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Q: Decorating for a Baby Shower ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Decorating for a Baby Shower
Category: Family and Home > Home
Asked by: pootypootwell-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 30 Jan 2003 23:46 PST
Expires: 01 Mar 2003 23:46 PST
Question ID: 155558
I am hosting a baby shower for a friend in about two weeks, the first
shower I've thrown. I've found lots of sites on hosting a shower and
most suggest the host choose a theme. I'm not crafty, and I'm clueless
about party planning and decorating. The shower is near Valentine's
Day, so I'm thinking about a theme incorporating that, but I have no
idea how to decorate my small apartment. Any suggestions from inspired
party planners?
Subject: Re: Decorating for a Baby Shower
Answered By: angy-ga on 31 Jan 2003 01:29 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi, Pootypootwell !

Rather than spending your money on decorations that then go in the
trash, how about decorating with items that then become gifts for the
baby ? For example, a mobile you can hang from the ceiling, an
alphabet wall frieze that you can Blu-Tak up.  Replace one of the
lampshades with a children's one, and so on. Add one of those balloons
with a cute toy inside.

Some other ideas for the non-crafty hostess are at:

Among other ideas they suggest:

"...set up a train on your table and fill the cars with small baby
items such as teething rings, pacifiers, rattles, and booties.
Purchase a small umbrella and hang it upside down over the table or
where the mother-to-be will sit to open gifts. Fill it with balloons
and let ribbons or streamers hang over the edges."

The last idea would work equally well for a Valentine's theme - pink
and blue balloons for a nursery theme, pink and red for Valentine's
with maybe a couple of those heart shaped ones thrown in.

Click on "themes" for a lot of ideas contributed by visitors to the
site - find out what worked for them !

They are affiliates of and sell both baby shower and
Valentine's decorations at reasonable prices at:

 There's a small Valentine's kit at $10.95 and a large one for $40.00,
and some nice baby shower "Canopies" to hang over a table.

Baby Showers Etc is another Makes Parties affiliate with a slightly
different range including banners.

And AParty2Remember is affiliated with both MakesParties and
1800PartyConsultant  to offer a wide range of Valentine's decorations'sDay.html

You can email them for party ideas.

Go direct to 1800PartyConsultant at:

for some good Baby Shower banners.

Some good general advice on giving a shower is at Babyzone:

Their "Ideas for Hip Theme Parties" include:

"Basket Shower
Each guest has a theme for her gift basket. It's fun to see what
everybody comes up with, and of course the basket should be part of
the gift! (Guests could use baby bathtubs, toy bins, or even little
laundry hampers for baskets -- be creative!) Some ideas for themes
include meal/nursing basket, a nursery basket, bath basket, diaper
basket, and toy basket. We're sure you can come up with even more! "

Personally I am a great believer in helium balloons and lots of
curling ribbon. Either have the balloons delivered, or get a
blow-it-up yourself kit (but I wouldn't bother for a small party).
They make a place look great very simply, they hang about up near the
ceiling, which is a plus if you're pushed for space - you say it's a
small apartment - and  if you have one for each guest (plus a couple
of spares for the ones that get popped) they can each take home a
balloon and relive their childhood, while you achieve instant tidying

For Valentine's you could add a single rose for each guest, massed
together as a centerpiece until the time comes to give them out.

Make some heart shaped ice cubes for the drinks, perhaps - make them
pink with food colouring, or with a dash of bitters if it's that kind
of party.  If you're into cookie making, go for heart shaped cookie
cutters. For a nursery shower, go for one of those sets of novelty
cutters with a  rabbit, a pig, a star etc.

Plum Party sell the ice cube tray and the heart shaped cookie cutters

One tip: before you commit to a colour scheme for your decorations,
make sure the colours won't clash with the way you've decorated your

Keep it simple, and don't stress out - the idea is to have fun ! Have
a great party !

Search terms: "Baby showers"
"Valentine's decorations"
pootypootwell-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you for all the excellent ideas!

Subject: Re: Decorating for a Baby Shower
From: diapercakes-ga on 11 Mar 2005 18:20 PST
One unique decoration that makes a great Baby Shower Centerpiece or
decoration for the gift table or food table is a Diaper Cake.  Diaper
"Cakes" are created from disposable diapers and are crafted to look
amazingly like real edible cakes.  They are decorated with baby items
for mom to take home with her as a gift. These make lovely decorations
and double as a thoughtful gift.

The site below ships throughout the US, can customize in boy, girl or
gender neutral themes and has 3 tiered designs as well as
castle-shaped designs to choose from.  Their "cakes" contain quality
outfits, hooded towels, blankets etc.  You can even choose to add on a
child's classic board book with an item from the book like a stuffed
character.  Sometimes they have specialty designs available for a
limited time --such as licensed sports team infant apparel cakes or
licensed character cakes (like Pooh, etc.).

Not only can these gifts be used as shower decorations, but they can
also be given to mom as a hospital gift, or a welcome home baby gift. 
The company is called Capital District Home Inventory out of Ballston
Spa, NY.  Their rates are competitive compared to many larger
storefronts you will see on the Internet!

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