Friday, February 26, 2010

10 Popular Baby Shower Themes

Choosing a theme is the first step in planning a fun and fabulous baby shower. When choosing a baby shower theme, it is important to take into account what you think the mommy to be would like and what suits her personality best. There are a ton of fun and unique themes to choose from but to make things easy I have put together a list of 10 popular baby shower themes that are sure to impress your guests and the mommy to be.

1. Tea Party - Tea parties are a very popular choice for baby showers. You can choose to host the shower at either a local tea house or in your home. Invite guests to the shower with tea themed invitations. You can find a ton of cute invitations online or you can decide to make them yourself. For the menu, it would be fun to serve a variety of finger foods or mini sandwiches and tea cookies. Of course, no tea party is complete without tea! You can purchase a variety of fun and unique tea cups and have a variety of different teas for your guests to choose from. For favors, you can give guests their own unique tea cup or tea bag to take home with them.

2. Rubber Ducky - This is a popular theme for a gender neutral baby shower. A great color scheme for a rubber ducky themed shower is blue, yellow and white. Decorate the room with a ton of clear balloons to give the effect of bubbles. For centerpieces, you can get clear bowls and fill them with ping pong balls and a yellow rubber ducky. If you really want to engage your guests in the theme you can ask them to come to the shower in their pajamas or bath robes.

3. Baby Book Theme - This a great theme for a baby shower. When inviting guests, ask them to bring their favorite baby book with them as a gift for the mommy to be. Guests can also write a message to the baby inside the book. When decorating, you can set the table like a bed. Get a bright and colorful sheet and use it as a tablecloth and use matching pillow cases as placemats. You can also decorate the table with stuffed animals and binkies that the mommy to be will get to take home with her for the new baby.

4. Jungle Theme - For a wild baby shower you can choose a jungle theme. There are a ton of really cute animal print invitations out there to choose from and you can find most of them in a blue or pink theme as well as brown, green or yellow for a gender neutral shower. Decorate the room like a jungle with a ton of green balloons or streamers and have stuffed animals like monkey's and lions hanging off chairs and around the room.

5. Diaper Party! - This is a fun and practical baby shower theme. When inviting guests, ask them to bring a pack of diapers for the mom to be. You can assign guests a diaper size so that the new mom will have a variety of diapers to use for the baby's first few months. A diaper cake would also serve as a great centerpiece and gift for the mom. Entertain guests with the dirty diaper game.

6. Mommy Cravings or Comfort Food Theme - What better way to pamper the mom to be than with her favorite foods? The menu will be the focus of this baby shower theme. Guests can indulge in a variety of comfort foods like mac and cheese, grilled panini sandwiches, pasta salad and fondue or an ice cream sundae bar for dessert. You can also have guests to a recipe trade of all of their favorite comfort foods.

7. Circus Theme - Step right up to a circus themed baby shower. This is another great choice for a gender neutral shower. Decorate the room with bright colored balloons and streamers. Serve popcorn, cotton candy and caramel apples. You can entertain guests with a magic show or a clown.

8. Pea(s) in the Pod - This is a super cute baby shower theme for twins or multiples but can also be done for the expectant mother of just one. A good color scheme for this theme if green and white but you can also add a splash of color. For table decorations and centerpieces, fill a glass vase with green jelly beans or peas and white or yellow flowers. Plan a pea themed menu with a pea pasta salad or pea soup. A great party favor for guests is their own personalized pack of pea seeds that they can plant in their own garden.

9. About to Hatch - This fun "chick" themed baby shower is a classic. Decorate the room with white and yellow balloons and cute little chick stuffed animals. There are some really cute favors available for this theme online such as an "About To Hatch Egg Timer" and "About to Hatch Mini Whisk". You can entertain guests by dying eggs or playing the "hot potato" game with a hardboiled egg.

10. Bling Bling Baby Shower - This is one of my favorite baby shower themes. The focus of this theme is all about the bling. Diamonds are not only a girl's best friend but a baby's best friend. Decorate the table with jewels and sparkles. You can even glue rhinestones or glitter onto the tableware. Serve sparkling cider and mini sandwiches or cookies cut in the shape of diamonds.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Press Release

So I finally got around to sending out our very first press release for So Sweet Stationery.  Check it out:

Monday, February 22, 2010

How to Plan The Perfect Party. |

Planning a party? Check out these helpful party planning tips at eHow!

How to Plan The Perfect Party.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sweet Find! Busy Bee Lifestyle

I recently found a great blog and site called Busy Bee Lifestyle and just had to share!  At you’ll find inspiring and up-to-date ideas on entertaining, decorating, fashion, shopping, holidays, family, friendships and much more! Busy Bee Lifestyle takes the legwork out of adding special touches to life’s everyday celebrations.

I especially love their section on "What's For Dinner".  I struggle sometimes with what to make for dinner and they have some great ideas and recipies that are simple and delicious.  I like to check back often to see what new and exciting recipes they have added.  Click Here to check it out!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

How to Take Quality Photos

You can learn how to take quality photos like a professional with this handy dandy eHow article.

With the help of my very good friend and expert photographer, Allyson Wiley, you too can take professional quality photos!  Try these tips out and let us know how your photos turn out.  We would love to post and feature them on our blog!!!

Lubbock Texas Has Inspired Me!

I just got back from a trip to Lubbock Texas to visit my in-laws.  I got to spend time with my two nephews who are 3 1/2 and 6 1/2 (according to them you HAVE to include the 1/2, it's a big deal!) Anyways, we spent some quality time with them and got to play some intense games of Mario Kart on the Wii. 

Little did I know that I would actually get inspired for work there.  I met with a Lubbock based stationery designer and we have some really cool ideas for the site!  We are hoping to offer an exclusive stationery and invitation line to So Sweet Stationery very soon! 

I will keep you posted and in the mean time would love to hear from you about the types of designs that YOU would like to see on our site!  Thanks ahead of time for your input!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Get Your Free $5.00 Gift Certificate For So Sweet Stationery!

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Get in Touch With Your WILD Side!

Get in touch with your WILD side with these adorbale and stylish animal print address labels, calling cards, and stationery gift sets.  Perfect for an animal print themed birthday party, baby shower or wedding shower.  These also make great hostess gifts, bridesmaid gifts and birthday gifts!


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Party in Style with PINK!

I was visiting my friends over at Silly and Sweet Baby Boutique and I found the custest Garden Princess Dress and I just had to share.  This would be a perfect birthday dress for your little princess.  You can even personalize the dress with your little angel's name or monogram! There is also a matching diaper cover...too cute!  To make things even sweeter we have some adorable invitations and matching  thank you cards available at So Sweet Stationery that I think would match this dress perfectly.  You could plan the whole birthday around this pink and white princess theme. 

$48.00 - $60.00

Garden Princess Pique Fancy Pants - Hot Pink with White Trim at Silly and Sweet Baby Boutique $20.00

Unique Pink Lattice Invitation at So Sweet Stationery

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Party Favors, Wedding Favors & Baby Shower Favors!

So Sweet Stationery is excited to announce that we now offer Favors!!!  I love party favors and the vendor that we now carry, Kate Apsen, has an adorable selection of unique favors for weddings, baby showers and all kinds of parties.  What I like best about these favors is that they are so unique and practical at the same time!  Here are a few of my favorites.

Good news travels fast, and there's no better news than a new baby! Help family and friends spread the wonderful word with sticky notes sweetly tucked away inside a colorful baby block.

“Sweet As Can Bee” Ceramic Honey Pot with Wooden Dipper

Just how sweet can a baby bee? Sweet as honey, as you can see! Bee-hold a honey of a favor that's perfect for celebrating the new baby. Bee-sides its practicality, this ceramic honey pot is bee-yond cute, and it simply bee-longs at the baby shower!

So Pretty Miniature Purse Bottle Stoppers in Gift Box

Talk about favors that are sure to make your girls grin! Half funky, half fancy, these bottle stoppers are very useful and just plain retro-fabulous. Each set contains four different handpainted purse designs and each purse arrives in a box that's almost as cute as the stopper itself (and that's saying a lot!)

Topiary Photo Holder/Place Card Holder
"As Seen in Modern Bride Aug/Sept 2008"

A breathtaking topiary—always the stunning showpiece of an exquisitely arranged garden—is the inspiration for this dramatic Kate Aspen design. The Topiary Photo Holder/Place Card Holder will bring the same engaging charm to your wedding reception tables. Nobly rising from a well-crafted, dark-wood planter is the finely manicured, round, rich green foliage—an artisan’s hallmark. Every topiary can hold a cherished photo of the happy couple or a place card.

“Maison du Vin” Wine Cork Place Card/Photo Holder with Grape-Themed Place Cards

When two wine lovers wed, perhaps in a lovely vineyard, and the house wine at the reception is naturally spectacular, there's a Kate Aspen favor made just for you. You can share your affinity for wine with guests by choosing this charming place card/photo holder.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Top 10 Photo Birth Announcements for 2010

Check out these top 10 adorable photo birth announcements for 2010 by Cutie Pies Custom Creations.  You can find all of these designs on our site!!

1. Penelope Pink & Brown Polka Dots

2. Blue and Brown Modern Trio Dots

7. Dawson Cade Lime, Blue & Chocolate

8. Sawyer Checkerboard

10. Paige Janelle Pink & Yellow

Ana's "Pea in the Pod" Baby Shower

So my very good friend Ana is expecting her first baby!  I went to high school and college with Ana and we are all so excited to meet the new addition to our circle of friends.  Since she is waiting to find out if it is a boy or girl we decided to throw her a "Pea in the Pod" themed baby shower.  My friend Sara designs custom invitations and created an adorable pea in the pod invitation for her.

The table was set with white and green dishes and bright green napkins.  For the centerpiece, we filled a clear glass vase with green jelly beans and yellow flowers!

We decided to go with a "comfort food theme" for the menu.  We had a variety of fruit, cheese and crackers for appetizers.  For lunch, we served a variety of warm and toasty panini sandwiches with chicken, pesto, roasted red peppers and prosciutto with a variety of cheeses.  We also had delicious fire roasted tomato soup, baked mac and cheese and a colorful green salad. For beverages we served wine and champagne (for those of us not expecting) and hot apple cider.  Dessert was the best part (as always)!  We had a chocolate fondue station set up while she was opening gifts with strawberries, cookies and pound cake. 

The games were a blast!

We played a "Price is Right" baby game which was super fun.  We had purchased a few little baby items like tone nail clippers and cotton swabs and the guests has to guess the price for each item and whoever was the closest won!  And the best part about this game was that the mommy to be got to keep all of the items!!

All of the guests received adorable baby powder scented candles in a pea pod themed tin as favors.  I can't wait to burn mine :)

Overall, the shower was a huge success!  We are so happy for Ana and can not wait to meet the "precious" little one!

Here is the inspiration for our party (courtesy of Hostess with the Mostess)