As some of you may know, my little sister is busy producing a miracle that is due to join us sometime this month. It came as a surprise to many of us when she decided to keep the sex of her first baby a complete surprise. Although I have been burning with anticipation and really wished she would fold so I could plan a gender specific baby shower (mustaches or tutu’s? pink or purple or blue or green…the possibilities!). Unfortunately she stood strong by her word and I was forced, and completely honored, to throw my sister a gender neutral baby shower using the most adorable theme I could find. ‘Emma had a little lamb’ it was! Aside from the fact that my heart melted just looking at ideas to bring the theme to life, the colors well suited my (and more importantly my sisters) love for everything coffee. I thought having a gender neutral theme would take away from the cute-ness of it all – but I was wrong! Gender neutral showers can be just as adorable as gender themed parties…and at the end of the day, boy or girl, we all wish her a quick delivery and a happy healthy baby!
I hope you enjoy my rendition of this cute baby shower theme and hopefully I can inspire others to delve into some DIY projects of their own…or to use this theme for their own baby shower 🙂
I wanted this shower to be comfortable for everyone who attended, and that meant having a lot of space for comfortable seating and proper decorations. This is why I opted to use our local community center to host the baby shower. Luckily for me, I also had access to round tables, table linens, chairs, chair covers and a sound system for a mic/music. So naturally, I went all out with the hall and table settings! Having round tables and table clothes meant having cute center pieces, pretty plates, napkins and of course realistic looking plastic cutlery!
The party favors were made by yours truly. I got my hands on cute mini-glass jars and filled them with (halal) marshmallows and chocolate chips. I topped them with a small piece of fabric (from fabric land- same one I used as a table cloth on the sweets table!) and tied it on with jute string, to perfectly match the theme!
I personally made the center pieces as well. Using 1L mason jars, jute string and a glue gun (accompanied by a few episodes of Revenge), I came up with these cute jar vases. I opted for the most cost effective and low maintenance flowers I could find- a mix of babys-breath and carnations- to keep it simple and cute.
Now for the piece de resistance…the sweets table! Since most of you are well acquainted with my love for baking and cooking, you know it wasn’t a far fetched thing for me to have chosen to personally make every single item on the sweets table. With A LOT of love might I add <3
The backdrop consisted of sheer fabric that I bought from Fabricland, matching the theme colors that I had envisioned. I also chose to incorporate burlap, because I just love the semi-rustic feel burlap gives to any theme. Using the basic sewing skills my lovely mother taught me (thanks mom!), I sewed a loop into the tops of each of the pieces of the fabric, making it easy to hang on the backdrop stand. Since I wanted to re-purpose the burlap I simply pinned it instead of sewing it.
I also used fabric for the table cloth on the sweets table, with another piece of burlap running through the middle. Using a few extra flowers I had on hand, I added 2 mason jars with flowers to decorate the table. I was lucky enough to have found the two most adorable little lambs at Dollarama while I was planning the shower, that matched the exact colors I had in mind! I put them upfront and center on the table to bring the theme to life along with other little knick-knacks that I carefully stole from my mothers dining room center piece (HA!). I also made sure the desserts I chose matched the subtle theme. Neutral browns, nudes, beige’s, creams, taupes etc. The glass jars were purchased from Marshalls, they make any sweets table look THAT much sweeter!
The sweets table menu included:
- Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake
- Egg-less Tiramisu cups
- Oatmeal Skor Bit Cookies
- Cake Pops (chocolate/PB/SkorBit, Chocolate Oreo, Vanilla/Chocolate, Vanilla/Choco/SkorBit)
- Oreo Cheesecake
- Salted Caramel Cheesecake
- Coconut Cream Pie
- Lemon Cream Pie
- Rice Crispie Squares
- Marshmallows (not homemade)
- Caramel Popcorn (not homemade)
Of course, we didn’t only serve sweets at the shower! Our beautiful Mother put in some hard working coming up with some fingers foods for our guests to fill up on before attacking the sweets table. This table included Tabouli, spinach pies, smoked salmon, cheese and crackers, potato salad and few other munchies!
Finally, for entertainment, we had the sound track from the Pride and Prejudice movie (original BBC version) running in the background because it is the mommy-to-be’s favorite movie, and of course…GAMES! Whats a baby shower without games? with prizes?! Since I personally hate prizes that involve candles/lotions/creams etc. (and not because I dislike those items, simply because I enjoy choosing my own scents and brands when it comes to candles or skin care), I tried making the prizes as useful as possible. I knew not everyone attending there was a mom/kitchen connoisseur, but I assumed everyone would love some kitchen gadgets anyways and took a quick trip to Homesense to fill a small basket full of kitchen toys (including a pancake pen, mini citrus juicer, kitchen drying matt etc.).
- Clothing Pin “Don’t say that word” game
- Guess that chocolate bar (melted in a diaper) game
- Baby bottle juice chugging race
- Baby lamb diapering and clothing race (teams of 2, using 1 hand each)
- Guess mommy’s waist size (estimating using a string cut to the size you’d like)
- Cotton Ball and vaseline game (transfer cotton balls from full bowl to empty bowl using nose covered with vaseline)
- Give the first time mommy advice (a notebook and pen that went around to all guests)
The agenda involved some eating, some games, more eating, more games, and most of all socializing, laughs, and an overall good time with good people. I hope I was able to give even one of my readers an idea or two for your own upcoming celebrations, weather it be a baby shower, bridal shower, or birthday party. Oh, and Good luck to any mother-to-be’s who came across this while searching for any baby themes. Don’t forget to ask below if you have any questions or leave a comment if you liked what you saw!
Photo Credits: Photography by Emma www.photographybyemma.ca