Thursday, September 30, 2010


The frost is on the pumpkin and the search for free printable Halloween baby shower invitations is afoot! Clip art of witch hats, jack o lanterns and things that go bump in the night like spooky ghosts and the occasional black cat that in any other season would be totally out of place on a baby shower invitation are becoming the center of attention... at least for the next several weeks.


Nothing says "Trick or Treat" like the silhouette of a witch on her broomstick illuminated by the light of a full harvest moon. A baby girl's shower might be just the occasion to find some witch graphics to decorate the front of your Halloween baby shower invitations.


If something less sinister is more your cup tea, pumpkin clip art can be used for so many fall baby showers! From early September on through Thanksgiving I never get tired of seeing pumpkins, do you?


Vintage Halloween invitations are my all-time favorite. The images on those old-fashioned cards are just delightful. One little trick that I've used in the past was to scan one of the vintage Halloween cards from my personal collection (yes, I have one) and replace the existing greeting with my own baby shower invitation wording or a short spooky verse like:

Join us to celebrate the arrival of our little pumpkin!

and then print it out on whatever card stock that I choose! If you start shopping early you may be able to find some vintage Halloween baby shower decorations to complete the theme!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Alice in Wonderland Theme Baby Shower Ideas

I just had an idea of how an Alice in Wonderland Theme baby shower could be styled for a baby boy! Actually, I found the baby shower ideas here. The article didn't indicate whether the shower was for a baby boy or a baby girl, but after giving a shower a few weeks ago for a baby girl the thought had crossed my mind that it was such a cool theme that there had to be a way to tweak it if the guest of honor was expecting a boy and then I find the answer...a Mad Hatter baby shower theme!

The baby shower favors that they presented were mini-teacups with dainty floral arrangements in them and there were oversized tea cups used as flower pots scattered throughout the other baby shower decorations including glitter covered bunny rabbits, kittens and mushrooms.

Out of all the creative hostess' Alice in Wonderland Theme baby shower ideas in my opinion the unique baby shower invitations were the show stoppers. The invitations, designed by Sherry at Creative Works designs included a note from the Queen of Hearts and an 'open-me'. It was requested that the guests wear hats and the mother-to-be was sporting a mini top hat.

I can't wait until one of my friends announces that she's expecting a baby boy so that I can plan a Mad Hatter baby shower!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010


I've noticed lots of spa baby shower ideas being tossed around including recipes for avocado facial masks, how to instructions for setting up a virtual production line of manicure and pedicure chairs and tips for where to have the masseuse set up their tables so as not to interfere with the flow of traffic or the feng shui of the venue. The only part of the planning process that I haven't seen discussed in such detail is menu ideas.

Is this because mommies that are interested in a pampering shower are all watching their weight and don't have much interest in loading up on even low calorie, low carb baby shower food?

Not that I don't have to watch my weight, but I kind of look forward to showers with anticipation using them as an excuse to blow my diet. Yeah, I know that's not a pretty confession to have to make but the truth is the truth.

So, tell me if I'm the only person in the whole wide world that would be taken aback and feel really let down to find that I've been invited to a shower that offers facials rather than food and the only decorations are massage tables and manicure stations.

Please send in your votes as to whether you think that baby shower decorations and food should take second place to beauty treatments and while you're at it, you can share your own spa baby shower ideas and tell us what your favorite baby shower theme may be.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010


If you are toying with the idea of finding and sending out vintage baby shower invites that are truly from back in the 1950s and 1960s, you might be in for a bit of a surprise meaning that you may only be able to find gender neutral invitations. You see, long before the word "unisex" was on the radar of expectant moms, that was the route they had to take when planning a baby shower that was to take place before the birth of the baby.

Remember, that the only way of determining whether the blessed bundle was going to be a baby boy or girl in the old days was to take at the mommy-to-be's tummy to see whether the baby was being carried high or low. If that failed, retro moms might go at it by following instructions given in old wives’ tales that had at best a 50/50 rate of accuracy for the obvious reasons.

Since there was no way to know the sex of the baby, most vintage baby shower invites were in gender neutral colors and designs with a delicately balanced color scheme of pink, blue, yellow and green. The same went for the baby shower theme, hence the abundance of stork motifs and baby shower decorations that featured a stork (often with an uncanny resemblance to the family doctor) delivering the new baby cradled in a cloth diaper to the arms of excited parents.


If gender neutral baby shower decorations and invitations are not your cup of tea but you had your heart set on old fashioned or retro baby shower themes, take heart. There are companies that specialize in printing invites that have an old time-y look and feel to them. The benefit to using these cards rather than digging through piles of stuff at the flea market or at garage sales is that you get to use decorations and baby shower ideas that clearly are for a boy or a girl and you have complete control over the baby shower invitation wording.