This summer, my sisters threw me the Pinterest-worthy baby shower I’d always envisioned. Even during Covid and all its challenges, they still made it happen! This post is dedicated to the details of my travel themed “welcome to the world” baby shower!
While the original goal was to host this at a neighborhood clubhouse, we had to have it in an outdoor venue due to occupancy restrictions. Thankfully, my Dad’s cousin has a farm with a nice big barn that could accommodate us!
Check out my travel-themed wedding here!
The Photo Backdrop:
My sister knew I wanted a festive area where guests could pose for photos, and this was the perfect setup!
She purchased green and blue dot garland, hanging paper fans, and a blank cardboard banner pendant, and wrote “welcome to the world” on it. She then arranged them all artistically and voila- perfect photo spot!
My sister Kristen also got us these (biodegradable!) globe balloons– and added in some that say “hello world“. Just keep in mind that filling them with helium (usually grocery stores or party stores can do this) can be unexpectedly expensive!
The suitcases in the display are ones I had collected from yard sales over the years. I actually used them at my wedding reception in 2014, and they are normally on display in the front living room of my house. The globe in the images is one that I painted myself!
The little details:
We made use of vintage globes, fun photo frames, and lots of custom prints that my sister hand-lettered on her iPad. We both love to do modern calligraphy or hand-lettering, so of course she decided to make me this beautiful custom signage for the event!
If you are interested in these prints and signs for a baby shower you are hosting, they are on sale in our Etsy shop!
This book is called “Welcome to the World” and was perfect for the theme! Guests signed it as a special keepsake that I will have for years to come. It’s currently on display in my son’s “sloth/adventure theme” nursery!
I’ve seen this done at many baby showers, and I love the idea- Guests take a marker and write funny notes on diapers that the parents can laugh at to keep sane during those late night changes and blowouts!
Each table had different centerpieces, and this is one example. Make use of old books and globes, plus fresh flowers!
This globe and “oh the places you’ll go” print were on the gift table. I now have this print framed and on display in my son’s nursery actually! My sister hand-lettered this sign too, and the little globe was painted by me (as taught by the “globe painting course” by Lexington artist Kayla Weber!).
Food, Dessert, and Games
We had a delicious lineup of food, including mini grilled-cheeses (since that’s my all time favorite food!!). Sadly though, we were too busy eating, and we forgot to take photos! Just know in your heart, it was amazing 😉
Below the food table was this string of childhood photos of me. One of the shower games was for everyone to guess my age in each of the photos! My sister made an adorable printout for everyone to use to participate.
The other shower game we played was perfect for the travel theme: You have to guess which word for “baby” goes with which language!
We also did a quick game of “Guess Who” where you have to predict how the parents answered, in favor of Mom versus Dad.
We had sangria to drink, and the cutest custom cookies ever! They are from a small local business,Ku-Ke Custom Cookies in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. Seriously so adorable!
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