Tired of seeing the same type of baby showers over and over again? Stay classic and go vintage with a "Pat the Bunny" theme: a classic children's book. This book is great for newborns and kids alike because you can feel and experience the excitement of the book (a reflective mirror, the soft fur of the bunny, etc). It's also a great choice because it's possible to throw a lovely shower without lavish expenses and you can include kids as well as adults.
Atmosphere is EverythingDecide on a color palette and stick to it. To keep the vintage feel of the book, chose corals, light pinks, teals and white. Decorate the party with festive DIY pom-poms, pink flowers and add a vintage flair with classic children's books and decorating the room with pictures of the mother, and father-to-be from childhood. Use decorations for the party based on the touch and feel parts of the book — hang small mirrors around the room and place paper flowers sprayed with perfume in vases around the room (unless, of course, the mom-to-be is sensitive to smells.) If you're looking for party favors or specialty decor, the Party Pail baby shower shop has a great variety at very reasonable prices. Of course, if your kids have a skill set and an entrepreneurial spirit, perhaps they can make decorations, games, favors or food for the gathering.
Snacks and Rabbit FoodServe "rabbit food" by offering a variety of salads and vegetables. Serve themed desserts by making sugar cookies in the shape of bunnies and designing the cake to look like the cover of the book. For a fun visual, use small terracotta pots to hold ranch dip or hummus and place baby carrots on top. Have a candy bar and use pastel-colored candies as well as peep marshmallows. For a fun twist on sandwiches use a cookie cutter to cut out bunny shapes.
Fun Party GamesBring the book to life and play some party games tailored from the book. Whitney from the Smith Family blog also details an adult version of peek-a-boo, which is the touch and feel parts of the book. Basically modeled after Red Rover, this peek-a-boo game involves two groups of people and a bed sheet. Two people hold the sheet on either side, and the room is split between two groups. Each group sends one person to stand behind the sheet, then the sheet is dropped. The first person to name the other person first wins. The winner is the person who is the only one left on their team.
Another fun game to play is bingo. Use a bingo template and fill in the empty spaces with items from the mother-to-be's gift registry. Once the gifts are opened, guests start to play by crossing off the item on their sheet. The first player to get "bingo" wins a prize! This will help the gift part of the shower and make it that much more exciting, BINGO!
Guest Post by Emily Hall