Baby it’s Cold Outside Baby Shower
Before I get in deep planning Nora’s 2nd birthday, and the winter turns to spring, I need to share the sweetest Baby it’s Cold Outside Baby Shower that my Mom and I hosted last month for my sister, expecting a baby girl in March!
For the first time in a while, we had a party at an actual restaurant. Not a place that we rented and brought in our own stuff, not my parent’s house, not the beach hut, an actual restaurant. This is a big deal because we don’t like anybody bossing us. We want to do what we want to do, and we don’t want to hear a word about it. Luckily we picked a place that doesn’t do many parties, so they were pretty open to whatever we wanted to do. They also didn’t have any other parties that day, so there wasn’t anyone trying to push us out, which is another reason we steer clear of restaurants. Having the party at a restaurant ended up being less of an issue than we initially thought, yay for that!
My Mom ran the show for this soiree. I kind of just shared my opinions on ideas said some things I wanted to do, and she took care of the rest. I showed up the week before to get things prepped and get this party on its feet because that’s the part I do best. Make. shirt. happen. (The Good Place anyone?!?!)
We knew we wanted a winter theme because it was in the most wintery month of them all. As I’ve said previously when planning my brother and sister-in-law’s shower, the season always lends itself nicely to themes for parties.
We kept the decorations fairly simple with snowflake, felt ball garlands, and a garland featuring baby pictures of Mom & Dad (made by yours truly). The dessert table was probably the most decorated area using a backdrop with sheer curtain lights, baby mylar, paper snowflakes, and a few honeycombs (which are a current party fave).The piece of the party that really transformed the space was the white birch led light trees. My Mom got a bunch of small ones for the centerpieces which we elevated with snowflake ornaments, baby’s breath, and blush roses. Then two larger ones that we used to hold the bookmark favors, and spruce up a corner. How fun are the bookmarks? Dual appeal because they also look like, and could be ornaments!
We didn’t have many games, we did baby guessing stats, words of wisdom for mom, and my favorite, and probably a go to activity now, an ABC & 123 book that your guests color in for baby. This is one activity that I haven’t seen at any shower. It was certainly a big big hit with the under 13 crowd and I’m pretty sure I saw everyone in the 13 and over crowd coloring in a page as well!
The other favorite of mine, probably because it was a must have for me for this party (aside from the dessert table, which is just a given at this point) was the hot chocolate bar! My Mom got on board for this entirely and made some super fancy homemade marshmallows, chocolate stirring spoons, and made sure to stock us with paper to-go cups ready for personalizing.
We went to town with toppings which made the hot chocolate bar basically a second dessert table. I also found these awesome hot chocolate bar printables from Short Stop Designs that I mounted on snowflake paper to tie in with the theme.
My sister had a great time, the food was awesome, and everyone enjoyed all the treats. I’m really happy with how it all came together, every party I work on I feel like I learn something new or figure out a better way of doing things, and this party was no exception. For example, tape won’t always hold a balloon on a curtain…I mean maybe I just needed more tape but like I said lessons learned.
Hope this very versatile Baby It’s Cold Outside Baby Shower gives you some inspiration to shower your new mom to be in a very lovely way.
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