Awhile ago, I had the privilege of hosting a baby shower for one of my older daughters. Actually, we planned it together because I wanted her to have a lot of input. She was leaning toward some sort of bird theme. As we researched on-line, creating a shared Pinterest board for the occasion of course, we found our inspiration piece at another one of our favorite hang-outs, Hobby Lobby.
As soon as we found this, the ideas began to flow. We kept everything pretty simple. We held the event in mid-afternoon so we served snack-type food: non-traditional ‘finger sandwiches’ – a couple different fillings rolled into wraps and sliced to make pinwheels, pretzels and chips, a strawberry trifle, cake pops, and cake. Beverages consisted of pink lemonade, coffee and water.
We had a lot of muslin and calico from this same daughter’s wedding and we put it to good use. The muslin covered the tables. The calico was torn into strips and tied around the jelly-jar drinking glasses, complete with striped paper straws from shopsweetlulu.com.
We made the paper flowers from book pages, scrap booking paper and tissue paper cut into a simple flower shape in graduating sizes, secured together with twine knotted in the middle and crumpled up for dimension. We placed these in the center of the plates pink-striped plates framed by wooden silverware, which we also found at shopsweetlulu.com. The favors were small white paper bags with a ‘paper nest’ (brown shred) in the bottom and malted Robin’s Eggs nestled in the middle. We used a bird footprint rubber stamp across a corner of each bag, folded a paper doily over the top, and tied closed with a pink ribbon.
The decorations were simple and fun to make as well. We gathered fallen branches and arranged them as bouquets in milk bottles, old canning jars, and pitchers. I had some small silk flower petals from another occasion that we hot-glued randomly to some of the branches. We made some dimensional paper birds from the book pages and scrap booking paper and hung them from the branches.
We had a lot of fun with this – searching out the ideas and modifying them to fit the theme and the materials we had on hand. We were able to do most of it ahead of time so the day of the shower was less stressful. My daughter was very happy with the outcome. At the end of the day, a good time was had by all.