My sister is having a girl, but is not into girlie girl pink so I chose to go with a neutral green and yellow palate. I used this palate with the table setting and linens, the balloons, and other various accents like prize bags and favor bags.
Themes can get really cheesy really fast – not that that is a bad thing, but like I said, this was going to be a classy afternoon tea, so I went with a mild sprinkling of rubber duckies (rubber duck to top the diaper cake, little duck stickers to seal the favor bags, and little duck chocolate candies).
Table Linens and Decor
I knew I wanted something in light green or yellow to go with the color scheme, and I ended up getting a great deal for a table runner at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It was sitting, unwrapped with no tag in the clearance bin. I took it to the register to find out how much it was, and the cashier called over the manager. He said, “Let’s play the price is right” and the cashier said, “$3.99″ and I am thinking that is ridiculously cheap, and then the magical words came out of the manager’s mouth” Sounds good to me.” Score! $3.99 for a table runner. That was the deal of the day. Overall it was a good shopping day because I had just come from Michael’s where I got all the craft supplies for the shower and I had a coupon for 25% off my entire purchase there. Under the table runner, I put down a white tablecloth (I loved this tablecloth when I bought it – I got a great deal on it at the Crate and Barrel Outlet), but have been too scare to use it since it is white linen. I decided that I needed to take the plunge sometime, so I just went for it with the afternoon tea.
To add a pop of color I placed 3 small square glass vases filled with bright green glass stones and yellow miniature carnations down the middle of the table. Whenever I have people over for food that involves sitting at the table, I like to make small, short flower arrangements so they don’t get in the way of people talking or eating.
Each guest also got a menu previewing the upcoming meal and listing the tea choices.
I put together a compilation of children’s songs to play throughout the shower. Of course the mix included “Rubber Ducky” to go with my theme. The music played softly in the background, with occasional excitement from the guests when they recognized songs from their childhoods. Once the shower ended, I gave the cd to my sister to take home for the baby.
This was a small shower so I tried to keep the games to a minimum. I included a game with baby trivia, like “How heavy was the heaviest baby ever born?” Answer: 23 lbs. 12 oz. Yikes!
I also included a game where guests had to right down the baby name for each adult animal. I never knew there was a difference between a hare and a rabbit until I found this game (in case I have you wondering now, check out this website: http://www.orcca.on.ca/~elena/useful/bunnies.html). I also learned a lot of new baby animal names. For example, did you know that a baby ant is an antling and a baby raccoon is a kit? This was a very educational baby shower!
I also had guests try to guess the number of diapers that were in the diaper cake. Guesses ranged from 60 to 120. Who knew that my sister is some kind of math genius and actually calculated based on the number of diapers on the outside and was only off by 2 diapers – the answer was 72 and she guessed 74.
The final game involved hearing a bunch of stories about my sister when she was a baby and people had to guess which ones were true. I got the false stories from other people I knew, which was great because they included things like a 2 year old screaming for beer in a restaurant and taking one bite out of every piece of fruit in a bowl before her parent’s had a dinner party (I’m sure that was a fun surprise).
I tried to do nice prizes for the guests. They included various gifts from Bath and Body Works like their stackable line of fragrances, lotions, and soaps…
as well as body butters from The Body Shop (thanks to a fabulous Groupon!). All of the prizes were wrapped in identical yellow bags with cute baby tissue paper, and guests were allowed to pick a bag when they won a game.
The party favors consisted of little green bags filled with bath balls from Me!Bath, and sealed with little yellow ducky stickers.
Okay, so this is at the cheesier end of the baby shower spectrum, but a secret part of me loves this because it can end up looking very nice, it is very useful for the mom-to-be, and it can double as decoration and a game. For those who do not know what a diaper cake is ( I was only aware of the concept because it was featured on the episode of Sex and the City where Miranda has her baby shower), it is a cake-looking structure made from diapers that are rolled up and placed in tiers and tied together with ribbons to form a cake. A picture is probably better than a description, so here is my first attempt (and probably last) at a diaper cake:
Finally, The Food!
Pictures speak louder than words when it comes to food…
First Course: Sandwiches
Putting together this tea party for my sister was so much fun. Everyone had a really good time, and it was great to spend some time with my sister before this baby rocks her world. I can’t wait to be an aunt, and have tea parties with my niece and all of her stuffed animals.