My sister had her baby shower quite awhile ago (my niece is now 3 months old!
), but here are some pictures from it.
We put a lot of diy time into it. I think it turned out more "her" than the shower thrown by her new grandmother-in-law, but I'm a bit biased.
We went for a vintage baby theme, which worked out well since both my mom and I like to shop at garage sales and second hand stores. The location we used was perfect as far as general location, room size, attached kitchen, etc. but...it's not real pretty. I don't have a good "before" pic, but it's a church social room with lots of ugly tables, outdated decor, etc.
I used inspiration and images from all over the place, but have since switched computers so I'm not 100% sure on the links. I can try yo look them up if anyone's interested.
To start, here are the invitations that I made with Photoshop and just printed on cardstock:
They have an inside joke regarding pigs, so decided to use that as a starting point for decorating the nursery. I made the "registered at" cards with Photoshop as well and just printed them much smaller on regular paper to go inside the invites:
For their wedding shower, lots of people who couldn't make it sent packages ahead of time. Only problem is, they live in VT and the shower was in PA and they had to ship things back to VT. Same thing for this shower, so we decided to put their address on the card, even if it is a bit tacky.
I also made a "family tree" picture for guests to sign. I saw these for wedding showers or wedding guest books, but their wedding's over, so why not for a baby shower?
(it's my niece's first and middle name). And with some of the "leaf prints":
I highly encouraged people to practice ahead of time on the spare paper.
And despite giving our other sister a hard time about being careful, she still wrote "Ant Ellie" by accident.
When you first walked in, there was a small easel (found it at the church!
) with old family photographs on it:
There was a random toy table with vintage toys on it:
We strung up lots and lots of onesies (mostly found at thrift stores, but we figured they were cute and
The food table, before food:
We used vintage tableclothes, mostly found in the church's collection of tableclothes. My mom and I found vintage handkerchiefs (some actually vintage, some reproductions) and used them as "placemats" and decoration. I had also found a .pdf with old Golden Books images on it, so I printed and cut them out to make "confetti" for the tables.
My mom and younger sister made almost all of the food and drink:
We decided on finger foods and salad since it was a 1:00.
One of the great things about having it at our church was that we had tons of dishes and a huge kitchen at our disposal. Plus they looked rather vintage.
We found cute little ice cream cups and gave everyone a chocolate covered strawberry, which also added to the decor quite nicely! We had the plates out at the tables since it was buffet style food. The huge kitchen dish washer at the end was nice, too!
Behind the food tables was a terribly ugly sound-silencing curtain. I couldn't do much about it, so I just hung vintage cards from it:
They're just images found from all over the internet that I printed on copy paper. I strung them up and hung them as banners throughout the room:
I loved the centerpieces we used. Totally my mom's idea:
They're just teacups filled with plants. Some I can tell are from her collection, but she bought the rest secondhand and filled with her own plants.
It also worked out well since we used them as the give away gifts at the end.
In the background, you can sort of make out a baby's face on the projector. Given that my sister got married in CT, a lot of the PA family and friends couldn't make it. So we showed a video slideshow with pictures from the wedding. Since we had the thing hooked up, my younger sister made a slideshow of babies making funny faces. We just played it on a loop while everyone was arriving.
Later we also played a loop of pictures of my sister when she was a baby/growing up. My mom also found an old recording of an "interview" with her that she'd done when my sister was 13 describing what her future husband, kids, and life would be. We all had a lot of fun watching that and comparing her current life to what she was imagining!
Here is the gift table, my parents bought her the rocking chair so it looked nice next to the gifts and
she was able to use it.
They have a similar one that she had always admired.
And lastly, a view of the whole room with some guests: