how to put together a baby shower in two hours

how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")

how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")I mentioned that our trip to Denver was an absolute whirlwind; our schedule was pretty jam packed. In fact, when we first chatted with my sister-in-law about adding a baby shower to the calendar of events, she mentioned that maybe we should just let this one go. But every baby deserves a celebration, and so we plowed ahead with the baby shower plans (probably more accurately baby *sprinkle* plans).

how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")The result was our first ever Two Hour Shower. Meaning, of course, that we pulled this whole baby shower off with about 2 hours of work and errands. Game changer, friends. Absolute game changer.

how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")There is definitely tweaking to be done, and I’m not sure I could’ve done this in Saipan (access to Target and Whole Foods were central to pulling this off), but I can say with certainty that this will not be our last “Two Hour Shower.”

Essential components of the Easiest-Ever Baby Shower-

how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")Food- Since we stuck with dessert (perhaps the easiest menu of all!), it was so simple to acquire the entire menu with a trip to Whole Foods and a drive through Starbucks. We grabbed ice cream and toppings (Tricia’s fav this pregnancy), strawberry wafers, yellow cake with chocolate frosting, a couple packages of two bite coconut macaroons, and half a dozen birthday cake pops. Easiest baby shower menu ever.

how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")Drinks- Again, our aim was simplicity (and prettiness). We picked up grapefruit Izzes and Wild Poppy blood orange chili bottled juices, and whipped up some rosemary grapefruit water. Paired with some extra pretty gold rimmed glasses from our mama’s collection and pink straws, our bar cart was a fully equipped drink station.

how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")Decor- We used a few pieces of pretty gift wrap as the back drop (these are from PaperSource), hung a tassel garland above the dessert table (we made it awhile ago, but you can order one too- I saw some at Paper Crush and at Flair Exchange, and there are a ton on etsy), added a “Yay!” chalkboard to the treat table, hung the Oh Baby poster and some cute signs (did you know that Staples can have printables ready same day?), and added a couple of bouquets of flowers that we bought at the grocery store to the mix.

how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")Favors- Dark chocolate bars, wrapped in pretty paper with an “Oh Baby” polka dot label. Done. Guys, why didn’t I figure this out sooner? Easiest, yummiest favors ever. And especially apropos for our dark-chocolate-loving guest of honor!

how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")Other Not-So-Essentials- My vintage cooler from World Market made serving ice cream easier (and prettier). And I could sing bar cart praises all day long- they’re just so versatile! Using the bar cart for drinks and favors was not only functional, it also added to the decor. Also, having a few white cake stands and a couple of neutral tabletop easels on hand made this whole set up come together more easily.

how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")All in all, even with the pared down, well, everything, this shower turned out to be so much fun- and such a great celebration of our sister-in-law and their new addition!

how to put together the easiest ever baby shower (aka the "2 hour shower")There are more Two Hour Baby Showers in my future, I am 100% sure of it (even though they’ll be more like 4 Hour Showers in Saipan). If you are lucky enough to have a Target, a Starbucks and a Whole Foods nearby (bonus points for World Market and Trader Joes), you could do variations of this 2 Hour Shower forever. Happy baby Trish!

you are my sunshine baby shower (and some cheerful baby shower ideas)

You Are My Sunshine Shower (and a bunch of cheerful spring baby shower ideas). I especially love the way these baby shower ideas could apply to every shower (or party) you throw!

I have a friend who is putting together a You Are My Sunshine birthday party later this month, and when I was searching around for printables for that party, I realized that this sunshine baby shower from last spring didn’t ever make it onto the blog. What!?! Since March is a great month for a shot […]

a girly pink baby shower

pink, summery mojito bar

What happens when one of your very best friends, who is the mama of three boys, has a baby girl (after leaving the gender a surprise!)? An over-the-top PINK sip ‘n see (two days before you get on an airplane to Saipan), of course! This girly baby shower (well, Sip ‘n See) was so much […]

arrows and bows baby shower

arrows and bow baby shower

People often ask me the secret to making high maintenance showers less maintenance. I usually tell them, “Find great help.” And then they laugh. But I’m not kidding. Y’all, this arrows and bows shower for my sweet friend Katie and her Little Miss Mae was amazing. The food was, I’m not kidding, perhaps the best […]

how to put together a mimosa bar

mimosa bar drink station

I love trying new food and drink stations at parties and showers, so it is a rare occasion when one makes a reappearance. But a Mimosa Bar is just such a timeless, one-size-fits-all crowd pleaser. When we were putting together a Baby Sprinkle for a dear friend a couple of weekends ago, nothing else fit […]

littlest denver-ite baby shower

denver_themed_baby_shower

 Our friends, Adam and Erin are Denver-ites through and through. They have a dozen favorite local brunch spots, can rattle off their favorite local bands (Adam was in one for awhile), are fabulous Denver restaurant recommend-ers, and just generally love our fair city. A”Littlest Denver-ite Baby Shower” was the perfect theme to celebrate their soon-to-be-addition, […]

DIY hot cocoa bar (and shopping list)

hot cocoa bar

I think that every winter party might just need a hot cocoa bar. Warm, cozy and delicious- I can’t think of a time that a buffet of hot chocolate wouldn’t be a party favorite. The hot cocoa bar at the Chocolate Shower was definitely a highlight (and I will be adding this little feature to […]

the wonderful world of whoopie pies

cutie pie shower

When we were in the middleeast in June, Jordan and I discovered this fantastic whoopie pie recipe. The filling is magical, especially if you are a frosting loving gal like me. Fast forward a couple months to me planning a ‘Welcome Cutie Pie’ baby shower for some of our good friends (and by baby shower, […]

DIY doily pinwheels

DIY doily pinwheels

As I mentioned before, we are seriously lacking in craft supplies in my town. It can be frustrating, but one positive is that it forces me to get creative with my party decor and projects. Thankfully, I am finding that you truly can make something fantastic with a few basic supplies. Restaurants here use doilies as […]