There’s a few things that only happen once, and that every new mom looks forward to. Buying that first baby outfit, hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time, and having your baby shower where you and your little one are shown so much love from friends and family. But, as we all know, gatherings with those friends and family have looked a little different lately, or haven’t happened at all.
There’s no doubt that 2020 has made us all think outside of the box so that we can still have these special moments in some way. So, when it was time to start planning a baby shower for me and sweet baby J we did just that. My mom and I tossed around many different ideas of what my shower could look like. We could just invite a couple close people over, we could rent a large venue so that each person is separated 6 feet apart, we could have a virtual shower, or we could just not have a shower at all. But, then we thought of plan B. An outside baby shower at my parents house. This way we weren’t in a confined space, people could be 6 feet away from one another if they wanted to be, and it’s fall and fall weather and colors are beautiful!
My mom and my mother-in-law decided to host the shower together so that I only had one shower to attend instead of multiple. I wanted to be in on the planning fun so I helped my mom with lots of the design aspects, planning the menu, and picking games to play. Since my husband and I decided not to find out the gender of Baby J we needed a gender neutral shower theme. So, it only seemed fitting with the season that the theme would be related to fall or pumpkins. Then we had it . . .
A Little Pumpkin Is On The Way
Our theme would be lots of fall colors, some mums, and lots and lots of pumpkins. I’ll break it down now with decorations, menu, games, and a couple other fun touches we added in.
Let’s start from the beginning. The invitations. I designed the invites myself on Canva and ordered the invites and envelopes directly from the site. Canva is great for designing cute invites, cards, posters, and getting them at a great price, and decently fast. I upgraded my Canva account to a Pro Account a while back and it is so worth it for me. Along with the invites, I designed a small card to let our guests know that the shower would be outside. This was to let people know that it would be spread out in the fresh air, and let them know to dress according to the weather.
Since the shower was outside the only decorations we really needed to do were the tables. We gathered what fall scarves we had, purchased a few more from the dollar section at Target, and bought lots of pumpkins. Pumpkins of all colors and sizes. We used the scarves as table runners, and placed the pumpkins on top. The shower took place in my parent’s front yard and my mom covered her front porch with lots of pumpkins too. It doubled as her fall decorating, and shower decorations. Win-win! The last thing we did was bring out a couple baskets filled with blankets. Our guests loved this! It was a beautiful fall morning, but it was a little chilly out, so the blankets were a great touch.
Planning the menu was the trickiest part of the shower to figure out. We didn’t want to have the food set-up buffet style because we didn’t want to worry about people standing close together in line, and touching serving utensils. So, my mom had the clever idea to make each person a basket lunch and have them set at each table setting. It. Was. A. Hit.
In the basket we included:
- Hot Ham and Cheese Croissant with a Brown Sugar Honey Mustard Sauce
- 2 Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting (bagged individually)
- Spring Mixed Salad with Honey Roasted Pecans, Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberries, and thinly sliced Red Onion with a Red Wine Vinaigrette (served in a Chinese take-out style box)
- Bag of Kettle Cooked Chips (Variety at each table)
In addition, we had a variety of bottled tea, and canned sparkling water at each table. As well as a glass of ice water for each person. We then placed a pitcher of ice water at each table too. All of our guests loved this idea, and the idea of having an individual meal for each person too. It took a lot of prepping, and a lot of people to accomplish this meal. But, it was so worth it.
Every shower needs some entertainment, right? We had 2 fun games, and one “luck” game. For the luck game we taped a print-out of a pumpkin onto the bottom of one of the lunch baskets. Whoever had the pumpkin won! This gave each guest a fair shot at winning one of the prizes. The first game we played was a traditional one- The Price is Right. We showed guests ten baby items and they had to guess the price of each item. The closest to the total amount at the end won. The last game was Bingo. This game was played throughout the time I opened gifts so that guests had something fun to do while I was opening. Each Bingo board was blank and guests had to fill in each square (we gave them the middle square as a free space) with gifts they thought I would open. If I opened a gift that they had filled in on one of their squares then they got to cross it off. The first to get five in a row won Bingo! Each game had a prize for the winner. For prizes we handed out fall candles from Bath and Body Works.
One of my favorite things that we did at my shower was leave advice cards on each table for guests to fill out. It was so sweet reading what everyone wrote down, and they are a special item that I will always hold on to and look back and read. Another fun touch we added was having guests guess when Baby J would arrive, and if they thought Baby J was a boy or a girl. I made a giant calendar poster and guests put a sticky note with their answers on the calendar date they thought the baby would arrive. We even had someone guess the correct date and gender! It was such a fun added touch.
So, no matter the occasion. . . baby, wedding, graduation. . . special moments should be celebrated in some way. Think outside of the box and celebrate your special occasion in a way you won’t forget.