Storybook Themed Baby Shower

Last weekend, I co-hosted a baby shower for my sister-in-law!  My twin brother and his wife are due about 6 weeks before our little love is expected to arrive.  Our family is so excited for the two new bundles of joy that will soon join the world.  To help the mom and dad-to be celebrate this exciting time in their life, we threw them a storybook themed shower……because who doesn’t need new books to help build the baby’s library?!
First up….invitations!  We found these adorable invitations s on ETSY from Gretchen at  The Little Bohemian Papier.  She couldn’t have been easier and more accommodating to work with.  She is extremely talented and super helpful.  Be sure to check out her work!

The whimsical invitations came with a creative “library card” insert.  Take a peek at the front and back of the insert card.  Wasn’t this fitting for our Storybook Theme?!  What a great way to add a little message without having to write inside the book itself!

Here are some photos I snapped during the day of the shower of some of the DIY decorations we put together!  One of my favorites was the BABY boxes that sat on the fireplace mantle.  It’s a nice way to make a statement with minimal materials.  All you need is 4 of the same size boxes and wrap them in paper of your choosing.  Then, get some cardboard letters and paint them.  You can hot glue them on at the end!
When it comes to planning parties or events, hitting up the Target dollar spot and Michael’s clearance bins is a MUST! You’ll find so many gems within the little cubbies.  I found the burlap banner there and simply added vinyl letters and scrapbook paper for the “Stories & Sweets” sign, which helped create our backdrop for the dessert table.
For party favors, we had adorable little flower pots and blessing bracelets that adorned the tables.  It added a perfect touch of Spring!  The Baby Wish Cards sat atop the appetizer dish for guests to fill out.  They are such a fun way to share tips, advice, or any special sentiment you have for the parents-to-be!  I had these at my baby shower and still go back and read them all!  They still make me smile and laugh!


The Blessing Bracelets were one of the party favors that are unlike your typical shower favor.  They sat on top of a wooden easel to be displayed easier.  My insanely talented aunt came up with this thoughtful idea and created the beautiful bracelets and gorgeous cards.  To match the Baby Wish Cards, I created the message tag to be attached.
To keep within the color scheme of the shower, I customized a seating chart using my Silhouette Cameo machine.  Gawwwd, I love the Silhouette America’s Design program…makes it so easy to create custom designs.  I printed the seating chart out in a 16×20 print and used adhesive spray to mount in on foam board.  It was an inexpensive and simple way to let guests know where to sit.
This BABY wood art display is much like my VALENTINE’S DIY WOOD ART that I made a few months back.  It’s such a simple project that adds character to a space in need of some attention.  You can make a set of these with my step-by-step tutorial!
Another fun, little project I enjoyed making was this wooden chalkboard sign that I snagged in…..yep, the Target dollar spot.  I swear, I just have no will power when I walk past that section of the store.  Anyhow, I wanted to include a quote from one of my favorite children’s books, I’ll Love You Forever, and this was the way to do it!  A DIY tutorial will be posted soon on how to make one of these stands.  You can replace the ultrasound pic and quote with a photo of your choice and give it as a gift for Mother’s Day, a birthday, or put it on display during the holidays!
To add some festive flare to the dessert table, I wanted to add a little dimension.  Paper rosettes were calling my name!  They are SO easy to make and are a great way to add that pop of color to a party table!  Keep your eyes out for a post coming soon with details on how to make these little pretties!
And now to the books, the main theme of the shower!  These were the selections we chose and the food that was paired alongside each one.  It was so much fun creating this dessert table!  I think one of my favorites was the chocolate covered toffee pretzels that accompanied the Goodnight Construction Sight book.  It really did make it look like the dump truck was full of mud and sand!
Aside from the assortment of yummy desserts and snacks, we had to have a party punch station!  What better book than Pinkalicious?!  The pink lemonade was delicious and refreshing, even for this pregnant mama who can’t have alcohol!
Although we couldn’t think of food items for every book we wanted to share at the shower, there were other ways to incorporate them into the overall design!  I created 4×6 prints to be placed inside white pedestal frames that would sit on top of the bar and tables around the room.  They showed quotes from some of the best children’s books, such as Where the Wild Things Are, Winnie the Pooh, and a few more!
And there you have it…..a Storybook Themed Baby Shower.  It was a lot of fun being able to get together with my mom, aunt, and SIL to plan this special day for two of our favorite people.  We hope they know how much they are loved!

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  1. Winnie the pooh is spelled wrong.. awesome ideas!

    • mellymoments says:

      Oh my! Thank you so much for pointing this out to me. Correcting this error now and updating the printable!

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