Today I am SO excited to share with you all the details from my sister’s baby shower. Baby Harper should be making her debut any day now and I can’t wait! :)
You may remember the gender reveal party that I threw for my sister not too long ago… I can hardly believe we are almost ready to meet this baby girl!
Because I was planning the shower for December, I wanted to do a cozy winter theme… and what says winter better than hot chocolate?! After doing some Pinterest research I came up with a lot of really great ideas.
(Scroll down for free baby shower game printables!)
One of my best friends rents out her coffee shop for events, and it is in a great central location for most of the guests we were inviting. Plus it’s super cute so that would minimize the need for decorations too.
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This is the invite I made in Photoshop. I got them printed as postcards via Overnight Prints. This made them super cheap, and the quality was great! (Of course there are a few details edited out in that picture for privacy reasons.)
When the big day finally arrived, I was so excited to shower baby Harper (and my sister too, of course) with lots of love. I wanted to incorporate lots of fun details that I knew my sister would appreciate.
The girls at Stomping Grounds Coffee House were so much help and went above and beyond with helping me set up and decorate everything. Plus the hot chocolate and all the bar fixin’s that they provided were just what I had imagined! (My mom, cousin, and mother-in-law were such a great help as well!)
For the hot cocoa we had marshmallows, flavored syrups, (salted caramel was a crowd favorite) whipped cream, chocolate and cinnamon powder, peppermint shavings, assorted sprinkles, Pirouette sticks, and chocolate and caramel drizzles.
My sister may kill me for posting that photo… but I think it shows how much she loved it. :)
Because it was an evening shower, we decided to stick to mini desserts. Stomping Grounds provided the scones (which were so delicious!) and we made mini cupcakes, brownies, and macaroons.
For decorations we kept it simple with just a few touches. Like I said before, Stomping Grounds is so beautifully decorated (especially for the holidays) we didn’t need to do much.
Zack and I bought this sign for Harper awhile ago, and I thought it was the perfect table decoration.
I made this burlap banner from a table runner we had from our wedding. I loved it so much that I made one for myself. (Seen here!)
As far as games go, I love shower games, but I know a lot of people (especially in my family) don’t… so I wanted to keep things simple with just a couple non-awkward activities.
2 out of 3 of the activities were laid out for people to do on their own time while they were mingling.
The first thing was to have people write messages on newborn sized diapers. It was a big hit, and I know the mom and dad-to be will definitely have a laugh at some of them.
The mom and dad have not peeked at these yet so they can be surprised when they pull them out of the drawer. Here are a few of my favorites… (Danielle and Shawn, if you’re reading you’d better skip this part!! :)
As you can see, people got very creative. :)
Instead of a traditional guestbook, I wanted to do something that my sister could keep… and even something Harper could one day see and know how loved she was, even before she was born!
I made these “Wishes for Baby” sheets for people to fill out and put in a small binder. (Found at Target.) Some people wrote funny responses, some deep and meaningful… there’s a great assortment. We loved this so much we actually printed out more sheets for people that weren’t at the shower to fill out… (Like Uncle Zack and Grandpa. :)
Click the blue and/or pink images below to go to a free “Wishes for Baby” Printable—in blue or pink!
The last activity, and arguably the only true “game” we had, was played while the mom-to-be opened gifts. The first time I saw this played was at the Baby Shower Brunch we threw for my cousin. It was a big hit so I decided to have it at this baby shower too!
Prior to any gifts being opened, we handed out the blank “Bingo” boards. Each person filled out each square that they thought the mom-to-be would open up. Then, once she opened that item, they could mark it off on their board!
Click the blue and/or pink images below to go to a free “Baby Bingo” Printable—in blue or pink!
She got a lot of great gifts!
There was, of course, a prize for the winner. :)
Overall I think everyone had a great time—and and the shower was a success!
My sister with a few of her “moms.” (And our real mom too! :)
My 2 moms. :) (Zack’s and mine. Gosh I love them!)
Typical Jessie… :)
For favors we made this delicious white chocolate peppermint popcorn… (Click here for the recipe!) and packed it in little Chinese food boxes with homemade labels. (Via Photoshop.)
Love you Danielle! I just can’t wait to meet my little niece! :)
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What’s your favorite baby shower game?
What’s your favorite hot chocolate topping?