July 25, 2012

Little Man's Baby Shower

This past weekend was my sister's baby shower I hosted with my mom.

You can find my inspiration board here, which I posted a couple of days ago.

When I was starting to plan the shower out in my head, I knew I wanted to do a "book" theme. I had been to a shower for a good friend last spring where everyone was asked to bring a book for the baby to start his library. I loved that idea, and since my sister is an avid reader, I knew this would be a perfect theme for her shower.
I saw an idea (probably on Pinterest!) to make the invitations look like the old library cards that used be in the front of your checked out book. So I created them & had them printed.
And I decided a library card needed its own sleeve, to stay with idea of a library book. I created a template, cut them out of card stock & attached them to the inside of the card.

Since everyone would be bringing a book, I made a bookplate for each guest to fill out & put in their book and included it with their invitation.

Along with a book theme, I wanted the decor to be very vintagy (pretty sure I just made up that word!). So to stay with the vintage idea, I used kraft cards & decorated the front with a small doily & turquoise ribbon {if the baby were a girl, I would have used a peach ribbon}.

I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!

I decided early on to decorate using peach, turquoise & yellow. I figured this palette was neutral enough to work for either a boy or girl. And since I wasn't planning on the shower being gender-specific, this worked out perfect.

And I wanted to include "books" into the decorations. Thanks to Pinterest, I found several ideas using book pages. Pennant Banner, Flag Banner & Rosettes.

I made a rag banner using scraps of fabric in the clearance bin at the fabric store in just the right colors. To add a more vintage touch, I strung them on jute twine.

More paper rosettes & pennant banners using turquoise, yellow & peach paper. There is a huge mirror in the living room of my parent's house, so I used that to hang some the banners & rosettes.

Since children's books were a major theme, I made some graphic art using quotes from well-known books & hung them along the mantle. My sister is going to frame them & put them in the nursery.
I've had so many requests for the book quotes. So they are now available for purchase in my Etsy shop here

I found a "Boy" printable & had it printed and framed to go on the mantle {you can find it here}

I hung streamers which I ruffled (another Pinterest find!). Super easy & super decorative!

Rather than have one large bouquet of flowers, I decided to do a bunch of small bouquets all over. Mason jars have that vintage look & make great vases.

{Food Table}
This was an early shower {9:30 am}, so mom & I decided to make brunch food.

Mini Quiches, topped with a fun flag of fabric scraps & "baby" bunting

Make Your Own Fruit Pizzas

and Yogurt with Granola & Fresh Fruit

Basil & Cucumber Water and Lemon & Lime Water

I used book pages as the background to the food labels.

Drink straws with "Hooray" flags completed the table

Keeping with the book theme, I made a paper clip bookmark for everyone to take home as their favor

I despise shower games, so I wasn't planning to do any. However, we needed something for the guests to do other than eat & watch the gifts being opened.

As a special piece of art that can hang in the nursery or go in a scrapbook, I had everyone place a thumbprint to make a "balloon" and sign their name next to it.

I love the idea of a photo booth & wanted to make that happen. To celebrate the Little Man, I made mustache props & used some of my dad's ties for everyone to use to take their pictures.

So many fun pictures!

Dad crashed the shower, so we put him in the photo booth too!
{Extra thanks to my sister-in-law who graciously took everyone's pictures!}

{the largest gift bag known to man!}

Aly declared she now needs to buy a bookshelf to hold all the books she received!

Party-throwing has never been so fun! I loved coming up with the theme, making the decorations & having an opportunity to celebrate my sister!

Now I can't wait to snuggle the little guy :)

Again, the book quotes are available for purchase in my Etsy shop here
Library Card Template I used for the invitations is available in my Etsy shop here


  1. Carrie - once again, you are brilliant! What a fun shower!

  2. SO cute and creative, sad to have missed it:(

  3. I love the quotes banner! Would you mind sharing the files you created? I'm throwing a book shower the 19th and this would save me so much time. I would greatly appreciate it. mmlawell@gmail.com

  4. How did you make the invitation, planning same themed baby shower.

  5. Hi! I designed them in PageMaker & printed them out on card stock. You can also buy blank library cards on Amazon, here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1564516431/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1274148959&s=toys-and-games&sr=8-1.

    Hope this helps!

  6. if you have the time, could u send me the text files as well for the book quotes? thanks :D

    awesome ideas!!

  7. Thanks, dpotter! The book quotes are available for purchase in my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/121115024/childrens-book-quotes-5x7-set-of-10