Alice in Wonderland Baby Shower
My niece Lindsey is having a little girl in August and will be naming her Alice after her grandmother (adorable, right?!) Well, as the host/planner of her baby shower, what theme would you choose other than ALICE In Wonderland?! I had a lot of fun planning this baby shower with the help of my sisters. This was the most people I have had at our new house and without knowing how the flow would go, I was a bit nervous! I really wanted to utilize the outside deck space for the party so everyone could spread out and mingle without feeling crammed into the house. (Not to mention making sure the house and yard were CLEAN!)
Sidenote: If the load-bearing wall between our kitchen and living room were down, I would have been more comfortable with being inside, but that is our upcoming FALL project. Patience (like I have any).
Anyway, I had a team of helpers that I couldn’t have pulled it off without. I literally came home from work one day and my yard look like a mini-episode of Yard Crashers. OK, maybe not that big of projects, but lots of rallying of weeding, reinforcing our deck, and planting/moving hostas (our yard is frikin hosta-crazy!). Long story short, our yard and deck never looked better!
In terms of decor, I wanted to keep it light and airy with a very girly/vintage feel. We used crates to make shelves on the buffet where the dessert table was to give us some height and display area for framed photos of the “Mom-to-Be” and stacking of the vintage teacups in true “tea party” form. The cupcakes had “eat me” signs, and the mason jar mugs had “drink me” signs. Our favors were packs of tea in mini burlap bags with a teacup stamped on them. A lot of the centerpiece and styling decor are available for rent from my rental website Mint To Be Vintage Rentals.
Games are a very important part of a baby shower. You want to keep your guests entertained and busy enough so they don’t become bored (and they often don’t know each other as well since everyone is there in honor of the mom-to-be). For our shower, we played games that were super fun and I would highly suggest.
Sitting Out Games:
I also like to promote guests to mingle at baby showers and to participate in a few stations that are sitting out. We had two “sitting out” games/activities:
How Many M&Ms are in the Bottle?
We had this bottle sitting out and filled it with M&Ms. Guests had to guess how many M&Ms were in the bottle for a chance to win a prize. I also made up a cute rhyme to go with our theme that we displayed in a sign to tell guests how to play.
Mommy Motivation Diaper Message
This is a new one I had never seen until I started searching for baby shower ideas. We purchased a pack of diapers and left sharpees out for guests to write funny or motivational messages for the parents-to-be during late-night diaper changes when moral may be low. Although I have not been in this position, I would think these could be a real “pick-me-up”!
Sitting down Games:
When the group is sitting down together (often before or after gifts), playing a few games is a great opportunity to laugh and get to know one-another in the group. We played 3 sitting down games:
We passed out a container of play-doh to each person at the shower, along with a paper plate for them to write their name on. The challenge was to sculpt a baby out of your play-doh. The Mom-to-Be would then judge and choose the best baby to win a prize. We were laughing so hard at some of the “attempts” and woo-ing over the successes. It was a very fun and interactive game for all ages (plus the 4-year old attendee then really enjoyed playing with the play-doh during gifts!)
Baby Shower Gestation Game
This is a fun and quick game where you match the animal with the number of days you think that animal is pregnant for. This was actually harder than you would think and of course it is mostly luck whoever wins, but it is a fun (and informative) game that may make the mommy-to-be feel a little better about only being pregnant for 9 months compared to some other pregnancies!
Celebrity Baby Matching Game
This is a classic that I have played before at baby showers, but it is always fun. You have to think about your audience, if your guests seem like they may know some celebrity babies & mommas, then this game is a win! (Me, I am terrible. All I know is there are some crazy baby names like Apple and Blue Ivy).