The “She’s Going to Pop” baby shower turned out so cute. My sister and I hosted the soiree for our sister-in-law. Since my brother and his wife live out of town, it was fun to get local family together to shower our SIL. The POP theme made it pretty easy to pull everything together. We stuck pretty true to our inspiration board.
The DIY balloon invitations announced the party theme and helped set the color scheme. We carried similar colors and patterns throughout the party. Pink, orange, and yellow became the dominant colors with a splash of brown from the inspiration paper.
Most baby showers end up with all the women sitting in a circle in one room to play the games. To facilitate this type of party I rearranged our living room, allowing us to bring in some dining room chairs for extra seating.
The large windows in the family room are always screaming to be decorated. I found paper lanterns in a perfect set of pink, orange, and yellow at Target. A set of three, one of each color, was $3.99. Although I removed the curtains from our living room months ago, I still have the hooks. I used the curtain rod hooks to hang the lanterns.
Between the lanterns I draped crepe paper garlands. I saw this quick and easy tutorial on Oh Happy Day a few weeks ago and knew the bubbly shapes would be perfect. I made the garlands while watching TV.
On the header between the family room and kitchen, I used small 3M Command hooks to hang clusters of paper lanterns.
I will get to the food table in a moment, but first I have to share two of my favorite decor touches. I wrapped my quatrefoil drum shade in hot pink crepe paper. It looked stunning. We used the kitchen table for the party food and the existing shade did not go with the party colors. With 10 minutes, a few pieces of tape, and half a roll of crepe paper I transformed it.
I found the cutest party tablecloth by Mari Mi at Target. The confetti design was perfect for our theme. The tablecloth was 50 x 108 inches. It was way too long for my kitchen table, so I shortened it and used the excess for other decor items. To make the inexpensive tablecloth extra special I added a yellow pleated ruffle. I bought the ruffle from the trim section at Joanns and used a 40% off coupon. Four yards cost me less than $7.
Treats & Eats
Below the lovely crepe paper drum shade and atop the ruffled tablecloth was a slew of yummy treats. The mini popcorn bar was one of the main attractions. A popcorn bar was what sold us on this party theme. We kept it simple with three flavors; buttered, white cheddar, and caramel.
We set out plain pink plates and pink paper bags for popcorn. I always buy the small colored paper bags from Michaels for party treat bags. There are lots of color choices and they are inexpensive. I added my own popcorn labels to dress these up.
I used two large footed hurricanes to hold the popcorn. For the labels, I used paper tape (washi tape) to tape a 3 inch circle of scrapbook paper to the hurricane. The tape wraps all the way around. I made and printed the 2.5 inch labels on full page label paper. I adhered the label to the center of the paper circle. For the third popcorn flavor we used a large glass bowl and stuck the label on the rim. We used clear plastic punch cups as scoops.
The other savory item was popcorn chicken. We bought a frozen package and cooked them about 15 minutes before the party started. We served the popcorn chicken on the yellow tray with toothpicks.
We found the perfect ombre napkins at Target. They were pink on one side and orange on the other.
For sweets we had cupcakes and cake pops. The cupcakes were chocolate with a dollop of melon colored frosting. My sister found the pink flower-like cupcake liners at Joanns. When they were all clumped together on the cupcake stand, they looked like a bouquet of flowers.
My mom had a special pan for baking the cake pops. My mom and sister did a trial run the week before the party and had no luck with a melted chocolate coating. The day of the party we opted to simply frost the top half of the cake pops and add sprinkles.
I made the cake pop stand. I filled a long vase with floral foam. I used some of the leftover tablecloth to wrap around the foam. I used washi tape to add a little color to the vase and to adhere the label. The sprinkles that fell off the cake pops blended in with the confetti paper covering the floral foam below.
For drinks we went colorful. The orange and strawberry Crush sodas were the perfect colors. We originally planned to wrap the bottles with fabric and a diaper pin, but we ended up loving their simplicity. They added a perfect punch of color to the table.
The table really set the stage and let us play up the colors and the pop theme. All the labels had the word “pop” in hot pink. Here is one last shot of the full table.
There is so much more of this party to share. I will do a part 2 with all the details on shower games, party favors, and special mementos for the mom-to-be later this week. UPDATE: See Part 2, games and favors, here.