For those of you wondering, Squishy is the nick name for our baby in-utero! :) Squish's baby shower was a fun summer shower with a modern picnic theme! Held in my mother-in-laws beautiful backyard. Due to the summer heat the shower was held in the morning while the home provided shade on the lower patio.
Picnics, mason jars, bandanas.
DIY Simple yet aesthetically pleasing!
Decorations...DIY poster with hand drawn baby, name of baby (or nick name in our case), and date. Shepards hooks rented from Hobby Lobby, to create a walking path. Fun fabric to string from shepard hook to shepard hook & tie with ribbon. Tables from our home for: sign in table (a tall small round table), food tables x 2 (6ft rectangle fold in center table), & beverage table (4ft rectangle fold in center table). Plastic table cloths under runners from the dollar store in light pink for food and beverage tables. DIY Easy to make table runners by sewing coordinating bandanas end to end. For the beverage table we had a selection of water (bottled and relabeled for the shower), punch, or mimosa's! A fun glass punch dispenser for non alcoholic beverages (we found ours at T.J. Maxx 3 gal for 20$). Oblong bucket filled with ice for champagne and orange juice (Hobby Lobby). For the food table we utilized a oversized picnic basket with lid for the chicken salad sandwhiches (recipe from Rachel Ray), a fruit basket (DIY watermelon basket with assorted fruit), & last but not least an assortment of DIY hand decorated cakes and cupcakes. Large mason jars were used for a diaper and wipes raffle (Hobby Lobby). Center peices were made from medium mason jars (Hobby Lobby) with flip lids that we filled with rocks and placed some bright colored flowers (Hobby Lobby). Party favors were made from small Kerr jars (Wal-Mart) which contained home-made grape and elderberry jelly with a scrap of bandana under the ring to make them pretty. The jam/ jelly party favor idea came straight from the Queen herself, Martha Stewart. We threw a couple loose bandanas down under centerpeices & party favors to add color. For the gifts we spread a bright colored coordinating quilt on the grass. We hung chinese lanters (Hobby Lobby), and DIY banner from tree to tree, & on patio balcony.
Party banners made by yours truely. (Bandanas from Hobby Lobby and paper string from Down East Home & Basics )
This modern picnic theme is easy to achieve in any beautiful backyard! A variety of patio furniture for seating looks great, but you could simply use bright picnic quilts as well. Shop Hobby Lobby for fun colored bandanas (only 99 cents), chinese lamps, mason jars, bins, baskets & champagne flutes. Find friends to make fun bright colored cakes! Pintrest will be your best friend while finding fun ideas to display food, find recipes, and get color ideas.