The Baby Shower: Decor

I’ve shown you the menu, and the party favors, now it’s time to talk about the decor for the co-ed baby shower I just hosted last weekend.

The mom-to-be chose a “rustic” theme for the baby boy’s nursery, complete with lots of navy blue, plaid, and, well… “rustic” stuff.  So, I chose that for the baby shower decor.


I scoured Etsy for great invitations and found this one from a shop called Minted Press.  Her prices were reasonable and service was quick.  Of course, I okayed this design (and all other major decisions) with the mom-to-be first.  I also checked in with dad-to-be, since it was a co-ed shower!

With a color scheme of navy and khaki/burlap, I set out on a quest.  I found everything navy, khaki and cream that I could find.  I found pom-poms at Just Artifacts, ribbons at Papermart, etc.  I used a 40% off coupon at the craft store to get about 10 yards of burlap so I

A really nice diaper cake from Pinterest.

A really nice diaper cake from Pinterest.

would have enough to craft with, and also decorate with.  I covered my dining room table in burlap, the dessert table in burlap, and the bases of the diaper cakes in burlap so they blended in with the table top.

Let’s talk about diaper cakes!  That is a post all by itself I suppose, but I am a big believer in the diaper cake for a shower decoration.  You can buy them ready-made, or you can make them yourself.  They are very labor-intensive and difficult to maneuver, but making them yourself saves a ton of money.   You then decorate them with gifts for baby:  teethers, rattles, socks, nail clippers, brush and comb, toys, etc.  I’ve included pictures of my cakes in the gallery at the bottom.

A dad's diaper cake (from Pinterest).

A dad’s diaper cake (from Pinterest).

I mentioned cakeS.  Yes, there were two diaper cakes.  One for mom, one for dad.  The dad one, instead of including gifts for baby, included beer and liquor mini-bottles.  Much like the one you see here, although mine did not look nearly this good.  Check out the gallery for a glimpse of the one I made, which included dad’s favorite beer (Dale’s Pale Ale).

I felt like in keeping with the rustic theme we needed to have some tree slices.  I looked all over for them and found that they were quite expensive in most places.  But, hey, you only have to buy them once and they pretty much last forever.  I found mine on Etsy from ScenicCo.  They worked with me on sizes and gave me a very good price on the purchase of several hunks of wood.

I loved the concept of creating a clothesline of baby clothes.  I saw it on Pinterest so I baby5was pretty sure I could pull it off (famous last words!).  I will tell you it was harder than it looks because you’ve got to have sturdy things to tie the line to.   I used Command hooks and the line did not want to stay on them, and then at one point I put too many things on the line and the weight pulled the hooks off the wall and I had to start over.  I finally got it to stay, as you will see in the gallery pictures below.

baby14I also liked the idea of a burlap pennant banners.  I found a package of two on Amazon and glued chipboard scrapbooking letters to them.

The rest of the decor was tissue pom poms baby11and fresh flowers.  I wanted baby’s breath, but couldn’t find a bulk quantity of it locally so I settled on alstromeria flowers in yellow and pale orange, keeping with our rustic ambiance.  All-in-all, I think it blended pretty well together.  You can see the pictures in the gallery below.


Disposable plates made from palm leaves.

Disposable plates made from palm leaves.

My favorite unique find–disposable plates that looked like they were made of wood.  Made from pressed palm leaves, these plates were more expensive than paper, but they were so worth it!  I got them from Webstaurant Store, which I’ve written about before.  I got the 8″ plates, as well as a package of platters that were also disposable.

To coordinate with those plates, I got disposable wooden forks.  Again, Webstaurant Store has the best price on items like this.

One thing is for sure, nothing ever looks as good as it does on Pinterest!  But, the mom- and dad-to-be were thrilled, loved the shower, and seemed very content with my efforts.  And that’s all I ever wanted in the first place.

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