Recently, I teamed up with a friend hosted a baby shower for our colleague/friend. Since it was technically a “work” shower, I wanted it to be a little more laid back and less-structured than a typical shower, but still be a great time for all! Read on to check out the simple touches added that made it a fabulous event- with a little inspiration for any shower- bridal, baby, or birthday!
First off, the venue! Cactus Cantina offers a fun atmosphere, is close to the office- and they have several semi-private rooms without a rental fee… done!
photo credit: cactuscantina.com
Next up, the invitation- since this was a work shower, I decided to keep it green and eco-friendly, so I sent an e-mail invite- and another colleague whipped up this invite in a snap!
sidenote: I highly recommend a book shower- a great way to start a little one’s library! A nice alternative to a traditional shower, and also a bit more comfortable and inclusive for co-workers!
Next up- dessert. I called Katie at my favorite DC cupcakery Something Sweet and asked her if she could whip up some of her amazing red velvet cupcakes and chocolate with buttercream frosting. She happily agreed- and even made some adorable toppers to customize the mini-cupcakes for their grand appearance at Cactus Cantina! Below: red velvet mini-cupcakes with cacti topping; chocolate with buttercream frosting, topped with a little sombrero!
LOVE how these turned out!
Little easels let guests know that food was on the way (since folks were coming and going at different times, we had chips, salsa, queso & guacamole at the table when folks arrived, then had a variety of appetizers arrive shortly thereafter. This was a non-alc shower, so we let folks know to go directly to the bar if they wanted a cocktail.
In lieu of games, I placed a pen and note card (a few sheets of bright orange and yellow patterned scrapbook paper to keep with our color scheme) at each place setting with a note on the back asking folks to write a note of advice or just a well wish to the mom-to-be or the new baby. Post shower, I filled the album with the wishes, an extra copy of the shower invitation, and photos that were taken at the shower! A great little memento for the mom-to-be to remember her shower!
I love sending guests home with a little memento and for this Southwest inspired shower, that meant mini “baby” cacti from Succulents Galore on Etsy. Cheap and super quick priority shipping at no extra cost meant these little darlings arrived just 2 days after ordering!
The cupcakes were gobbled up, so I packed some bright gumballs in cell bags, tied with a simple ribbon and favor sticker and popped them in chocolate gable boxes.
All that was left to do was wrap up with some green ribbon, and seal with a “thanks for coming” label with a cowboy favor tag from Photo Greetings on Etsy (she sends you the file, you print and cut!) to complete the theme- and send guests on their way!
The end result was a great party! It was all fairly simple, but by paying attention to details and the guest experience, this shower was a huge success and great fun for all in attendance!