I certainly didn’t plan for my first post of the new year to be about baby décor but when a friend asked me to help with a baby shower at our church – I jumped at the chance to get in there and do a few decorations. You know me, I can’t keep myself away from projects. And baby stuff? It’s always fun!!
We needed it to be easy. A baby shower breakfast at church is an open thing to everyone held in a short period of time. And honestly, when it comes to parties; easier is ALWAYS better.
The plan: Make centerpieces for the tables and a few banners to hang around the room. Off to the dollar store I went. The couple doesn’t know yet if they are having a boy or girl, so I went with the yellow and green. Which was totally fine, the dollar store had adorable napkins!
First, I set up balloons on each table tied to a stack of Little Golden Books with tulle. You know me; I had to include some cute vintage! Seriously though, this is an easy solution. TIP: Don’t buy those balloons weights unless you have to! I contemplated using some of the kiddo’s old toys, like Fisher Price Little People. But I saw Little Golden Books used on Pinterest somewhere and that inspired me to do this:
Another thing about balloon decorating that everyone should know if you don’t know it already. TIP: There is a glue that keeps latex balloons from deflating overnight. I DID NOT KNOW THIS! I needed balloons at 7AM and had to buy them the night before. I was concerned they would deflate by morning. The party store told me about this glue and I went with it. For a few cents extra, the balloons lasted without a problem.
I also framed bible verses about babies and families. Dollar store frames work perfectly. Or, if you have a variety of frames at home you don’t even have to purchase anything. TIP: Other ideas include framing lullabies, or if your friend is a music buff, find quotes from their favorite songs that are applicable to a baby shower. You get the idea! I cut them out with pattern scissors and pasted them to colored paper.
TIP: I could have spray painted these by the way. They are plastic which means they would be easy to spray paint. I didn’t because I wanted them to stand out on the table in this case (with all the green and yellow). Plus, it’s been like 2 degrees here and spray painting is a little tough right now.
I put everything on the center of the table along side glass bowls with floating candles and little paper flower scatter.
For the banners – I did some freehand painting. (EEK!) Actually, anyone can paint polka dots right?! Here’s what I made with a little paint and some cardstock:
Then, I hung the letters on twine with dollar store clothes pins.
TIP: Having a really good paint brush rocks. I NEVER had one before and I say everyone who DIYs should get one! You can paint letters like a ROCK STAR.
This morning was the shower – it was a wonderful time and I think that everyone enjoyed themselves. Especially the mom to be! We are so excited to see what they will be having and I wish them all the best.
PS: My friend who organized and the folks that made the food did a GREAT job! You know that’s not my area of expertise – but I wanted to definitely give them some props! 🙂