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Jan 02, 2018 01:48PM ● By Rebecca Seidenspinner

Unique Ideas for Your Baby Shower

By Rebecca Seidenspinner

I was ten years old when my brother was born. I was sent off in the middle of the night to my grandparents’ house and remember the phone ringing early in the morning with the news of a baby brother. I cried because I wanted a sister. And then, 16 months later, a sister was born.  I love both my siblings with all my heart. This past year my brother called me with the wonderful news that he and his wife were expecting a baby. I cried this time because I knew he would be an amazing father, and a new baby in our family would bring so much joy and love. It was time for my sister and me to plan the perfect baby shower.

When planning a baby shower, it’s fun to go with a theme that reflects the couple’s lifestyle. My brother and his wife love the outdoors, hiking and exploring together, so I thought an adventure themed shower would be perfect. We added woodland creatures as decorations because who doesn’t love cute little animals? After the invitations were mailed out, we went to work on the crafts and party decor. Displaying the baby’s name, if it’s known, is a great decoration, and exciting for guests to see. If the name is still a secret, you can use the word “Baby” with the last name. Display a few baby photos of mom and dad-to-be so that guests can talk about what the new little bundle of joy will look like upon arrival. Another adorable shower decoration is a clothesline hung up in the party area with cute little baby clothes. Guests love to ooh and ahh at all the little details of everything baby.

My sister created an extra special photo spot to capture all of the perfect snapshots of family and friends. She bought one yard of plaid material from Joanne’s and cut it into small strips, which she tied evenly onto a piece of twine and hung in front of a painter’s tarp backdrop. We decorated it with greens, pinecones, and baby’s breath. Being the bossy older sister, I insisted both of my siblings (including the new Papa Bear) wear plaid to the baby shower to continue with the outdoor theme (and just because I’m mad for plaid).

My mom was in charge of the floral crown. She used floral tape and wire from the Dollar Store, baby’s breath, and a few carnations to make the mother-to-be a beautiful bohemian crown. This made her feel extra special, and she stood out as the guest of honor with the cutest baby bump. The one request from the Mama Bear-to-be was to have cupcakes. We couldn’t deny our sweet future nephew and his mama a sweet treat, so we ordered cupcakes, and boy oh boy were they fancy. A friend of mine from work has a cricut (a die-cutting machine) and printed out all these cute woodland creature cupcake liners. There wasn’t one cupcake left. After all the baby gifts were opened and the party was over, we sent guests home with a small bag of trail mix with a hand stamped tag that said, “Happy Trails.”

Having a new baby is going to be such an adventure for my brother and his wife. They live out of state, so we won’t be able to be there when the baby arrives. A special day spent with family celebrating the upcoming arrival of my nephew was small and perfect. Each detail was crafted with love. Welcome to the world, little one. We can’t wait to meet you.