Friday, April 29, 2016

Decorating for a Baby Shower (without using cheap decorations)

Can you believe that May is only a few days away?!? This year is flying by and we will be preparing for fall before you know it.

Before we slip and slide into summer and eventually fall, we southern ladies are in full-blown wedding/baby/bridal shower planning mode! Spring time in the south is always packed with weddings, showers, luncheons and any other event we can plan to celebrate anything and everything.

One of my favorite things to do is plan events and I leapt at the opportunity to decorate for a co-workers baby shower. The shower was scheduled for a little over an hour from start to finish in our office conference room. I needed easy but tasteful decor that could be carried easily from my car to the office.

Take a look at a few pictures from the short, but sweet baby shower.


Because I was limited on time and space, I had to do something that made a big impact and could be packed up and moved easily and quickly. I started with the pretty quilt and let that piece guide the "theme". Nothing is worse than plastic or paper decorations. Cheap decorations are one of my pet peeves. It matters if you go the extra mile and skip the Dollar Tree paper banners. We have Pinterest nowadays and the possibilities are endless! 

Next, I created a few vignettes on the table. Teddy bears seem to be universal with children and nursery decor so I thought I would go in that direction. Plus, we have a lot of teddy bears at our house.. Not sure how to explain that one. 


My in-laws made this small hobby horse years ago and we treasure it. It was perfect as a centerpiece for a special baby. I also use this piece around our Christmas tree with a plaid bow around the neck. I topped off the hobby horse with a blue plaid teddy bear and a big cream bow. The checkerboard was also made by my in-laws several years ago. It's amazing what those two have made throughout the years. Both pieces fit perfectly with the theme. The colors of the checkerboard, teddy bear and quilt all "marry" well together. It matches but it isn't a cookie cutter look.


On the left side of the table, I used a rattan basket and turned it over to create height in the display. The basket also covered up a telephone and utility tray built into the table.

I'm not sure if you can see the print but it says "As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen". I framed this print and gave it to the guest of honor for the nursery she's decorating for her little one. The teddy bear in this picture actually has a story. It belongs to my husband and  he's had it for forty years! This little guy is on display in our home and it means so much to us both.
The little sign that the bear is holding says "Old Toys".


On the right side of the table, I used a larger rattan basket and added a few wood blocks and another teddy bear. This basket served double-duty by covering up another ugly utility tray that is built into the table. The "Oh Boy" print was also a gift from me to the guest of honor to use in the nursery.

Cleaning up after the shower and packing the decorations took about 10 minutes. Not too bad for a days work. :)

If you are attending or planning a shower/luncheon this season, I encourage you to share your pictures and experiences here on my blog as well as your event planning tips and tricks.

If you are looking for more ideas relating to all things party planning, take a look at my Pinterest "Soirees" board here. 


With warmth and love, 













Wendy
CEO- The House of Q’s
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