My sister is expecting her first baby next month and we hosted a baby shower to celebrate the arrival this past weekend.
My sister decided to use teddy bears as design inspiration for the baby's nursery, so I wanted to do a spin on that. I have a bee keeper friend who makes amazing honey locally and once I saw her little honey bear jars, I knew I would work with that as the shower theme!
I love bright colors and personal touches. Since the baby's gender will be a surprise, I knew bright yellows would play a part in creating a really sunny look, and I added as many personal pieces to the decor as I could, including my son's teddy bears scattered around the room.
I created the invitations using my plantable seed paper in lemon yellow. The paper actually blooms into wildflowers when planted!
The favors were small jars of local honey ordered from my friend Leeann Coleman of Lee's Bees. I wrapped each one in tulle and tied it with yellow baker's twine, then attached a plantable seed paper tag stamped with a honeycomb design, a bee hive, and the words "Welcome, Baby!"
The guests occupied themselves with game cards while my sister opened gifts, which had baby shower bingo on one side and a celebrity baby name matching game on the other. They also entered their guesses for the baby's gender in a big jar labeled "What will it Bee?"
The decor included handmade tissue paper pom poms and paper pinwheels in shades of yellow and brown, hand decorated baby tees hung from a clothesline, yellow and white daisies in mason jars wrapped with kraft paper and twine, and a 'Hello, Baby' teddy bear banner.
My favorite item of the shower is actually the maids of honor made by my mother. They are an old family recipe that my great grandmother used to bake, and no family even is complete without them. They are a small cake baked into a tart crust, filled with jam, and topped with almond frosting. My mother added these adorable little bears to the tops and I made tiny paper flags for them. The maids had a bit of a mishap in transport, and my mom was so upset that they looked messy, but they were still a huge hit!