I love celebrations. Any and all of them. Whether they are for a big life-changing events or simply because it’s an awesome Tuesday… Life gives us enough hard moments, so let’s make the most out of the good ones. As a result, I love to entertain, host, and plan parties. This gender neutral baby shower was thrown for one of my best friends a few years ago. If you are in planning mode for an upcoming fall shower, hopefully you will find some inspiration here!
One of the first things that comes to my mind when I think about Grace is that she loves all things cozy. The weather in Nashville had just started to change to that crisp, cool, fall, leaf-changing goodness… You can see that my galpal/cohost Meggie and I ran with that idea! In regards to gifts, we asked everyone to bring their idea of “cozy” – something sweet, very warm, plush, etc. Grace’s little one was born during a New York City winter!
First things first, I crafted up some invitations. Everything I used I found at Hobby Lobby: cardstock, soft quilted bunting, gold safety pins, and envelopes. I used Microsoft Word to design the invitation, and printed everything at home. I had no problem fitting it into a matching cardstock envelope and it wasn’t heavy enough to require extra postage. (You can see the invitation below on the table, but I can’t find a close up of the finished product!)
I made a garland for the mantle from torn strips of woven fabrics. I tied a few blue and pink ribbons in places but wanted the overall look to remain gender neutral and not “too fixed”. (I have since taken the ribbons out of the garland and use it every year as a tree skirt for one of my mini Christmas trees!) Meggie had the idea of pinning white onesies to a burlap line, which was right on theme and doubled as extra gifts!
The menu consisted of warm, fall, comfort food…
- Individually baked chicken pot pies
- Chili in bread bowls with all the fixin’s
- Baked brie with fruit and toasted crackers
- Spicy, roasted pecans
- Salted caramel apple hand pies (recipe here) and ginger snap “sandwiches” with a pumpkin crème inside for dessert
- Warm bourbon apple cider (for everyone but mama!), tea, and water
We bagged caramel popcorn for favors, and then stamped the bags with a baby footprint – all supplies found at Hobby Lobby. Our friend, Christine, made the sweet hand-stamped burlap sign. I have asked her for a tutorial, but she didn’t use one. (She’s got those creative genes.)
It was a sweet day of friends, good food, fellowship, and prayers for who we now know as Jane. (And Grace has a precious new addition as of a few weeks ago – Samuel Asher!)
This was such a fun theme and came together really easily. For your upcoming fall shower, you might consider something warm and cozy, too!