A few weeks back I co-hosted a baby shower for a sweet friend/co-worker! What is more perfect than a tropical inspired baby shower in the middle of our Minnesota summer?
I love hosting parties. Planning the decor, drinks, food, games - I just love it! Especially when it means friends coming together to have fun and celebrate, because that's the reason for all of this anyways! Once I got the idea of a tropical inspired shower, thanks to Pinterest and all the amazing tropical decor out there right now (I want it all), I immediately started planning!
One of my favorite parts of a baby shower is the gift!! Who doesn't LOVE shopping for baby gifts! When I give gifts, I always try to personalize it the best I can and in the case of baby gifts, try to think about both what mama and baby would love! Claire loves horses, so when I found this adorable watercolor pony print, I purchased immediately! Isn't it just so cute! When I give a print as a gift, I also try to find a frame that fits it well. I also like to get these newborn journals for mom to write down baby's schedule and I love that they are personalized. In the bottom of the box is the softest muslin swaddle blanket in the sweetest floral pattern, and on top of that is a black and white striped nursing cover (that has a bunch of different uses)! Links are at the bottom for all these fun gifts!
I found the sweetest invitations by Kirra Reyna Designs on Etsy to set the mood for the party! It was so hard to choose which one, so I narrowed it down and left the decision to my co-hosts. I think they chose the perfect one!
Deciding on the decor was so much fun, but there is so much out there! Narrowing it down to keep things looking simple and polished was important to me. I love hosting parties that are a little fancy, it makes the celebration seem a bit more special! I also didn't want to get too carried away with the tropical vibe - no tiki bar or jungle theme for this soirée! Although, I did think about purchasing these adorable Tiki cups, but decided against them.
The color scheme I decided on was white, green, gold, and pink - you have to have some pink for a baby girl shower, right?! I have potted palm bushes on my patio, so I thought they'd be great for the entrance to the shower. I also found a fun pineapple garland that was much longer and brighter than I originally thought, so it was great to put at the front door as well!
The fresh pineapples and DIY palm leaf balloons are my favorite! They took a little bit of time, but they were really easy and SO cute!! Balloons were big on my list for this party. I also found a huge pineapple balloon, pink flamingo balloons, and the cute gold letter balloons! I've been wanting to use those letter balloons forever! Funny story about those balloons...it was supposed to say "YAY," however we accidentally over-inflated and popped the second "Y!" Oops!! I also accidentally ordered two "A" balloons, so we just turned it into "YAA!" Quick problem solving, right?
I added in some pink striped & banana leaf paper plates, wine glasses (for a touch of fancy), and printables for the tables. I also added a cute striped cloth napkin for the centerpiece under the cake and flamingo wrapping paper as the base for the other table!
One of the important parts of planning a shower, particularly a baby shower, is to make sure everyone has fun - including the games! Most of the people at this shower weren't big game players, at least the typical baby shower games. I found an idea that put a spin on the typical "paint a onesie" game. So that other table with all the pineapples and balloons? That table is for the DIY onesie station - no paint, only iron-ons!
I love the idea because it was so simple and easy to clean up! I also found a blog where someone painted/designed these adorable pineapple, flamingo, and popsicle watercolor printables made specifically to iron onto onesies! Jackpot!
We had so much fun creating these onesies!! I printed the majority of the iron-ons prior to the party and had them all set up - be prepared to need a lot of scissors! I used clear iron-on transfer paper and printed from my home printer. I used the watercolor images as I mentioned, as well as a couple printables I previously downloaded or purchased. I made a couple instruction printables to put on the table as well, so everyone knew the steps! We set up an iron in the corner, and each onesie only took about a minute to iron and then you can hang them to cool. Everyone was able to mix and match to create their own design! Such a fun creative project and lots of onesies for mama-to-be! Take a peek at our designs (love the decals on the butt)!
- Watercolor Pony Print
- Picture Frame
- Newborn Journal
- Garden Rose Swaddle Blanket
- Black & White Stripped Nursing Cover
- Watercolor Cacti Wrapping Paper
- Gorgeous Invitation by Kirra Reyna Designs
- Tropical Onesie Iron-Ons
- DIY Palm Tree Balloons, Direct DIY link here
- Palm Plates
- Pink Stripe Plates
- Pink Stripe & Green Napkins (similar)
- Pineapple Balloon
- Letter Balloons (YAA!)
- Flamingo Balloons
- Pink & Green Garland
- Watercolor Cacti Printable
- Flamingo Printables
- Flamingo Wrapping Paper (as table runner, similar)
- Mom-To-Be Sign
- Food Labels
- Garland, Binder clips to hang onesies