Let me ask you..is there anything more fun than a Baby Shower? Just the baby gifts and the cute decorations are enough to put a smile on your face! And guess what? I just recently hosted a Backyard Baby Shower for my son, Michael and gorgeous daughter-in-law Allison. They are expecting their first baby and my first grandson. It is so exciting!! We hosted 30 guests and the party was tons of fun. I learned so much while planning for the party and I want to share everything with you!
When I started planning the shower, the first thing I did was go on-line and to a few retail card stores to look for invitations. Because nothing I saw was just right, I decided to make my own. Check out here how I made my own BBQ Baby Shower Invitations. I used PicMonkey for the design because Picmonkey has so many fonts, graphics and collage templates that personalizing your own invitations is easy.
After the invitations were sent out the real party planning began. I had never thrown a baby shower before so I kind of modeled the baby shower after a birthday party. Food, decorations, game and gifts. Yup, that was the way to pull a baby shower together when you have no idea what you are doing!
For the table centerpieces, I got crafty and used white craft paint on a bunch of old spaghetti sauce jars that I had collected. Did I mention that I had a budget of about $30 for all of the decorations for the party… now that is penny pinching! Check out how I made these super Easy Baby Shower Centerpieces. I purchased the ribbon and baby carriages at Dollar Tree and the roses are from my garden. How easy is that? I also found blue checked tablecloths at Dollar Tree to keep the blue gingham theme going.
One of the trends for parties and really any get together lately is to have a banner. With my tiny budget I knew that I would have to make the banner myself. Walmart had some inexpensive blank “chalkboard” banners that would work for what I was making. The “chalkboard” was misleading since it was really black construction paper, but I forged ahead anyway.
See how I made a Chalkboard Baby Shower Banner using a pre-cut banner, chalk marker, ribbons and a blue gingham paper cutout.
Serving food for a Backyard Baby Shower can be a challenge when your budget is tight. The menu included BLT Grilled hot dogs with all the fixings, Asian Pasta Salad, Southern Baked Beans and Ultimate Brownies. There was Herb Dip with veggies and chips too.
Is it a real baby shower without games? For the games, we played Baby Shower Bingo from Plan The Perfect Baby Shower. I printed 2 sets of cards and made holders out of card stock for each of the bingo cards. Each guest got 2 cards so that we could play 2 rounds each of Baby Shower Bingo. On each of the holders I printed how to play the game, and the rules to become a winner.
After that it was a “Who Can Eat The Baby Food The Fastest” contest. For that game I purchased baby food with names like “Sweet Corn, Kale and Spinach” and “Just Apples and Red Bean”. Then I asked for volunteers. It was amazing how fast the baby food was eaten when a contest was involved!
On the line for the contest winners were cute little contest gifts I had made from things I found at Dollar Tree. Included in each plastic popcorn cup are a box of Cracker Jacks, various packages of candy and nuts and a pack of playing cards.
So there you have it, all of the planning and hosting of the Backyard baby Shower. It was such an honor to be able to give this shower for my first grandchild. Have you hosted a baby shower? I would love to hear your ideas!