Here are some of the ideas I implemented for the first shower, for my friend Rebecca. She will be having a new baby gal any day now! I loved the cloud/raindrop ideas I'd seen kicking around and changed it up a bit to incorporate yellow, orange, and raspberry colors. Most of the ideas I had seen used blue and gray, but that would not be fitting for a girl.
I made these easy clouds using butcher paper, fiber fill, and my sewing machine. I drew some pudgy looking clouds with a pencil on the paper, folded the paper over so I had 2 layers, and sewed along the pencil lines leaving about a 5 inch gap for stuffing. Next I stuffed with with just a tiny bit of fiber fill. Really, it doesn't take much to get a little bit of dimension so they'll pop off the wall. I sewed the gap up and trimmed, leaving about 3/8" all the way around past the seam. I attached colored cardstock raindrops I had cut out with bright embroidery thread after I stuck the clouds to the wall (3-4 little squares of double sided 3M foam tape - it holds well and comes off without bring the paint along!).
I cut little clouds out of white cardstock and cut slits to pop on the straws. These paper straws are so much fun, and the don't even disintegrate after sitting in a cup of punch for 3 hours!
Games? Well, I went kind of light on these this time. I had people work at a hair-bow-bar, making clips and headbands for their own little girls or for Rebecca's new babe. I was hoping this would be fun and get people interacting. It seemed to be a hit! I had 3 mini hot-temp glue guns, clips, 3/8" velour ribbon (non-slip on shiny soft baby hair), felt flowers, buttons, thread, and headband elastic. These items are very affordable at local craft shops.
I did put one game together than I've been dying to try. I needed a smaller shower to make it do-able since it is a little resource, both time and supply, heavy. I covered shoe and other similar sized boxes in white butcher paper. Using crayons, I drew and colored babies on the tops, and cut mouth holes with Tom's knife. If you make these, make sure the mouth holes are the same size and are about the circumference of a cotton ball. This game is played by giving each person a baby, a bowl of cotton balls, and a table spoon. There is a set amount of time that they use to feed their baby as many cotton balls with the spoon (no fingers!) as possible. The winner is the person who managed to spoon the most in!
And the food? I used one of my very favorite Pioneer Woman recipes for the cake. A friend helped me cut the cake with a large biscuit cutter and top them each with fresh garden mint and raspberries. I made a pink punch, and made some super easy and yummy citrus meringues from one of the recent Martha Steward magazines.
I hope you've enjoyed these ideas! Please feel free to reuse them!