I’ve already told you guys that I didn’t miss having a sister growing up, mostly due to the entity that was “Me’NRonda” (Ronda was my best friend who lived up the road and with whom I spent most of my waking hours growing up).
But now that I have a sister in the form of my brother’s wife, Hannah, I’m definitely not complaining about the fun, sisterly things I get to do. Things like planning a shower for my niece-to-be who’s due to arrive a month from TODAY (the fact that we’re exactly a month away from her due date occurred to me just as I was typing that; hence, the capital letters).
Yes, we are cutting this whole baby shower business a little bit close, but both Hannah and I have been all kinds of busy for the last several months, and this is when we could squeeze it in. So, just as long as she doesn’t go into labor before the 22nd of March, we should be good.
I didn’t really have a “theme” in mind for this shower other than lots of girly cuteness until I remembered the adorable Rifle Paper Co. garland I bought a while back.
It has the perfect shades of soft pink, green, teal, and gold for spring.
And it comes with enough letters to do multiples messages like, “Oh Baby!” and “Sugar and Spice.”
Using it as my jumping off point, I put together an inspiration board for the rest of the party and thought I’d share it with you guys, so you can see what we’re shooting for.
Other than the garlands, I’m most excited about the chance to use my PIP china (I have both the teapot and the cake stand in the pic above). Shaun has been giving me pieces from the collection for special occasions (or even, sometimes, just because…swoon) over the last year since he gave the first batch as my present for last year’s mother’s day. Of course, I plan to use them for special tea parties with my girls soon, but for now, they’ve been languishing unused (in some cases, unpacked) in my cabinets, and I can’t wait to pull some of the pieces out to use for the party.
I also already have that pretty pink and white fabric (that I plan to use to make curtains for my craft room…some day). I’d provide a link to it, but it’s sold out everywhere (believe me, I looked; and I’m not terribly surprised considering that I scored it on major clearance a while back for something like $1.60/yd). The aqua mason jars are already in my possession too, so I’m thinking that the rest will come together easily. My mom has been helping me find cute little decorative touches like little toothpick banners for the mini-cheesecakes I’m making and those pretty striped paper straws that just arrived on my doorstep yesterday.
We’ll use our “big room” upstairs for the party just like we did for Mandy’s shower for Zane. I have to admit, as much as I love all the fun colors up there, I’m suddenly wishing my house were shades of white and cream with natural fiber accents like burlap and jute. The color scheme for this shower would work so much better in a neutral house.
Buuuuuuuut…I suppose redoing my entire house’s decor just to match a shower might be a tad unnecessary and frivolous (ya think?). So, I’ll stick with what we’ve got and work whatever magic I can on the tables.
I’m actually really excited to get cracking on it all, but first, back to reality. Which is a day full of laundry + feeding/playing with the girls + cleaning + (hopefully) a sewing project I can show you soon.
Have you ever hosted a baby shower? Is there usually a theme? I’ve never hosted a “themed” baby shower, per se, since I prefer to focus on color combos, but I’ve seen some really cute ones on Pinterest.
Any suggestions for anything else I didn’t include? I’d love to work in more of the gold, but I haven’t quite figured out how yet.