|The Hosts and Mom-To-Be|
First and foremost, decide on a theme, as this will dictate all elements of the shower. You can base the theme off of the baby’s nursery, gender, or opt for a darling gender-neutral theme, such as “Cute as a Button.” We chose a giraffe and lion themed shower, using the colors of orange, blue, and cream.
Select the venue based on the guest list, as you want to ensure there is adequate space and seating for all of the attendees. Venue options include the host’s home, restaurant, or country club. We held the shower at my home, setting up delectable nibbles in the dinning room followed by present-opening in the den.
Depending upon the time of day and venue of your shower, you can have a seated meal or small bites a la buffet style, and I suggest a lighter fare of savory and sweet items. We enlisted the culinary talents of a fabulous local caterer, Cynthia of Cafe Danielle, and served an assortment of tea sandwiches, a Chinese chicken salad (the mom-to-be’s favorite!) as well as custom iced cake balls and petits fours featuring baby giraffes and lions. We also offered iced tea, sparkling water, and mimosas.
Thoughtful details truly leave an impression and make the shower exquisitely personalized. We had a banner made welcoming the new baby, custom cream and pale blue monogrammed napkins with the baby’s initials, and cream and pale blue striped straws. We also printed “Wishes for Baby” sheets so guests could write down heart-warming pearls of wisdom for the newborn. In addition to gifts, we asked each guest to bring a book, giving our dear friend a full collection of stories to enchant her little one.