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How to Host a Mama To Bee Baby Shower
I recently hosted a baby shower for my sweet niece Kelley along with my niece Hannah Grace, and goodness, we had just the best time! Several folks have asked what we used for the shower after seeing a few pics on Instagram, so here's a peek at what we used. We had just the sweetest time!
I've hosted a few other baby showers (see them HERE and HERE), but it's been a few years, so it was so fun to do one again. Since Kelley and her husband Justin don't know the gender of the baby yet, Hannah Grace came up with the cutest momma to bee baby shower theme, and we had just the sweetest time celebrating them!
I made this fun banner with my Circuit, simply hung with a beaded rope I found half price at Hobby Lobby. It was so fun, and honestly so easy!
Hannah Grace came up with the cutest idea to make ‘Honey Comb' out of popsicle sticks to hang baby pictures on of Kelley and her husband Justin (this turned out so well, and all you need is popsicle sticks and a hot glue gun)!
I just love how it turned out!
She also made one for the backdrop for the balloon decorations, which was just perfect. (Her friend Maddie did the balloon arch which was amazing ~ see how to make a ballon arch over here, it's much easier than you'd think!
The flowers came from a local farm, and we had the sweetest friend of Hannah Grace's come and help arrange them. Honestly? I never would have thought to get fresh flowers from a local farm and have someone arrange them, but they made the shower extra sweet. ❤️
I just love how natural the arrangements looked, and we had so many flowers. It was by far the fanciest thing I've ever done at a party, and goodness the flowers were just beautiful!
Here's what we did for food that would easily serve 50:
- Chicken Salad Chick ~ 1 pimento cheese ball tray and crackers
- Chicken Salad Chick ~ 5 croissant sandwich platters ~ 3 Fruity Fran & 2 Olivia's Old South
- Cheese & Crackers
- Edible Arrangements ~ we've had these when hosting grad parties, and even though they're a little pricey, they truly make the prettiest centerpiece (even if they are a bit of work to keep cool!) 🙂 It arrived early in the morning the day of the shower (the shower wasn't until 2PM. It was probably 95 degrees, out, so we were trying to keep all that fruit “refrigerated” just as best as we could!)
We also made little homemade veggie cups with sliced celery and carrots with a dab of ranch at the bottom. For the Veggie cups we used these great little Appetizer cups we also had assorted nuts that we put in these paper muffin wrappers.
The adorable cake and cookies came from a local bakery, with a few added flowers from the florist.
I found the cute bumble bee sign holders at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $1.99 last Spring and grabbed them because I knew they'd be perfect. Always keep your eyes peeled for fun little things to set your table on clearance because you never know what you might find!
For games, we did a “guess the honeycomb” jar, and simple cards for everyone to share sweet advice with Kelley, as well as guess the baby's gender and date of birth. (Kelley's due date is September 19th, so we'll get to meet this sweet baby very soon!)
Here are a few simple ideas that might help if you're looking for ways to save when hosting a party . . .
- Use colors that match your home decor. All I had to do was pull out the serving trays I regularly use which are white (read more on my magic clutter rule trick that helps with this), as well as a few wood trays that I had around our home, and the bulk of what we needed for hosting was already here without spending too much. Because I stick to a few simple c0lors in our home, it makes hosting pretty easy!
- When getting serving trays, stick with things that will match anything and are timeless. I LOVE picking up trays at Target and Home Goods in all white or glass when I see them for under $10 (it truly doesn't take much!) and they make hosting just feel a little bit fancier.
- You can also find a TON of great glassware at Goodwill or the Dollar Tree. And Walmart's large Anchor Hocking Jars are honestly my favorite ever vase + they hold cookies (or honeycomb!) really well!
- KEEP IT SIMPLE. Decorate a few primary areas with pieces that are large (like the honeycomb and balloon arch!) so that you don't have to do too much more. You can snag a balloon arch for under $20 and it can totally transform any space – it's crazy what a little fluffing can do!
- Remember that ultimately how to host a beautiful party isn't so much about how your home looks at all, but how you make people feel when they're in your space. DO NOT skip hosting because your home doesn't look like anyone else's online. Bake a cake. Clip a few flowers. Make people feel like they're the most important person in the room when they walk through the door, and you'll host the very best gathering, every single time.
Do you have any other suggestions on recipes or decorating ideas that you've used when hosting a baby shower? I'd love to hear ~ leave a comment to share!
And here are a few more pics just so I can keep them right here!