I still can’t believe our baby shower has come and gone. We had an earlier shower than most because of the holidays and wanting to avoid winter snow storms, but it still makes everything feel a whole lot more real that we’ll actually be holding our baby in a few months! My Mum was so amazing and even though we decided it would be best location-wise to do it at our house, she ‘hosted’ the whole thing and did such an amazing job. Of course, I couldn’t keep my paws out of the details (can anyone who is in the industry?!) and since we were doing it at my house, a bit of planning was necessary on my part.
We recently renovated our third floor, which is a big, finished attic space. The room will be used as my office and an extra guest room with sofa sleeper eventually, but it was SO perfect to fit nearly 30 people for the shower. We rented four low cocktail tables, linens and white folding chairs from a local event rental company and for the dessert table, we used my white desk (with the drawers facing the wall). It worked out so well!
I definitely don’t think that the baby’s gender has to determine your shower decor and I don’t think you need to go overboard with the theme (or any theme!) if you don’t want to. For ours, I thought it would be fun to incorporate some very simple details to dress up the space. Here are a few things we did, that I think would dress up any at-home baby shower easily (and not break the bank in the process)!
We focused on layering in color to the all-white room with DIY blooms. We purchased four of these small geometic bud vases for only $5 a piece, one for each table. I ordered loose Juliet garden roses and seeded eucalyptus from one of my favorite local floral shops, Les Fleurs. Then, supplemented with white peonies from Whole Foods. Seeded eucalyptus is such a great choice of greenery if you are arranging blooms yourself at home. They instantly turn any arrangement into an organically flowing piece and they support blooms so nicely, even if you don’t have floral foam. We also dressed up the dessert table with some of the seeded eucalyptus, which was a nice way to frame the cake stands, and topped our white cakes with peonies.
To take it up a notch, we also adorned the bottom of our pendant from Serena & Lily with the extra eucalyptus and small white and pink blooms from Whole Foods as well. And the final touch, my sister’s idea was to take our last remaining blooms and frame the window behind the ‘mama chair’. All those florals really brought the room to life!
We did go with a very loose French-tropical theme which really drove the menu. Because we were doing the food ourselves, we wanted it to be easy finger food but still feel sort of fancy. The treats included mini quiches, ham & cheese croissants, a crepe & berries bar (you can buy crepes pre-made at Whole Foods!), a cheese board that featured brie of course, coconut and passion fruit macarons, chocolate croissants and fresh cut pineapple. We set everything out on our long marble island in the kitchen for downstairs mingling before we headed to the decked out room upstairs.
I worked with Pink + Peach (who I absolutely adore!!!) for all of the lettering, including the menu signs for all the food items (shown above) and our favors, which were bags of ‘Parisian Pineapples’ from Sugarfina. These little candies actually inspired the whole French-tropical vibe. We bought the 2.5 lb bag and did our own packaging with tags from Pink + Peach. They turned out so cute! And they’re SO yummy. My husband and I ate far too many of them while assembling the bags.
Our home was already decked out with Christmas decor (such a festive time of year for a baby shower!), so we didn’t have to do too much else. We did sprinkle around some white balloons with gold ribbon, too. And of course, I loved the dessert table details including the Oh Sweet Baby sign from Studio Pep, the gold striped paper plates and cups, and the ‘amour‘ and ‘mama to be‘ cake stands from Letters To You we used as well.
If you’re doing an at-home baby shower, whether you’re the host or the mama-to-be, it really is so do-able! It was better than I imagined with all of the little details we layered in and it was so nice to not have to transport all of the gifts home from an event facility, especially during the winter. If you have a shower coming up I’d love to hear how it turns out! You can also find all of our favorite baby shower registry items here. xx