My best gal from college, Katie, is expecting her first baby! Hooray! Her sister asked me and our friend Jenn to handle the decorations for Katie’s baby shower. Since she’s only 80% sure that it’s a girl – and she herself isn’t a pink frou-frou kind of girl, she wanted a simple and not overly feminine shower. The venue was a casual restaurant right on the Connecticut waterfront, with huge windows overlooking a small marina. Katie’s mom and sister set the alphabet theme with the invitations, and Jenn and I took it from there.
The alphabet theme invitations they chose are from Vista Print:
Since Katie’s family was donating flowers to the local children’s library in lieu of flowers, we wanted to put a simple pop of color on the tables. It started with fabulous free printable alphabet cards that I found on Pinterest, which I printed out at home on card stock. Since I wanted Katie to be able to reuse the cards in the nursery, I loosely taped two back-to-back and stuck them in wooden holders that were left over from my wedding (my dad made them from dowels). The designs have a sweet vintage charm and are just feminine enough – the “H” is represented by high heels!
Jenn made dozens of mini tissue paper pom poms and sprinkled them on the tables. To add a personal touch and even more color to the tables, I printed up these adorable “Wishes for Baby” cards (in yellow) at my local Staples and put them at each place setting, along with a pen for the table. Throughout the lunch we encouraged people to fill out the cards, and Jenn collected them to make a scrapbook for the baby-to-be.
Coupled with a framed note from the party planners letting people know about the donation to the local library, the table decor was simple and sweet. Most importantly, the mommy-to-be liked it!
The one craft project that we didn’t get to do (because every craft store in the area was bizarrely out of wooden or cardboard “B’s”) was create big tissue paper “ABC” display for the dessert table. Since it’s such a perfect idea for an alphabet-themed baby shower, it’s worth sharing!
Since we used free printables and paper and other supplies that we had on hand, the total cost of outfitting a shower for 60 people was less than $25 (tissue paper from a discount store, printing the “wishes cards” and a pack of cheap pens). Pretty darn good for an alphabet baby shower that put a smile on the guest of honor’s face!