I think it’s about time to wrap up the gender neutral baby shower posts, and what better way to do that than with a post all about the details? After all, it’s all the little details that come together to make an event (or anything, really) something extra special.
I used mostly vintage table linens purchased at yard sales. Some of them had stains or tears, but by overlapping and layering them, I was able to hide all of the damaged areas. None of the linens “matched,” but I think they all coordinated together perfectly. Plus, the vintage fabrics lent themselves well to the shower’s sweet baby theme. I believe I only used one linen that I already owned, and it was actually used at the couple’s wedding shower I hosted several years ago. #howsweet
The candle holders in the above photo were so, so simple to make. I purchased the glass candle holders at the Dollar Tree. I considered using them as is, but they were just too plain. I cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit around the vessel and taped it to the glass. It still looked too plain, so I added the ribbon. (Both the scrapbook paper and ribbon were purchased specifically for the shower.) At this point, I thought it still looked a little too plain, so I tied on the “tweet baby” tags with some ribbon I had on hand. Super simple, super cute.
I used a lot of different pieces for centerpieces. All of the milk glass vases were found at a yard sale for 50¢ each, and I used parts of a grocery store bouquet for filler. The vases were sprinkled throughout the space. Any paper products, such as the print above or the “tweet baby” tags, were free printables. (Check out my Pinterest board for the printables.) The cute little bird house is actually from Bath and Body Works. It was living in my kitchen, so I pulled it out for the big day. Sometimes shopping your house is a great way to add free decorations for a party.
All of the table centerpieces were no muss, no fuss placed together on the day of the shower. There was, however, some prep work like assembling the candle holders in the top photo and arranging the flowers in the milk glass vases. The table above has mints housed in some more Dollar Tree candle holders.
All of the flowers used at the shower were purchased at the grocery store the day before the shower. I knew I was taking a risk by not preordering flowers, but the cost savings was totally worth the risk. I think we spent around $15 for all of the flowers. That was a lot of bang for my buck, since I was able to get quite a few arrangements out of two bouquets thanks to the small milk glasses. I sent the potted flowers above home with the mom-to-be as a keepsake from her shower.
Simple Decor, Big Impact
While balloons might not be the cheapest option, they do make a large visual impact. The cheapest price I could find on balloons in my small town was $1 per balloon, which didn’t sound too bad at first. Once I realized I needed 40 balloons to make any sort of impact, the numbers started adding up. However, I still think balloons are a fabulous, somewhat low-cost option.
We used balloons as markers for our driveway — many shower guests didn’t know which house was ours — along with a simple, inexpensive sign. Do I have any pictures of this? Nope. We tied about 10 balloons to a shepherds hook at the end of our driveway and planted a baby shower yard sign beside it, just in case anyone might be confused.
I had planned to use the rest of the balloons to mark a path to the backyard, but it was way too muddy to have guests traipsing around on the ground. Instead, we had guests enter the front door and we used the balloons as shower decor. I’m so glad it worked out that way, because the balloons can be seen in most of the baby shower photos, and they look adorable. I was able to choose custom colors (turquoise and ivory), which made the balloons even more special.
I whipped up a few tissue paper pom poms for this shower just like I did for the Pretty in Pink [and zebra] baby shower I hosted earlier this year. These were white with pastel polka dots or stripes, and they were oh so sweet.
In the background of the above photo you can see one of the Pinterest-inspired projects I made for this event.
Another project I completed for this event turned out absolutely darling. My grandmother and I tackled making bunting for the cradle. We actually made a couple of different sizes of bunting to be used throughout the space, but the small one on the gift cradle ended up being sufficient.
The bunting couldn’t have been simpler to make. All we did was create a template, pick coordinating fabrics, cut the fabrics by the template, fold over the top and stitch, string on a line. Easy!
The buffet tables received similar treatments to the other tables: vintage linens, simple flowers and an assortment of decorations. I think having an extra-long, vintage runner was the perfect linking element for these two tables. The ivory linen below was the one we used at the couple’s wedding shower all those years ago.
To read more about the menu, click here.
Wishes for Baby
The wishes for baby cards were a huge hit with party guests. Below is my Dad and the dad-to-be filling out the wish cards.
We had so much fun reading all of the wish cards, which was made easier by the sweet display I set up for the completed cards.
All I did was take a collage frame (from Kirkland’s) and run a ribbon through the decorative loops around the edges of the frame. I hung the frame on the garage door with a wreath hanger. Almost every guests made their way over to read the wish cards.
Below the wish card frame, I had a small table with blank wish cards, a pen, instructions and a few other fun items.
The feed the piggy bank was another Pinterest-inspired project. I’m not sure how many guests participated in this game, but I made sure there was enough change to at least rattle around a bit. A decorative bird (shopped from my house), and some mints housed in another piece of milk glass rounded out this functional little table.
And that marks the end of the Gender Neutral Sweet Baby Shower. I hope you can take some inspiration from this event. To read more of the posts relating to this shower, click below.
- Baby Shower Inspiration
- Planning a Special Baby Shower
- Pinterest-Inspired Baby Shower Projects
- Sweet Baby Shower Progress
- Baby Shower: T-Minus Three Days!
- Sweet Baby Shower Success
- A Couples Baby Shower Menu
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