As I’ve mentioned in my last post (link), we started mulling over the idea of a baby shower when I entered my second trimester.
First we had to pick a theme, which is honestly half the fun in itself (even though we didn’t reach an agreement right away). Our original idea was a Harry Potter theme, since we’re both complete Potterheads (me especially), and it seemed like a great option for the decor and food. We decided to go in a different direction, mostly because we talked it out and realized that a Harry Potter 1st birthday would be so much more fun (I can already imagine Zrin in his tiny Hogwarts uniform), so we didn’t actually give up on that theme, but rather move it to a later date he he.
Our second idea was a woodland, or enchanted forest kind of notion, which I am completely crazy about (you wouldn’t believe how many baby things I’ve gotten with foxes, bears and owls), but we noticed how that was a pretty popular theme this year (pinterest says so), our inner hipsters started rebelling.
The next theme we came up was the winning won, then and there –
The idea actually came to us one lovely Sunday spent at Hrelić (Zagreb’s largest Flea market), where we bought a bunch of old books, maps and vintage pieces such as an old leather motorcycle helmet, a leather suitcase, a vintage travel iron (that still works!) and a bunch of other antiquities Petar and I both love.
Seeing as we also share a huge passion for travel and we’re often talking about how we’re gonna share that passion with Zrin (we’re already planning some trips with him in the future), so this theme was decided on unanimously.
Themes are really important (in my opinion), because they give everything a sense of a whole, make it easier to choose the decor, food, drinks, music….and they make the event more interesting, so here are a couple ideas that might make it easier for you to pick one, or maybe inspire you to think of one on your own:
- Once upon a time (storybook themes are awesome)
- Woodland animals
- Winter wonderland
- Tutu cute (ballet theme)
- Gamer themes (or any fandom you happen to love)
Now, let’s talk about some other important factors. You need to decide on a date, we kinda randomly decided on the last Saturday of November (which turned out pretty cute since we got married on the 24th of June 2017 and the baby shower landed on the 24th of November 2018), and made a facebook event a month prior with a short and sweet SAVE THE DATE pic. I used Canva to whip it up quickly, as well as the actual invitation a couple of weeks later (when we decided on the details).
It’s important for you to decide if you want mixed company or exclusively women, a lot of people or a more intimate gathering … These are really important factors that play into deciding on the venue, the amount of food and drink, etc.
We had around 30 people and held the baby shower at my sister’s house (thank you Sara!) which turned out great because there was a bunch of room and the interior design already went well with our theme.
Another important thing to decide upon is if the event is adults only or if you’re gonna have some little rascals present. We had two absolutely amazing kid that brought smiles all around, acted impeccably (great job mamasitas) and had a great time. So these things are all up to you, your wishes and what sits well with you guys.
In terms of decorations, we were lucky enough that the interior matched the theme on its own, as well as the fact that we have a bunch of themed pieces we use as decor at home.
In addition to that we DIY-ed some travel themed garlands, map jars, mini hot air balloons, I decoupaged a wooden tray and we collected all the little bits and pieces we could (old maps, suitcases … ) and arranged them around the area.
One of the things I’d like to peg as decor (though it’s more of an activity) was the Diaper Pong. An alternative version of the popular American beer pong (chucking ping-pong balls into cups, if you miss you drink), that my sister altered to having to throw the balls into diapers (to give it more of a baby shower feel, rather than just a themed party haha).
Speaking about diapers, we got about 10 of them and put them in a wooden chest put at the side. Throughout the evening we asked people to take a marker and write something silly on the outer side of the diaper. These are gonna be used the first couple of nights when we’re tired and need something to make us laugh while having to do diaper change duty (we still haven’t read what they wrote, we’re keeping it as a surprise).
An adorable role was played by the large globe that guests signed with a golden marker, and that already has a special place in Zrin’s nursery, as a nice memory of the people that celebrated his soon arrival.
The cherry on top was the old leather suitcase that we filled with thank you gifts that people could take when leaving. Vintage key chains (shaped as actual keys) that are actually bottle openers (these are actually thank you gifts left over from our wedding and they fit the theme perfectly), little jars filled with cocoa, chocolate, spices and mini marshmallows (personalized jars for a glass of hot cocoa, you just mix it with warm milk), and the absolute favorites, adorable mini globes that are actually Boolab bath bombs, that were absolutely perfect both in aesthetics as well as purpose (I stole one and tried it out he he).
The following most important aspects are of course food and drinks, but more on that in my next post!