Family: Book Themed Baby Shower!

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So my husband Scott’s brother and his wife are having a baby! We are SOOO super excited for them. Being an aunt is my favorite, and I love that our kids are going to be so close in age! So obviously the second thing I got excited about was designing and planning a baby shower for them. I teamed up with my sister-in-law’s friend Ashleigh to pull it off and it all turned out so cute! We found an idea on Pinterest to use as a baseline, but we did our own thing. If you are planning a baby shower and are on the hunt for super cute ideas, congratulations; you found them!

So it’s a children’s book themed shower. We did the trendy “bring a book instead of a card,” but also every little detail of the shower had a children’s book to go along with it, and mom got to take all of them home for her new baby! Ashleigh and I bought most of the books for the shower in good used condition from used bookstores or Thrift Books!

For the guest book I got her the book “Don’t Push the Button” and the guests had to push a literal button (an inkpad) and then sign their name with their fingerprint on a 7×7 piece of card stock which we taped to the inside cover of the book after the party. It was a super simple, inexpensive activity for guests that took no time at all.

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Some of the other books and their counterparts included A is for Salad (strawberry and feta salad) Alphabet Soup (vegetable soup), Moon Sandwich Mom (sandwiches), The Big Hungry Bear (cheesecake topped with chocolate dipped strawberries), If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (cookies), I Love You Stinky Face (diaper cake), The Three Trees (gift table), and Someday which we put at the seat where Kathleen opened her gifts.

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The invitations were minimal and used a “stack of books” (just a bunch of colored rectangles) along with some plant life (I’m obsessed with fake cacti these days!) to let everyone know about baby Welker’s imminent arrival. We also included a little “bring a book instead of a card” insert with a spot on the back to write a special note to baby to tape to the inside cover! I also made custom “thank you” note cards that matched her invitations. And, if you love this theme as much as I do, you can buy the whole set in a printable, instant download, fill-in-the-blank version in my Etsy shop!

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Next was my favorite part. Honestly, when it comes to party planning, there are few things worse than unloading tons of cash on party decor that will never be used again. So, I came up with a couple of party decorations that the mom could actually take home and use! First, was the sign for the shower. For the party, it was a sign to let everyone know the baby’s due date, show off the ultrasound photo, and praise God for his amazing gift! I found the magnet board on clearance at Hobby Lobby, and created this little party display that mom-to-be can take home and either use as a nursery decoration, eventually hang up baby’s artwork, or whatever she wants! The All of God’s grace graphic is also available for instant download in my Etsy shop!

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I also made her a CLOTH DIAPER CAKE!!! That’s right. (I’m obsessed with fluff…no shame!) When she told us she was going to try cloth diapering, I wanted to make sure she got a good variety of stuff to get started, and I definitely wanted to make some sort of diaper cake for the shower. I used a diaper pail liner over a home depot bucket to create a base for the cake, and then using a dozen pre-fold diapers, 3 diaper covers (Bumgenius, GroVia, and Buttons), 4 Buttons Diapers Inserts, 6 receiving blankets, and a few other surprises, I made this cute, functional shower decoration.

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It’s so much more fun to plan an event like this with help! Ashleigh did an AMAZING job coming up with games (who’s watching the baby? and blindfolded cloth diaper changing!) and prizes, putting together a big group gift, creating the favors (a blessing bracelet!) and decorations which turned out beautiful, and she also made most of the food and coordinated with a few others to make the rest so there was a TON of stuff to eat, and it was all super good! I’ve worn the “blessing bracelet” a couple of times since the party, and when I tell people that it was a shower favor they are shocked because it’s just so nice!

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We can’t wait for the next baby Welker to finally arrive in just a few weeks!

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