Back in late November (the Saturday after Thanksgiving, to be specific), I joined with some other family members and hosted a baby shower for my daughter-in-law! We all love beautiful Sarah so much, and honoring her, as well as celebrating the first grandbaby in our family, was such a privilege!
Back in June, when we were all in Sanibel Island together, Sarah & Weston told us they were going to have a baby! Their baby girl is due any day now, and we’re so excited! I loved hosting a baby shower for my daughter-in-law, and today I’m sharing all the details and taking you behind the scenes.
I joined the other ladies in my extended family to host the shower. Preparing together was so much fun.
The Color Scheme
Since I love true pink (think Pepto Bismol 🤣), my niece is a hot pink lover, and Sarah is more of a blush girl, I decided from the beginning to go with various colors of pink for the color scheme.
I ordered three shades of pink roses: pale pink, medium pink, and hot pink. (One dozen of each.) I mixed them up and spread them in various rooms around the house!
I also ordered two balloon garlands in three pink shades. I got one 8′ long for over the front door and one 12 feet long that I used in our family room over the French doors. I wanted to have a company do a balloon arch, but didn’t want to pay the price! Then I thought about doing a more affordable DIY balloon arch but decided I didn’t have the time and it would stress me out! So I ended up getting a balloon garland at Party Bazaar here in Dallas.
I don’t have a photo of the exact invitations (lots of personal information on there!), but THIS is the one I chose! I used Vistaprint. They had a great selection of baby shower invitations. If you’re shopping around, I also recommend the baby shower invitations on Zazzle and Minted. My advice would be to find one you like on each site and price compare.
As you can see, our house was already decorated for Christmas, so with the flowers, balloons, and the gifts themselves (not to mention my colorful furniture), we didn’t need much more!
I’ve shared this amazing 24′ rectangular acrylic floral centerpiece with y’all so many times! That’s because it is the best hostess helper! I use it for every single occasion we host! All you do is grab grocery store flowers, cut them down, and place them in one of the 18 holes. For a closer look, click HERE to watch my Instagram Reel about this pretty piece!
Since the shower was at 2 pm, we didn’t want anything too heavy! All of the hostesses contributed to the food, and I provided the serving pieces. I wanted to step it up from disposable plates, so I pulled out my wedding china for the guests to use! (It worked perfectly with our color scheme!) I purchased THESE pink napkins.
Chicken Salad in Phyllo Cups
I speared pineapple, grapes, cantaloupe, and strawberries on pearl-embellished long cocktail toothpicks. I’ve used these beautiful toothpicks for lots of special occasions in our home and whenever I have to take an appetizer somewhere. They always snag compliments, and people constantly ask where I got them! I’m linking to the 200-pack. (Trust me, it’s the size you’ll want because they’re that pretty, and you’ll want to keep them on hand! You’ll eventually use them all!)
My clever sister-in-law used spears of colorful celery, carrots, red and yellow peppers, and cucumbers in clear shot glasses. She placed a generous spoonful of Ranch dip in the bottom and added colorful cut veggies stuck into the top.
I added the paper doily underneath on top of the silver serving tray for aesthetics! Paper doilies in various sizes are another one of those inexpensive hostess helpers I recommend keeping on hand. I not only use them for serving, but when guests come, I always add one to the bottom of the wastebasket in the powder room 🤣. They just look nice and dress things up a bit!
Individual Bundt Cakes
I ordered these custom water bottle labels to dress up regular plastic water bottles. They were so pretty, but I was disappointed that they didn’t fit all the way around the bottles I’d bought. If you order, you’ll want to buy your water bottles first, measure the circumference, and check the measurements of the labels to make sure they’ll fit all the way around!
My fabulous sister shared the recipe for a pretty pink punch. It was delicious and so pretty! the guests loved the fizz and the colorful floating fruit. (And the sherbet, of course!) We served it in crystal goblets from this (similar) Multi-Functional Glass Punch Bowl.
RASPBERRY SHERBET PARTY PUNCH
Servings: 18-20 cups
Cost to Make: $8 – $12
2 Liter Bottle Sierra Mist, Sprite, or 7-Up, chilled
2 Liter Bottle of Club Soda, chilled
1 Frozen Fruit Punch can or pink lemonade (12 oz.), thawed in the fridge
1 Frozen Pineapple Juice can (12 oz.), thawed in the fridge
6-8 Scoops Raspberry Sherbet Ice Cream (Can really use any flavor of sherbet.)
Fresh or frozen raspberries
Pineapple slices (canned or fresh)
1. Pre-scoop sherbet and place it on a baking dish lined with plastic wrap. Freeze. Add sherbet just before serving, so it remains frozen in the punch.
2. In the punch bowl, combine the two frozen juice cans (thawed). Pour in Sierra Mist and Club Soda and gently stir until combined.
3. Add pineapple slices and raspberries and top with scooped sherbet just before serving. (The sherbet keeps it chilled!)
Keep in mind that once the sherbet is added, the punch will be sweeter. Add cold water or ice if you want to cut the sweetness.
PHOTO BACKDROP: Pipe and Drape Kit | (Similar) Gray Background Curtain | Ivy Garland Pack | Similar Pink Flowers | Safety Pins (for attaching ivy to back of background curtain) | Floral Wire (for attaching flowers to ivy)
My precious 16-year-old niece was in charge of this, and she really delivered!
Sarah’s sweet mama came in from out of town for the shower. I asked her to be in charge of games and activities. Everything she planned was so special!
She bought the book When I Pray for You by Matthew Paul Turner for Sarah to read to the baby, and all of the guests signed it as they entered. Such a precious keepsake!
Sarah’s mom bought a package of newborn diapers, and a pack of colorful markers, and everyone wrote notes on them to encourage the new parents! Everyone wrote such fun and creative things! Here are a few of my favorites:
- “In the twinkling of an eye…we will all be changed.” (A silly paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:52!)
- “You’ve got this, Dad!”
- “Poop happens!”
- “You’re doing a great job, Mama!”
Sarah’s mom ordered THIS printable Mommy or Daddy Guess Who Game from Etsy, and it was a big hit!
For the favors, I wanted to gift something that the guests and hostesses could take with them as a reminder to pray for Sarah, Weston, and the baby. I found these pretty and affordable blush pashminas on Etsy, and the quality was great! I had a few leftovers, so I sent those to family members out of town who were unable to attend.😊
The baby shower for my daughter-in-law was so special, and it was a precious opportunity to tangibly show love to her. It was wonderful to bring Bob’s side and my side of our families together, and we had such a sweet time planning and working to make it a special afternoon for Sarah.
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