As Mark and I gear up to welcome our first baby into our family, my mind often wanders to fun baby showers and how much joy they bring to the family and friends of the parents-to-be! One of my very favorite things to do is host showers for those I love, and help them prepare for the new blessing in their life whether it be a hubby, a baby, or even a party to celebrate a fun accomplishment!
One challenge I know many of us face when planning showers is whether or not to play a cheesy old game. The showers I typically host are usually for a younger crowd, and many times even have co-ed guest lists. This isn't always the best scenario for a "guess what's in the diaper" competition. As I continue to host showers and parties, I hope to provide you with some creative alternatives to the same-old, same-old.
Let's start with an all-ladies baby shower for little Miss Kymber Lynn. I hosted this shower, along with some of Mark's cousins, for this new member of the family back in August. We wanted some type of activity, so I came up with the idea of Create Your Own Onesie, and boy was it a hit! Here's how you do it...
Purchase some inexpensive onesies in a variety of colors and sizes.
Pick up some great embellishments, including ribbon, rhinestones, appliques, iron ons...anything you think the little one would love!
Gather a few irons, fabric glue, scissors, some towels, and a pretty linen to cover the table. Heat up the irons and prepare your table by laying out towels (to protect your tabletop from the heat of the iron) and then cover with a heat-resistant tablecloth. Create a fun display of all of your goods...
When the time is right during the shower, invite guests to the table to creatively produce a wardrobe for the little one! You might want to make up a few samples of ideas for those who need a little boost. Here are some fun pictures of our guests creating Kymber's duds...
And here are some of the finished products! I made the one with the pink ruffled booty for her!
And here is momma-to-be Lindsey with the outfit she made for "Miss September!"
This activity was a lot of fun, very hands on, and helped this first time mom out with her new one's closet too. Here's a fun tidbit about this shower, too...in the middle of making the ruffly bottom onseie I felt the sudden urge to yak (sorry--ew!). This was the first indication of being preggo for me and the next day we found out I was expecting my first little guy!