Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Simple and Fun Baby Boy Shower


On Sunday I threw what I have to say was the perfect baby shower! I had never thrown a baby shower before, but with a friend of mine we were able to get everything pretty much done the day of the wedding (with a few DIY projects the day before).

Maggie, Amanda and I - shades of blue! 


If you're ever in a time crunch - these are the perfect ways to throw an amazing party!

Refreshments and Snacks

 Blue lemonade
Mason jars with name tags
Boy Baby Shower straws

Blue lemonade: frozen lemonade mix, water and blue food coloring. 
Snacks - pasta salad, veggie platter, fruit plate, chips and dip


We decided to do snacks because it would be too expensive to feed everyone a meal, and more time consuming. We chopped up celery, carrots and cucumbers. Although we didn't have the tools this time, one of my favorite ways to make a veggie tray is to core a cucumber and stick a carrot through it, then using a special cutting tool, crinkle cut the two. It looks like this:


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Decorations

 We had minimal decorations, but it was the perfect touch so that it wasn't overwhelming.


Polka dot garland




"It's a Boy!" banner and balloons




Table top - marble scatter, blue baskets for chips, clear dishes for dip, "It's a Boy" kisses




Treats! 

Pretzel stick favors, Vanilla baby cake




My mom made the cake. She has a side business of treat making! She makes the best desserts. For this cake, she used her frosting recipe, and gum paste to make the feet and buttons.


Our DIY Projects


The dipped pretzel favors are beyond easy to make!



Ingredients:

  • Pretzel Rods (I used Snyder's of Hanover, found at the grocery store) 
  • Melting Candy (I got two color's at Michael's for 2.99 each) 
  • Sprinkles 

Directions:

  1. Microwave the candy. Pour them into a microwave safe dish and microwave at 1/2 power for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave at 1/2 power for 30 seconds. Stir. Keep microwaving in 30 second intervals and stirring until liquid. *It is important to use half power so you do not burn the candy!* 

  2. Dip pretzel rods into dish to cover. Let drip into the dish so that it doesn't look runny. 

  3. Sprinkle with sprinkles 

  4. Let dry for 24 hours. 








Mason jar name tags!

Supplies:

  • String (we also used this for a baby game) 
  • Textured paper 

Directions:

  1. Cut circles on textured paper
  2. Hole punch
  3. Tie string around mason jar, putting the name tag on the string at this time. Knot.
  4. Tie a small bow with the string. 



Baby Shower games! 

I do not have any pictures of the games, but we played Bingo!, a cute game called pass the gift and the traditional "measure the belly" game. I have a few more games we didn't play, but that I've played at another baby shower. Here is the free download I put together. 

For our prizes, we bought cheap candles at Michael's and wrapped them up. 

And that's a wrap! But here is an adorable picture of my niece who is about to be a big sister!! 

She had a lot of sugar while we were cleaning up, so we tied the balloons to her so she couldn't run as fast. 

Have a great Tuesday! 
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13 comments:

  1. Minimal showers are so nice - it always seems like they are less overwhelming for everyone. This one looks like it turned out beautifully!

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  2. Thank you!! It was so much fun and I definitely think it wasn't very overwhelming - when showers are too structured I feel so awkward!

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  3. You did an awesome job. Love the pretzels dipped!

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  4. Thank you!!!! I am so happy that they were so easy to make!

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  5. You did such an awesome job with this! I love the mason jar idea, and I love how much you used etsy! That site is the best for real. The pretzels turned out so cute. Such a simple and awesome idea. Good job! It looks like y'all had a blast!

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  6. Thank you so much!! I was so excited when we started planning it and scoured pinterest and found a lot of stuff to buy on Etsy. I love that site!!!

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  7. Sara L. (sookiespartan)January 7, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Love the mason jars with tags! Very cute!

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  8. You remind me so much of my sister with how creative you are! I love baby showers!

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  9. Woah , you creative lady. Those pretzels and Mason jars looked awesome.

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  10. Ah thank you!! My friend did the Mason Jars!! I try to be creative!! :)

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  11. aww thank you!! I don't flex my creative muscles nearly enough. I sometimes forget I am creative and then I have so much fun doing this stuff. But note: everything came with a mess because I can't do anything without being clumsy :P

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