10 Mar 2019

Baby Shower | DIY, Inspiration & Ideas



Even before I found out my sister was pregnant I've been planning her baby shower - I was just SO excited. When she told us the big news I knew I couldn't wait to get started and finally turn my ideas into reality! Last weekend was when the baby shower finally took place and it went so incredibly well. Mariam (my sister) had a great afternoon, as did her friends and my vision came to life!

I thought I'd share some decor inspiration and ideas for games & activities that I had planned for the day. Also sharing details of some incredible local to Leicester suppliers and a quick & easy DIY for favours.













DECOR

First things first, the decor. I hosted the baby shower in my home and decided to keep the main area in our kitchen diner. As you can see we went for a yellow, gold and grey theme which worked so well with all the bits and pieces I already had and some I had purchased specially for the shower.

So the 'About To Pop' banner, 'Happy Pushing' cake topper, gold tassel backdrop, fan decorations, sash and a bunch of other bits were all by Ginger Ray - where else would you shop for decor? I know I'd be able to keep / share some of these pieces for future events, which is very useful. I know they have a new baby shower range with a rose gold theme and it is stunning!



I already had the light box and spelt out 'Mariam's baby shower' but you can definitely get creative and put 'ready to pop' or something else a bit more personalised! Fairy lights are another obvious decor piece. Primark currently have these gold fairy lights for just £2.50 each and they are over 2 meters long - a great inexpensive option!



Balloons and pom poms are another great inexpensive way to add more to a room. We created a sort of selfie wall with them and the gold tassel backdrop and it completely transformed the room! Some of the pom poms were purchased from Amazon but you can actually make them yourself - I've linked to a tutorial here.









SUPPLIERS

Giant personalised balloon: Magnifique Creations
Dried plants / flowers: The Bloom Project, Queens Road, Leicester.
Cake & baby shaped biscuits: Al-Ka'ak Cakes, Leicester based.



GAMES & ACTIVITIES

I went on Pinterest to get some ideas and inspiration for games to play on the day and there are SO many out there. You don't really need to buy things for the games either or if you do, it should be quite inexpensive!
  • Guess the celebrity baby
  • Bottles up - you just need to buy two baby bottles, fill it with juice / formula / milk and see who can finish first, it's actually really hard for adults to drink out of a baby bottle!
  • Don't drop the baby relay - Each team member takes it in turns to run to the other side of the room with a balloon between their legs and they can't drop it or use their hands to pass on to the next person. A lot of fun to watch and not participate (perks of being the organiser!)
  • Guess the (chocolate) poo 
  • Baby food challenge
  • Labour or porn - don't judge but just search this on Pinterest, it the best and most funniest game!


DIY FAVOURS

As I am obsessed with candles, when I was browsing in my local Yankee Candle shop I noticed they had two baby themed scents, Baby Powder and Soft Blanket, and just knew I had to have them as the favours.

We had 10 guests attending the baby shower and luckily Yankee Candle have an offer so you can purchase 10 candles for just £12 - so reasonable! I then bought some small clear plastic sealable bags (45 for £1.50 at The Works) and some brown craft tags. I had some tissue paper lying around at home so I used that as a filling but feel free to leave it out or buy some.

It's pretty simple to put together, just add some tissue paper at the bottom of the bag, pop the candle in, tie the string from the tag around the top (after writing on it of course!) and cut the top off so there is no seal.



Are you planning a baby shower or have you already? Leave some ideas below! 
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