My philosophy when hosting and planning a shower is this is a party, therefore it should be fun. As it is a party in honor of the Mom-to-be or the soon the arriving child, it should somehow reflect them . H is a biology teacher and environmentalist so we went zero waste, recycled items with a funky vibe. We gave out flower planters as favors and we used glass plates and cloth napkins. I think at the end we had one garbage bag and that was it!
This was such a team effort. So many mass emails and conversations. We had it in a local city park so we had to bring EVERYTHING with us. We made the mason jars, the banner, and the planters in advance. We used the planters as decorations and with the help of the banners we created our own space. The food we served was picnic inspired: PB&J roll ups, corn dog muffins (http://pinterest.com/pin/206673070371865559/), fruit. and cheese and crackers. We used Pinterest for ideas and to plan. I love the shared boards because everyone can add and then see other’s ideas. The night of the craft session each of my friends got off work at different times so they came in shifts: first S, then LF, and M came last after a hair cut.
This shower was a book shower, which means that instead of cards people brought books. Here’s a link to the mock up of the invitation we purchased from Etsy.
Interestingly, H’s baby is 2 months old now and he is starting to love to have books read to him! It’s like we knew!
I also believe that showers should be fun so we tried to keep the awkward games to a minimum. We did an interactive scavenger hunt in the park and it was quite the hit.
Probably the most time consuming thing was making the four different flavors of cake pops! H loves cake pops and developed an insane sweet tooth as part of her pregnancy. So E and I were up quite late making cake pops to whet her appetite.
With a yellowpad filled with lists and a group of dedicated friends, we were able to put on a beautiful shower for a beloved friend. The most important thing for us was to make H feel special and loved and I think we did just that!