Baby showers are special. They provide an occasion for everyone who loves a certain new mama to come together and celebrate her and the very much loved little life inside of said new mama. When it came time to plan my baby shower, I knew exactly what I wanted. (I know, I know — it’s sort of crazy to plan your own baby shower, but it has to be expected given my profession, right?!)
There are fewer things in life I enjoy more than spending time in the backyard I grew up in, eating brunch and good cake, and enjoying the company of my closest friends and family. Thus, the backyard brunch baby shower was born! I’m going to give you the skinny on how to create and execute this shower concept yourself, but first…
A huge, heartfelt thank-you to all of the lovely women in my family who spent so much time and poured so much love into hosting this shower for me, and also to all of my wonderfully fabulous friends who came to celebrate Baby (not to mention spoil him rotten!).
Given the fact that my grandmother’s yard is large and in pristine condition, it was a no-brainer to host the shower there. If you don’t have access to such a location, consider a pretty park or open space in your area. Most will allow you to rent out a certain area for a small fee.
Although there are a million ways to do brunch (and all are absolutely delicious), our menu consisted of:
Quiche (one veggie and cheese, one meat and cheese)
Hash brown cupcakes (bake shredded hash browns into cupcake liners to make a brunch favorite easier to serve)
Belgium waffles complete with a toppings bar (strawberries, whipped cream, syrup, chocolate chips…the options are endless!)
A delicious white cake with raspberry filling
And to drink, sparkling orange juice and cucumber water (so refreshing!)
The Color Scheme/Theme
I wanted to keep the shower’s colors consistent with baby’s nursery, so opted for a muted palette of grey, white and mint green that had an inherent vintage feel. I understand not everyone digs grey for a baby shower, however. Sticking with colors and a theme that you love will keep your shower unique and personal!
To keep all guests together and encourage active mingling, I opted for one long banquet table, covered in grey linens and loaded with mix and match vases, “baby” potted succulents and candles down the center. The vases were filled with various single stems of flowers, which played to the vintage aesthetic (and were very cost-efficient, too!).
Thankfully, my grandma had enough china covered in a pretty rose pattern, pretty water goblets and vintage silverware to accommodate all of our guests, but had she not I would have rented mix and matched china and the other necessities from a local vendor. The food table was covered in lace, and featured a fun and playful assortment of vintage serving dishes, along with one statement floral arrangement.
The Special Touches
I worked with the fabulous givewithJOY to create a few special touches that really made my shower feel like me. Based on my theme and colors, she created a banner that read “mama” for my chair, food flags for marking the quiche, a banner for the cake that shared baby’s name with all of my guests, and “Wishes for Baby” cards that provided both entertainment for the shower, and also sweet keepsakes for baby.
Since I have baby on the brain, I’d love to hear from you! Are you planning a baby shower for someone? Did you absolutely love your baby shower? Feel free to share what made it special by commenting on this post!