May of last year, my family received the miraculous news that my sister Alyssa was pregnant with twins. As she and her husband had trouble conceiving, they made the difficult choice to give in vitro a fighting chance. God must have been listening to our abundant prayers because they were blessed with not one, but two, little darlings (you will get to meet these two in future posts!).
As I have a bit of a backlog of blog posts, I wanted to share with you the shower we hosted for her last November. We landed on the theme of a Storybook/Nursery Rhyme Shower. Alyssa was in love with this nursery rhyme toile print, which we later incorporated in the nursery, and as her husband is an avid reader and writer, the theme was an easy one to pick!
And the invite read:
Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
we’re so happy and over the moon!
For two bundles of joy, so tiny and little,
will be arriving quite soon!
Please share our joy at a shower honoring Alyssa!
In lieu of a Card, please bring
your favorite childhood classic.
Let’s build a library for the sweet baby boys
that will be fantastic!
I know that some may consider the storybook shower overdone, but in my opinion, it is win-win idea to bring a book in lieu of a card to any little one’s celebration – whether it’s a baby shower, birthday party, a religious ceremony, etc. A child will receive joy from reading one of your favorites, and you will receive the lifetime joy of sharing that something special and encouraging little imaginations to grow.
As Alyssa had a fair share of challenges during her pregnancy, I wanted to be sure to make this shower as special as possible for her. I will feature some DIY tutorials on some of the décor and the onesie decorating activity in future posts.
We used soft blues, creams, and browns as our color scheme.
Guests were welcomed by matching book-page wreaths hung proudly on our doors, each adorned with blue burlap ribbons and “Baby Boy” tags.
Storybook pages were used to cover over our normal family room art. I simply cut Kraft paper large enough to cover the inside of each frame and then used a good-old-fashioned loop of tape to adhere it to the glass. I tore out two beautiful nursery rhyme prints from Maud Humphrey’s Mother Goose book, and attached with loops of tape to the Kraft paper. I affixed a simple dark brown twine bow at the top to dress it up just a bit. Later, we used the prints in the nursery when the boys arrived.
We used onesies from the shower activity as décor. They were hung up in a row on clotheslines with black-sheep clothespins and a simple paper banner announcing their presence. I tried to use décor that was either useful for the shower or that the parents-to-be could use in the nursery – otherwise the hostess is left with a closet full of themed décor that may or may not be used in the future!
The Baby Boys banner was created with some scrapbooking paper I had, left over twine, and simple printed out letters. This same banner was used to welcome the babies home – as were most of the other decorations featured here :)
White porcelain dish settings were accompanied by chalkboard pig place holders and burlap covered napkin holders. The pigs were an alternative to an adorable idea I had pinned. I couldn’t seem to find the plastic molded pigs anywhere for less than $1 – in fact they were MUCH more, and as we had over 20 guests, I wanted a more cost efficient option. After a little internet searching, I found these wood cut-outs at less than $5 for a pack of 10 – SCORE! One coat of chalkboard paint later with each guest’s name handwritten in chalk, and they added a perfect personal touch to the table.
A few groupings of hydrangeas and baby’s breath were all that were needed in the already cozy space. It’s amazing how far a few simple flowers and some cream candles will go!
Had it not been for my three lovely friends who came as guests, and jumped into action when they saw me scrambling, I don’t think that we I could have survived the event! Aren’t they adorable in their little aprons?
We served sandwiches, soups and salads. In the future, I will know that juggling decorating, hosting, and food can be a bit much for one person to take on. Though my sister and mom were also hosting the event, I wanted them to do the entertaining while I did the behind the scenes stuff….next time I think I will opt for catering or maybe do a pot-luck style shower. I love food and wish I were better at the cooking part, but I don’t have my timing down quite yet! It will just take some more practice I guess :)
After lunch, we cleared the tables, and set out the onesie decorating supplies – markers, paints, stamps, scissors and swatches of coordinating fabrics. Each guest created their own masterpiece, which the twins wore several months later. At the end of the shower, Alyssa and her husband were so touched that everyone put in so much effort. They really got a kick out of how different each onesie turned out!
Once the activity was over, we enjoyed our cupcakes and champagne while we watched Alyssa open gifts…..and more gifts…and more gifts. She has such a wonderful group of generous friends!
And last but not least, we had a special guest attending the shower….
I searched all over the internet for a stork, and either they were two small or too cumbersome to mail (ie wooden stork yard signs) – and I already had my mind made up that a stork would be attending no matter what. So I went to work with my hands and created this guy. This stork is available for purchase in my Etsy store. As he is handmade, each stork is made to order and will vary slightly. Approximate dimensions and shipping details are also included on my Etsy page. My brilliant, engineer of a dad came up with the design for his legs – a pair of scrap cable wires. How genius is that? Legs will be included for a small extra fee (afterall – they are just scrap cable) – but he also looks darling sitting on his own (sans legs) guarding a table of gifts or snacks :)
Thank you to all who helped us celebrate Alyssa and Brandon’s baby boys. Though it was nearly a year ago, there were plenty of memories made to last a lifetime!