We had so many amazing and talented entries to our You Post we Boast Baby Shower contest! Thank you all for sending in your photos – your showers all looked like you put a lot of thought and effort into making them amazing and joyful What a great way to welcome a new addition into the world!
Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner, Jessica Orkin of California. Jessica submitted photos of her Book-Themed Baby Shower thrown for her sister.
“I planned a book-themed baby shower for my best friend and older sister, Melissa. She is a smarty pants (a Pediatrician) and has always loved to read books. I knew that reading books to her new little one would be a priority and wanted to help start her new baby’s library,” Jessica tells us.
Check out a few photos from her shower theme and how she pulled it off below!
Invitations: Jessica handmade her bookworm invitations, using a Paper Source blog post for inspiration. The invitations included a poem encouraging guests to bring a book instead of a card to help grow the new addition’s library. A bookplate was included with the invitation to allow guests to write a message to attach to the book.
Decor: Jessica’s decor was focused on all things book and bookworm related. When guests arrived, they found their table by picking up a container of “bookworms” (gummy bears), which listed their table name (various children’s books).
Instead of a traditional diaper cake, a book worm diaper cake was made. Each table was a different children’s book with a copy of the book and plush toy or other toy related to the book. Fresh white flowers in blue mason jars also adorned the tables.
The event took place in Jessica’s parents’ backyard underneath a tent, which was decorated with handmade tissue paper pom poms.
Games: What is a party without some fun games? Several of Jessica’s games let everyone get to know one another. A getting to know you “Bingo” game was played as people arrived. Jessica made the Bingo cards on her own and printed on card stock paper. The first to complete all the squares won. They also played the popular “My Water Broke” game and an Alternate Book Title game.
Another game played after lunch and before presents/dessert was a “Baby Song” game, in which guests were split into teams and each team had to sing a few lines of a song with “Baby” in it. This continued until a group repeated a song or could not think of a new one. The last group still in won. “The girls got really competitive with this game and had a lot of fun,” Jessica says.
The final “That’s what she said” game was a game not initially known to the guests. During presents, someone was tasked with writing every comment that the mom-to-be and her husband said as they opened up the gifts. After the presents were opened, Jessica said “It is a little know fact that the things a pregnant woman says as she is opening fun baby gifts are the very same things she said when the baby was conceived.” All the comments were read, and whose gift it was said during and the one that got the most laughs won.
Activities: The shower also had some activities for people to do during appetizer time. The fun “How I Met Your Mother” game let guests decorate a page in which they wrote a message to the baby explaining how they met the mom-to-be. These were all put in a photo album for her to keep as a sign in book.
The second activity was “Midnight Diaper Change” in which guests wrote funny comments on the front of diapers for those late night changes.
Food: “Since it was a lunch affair, food was kept simple with a variety of salads and sandwiches. The salad dressings were dispensed with baby bottles, and the fruit bowl was in a watermelon baby carriage with an orange as the baby’s head,” Jessica tells us. In addition, she had an extensive dessert table, which included a funfetti cake, chocolate covered oreos, marshmallows, strawberries, pretzels and cake pops. In addition, Jessica made mini cupcakes with book cupcake toppers using toothpicks, labels and paper. Treat bags were left out for guests to bring some goodies home
Favors: “Every guest received a ‘Smart Cookie’ hand sanitizer with a note that read, ‘Thank you for coming and touching Melissa’s life…. now you’ll be able to touch her baby.’ Guests also received a hot chocolate on a stick with a note that said ‘Thanks for Celebrating with us’ and on the back, “It’s time to curl up with a good book.”
According to Jessica, the shower was a success. “Everyone had a blast at the shower, especially my sister. And now my nephew has a ton of good books to read with special notes from everyone who has been loving him from before he was even born.”