Books and Brunch Baby Shower

I had full intentions on sharing all of the details of my baby shower with all of you, but I did the one thing that you cannot do as a blogger - I forgot to take a lot of pictures.


Is that my first mom fail?

I think I literally have 1 picture from the day of the actual baby shower. I should have hired a photographer, or at least asked someone to take pictures! Oh well.

Planning a baby shower soon?  Just curious about what we did?  Let me break it down for you! (I will link as many sources as I can!)


There are SO many options on the internet for invitations these days.  Etsy is a great place to find some really cute ones. But, if you’re like me and have a specific vision in your head of exactly what you want it to look like, sometimes it’s really hard to find.

So, I designed my own.  I’m a brunch lover (check out my brunch wedding details here), so naturally I wanted my baby shower to be a brunch as well.  And I loved the idea of a ‘storybook shower’ so putting them together with a vintage twist was exactly what I needed.

Here’s the invitation - front.

Phone number blocked out.

And the back.

If you're having a party and want an invitation designed specificlly for your event, contact me and let's talk about it! :)


Bring a book instead of a card

This is becoming very popular and I am so glad it is!  Books are one of the best gifts you can give a child (or new parents) so why not!?

We received some well-loved books and some new books, both of which we will enjoy reading with our little one over and over again!


Here’s what was on the menu:
Egg casserole
Ham and cheese sandwiches
Fruit salad
Cheesy Potatoes
Cinnamon roll bites
Oatmeal bar (crock pot full of plain oats with an assortment of toppings on the side)
Cookies (Hy-Vee)
Juice / coffee / water

It was the perfect mixture of homemade goodness.  I am so blessed to have such wonderful family members that made all of the food and sweets! (Since I didn't take any photos, here are some from Pinterest of the items we had - click link above for source.)


Table Decorations

This was my favorite part because I love to decorate!  My mom came up with the idea to find tons of small storybook animals at the antique mall and spray paint them all gold. So, I knew I wanted to include these animals, old books, vintage items, and fresh flowers (pink and blue).

We ended up with about 12 different ‘arrangements’. I was SO in love with each one.

All of the flowers are from Hy-Vee (Silvis, IL).

We had the tables running together to make long sections, so we used old book pages and taped them together to create a ‘table runner’.  It was perfect!

Plates / napkins
Vintage books/pages - Antique mall
Gold animals - Antique mall
White rabbit - Target
Gold and clear vase - Target
Candlesticks - Antique mall
Vintage vases - Antique mall
Candlesticks - Target
Blocks - Antique mall
Old car - Antique mall
Fresh flowers - Silvis Hy-Vee

Other decor

We held the baby shower in our church basement and the room is very large.  So, in order to section it off a bit, we created a ‘wall’ of vines and streamers to give it a storybook feeling.

Fake ivy - Amazon (similar)
Streamers - Target
Tissue flowers - DIY

Also, we had a banner created with the image from my invitation and hung that on the wall behind the sweets.

What did you wear?

Well, I know some people choose their outfit based on if they are having a girl/boy but I couldn’t do that. So, I went with a simple dark dress with flowers.  

Dress - ASOS maternity
Shoes - TJ Maxx

This is literally the only picture I have from the day of the baby shower.

I am so incredibly thankful for everyone who helped set-up and contributed to the success of showering our little one and also to everyone who attended. We are forever grateful!