Can I tell you how much fun this shower theme was?!
When I offered to host my good friends baby shower, I had originally planned a fall theme. Pinterest had some super cute ideas, and I thought I would kill two birds with one stone – decorating my home for the season, and host a shower at the same time. Bonus! So, when my friend told me she would love a nautical theme, I was a bit disappointed. But, then realized hello, this was about her anyway! Take the selfish down a notch Eryn! Nautical it was!
I asked my sister for a little help, and once we got into planning, I realized how stinking cute and fun it could really be, and we went to town!
Hannah is having a boy, and I wanted the invites to get everyone excited about how awesome this party was going to be. After searching Etsy I found the perfect one. If you are looking for custom invites at very reasonable prices, give PMC Invitations a try!
In the end this is what we came up with!
I really wanted everyone to bring a book for the new little guy, so again, I took inspiration from Pinterest and made this to go along with the invite.
I also added a “Registered at Target” card since she did that after I ordered the invites.
All in all I was pleased with how they turned out!
When shopping for her party I tried to purchase or make a lot of the décor nursery friendly so if she wanted some items to decorate her little man’s room, she could.
I purchased a canvas at JoAnn Fabrics and found a sheet of ombre blue paper at Michaels. I used Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the canvas, and also painted it over the paper to make a nice gloss and hold everything in place. I gave it a day to dry and then freehanded the wording I found on, you guessed it, Pinterest.
The bottle beside the canvas was $1.99 at Michaels, and I filled it with sand from a sand bag we had for the back of our truck, and added shells from a bag of them I got at JoAnn’s for $3.99. Easy peasy.
The dessert table was by far the most fun to construct!
We found the plastic chain at Michaels in the Halloween section for $7, and thought it was perfect to add into the netting. I made the starfish garland from a simple recipe of 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour, 1 Cup Salt, and 3/4 to 1 Cup of Water.
Mix and mold to your desired shape.
You can slowly cook them for a few hours in the oven, but I wasn’t in a hurry and let mine dry in my craft room for about a week, flipping them over half way through. A couple broke but I just used the hot glue gun to fuse them back together.
The ship wheel was my sisters that she uses for décor in her boy’s room, and she kindly let me borrow it for the day.
I should have labeled the candy because I’m not sure everyone got my picks: Saltwater taffy (Get it? Nautical theme?), also Swedish fish, and blue Dove milk chocolate for good measure. The cupcakes were vanilla which I dyed red and blue, and I whipped up sugar cookies which my sister then helped frost with gloss frosting, and that finished off the desserts!
We also had lemon/cucumber/raspberry flavored water, and raspberry lemonade.
We used mason jars for the cups and hung lifesavers on them to keep with the theme.
The netting we used on the table was something my mom gave me years ago to cover a spot of lawn we were trying to grow so the dog wouldn’t run over it. Repurposing at it’s best! I had extra and used it out front with some driftwood Travis and I picked up when we took Tyrion to a local spot on the Spokane River: Bowl and Pitcher.
P.S. Time for a new welcome mat.
I threw in a little rope and also hot glued some shells on the netting to make it look more “just got pulled from the ocean.”
Also on the front door, which I forgot to take a picture of, was a little rescue ring!
Add a sign and we were good to go!
Everyone who arrived commented on how they loved the décor, and who wouldn’t be pleased that their hard work was appreciated!
Below is the beautiful mother-to-be with her mom, aunts, and grandma.
You can see behind the ladies one of the two garlands my sister made out of blue chevron and red material purchased at JoAnn’s. I cut out the triangles, and she hot glued them onto a rope purchased off Amazon.
When the guests got there we set them up with three games to play before sitting down.
The first game I got a horrible picture of, sorry about that. Anyway, each guest placed a guess when they thought baby boy would actually arrive!
The lighthouse signifies his true due date. It was a fun game but we won’t know the winner for a couple more months still!
The second game was requested by the mom-to-be and is always a hit!
We had two ladies tie for first with 5 out of 6 right.
Lastly we had everyone guess how many Swedish Fish were in the mason jar.
We had one winner who guessed the exact amount – 38!
The last game we played was guessing how big around Hannah was with yarn! Another request from our future mom. It was also a blast and the winner was within 1/4” of the correct length. We had some smart ladies among us!
And with that we all sat down with our snacks and drinks and enjoyed watching Hannah open all her amazing gifts.
Such a fun shower and I was so glad to host it. Only sad part about the whole thing – with all the pictures I took I forgot to get one with Hannah and me. Sucky!
Well, I think that about covers the shower! It was a blast to prepare and host, and the mom-to-be felt truly blessed and loved by everyone who attended. And isn’t that the most important part of all!?