coffee. I sat up a simple beverage station adjacent to the buffet table in my dining room.

BeverageStation

Here’s a closer look:

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I purchased a set of hot pink plastic cups and a set of black plastic cups from Hobby Lobby and stacked them alternating colors. The water with lemons was housed in a simple, plastic pitcher that was placed on a tray to catch any drips. Also located on the tray was an ice bucket with metal tongs and a vase that housed paper straws decorated with a newborn headband. Next to that is my large beverage dispenser I used for sweet tea.

While I may not have had to purchase any items for the buffet table, I did have to purchase the tray, headband, straws, plastic pitcher, ice bucket and metal tongs for the beverage station. I do a lot of entertaining, so I didn’t mind the purchases as I’m sure I’ll get many uses out of each. Except the straws, of course. I gave the headband to the expectant parents at the end of the shower as one of their gifts. (I’ll be showing you everything the parent’s took home soon!)

I hadn’t planned to serve coffee at the shower, but my in-law’s showed up with a coffee pot, creamer, Splenda and disposable cups. So, we came up with an impromptu coffee station!

CoffeeStation

You’re probably wondering why we didn’t use our own coffee pot. Well, we don’t actually have one since neither of us are coffee drinkers.

I pulled out some cute ice cream dishes I use largely as decoration (until now!) in my glass front cabinets to hold the creamer, Splenda and sugar. I used some tiny spoons I use for special occasions that you might recognize from my Parisian-inspired tablescape for serving. A coffee cup held stirrers, and the coffee station was complete.

My in-law’s also brought soda, but I don’t think anyone realized it was there. Only a couple of people drank coffee, but I’m still glad we were able to accommodate.

Table Decorations

I tried to keep the table decorations at a minimum. I placed a black tablecloth from Walmart as my base. I looked into renting linens, but, ultimately, decided against it. On top of the tablecloth I added some baby girl confetti found at Hobby Lobby. I knew this would largely be covered by serving dishes, so I added quite a bit.

After that, I decided the table was still lacking something. I have a somewhat-large collection of table linens, so I luckily had pink placemats that were perfect to use as a table runner. I purchased these at Pier 1 about a year ago. I just overlapped the ends a bit to create a runner.

The last layer to decorating the table were some sweet hot pink carnations added to thrifted wine glasses. I arranged nearly two dozen carnations for the living room and had four left over. I didn’t want to not use them, so I snipped them off short and added one per wine glass. I’m normally not a huge fan of carnations, but these had a beautiful color. I was actually quite smitten with them.

Above the table I hung some zebra-themed paper lanterns with a bit of ribbon. I found them at Hobby Lobby for about $7. I think I got a lot of bang for my buck out of these lanterns, plus I was able to give them to someone who’s having a zebra-themed wedding this summer.

PaperLanterns

(Isn’t my new chandelier pretty?)

We planned for enough food for about 50 guests, and I’d say we were just under that mark. Some menu items were huge hits, and we ate leftovers of others for awhile. It’s a good thing I like broccoli.

FoodWithCake

They say it takes an village to raise a child. I’d like to also state that it takes a village to pull together a baby shower! My in-law’s were a huge help. They wouldn’t let me help them purchase any of the food from Sam’s Club. They also helped us get the house ready every weekend for about a month prior to the shower, and, of course, they came the morning of the shower to help me set up everything. My Mom and Nana also came the morning of the shower and helped me make sure the house was as clean as possible, prepare the food and decorate. The expectant mom’s parents purchased and brought the cake and the cupcakes. I feel very blessed to have had so many helping hands.

Want to read more posts about the baby shower? Click any link below to read more!

Baby Shower Gifts

A Baby Shower Menu

Drop-In Baby Shower Games

Pretty in Pink [and zebra] Baby Shower

Baby Shower Entertainment for a 5 Year Old (I Hope)

Baby Shower: T-Minus 11 Days

Baby Shower Decor: How To Make A Tutu Wreath

Crafting a Hot Pink and Zebra Baby Shower Corsage

Getting the House Ready

Planning a Baby Shower

 

I’m linking up to TDC’s Before and After Party. Join me!

Drop-In Baby Shower “Games”

We had a few “games” at the baby shower I hosted for my sister-in-law. Since this was a drop-in shower, I knew the typical baby shower games wouldn’t be a good fit. Plus, I always feel silly playing those types of games, so I guessed that others might feel that way, too.

Instead, we played games that people could participate in while they were at the shower, and then door prizes could be handed out at a later date.

All of the games were set up on a table in front of our newly-revamped fireplace.

GameTable

The first game on the left was the most popular and easiest to complete. Guests simply guessed how many socks were in the apothecary jar for a chance to win the shower gift directly behind the jar.

BabyShowerGame

Guests used the zebra notepad to jot down their guess. The expectant father actually guessed the exact number (64) of socks in the jar. So he not only got to take home all of the baby socks in the jar, but also a copy of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.”

The gameplay card reads:

“Tiny toes… Tiny socks
Guess how many socks are in the container for a chance to win a door prize!”

This game was a lot of fun, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who’s planning a baby shower.

Game2

The second game we played was meant to make the job of writing thank you cards easier. Each guest who brought a gift, was instructed to address an envelope to themselves. This way when the expectant mom writes her thank you cards, they’re already addressed for her!

I’ll be honest here: most of the guests didn’t really understand this game. I’m not sure why, as it seemed pretty straight forward to me. Depending on the crowd, I’d probably do this game again, though.

The card reads:

“Signed… with Love
If you brought the expectant parents a gift, address an envelope to yourself for a chance to win a door prize!”

At the end of the baby shower, the expectant mom drew an envelope from the stack to choose a winner. My mother’s-in-law boss won the prize (a Bath and Body candle and a Martha Stewart notebook), so she generously agreed to deliver the door prize.

We played one more shower game that I failed to get a picture of on the table.

I had these adorable cards (free printable here!) printed and cut at Staples. Guests had fun filling out the cards for baby Addyson.

The card I filled out read:

I hope that you grow up strong.
I hope that you aren’t afraid of the dark.
I hope that you love us!
I hope that you get everything that you want in life.
I hope that you laugh often.
I hope that you never forget where you’re from.
I hope that you ignore your dad!
I hope that you become a beautiful woman.
I hope that you respect your parents.
I hope that you grow up lovely inside and out.

Love,
Aunt Katie

This game was difficult for the elderly guests to read, and a lot of people didn’t want to take the time to read through and answer the questions. I think with a different crowd, though, this game could be a lot of fun, so I’ll definitely play it again at future showers I plan.

The expectant parents took the all of the completed cards (and a few blank ones) home to read through at their leisure.

So, if you’re counting, the expecting parents were able to take home 64 baby socks in various sizes, a zebra notepad, decorative booties, addressed envelopes for thank you cards and sweet wishes for baby cards. The best part for me was that I wasn’t left with a bunch of game items at the end of the day!

To read more baby shower posts, click any of the links below:

Baby Shower Gifts

A Baby Shower Menu

Drop-In Baby Shower Games

Pretty in Pink [and zebra] Baby Shower

Baby Shower Entertainment for a 5 Year Old (I Hope)

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I’m linking up Thirty Handmade Days, Coastal Charm and Thrifty Decor Chick. Join me!

Pretty In Pink [and zebra] Baby Shower

The baby shower I’ve been planning for my sister-in-law during the past month was a huge success!

ExpectantMom

The expectant mom was feeling well and looking pretty in the corsage I crafted for her.

FoodWithCake

We had more food than we could possibly eat.

Cake

And a cake that was provided by the expectant mom’s family. I would have never picked out a cake like this, so I was so happy she was able to have exactly what she wanted.

FamilyPhoto

At the end of baby shower day, I think this was one happy little family.

Want to read more posts about the baby shower? Click any link below to read more!

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A Baby Shower Menu

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Pretty in Pink [and zebra] Baby Shower

Baby Shower Entertainment for a 5 Year Old (I Hope)

Baby Shower: T-Minus 11 Days

Baby Shower Decor: How To Make A Tutu Wreath

Crafting a Hot Pink and Zebra Baby Shower Corsage

Getting the House Ready

Planning a Baby Shower

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