Hosting a baby shower for a friend or loved one can be overwhelming, exhausting, and expensive. You may have an idea of what you want the decorations to look like, what you want the food to be, how you want it to all turn out. Sometimes, these great expections get in the way of preparing a simple, yet memorable event. I think it’s definitely important to have inspiration, be it from Pinterest, an event you’ve been to before, or ideas you can pull from random blogs.
Last year, I was responsible for helping host a baby shower for my sister and her husband. They are both huge fans of rock music from the 70’s, very laid-back, and I would consider them non-traditional. It was decided it would be more fun to make the decorations; ALL OF THEM. Unfortunately I didn’t get any of step-by-step photos of the decorations I made, but they are SO simple, a quick explanation should be sufficient if you want to duplicate.
The theme was “Shake, Rattle, and Roll”!
Photos framed with Ornate, funky frames
Song lyrics put onto DIY canvas art
Treats: Pop Rocks, Rock Candy
Cupcakes with DIY cupcake toppers
DIY Guitar Cupcake stand
DIY Baby Clothes on Clothespins
I am, by no means, an expert sewer; I’m not even somewhat proficient. The idea of creating your very own backdrop may seem intimidating, but there are a couple of ways to do it, that don’t require sewing. By making your own backdrop, you can pick specific fabrics and patterns to go along with your theme.
The center pattern was an Andy Warhol inspired pattern of the members of the Beatles. The outside panels were red with black polka dots. I simply hand sewed the backdrop together, but you could also get a fusing material to iron on to the fabric and attach the materials together.
Then, we gathered different styled onesies, socks, knitted hats, etc. My mom knit a pair of green socks and a couple hats and I ironed letters onto a tie dye onesie to complete a backdrop.
Another aspect of the main table was a DIY canvas with song lyrics. This idea was taken from Pinterest. On a blank canvas, place your lyrics or phrase of sticker letters onto the canvas. Spray paint over the letters and let dry. Finish the canvas with mod podge to give it a finished, glossy look.
The letter “C” represents the last name. This literally took me 5 minutes! The wooden letter, purchased from Michael’s, was simply spray painted and place in a safe area to dry. The candle gives the table a chic rock n roll vibe. Although a ton of colors were used, they worked perfectly together.
This frame, along with a black one and a lime green one, were purchased from TJ Maxx for less than $10 each. They are ornate, yet work really well with the whole theme. Inside the frame is song lyrics from one of the parents-to-be favorite songs. I simply printed them off a computer and cropped the paper to put inside the frame. It is a very cool, simple, and different decoration.
These DIY invitations were inspired by a couple different of themes and pictures I found on Pinterest and Etsy. I used Microsoft Word and printed them onto glossy photo paper. Then, I cropped them and attached to a piece of cardstock.
My favorite part of the shower was the DIY cupcake stand made by my very talented, very retired, and apparently very bored stepfather. He literally bought old vinyl records to be the 3 tiers of the stand. Then, he crafted the guitar using pieces of wood and painting it. It still blows my mind he created this; always look to family and close friends as creative resources. He by no means is a cupcake stand builder; but he knows how to use handyman tools so he was a huge help in all of this and blew all of us away!
The cupcake toppers were created again, using Microsoft Word and printed onto glossy photo paper. They were cut out and attached to cardstock. The cardstock was attached to lollipop sticks purchased from Michael’s.
Tips for Hosting a DIY Baby Shower
Make a list for everything! I literally bought a journal to write all my brainstorming ideas, things I needed to buy, ideas I thought were lame but wrote down anyway. It kept everything in one place and was a great resource for me throughout the planning process.
- Create a budget and stick to it. Although a baby shower is a monumental event, it shouldn’t put a dent in your wallet. I recommend creating a table with decorations as the focus, rather than decorating an entire huge area. It keeps the budget low and reasonable!
- Print out pictures for inspiration. Pinterest and Google Images should be your best friend. Print out pics and put them inside your journal for inspiration!
- Keep it simple. Take it from me, it is very easy to get caught up in making this event, the grandest, most fabulous, most fantastic baby shower ever. Get real. Less is more. This goes back to having one focus area and keeping the rest of your space very simple!
- Cater to the needs/wants of the person(s) being honored. I realized right away that what I wanted, wasn’t necessarily what the parents-to-be wanted. At the end of the day, if they don’t want a cupcake stand made out of records and a guitar, just don’t do it.