Our lovely daughter is expecting twin boys, and I recently had the pleasure of blessing her with her first baby shower. This was also the first baby shower I’ve ever given, so I turned to Pinterest (of course!) in search of ideas for a baby shower for boys including everything from DIY invitations, decorations, fun games, and brunch recipes, to party favors and games for children. The shower turned out beautiful, and was so much fun!
First, I determined to make my own DIY invitations. By simply googling “nautical baby shower invitations” and “nautical baby” I found a nice collection of graphics to use, and put them together in Pages, with this being the daughter-approved result:
I printed two to a page (using white card stock) and used big- enough white envelopes that I found at the nearest office supply store.
Next, with my Pinterest inspired ideas in mind, I started shopping for decorations, and materials for DIY decorations. I found a few nautical decor items at Michael’s, and what I couldn’t find there or at Goodwill, I was able to find on Amazon. (I’ll list links to these at the end of this post.) The DIY decorations I had in mind were a few pennant flag banners, (that I learned how to make from this blogger), a clothesline of nautical themed baby clothes (which turned out to be my favorite decoration of all!), and the table covering. I found all the cloth and Stitch Witchery for my flag banners at a local fabric outlet, and used twine I found at Michael’s for the pennant flags and the clothesline. For the table covering, I couldn’t find any nautical gift wrap paper, but I did pick up a huge roll of blue and green striped wrapping paper somewhere, and a huge roll of (super cheap,) pretty, glittery blue burlapy type netting (at Walmart) that looked great set over the other striped paper.
Instead of a cake I baked two kinds of muffins that you can link to here and here. I used a diaper cake as the centerpiece, which turned out really cute. I just learned about washi tape and used some to make the muffin toppers, and made favors out of chains and nautical charms I found on sale at Michael’s. I used another blogger’s brilliant idea for the bags to put them in (as pictured above), after stamping them with an anchor rubber stamp. (The bags were purchased through Celestial Gifts and the anchor stamp from Dragonflybuzz through Etsy.)
My daughter got a good laugh from things our guests wrote on her Late Night Diapers…