So my little sister is due with her first child (a boy!) any day now… she’s about ready to pop! When we found out she was pregnant, I knew I wanted to help throw her a shower, and my first though was “Mermaids” because we love mermaid parties! But her boyfriend put the kibosh on that idea pretty quick once we found out it wasn’t going to be a girl. Oh well. The next best thing was clearly a Nautical baby shower! Ahoy!
Really, I am pretty goofy, so picking this theme was just super fun for me. I created a Pinterest board for my nephew to be, and started loading it up with ideas. Let me tell you, there are a lot of things out there! I think we picked some really fun things for her shower, and everything turned out super amazing and cute.
We decided to keep it “simple” for the food and made a DIY Pasta Bar. Which in the end turned out really great, but it was not as “easy” as we wanted it to be. I really wish I would have gotten more photos of it, because it turned out lovely. The Crockpot hook-ups came in handy, keeping it all warm. We had a variety of pasta options, sauces, toppings and the whole shebang. Because I needed my sister to have something amazing for her shower.
The dessert bar was adorable, with tons of sweet treats in the colors we chose – Navy Blue and Red – Chocolate Covered Pretzels & Nutter Butters (my sister’s ultimate pregnancy craving has been copious amounts of peanut butter treats) and our friend even made some cupcakes as well as a gluten free option, which I will need to get her recipe for because OMG y’all.
There is just something so fun about stacking mason jars on top of cake plates to me. I dunno what it is, but it’s really eye catching to have a variety of levels and visual fancies. I love me some fancies. These guys were SUPER easy to do, just dip cookies/pretzels/whatever in melted chocolate, let harden on some parchment paper and then drizzle with colored candy melts. They were literally ALL GONE by the end of the day, just sayin’.
So was this popcorn, whose recipe you will find here.
We wanted some cheap and easy edible decor, so opted for “Nautical” themed candies; Swedish Fish, Lifesavers, Saltwater Taffy etc… in cute fishbowls from the dollar tree and mason jars, again, for the fancies. Donuts on a cake plate; the ultimate mash up of cheap and chic. Plus they look like little life preservers! Let me just say, that baker’s twine can make anything look extra special. True story.
My moms Blue Sailor Punch cup got in the shot, but it’s literally the same punch from the mermaid party, renamed. It was also a huge hit, and super easy to make.
We played a few games, some basic baby shower games, (clearly Mom is way out of touch with how big Katie’s tummy is… sheesh!) and a few I made… Below are my FREE PRINTABLES for Baby Shower Price is Right, and Baby Shower Scattergories. Feel free to come up with your own rules, but we did close to the actual price WITHOUT going over and 5 minutes to write as many creative baby things A-Z that you can… anyone with a repeat phrase, crosses it out and continues… the person with the most wins!
Click to enlarge and save! They look fantastic on card stock, printed 5×7, two to a page.
We also played a super cute “Advice for the Mom to be” game, where everyone got to fill out unwanted, unsolicited advice for my sister who has no idea what she’s gotten herself into. I am going to put them all in a binder and give them to her at her birth! So she will have something “to do”, right?
I edited her name out, so you can save them and open them in PicMonkey and easily add a name with little to no hassle on your end. Or even let the guests fill in her “nicknames” etc… which might be totally cute come to think of it!.
FYI, my aunt Jackie is a cheater. Never play baby shower games with her! HA!
Everyone had a blast playing the games, which were silly and not at all cheesy, because I am not a huge fan of those cheesy baby shower games everyone hates. I like to keep it classy folks.
Also this SUPER CUTE DIY Chalkboard Bunting and the chalk pens used on it were snatched up on Pick Your Plum, as were most of the paper goods, and decor on the dessert bar.
Ok, so I just wanted to share a few of my favorite shots from my sister and her boyfriend opening all their gifts, because really, it was super cute to watch, and I got to sit right next to her and write all the gifts down, and it made me feel very special to be able to throw her this shower, and then also share it with you guys as well! I love my job when it gets to integrate itself into my real life and you get a sneak a peek into it!
I love this shot of Curtis being super extra surprised that their friend bought them an amazing bathtub they wanted off their registry. It’s just such a sweet shot of a happy and thankfully humble dad to be.
And of course me and her… disregard how puffy I look… aye, it was a long day.
And our mom… before her broken foot debacle.
And he’s going to be here soon, and I am so excited to be an Aunt!! Ahh! My baby sister is having a baby! Clearly there will be posts when that happens, as my mom bought a “selfie stick” and a GoPro to catch all the action. We shall see about that…
What was your baby shower theme? When I had Abbey in 2011, we did Owls!