A Pretty Summer Baby Shower

If you asked me five years ago what I like to do on the weekends, co-hosting and planning a baby shower wouldn’t have been on the list. Now that I’m a little bit older and those are the kinds of parties I’m frequenting these days, I actually see it as a great opportunity to dress up, chit chat, decorate and well, be all things girly. This past weekend, me and the other committee members finally saw all of our efforts come to life when we honoured our friend Amanda with a baby shower. It was an extra special occasion to celebrate her pending new additions: twins!

I was in charge of the theme and decor. No need to feel sorry for me, I kind of volunteered myself. And my friends didn’t protest after seeing how I put Kai’s first birthday party together. If you know me, I actually love this stuff. Making cute things from scratch or finding a more affordable alternative for expensive pieces has been my thing, ever since I was a kid. As a creative, there really is nothing more fulfilling than seeing your ideas come to life. So bring on these baby showers, birthday parties and bridal showers. I welcome the challenge, lol. I wasn’t really blown away with the twin baby shower themes I came across on the web. Many of them were the usual pink for girls or blue for boys or surprise pink and blue for a boy-girl twin combo. Yawn. So when I saw the Two Peas in a Pod theme on Pinterest, I was sold. Green is a great gender-neutral colour, if you’d rather not do the traditional pink or blue, like me. Plus, you can never go wrong with white or cream. Combine the two, and you’ve got a winner, especially for a spring/summer shower like we had.

I made this sash for Amanda after seeing how much baby showers sashes cost at Party Spot. We were working with a tight budget, so the more DIY I could do, the better it’d be on our pockets. Plus, it’s much more personalised this way 🙂

True to the theme, we got mama-to-be (nicknamed mama-to-peas that day) to wear a white dress (the guest dress code was pretty summer dress). Even the ice cream had to be in line with the theme and it was my two fave flavours; vanilla and mint choc chip. Yummm. We also played two games: Baby Babble and the well received Mr. and Mrs. Wright. Both were complete hits, so check them out if you’re looking for new or different games. I didn’t manage to get many photos of the gift giving itself as it got a bit too dark by the time she started. But if you have FOMO, she got some great basic baby essentials, including nappies which we all know she desperately needs!

 

I was super proud of how it all looked, the food was delicious, the games we played were hella fun and most importantly,  mama-to-peas was treated to a day of laughter and love.

Do you love to DIY for showers and parties? Let me know if you’d like some tips on how to plan one below.

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6 Comments

  1. Joyce
    November 11, 2017 / 8:17 am

    Well done Aisha. Everything looked great and the planning was seamless. Loved being a part of the “steering committee” lol. All the best Amanda, can’t wait to meet the twins.

    • Aisha O'Reilly
      November 13, 2017 / 11:05 am

      Thanks hon, me too!

  2. Liz
    November 9, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    wow!Everything is On-point 🙂 i love this .

    Hi Aisha,
    i’m planning on having a small party for my little Prince on his 1st birthday that will be in Jan2018 .
    Please help me out with some tips on how to plan it .

    • Aisha O'Reilly
      November 13, 2017 / 11:04 am

      Hi Liz, thanks for the feedback 🙂

      Some tips:
      1. Pick a theme, budget and an invite list of only people who HAVe to be there – stick to it no matter what.
      2. Choose a venue that doesn’t charge a venue fee (but they may need you to use their food services). If you can have it at someone’s home, even better.
      3. Whatever you can do yourself, do yourself and enlist others to help you (sisters, friends).
      4. Ask for favours – if you know someone who can bake, ask them to make the cake. If you have a friend with a good camera, ask them to take photos of the day. This will all save costs.

      Hope that helps!

  3. November 7, 2017 / 10:35 am

    Everything looks great & congratulations to your friend, wishing her the best of luck in her new journey #Motherhood

    • Aisha O'Reilly
      November 13, 2017 / 11:00 am

      Thanks so much Olivia. I’ll pass on your wishes to my friend 🙂

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