Alex’s “Once Upon a Time” Baby Shower

It’s finally time to tell you all about Alex’s baby shower, yay! You know I’m a fan of themes, and nothing else felt more perfect for this former teacher and storybook lovin’ Mama-to-Be than a fairy-tale “Once Upon a Time…” theme.

I’m kicking myself for not taking photos of the invitations, but I choose these whimsical invites from Tiny Prints, and sealed each envelope with a blue wax “crown” seal seen here on Etsy.

As an activity for guests, we hung ribbon and asked everyone to write their “storybook wishes” for Mom and Baby (seen above), and hang them with a clothespin. Thanks to the ever crafty Christine for making all the adorable signs that matched our invites! Showers (whether baby or bridal) are truly a team effort!

My favorite piece from the shower was the “Little Prince” banner made from old storybook pages.I had a little too much fun a few months back in Philadelphia with my thrift store loving Aunt, and bought a mess of children’s books for so cheap that I didn’t feel guilty about sacrificing the pages for some decor. Other books were stacked on tables and topped with flowers as centerpieces. And my other thrift store score, the unicorn bookends!

These whimsical gems were white, but a quick coat of blue spray paint made them fit for a prince. We asked each guest to bring their favorite book to help start a library for baby boy, so the bookends were a perfect way to display these special gifts.

The menu for the day consisted of slider sized gourmet sandwiches and a couple delicious side salads from a local catering company. Drinks were your standard selection of water,soda and wine with a special “warm cider” drink as a nod to the holiday season. Alex’s mom also picked up a delicious cake from the Swiss Haus Bakery in Philadelphia, and had them decorate it to match the invitations.

As a game, we asked guests to guess the size of Mommy’s tummy, with the top two guesses getting a prize. Lets just say some of us, myself included, seriously overestimated!

It made for some good laughs though 🙂 Finally, to round out our storybook theme, each guest received a chocolate cake pop in the shape of an apple as a nod to Alex’s favorite childhood book, “The Giving Tree.”

We displayed the cake pops with a little sign that said “The End” and a copy of the book that Alex’s dad gave her when she was born. Inside it says, “I give you the gift of giving.” So sweet!

And that, my friends, is how we celebrate our Mama-to-Be in true, memorable fashion.

The End.

(Click pictures to view them on a larger scale. See more photos from the shower here.)

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Sara’s Nautical Baby Shower

I need to preface this post about Sara’s amazing Nautical themed Baby Shower by saying that I had absolutely NOTHING to do with how adorably crafted and organized the party was. While I’d love to take credit, major Kudos to the hostesses, Danielle & Emily, for pouring their hearts into so many wonderful details to make our Mama-to-Be feel uber loved.

The rumor was that Danielle (left) cut out no fewer than 5,000 itty-bitty onesies to decorate things like the Georgetown Cupcake party favors, and the clothing pins for the “Never Say Baby” game (The idea being everyone pins little clothing pins to their outfit, and if they say the word “baby” the person who heard it gets to steal a pin. Person with the most pins at the end of the party wins).

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of handmade decor AND prizes!

I loved the incorporation of the fishing nets into the nautical theme, they even used  one as a tablecloth. Suffice it to say it was a day made with love, just like the incoming baby girl we were there to celebrate.

Ok, this final picture needs a little explaining.

Maybe you’ve seen that, what I’d call a gawd-awful maternity photo idea, where the mom does the “heart hands” over her belly with a sonogram beneath. As if it’s some kind of creepy x-ray machine. I just don’t get it.

Anyhow, one of the last games we played at the shower had us cutting out different physical features from pictures of Sara & her husband to make a composite image of what the baby may look like. I’m pretty sure she’ll be WAY cuter than this…

Congratulations again, Sara! Can’t wait to meet your beautiful baby girl in just a few months!