"Rain Shower" Baby Shower

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I threw my first baby shower ever a few weeks ago! My little sister is having a baby girl and my sister is one of my dearest and best friends. I wanted to make this shower so special for her to remember. I pretty much started planning for this 3 to 4 months before going out to California for Christmas. I wanted everything to be planned out and all the decorations to be ready so we wouldn't have to do so much running around and shopping, taking away our visiting time since we only had 2 weeks of vacation with my family. Alot of the things for the shower were made and put together by me, giving it a super sweet and personal touch.. I like to think so anyway!
{MONTHS ago I was inspired by this baby shower and fell in love with the idea!}

So without further ado, here are photos of the shower. 
WARNING: this may be a looong post with lots of photos! :)

First things first, here are the invitations I designed on my computer and printed at home.
I thought they were just PERFECT!

The dessert table was probably the most exciting part to put together!

You can hardly see the tissue paper clouds I made with paper raindrops hanging down. To make the raindrops I just cut heart shapes and folded them in half.
All the tissue paper came from the dollar store, along with any cardstock I used too!

See the cute mini pom pom garland along the table? Found little bags of mini pom poms at the dollar store and strung them on thread and hot glued the garland right to the plastic tablecloth!

French Vanilla cupcakes with pretty blue frosting YUM. The edible pearl candies give the cupcakes such a girly touch. For the cupcake toppers I bought the paper cloud cut outs from Etsy for like $3 and taped toothpicks to the backs.

Aren't these raindrop sugar cookies the darling-est things!? I made my own cookie cutter to get the raindrop shape! (cardboard, hot glue and aluminum foil). The cookies were a HIT! {everyone keeps asking for the recipe!}

Chocolate and Spice cake balls. YUM YUM YUM my favorite! 
{I seriously spent a whole 2 days baking and making the desserts! Mom helped me too}

With dollar store glass plates and thrifted milk glass vases, I made the two cake stands. 
SO SIMPLE! {hot glue!} The two vases aren't matching, which is super cute. 

Mom put together a super yummy nut, mint, and chocolate raisins mix.
I pretty much munched on it the whole time!

Chocolate covered pretzel sticks that I dipped myself. SO GOOD!
And they are just so pretty! 
The oversized wine glasses came from the dollar store. There are two different kinds of wine glasses to vary the look a tiny bit.. which was probably not even noticeable.

The baby's name is Kyra (sounds like Kierra or Keera)
I cut out large letters from cardboard spelling out her name and wrapped them with two colors of blue yarn. Super cute, ya?!

Blue and white napkins from the dollar store, hand stamped with my umbrella stamp from Michael's dollar bins. White ink on the blue, and blue ink on the white ones! I pretty much adored this little detail!

"Baby Girl" wooden letters came from AC Moore for $.49 cents a piece.
Mom painted them pink and it added just enough pink on the table! 

 These silver frames used for dessert labels were from Michael's dollar bins as well.

The pretty blue table runner came from a thrift store near my parents house. My mom and I were out one day together checking out some thrift stores for fun and I randomly found a big bundle of this fabric for $2! It was the PERFECT color! So I cut two strips from the fabric and mom sewed the ends together to make this shabby little runner.. no hemming or perfect finishing! You couldn't even tell. The table just wouldn't have been the same without that blue fabric! There was enough to use on the drink table too!

My mom had these BEAUTIFUL glass drink dispensers that we filled with lemonade and lemon slices (I hadn't put the lemon slices in yet so you can't see them!). I also made ice cubes from the lemonade so it wouldn't get watered down.

Probably the most expensive part of this shower was purchasing all the glass baby bottles. But they are the sweetest thing! Everyone just loved it. And the pretty paper straws came from Etsy!

Here's the mommy-to-be sipping from her pretty baby bottle!
Isn't she just the most adorable pregnant lady?!

The "Guest Book" was so super cute! I've seen wedding guest book ideas where people leave their thumb print to form a tree, and so I thought it would be perfect to use that same idea with a rainshower theme! The umbrella shape was just cut from cardstock and I drew the handle with a marker.

I searched for a blue or white umbrella EVERYWHERE, and couldn't find one. Finally a couple days before the shower I was standing in line to buy some things at the 99 cent store and after I bought my stuff and was about to walk away I noticed these light blue umbrellas sitting on the counter right next to me! It was the craziest thing ever I tell you!

As each guest arrived, I gave them a tiny felted diaper broach pin that I made.
This was for the Dirty Diaper game. I had a tiny piece of chocolate inside one of them. 

 We played the baby photo guessing game.
I had guest who brought their baby photos hang them up on a string of twine with numbered mini clothespins.

And I made these cute cards for writing down the answers.
I printed the game title and numbers on cardstock, used my corner punch, and used my umbrella stamp and heart punch to embellish.

We played "guess the mommy's tummy size" with yarn

And the game "Left, Right" where you  read a story and every time your hear "right" or "left" you pass around a wrapped gift in that direction- super fun and funny too!

We also played a game called "My Water Broke!"

You freeze little plastic babies in ice cubes {which looked totally creepy by the way!} and give one to each guest in a little cup, and whoever's ice cube is completely melted {you can blow on the cube or keep your hands around the cup to warm it} and yells "my water broke" first is the winner... One of my sister's best friends who is also pregnant and due to pop any day was the winner! So when we heard her shout out "MY WATER BROKE!" .. we were a little concerned!

I set up a photo booth in a cozy little cubby hole in the kitchen
{a fridge is supposed to go there but my parents' fridge is too big}

The "Photo Booth" sign is a dollar store plastic tray that I painted with chalk board paint.

Found those little yellow rain boots at the thrift store for $1.99. So adorable!
I made the mustache, lips and heart photo props.
I found wooden heart shapes at Michael's and painted them with chalkboard paint. I love chalkboard paint. The picture frame was thrifted and we spray painted it yellow.

I just loved how the photo booth turned out.
And it was actually more of a hit than I expected it to be!

Two pregnant mommy bellies SO CUTE!

SO MUCH FUN! My favorite props were the mustaches and frame.

Here are some sweet shots of mommy and daddy-to be before the party

I love that darling little baby belly!

My sister love and me having some fun
{yes, I know.. I can't spell}

Take home favors were little baggies of lemon drops.
I bought the little ziplock baggies from the dollar store, made the labels from leftover blue cardstock paper, printed outlines of cloud shapes and cut them out, stamped with a "thank you" stamp. Then I just attached the labels to the baggies with double sided tape.

Such a super fun day!
I really enjoyed putting this shower together for my sister.
She received so many beautiful gifts for her baby girl!

I just love her!

..... Hubby and I had to get a cute shot in the booth too! ;)

Love Love

Hope you enjoyed the shower!! ;)


Sailing with bare feet said...

I had such a fun time at the baby shower!
It just turned out so stinkin cute! I loved everything!
Oh yeah.. Ben and I bought those glass lemonade holders for mom for her B-day one year! Glad to put those to use!

The Ravert Family said...

Wow! Looks amazing! I love baby showers :)

Sharlene said...

That was a beautiful baby shower. Your creativity exploded. :)

Erica said...

Very cute shower!! You did such a great job with everything!! Where did you buy the glass bottles from? Thanks! :)

Jessica said...

Erica, I just did ALOT of searching online for the baby bottles, ebay and other online sites.. Sorry I don't remember the names of the sites I ordered them from!

Tanja @ Postmodern Hostess said...

That is so cute! What an adorable party theme, and so well executed!

Anonymous said...

Where did you get the ink for the fingerprints? Love this idea!

Jessica said...

I got the little ink pads from the dollar bins at Michael's craft store! :) Super cheap!

Anonymous said...

how did you do the invitation is there a template you can givwe me?

Jessica said...

No template, sorry. I just used Microsoft Word. There's a raindrop/tear shape in the shape sections. I just played around with all those options in Word. Hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

blahh i cant find the teardrop shape =[ thank you anyways =]

Jessica said...

Oh, bummer! Well, maybe you could find a plain tear drop shape on Google images, save it to your computer and then upload it to an online editing site, such as Picmonkey.com (I use that site all the time) and add what you want to it. Save it, and print it out and see how that turns out! Not sure how you could change the color of the raindrop image though, unless you are able to find a light blue on Google images. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

thank i am going to try that website out =]

Unknown said...

Everything looks great!! So how did the photo book work? Did you use a poloroid or just a regular camera? Just wondering if people saw their pics as they were taken or if you printed them out later. How did you corral everyone? Or did they go up on their own? Thanks!!

Unknown said...

So how did the photo booth work? Did people see their pics right away like using a Polaroid or printer or did you just take them at the shower and print them later? Just wondering how people saw the pictures. Everything looks great!

Ekta Verma said...

This is thee most beautiful baby shower that I've ever seen! I love every single thing...amazing.

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Jessica said...

Oops! So sorry I didn't see the last few comments/questions! After we did a few games at the shower I left some open time to go and take photos at the photo booth. And most everyone brought their own cameras. But some of us took pictures with our cameras for those that didn't bring one and we just emailed the pictures to them. It turned out pretty cute and everyone really liked it!

Elaine said...

How did you hang the umbrellas? I'm doing a similar theme at my sister's shower but am terrified that the umbrellas will come crashing down on the cupcake table! :)

Jessica said...

Elaine, I'm pretty sure I must have used just string and a thumb tack. It's kind of small lightweight umbrella, and it didn't fall at all. If you're afraid it might fall, maybe put it above somewhere else where it wouldn't cause as much of a mess if it did happen to fall! Mine was over the guest book spot.

Anonymous said...

Did the invitations print out this shape or you had to cut them out?

Jessica said...

I cut them out once they were printed. I made the invitations in a Microsoft Word document. There's a "shapes" section and you there's a raindrop shape, or you can google a plain raindrop image and edit it how you want in your document.

Dee said...

Hi. How did you make the raindrop garlands?

Jessica said...

Hi Dee, I'm not sure what you mean about the raindrop garland, but if you mean the little pom pom garland on the side of the table, I give instructions for that in my post :)