Kristen’s Sweet Pea Baby Shower

Mama Say What?! has many talented mamas and Alex T. is no exception. When she found out that her good friend Kristen was expecting her second baby boy, she wanted to throw a special shower for her. They chose an adorable “Sweet Pea” theme and had a wonderful day with the ladies.

 What inspired the theme of the baby shower?

I have no idea what really sparked the theme and Kristen didn’t really have a preference. She was pregnant with her second boy and my mom and I wanted to host a shower for her. When she was pregnant with her first baby, she was living in another state, so we didn’t get to have a shower for her. Even though she really didn’t need any new baby gear, we figured we’d take the opportunity to throw a little get-together and enjoy an afternoon with some ladies. She was decorating her son’s nursery in a jungle theme but we didn’t feel like the shower needed to have that theme too.

I ran across the sweet pea theme on Etsy and thought it was adorable, so I got started with designing some invitations and it took off from there. We knew there would only be a few people who would be able to attend, so knowing it was going to be a small group allowed us to have some fun with the decor and enabled us to do more with a small budget.

Was the shower co-ed or ladies only? Why did you decide to go that way?

It was ladies only because we didn’t want any boys there. Simple as that!

How far along was the mama to be? Did she know the gender?

Kristen was almost 35 weeks along and having a boy.

Did you work with any vendors?

We didn’t really work with any vendors. We picked up sandwiches and snacks from Safeway and I designed the invitations, water bottle labels, napkin rings, banner, favor bag labels and cupcake toppers. That was pretty much it.

What was your favorite game that you had at the shower?

We played baby shower Bingo and it got really competitive! We also had everyone guess how many inches Kristen’s belly was around (I won!).

I think my favorite game was the baby shower Mad Libs that we all played together. It got hilariously out-of-hand and left everyone with the giggles.

I picked up a bunch of really random prizes that included an iTunes gift card, some lavender body wash, a can of Spam, a bottle of bubbles and a box of candy.

Tell me about the details… did you have favors? What kind of food did you serve?

For favors, we got everyone a set of sweet pea salt and pepper shakers from Party City. They were cute and fit perfectly with the theme. At nearly $5 a piece, we wouldn’t have had the budget to get them if we’d had a lot of guests. But since we only needed to buy six of them, it worked. We also got square bamboo plates and some balloons at Party City. We picked up fun little favors as prizes for the games that included plastic tiaras and temporary tattoos. I decorated some favor bags with a custom label.

For a splash of color, I picked up some green swirly fabric from JoAnn’s and cut it into 16″ squares with a set of pinking shears. Voila! No-sew cloth napkins!

As for food, we picked up deli sandwiches from Safeway and cut each of them into four smaller sandwiches. We had a handful of other snack foods too.

For dessert, my brother was gracious enough to make some vanilla cupcakes (the mom-to-be’s favorite).

He decorated half with Oreo cookie crumbs to look like dirt. The others he decorated with green M&Ms and added green frosting to make them look like pea pods. I added my little cupcake toppers to the Oreo-topped cupcakes and they were done!

I’m quite proud of the diaper cake I made, as it was my first. I used a couple different brands of diapers inside and wrapped each layer with an Aden + Anais muslin swaddling blanket. The top layer was wrapped with a onesie. The little accessories on the outside included a pacifier clip, a sunscreen stick, baby socks, some teething toys and a little pair of shoes. There was a big bottle of California Baby Bath Wash in the middle of the cake for added support.

What advice can you give to our MSW readers that are planning a shower for their friend or relative?

If you’re not planning a surprise shower, ask the mom-to-be about what she’d really like at her shower. Kristen really didn’t have too many requests but she just wanted it to be low-key. I had thought that she might not want to play any games, but it turned out she was cool with them. We just had a fun afternoon with the girls before another boy was added to the mix.


Decor and favors: Party City
Food: Safeway
Paper goods: Alex Tebow Designs

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