Winter Wonderland Baby Shower
My girls and I are home today thanks to the snow… so what an appropriate shower theme to write about!
I will admit, I’m not a huge fan of winter (and I live in Michigan-ha!) but I do like looking at it from the warmth of my home. Even I will admit, there is something magical about a sunny winter morning when the snow is glistening and sparkling.
This baby shower was hosted by a wonderful mama and sister for a very lucky mama-to-be. I absolutely love all of the DIY and the decor turned out just awesome! Thanks for sharing, Betty!
What inspired the theme of the baby shower?
This shower was for my older daughter, so I wanted something really special for her. I searched Pinterest and many places online for a unique baby shower theme and really didn’t find one that excited me, so I decided to capitalize on the baby being born in winter and the snow-themed shower took to life.
My younger daughter and I worked together to create this magical wintery celebration.
Was the shower co-ed or ladies only? Why did you decide to go that way?
It was a co-ed shower. Dad-to-be wanted his only sibling, a brother, to be there and mama-to-be already has a nine year old son who definitely needed to be included. With mama’s brother-in-law invited, it just seemed natural to include a few male invitees.
How far along was the mama to be?
The mama-in-waiting was seven months at the time of the shower. We wanted to avoid the always-hectic Christmastime, and waiting until January would have meant mama-to-be would likely be getting uncomfortable with her growing belly, so we opted for an early December party.
Did she know the gender?
Yes, the parents knew the baby was a girl but a non-‘girlie’ shower seemed just right for the occasion.
Did that make a difference in the theme?
No, I honestly think a silver and blue Winter Wonderland shower would be easy to pull off as well. So many items I found were blue and they would not work for the pink accent color I was using. So readers shouldn’t be be afraid to use this theme for any shower, as you could adjust this theme to work for either gender of baby.
Did you work with any vendors?
No vendors were involved and everything was created by us or purchased at various retail locations: Party City, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.
What was your favorite game that you had at the shower?
There is a picture of the “Old Wives Tale” trivia game – this initiated a lot of laughs and stimulated much conversation as to why the answers were what they were.
Another quick game was having each attendee complete an envelope with their name and mailing address to assist the mama with thank-you notes. We then randomly selected one of those envelopes and the prize was a Dairy Queen Blizzard gift card in keeping with the snow theme!
Tell me about the details… did you have favors?
It really is all in the details for making any party come together… and I had so much fun creating and finding great décor items for the celebration!
The most talked-about items were the candle holders which looked like they were covered in snow. In reality, I simply smeared vases with Modge Podge and sprinkled them with Epsom Salt while the glue was still wet —so inexpensive but quite impactful! (Afterward the vases were soaked in hot water and now the vases are sparkling clear again.)
I probably glittered 100 snowflakes or more. (I highly recommend German glass glitter for its sparkle…there really is no comparison.) Some of the snowflakes were 10 in a package for $3.00 – SCORE, which helped the décor budget go further!
I also glued the glitter on a stand-up initial, (a whopping $1.00 at Hobby Lobby on sale) for a food table decoration and the mama-to-be was able to use the letter afterward in the baby’s nursery.
Using transparent thread, we strung hundreds of tiny white pom pom puffs (purchased from Michael’s,) cotton balls, (any brand would work), and the glittered snowflakes to suspend strands of ‘falling snow and flakes’ from the ceiling in front of a light gray backdrop (a flat King bed sheet) covering the windows.
Fortunately, I already owned a snowflake Christmas tree skirt which was used as a small tablecloth in the gift opening area, and also owned a snowflake table runner that we placed on the food table.
The diaper cake was created using silver and white ribbon from Michael’s, inexpensive at $.25, Hobby Lobby snowflake napkin rings, a soft little lamb rattle and rolled pink legwarmers for the cake topper. The diaper cake rested atop a silver Hobby Lobby snowflake charger.
I was blessed to find perfect silver and white snowflake plates, napkins and plastic tablecloths (which were used as drapes behind the food table) at Party City.
The accent color of soft pink was used in the silverware and cups (for hot and cold beverages), also from Party City.
When all put together, we had a beautifully cohesive snowflake shower!
What kind of food did you serve?
We were having a brunch, so we served blueberry muffins, hash brown casserole, sausage/egg casserole, mini-cinnamon rolls, powdered sugar doughnut holes stacked into a tree shape (the powdered sugar mimicked our snow theme) and colorful mini-yogurt/granola parfaits.
Beverages offered were snowflake cocoa (made with white chocolate- so yummy!) along with juice and coffee.
Since it was a brunch, we also had a cake made, decorated to match the shower invite.
What kind of advice can you give to our MSW readers that are planning a shower for their friend or relative?
Think about the feeling you want to impart with your theme. You can gear it toward glamorous (which sometimes helps a pregnant woman feel prettier) fun (because pregnancy can be ho-hum in the middle to late months) practical (because mama’s-to-be HAVE to get prepared for that bundle of joy) or it can be a mixture of any of these.
Then, create a plan for how you want to decorate and the foods you want to serve. You should discuss the food selections with the honoree because food cravings or aversions to certain foods change during pregnancy, and you definitely want your guest(s)-of-honor to enjoy eating at their own shower!
I believe in creating as much of the decorations as possible to save money (I am by no means artistically blessed either!). I suggest Pinterest, and/or a Google search based on your shower theme to get ideas to help you make your gathering a special one, both for yourself and the guests.
Whatever décor items you can have in place before the big day arrives will really help, just as preparing food items ahead of time does. You want to enjoy the festivities, not be in the kitchen working up a sweat during the gift opening!
Also, if funds are an issue, try to tie your theme to a holiday near it – you would be surprised how much money you could save if you used pastel colored décor items near Easter or red and navy blue near July 4th, etc.
If you could indicate a roundabout budget too that would be great…
I believe the shower was in the $0-150 budget range… maybe a tad more. It’s surprising that it was that low considering the beautiful touches throughout the home for the shower.
Creating our own invitations, using the pre-holiday sales for ornaments and being fortunate to have several décor items already on hand to use, all helped keep the budget in line tremendously.
Winter Wonderland Baby Shower