Wondering how in the world a “reduce, reuse, recycle” theme can be used for a baby shower? Read on, friend, and you shall see. : )
My good friend, Lindsay, is pregnant. Although by the time this post is published, she might officially be a mama! As we chatted about what type of baby shower to throw, the theme of “recycle” kept popping up. You know, it kept cycling through our brains again and again…bad pun. But really, it did. You see, Lindsay and her husband, Jeremy, spent the first years of their marriage teaching in Namibia, Africa. Through this experience (along with their conservation-minded upbringing), they have developed a serious passion for taking care of the resources for which they are stewards. To honor this passion, we challenged ourselves to throw a more resourceful baby shower.
Our main theme was “reduce TEARS, reuse HUGS, recycle LOVE.” We also stuck a sign on the front door that said “go GREEN baby.” All of the letters were dicut from old newspaper.
Since it’s always nice to have thank you cards addressed and ready to send out, Ellen whipped up these nifty envelopes made from old magazines. Thanks to my sister Hannah for the idea!
And speaking of mailing items, we realized that the amount of paper and money that goes into mailing invitations is quite significant, so we sent out electronic Evites. This actually worked well, because Lindsay requested that as many of their gifts be used as possible. We were able to put their wish list on the Evite and guests responded with what they planned to bring. We later learned that this website actually would have worked even better, but we’ll have to save that for another time. For anyone wondering, Lindsay actually received some very quality gifts. Most baby items are gently used (heck, sometimes they grow out of things so fast that they’re never used), plus there are tons of great deals on Craigslist and at thrift stores, so it wasn’t hard to track down some pretty sweet stuff. All of our shower game prizes were REgifted items, too.
While we decided it would be best not to reuse food (ha!), we did fill old bottles with flowers, and we also donned a linen tablecloth made by Haitian women who are working to support their families—something we thought Lindsay would also appreciate. (Love the cloth, Mom! It washed up great, too.)
Instead of disposable plates and napkins, we used cloth napkins and real plates.
Mason jars served as cups (they were borrowed from a friend who used them in her wedding—she was so happy that someone else was putting them to work), and the drinks were kept cold in a metal tub of ice.
Oh, and I can’t forget the paper straws!
I also tossed up a simple garland made of scrap paper for some added decoration.
Since Lindsay will be using cloth diapers on her babe, we hung strips of paper from clothespins on the mantel. Guests then wrote blessings, bits of wisdom, and encouragement on the paper, along with sweet little notes on the wooden clothespins. Now laundry will be so much more fun for Lindsay, don’t you think? : )
I love throwing a themed shower, and this was definitely a fun one. What unique shower ideas have you used? No sense reinventing the wheel when you can just recycle great ideas, right?!
Last night my friend, E, and I hosted a baby shower for our mutual friend, B—who is due about 3 1/2 weeks before us.
A good time was had by all and I thought I’d share a few details about the theme of the shower, along with some photos.
B and her hubbie have decided to use Classic Winnie the Pooh as their nursery theme, so E and I decided to play off that idea for the shower. We went the route of a honey and bee theme, and it turns out there are tons of great ways to tie this theme into a baby shower. Sadly, I don’t have a picture of the invitations that we made, but at the top we wrote, “Babies and honey…two of life’s sweetest things.” We also got a little cheesy and made sure to let people know that it was a shower for the mom to bee…
For décor, we kept it pretty simple and incorporated some rustic elements, like hemp twine, tin cans, lots of textured cardstock, potted mums and sunflowers, and some handwritten Winnie the Pooh quotes scattered throughout.
E found all the quotes, and they were the perfect touch! If you haven’t read a WP quote lately, check out this website and you’ll find some whimsical words that might do your heart good. Here’s one to whet your palette.
While we kept the food fairly simple, it was really yummy and touches of honey were sprinkled in here and there. Our menu consisted of:
- Spicy honey chicken skewers
- Vanilla cupcakes with honey cream cheese frosting, topped with a blackberry
- Frozen grape skewers
- Melon fruit salad
- Cranberry scones with lemon curd and fresh clotted cream
- Vegetable pizza
- Jars of B’s favorite candy
- Honey sticks
- Tangy citrus and sorbet punch
- Orange and lime flavored water
Everyone took a Mom to Bee quiz and the winner received a honeycomb soap from a local downtown boutique. The second game was for voluntary participants, as it was a multi-tasking game to see who could do certain tasks the fastest while holding a baby; the winner’s prize was Burt’s Bees lip balm. All in keeping with the theme, right?
During the shower B’s friends wrote notes of advice and blessing on mini honeycomb hexes, which they pinned to a corkboard. B then drew one of the notes randomly and that person took home the mums.
I’m so thankful to live in a community of women who rally around one another during all seasons of life!