Baby, it’s cold outside! From the recent flurry of snowstorms frosting over the East Coast to the countless rain showers drenching the Sunshine state, if this winter weather acts as our inspiration, it seems like the perfect time to host a whimsical winter wonderland themed baby shower.
Featured in this elegant entertaining guide are winter baby shower party ideas, ranging from classy decorations and fun games to delectable food, beverages, and desserts.
Winter Baby Shower Party Decorations
To set the mood for a beautiful winter baby shower, your party needs to have winter wonderland-themed party decorations. From an easy-to-make DIY Baby banner to glamorous frosted centerpieces, these winter baby shower decorations will instantly add a festive touch to your special occasion.
Upon entry, your guests should be welcomed with a “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” sign in a modern silver-plated picture frame. This sweet message immediately sets the tone for your winter baby shower, and gives guests an idea of what to expect as they walk into your home.
Since fun-filled balloons always turn any event into a party, for a winter baby shower, fill the room with 12″ pearlized white latex balloons accented by high-shine metallic silver ribbon. Tether each cluster of helium-filled balloons with a silver balloon weight, to ensure they don’t float up to the ceiling.
An easy, affordable way to fill balloons with helium (without the high expense or time-consuming effort to rent a helium cylinder) is to use a pre-filled, portable, disposable helium tank (like the Yankee Doodle Dandy E-Z Balloon Kit). After the party is over, place the empty tank in your curbside recycling can. It’s that easy!
For those of you who enjoy DIY projects, why not create a lovely DIY Baby banner to hang from a fireplace mantle or on a wall?!
To learn how to create the Baby banner shown above, check out the easy instruction guide from Pottery Barn Kids. You only need a few inexpensive supplies, including: multipurpose paper, silver glittered card stock, white satin ribbon (in two sizes), scissors and an X-Acto knife.
On top of the fireplace mantle, place a few vases filled with white flowers and a couple of snowflake tea light candle holders as the finishing touches.
Don’t stash those holiday decorations just yet. Christmas tree ornaments, frosted pine cones, and icy branches are the perfect accent pieces to add wintry flair and a festive touch to your winter baby shower.
Place a large clear vase on the center of your table, fill to the top with a mixture of silver glass ball ornaments (glittered, frosted, and chromed). Then stick a few tree branches (real or faux) inside the glass, wedged between the ornaments. This is a striking look for a table centerpiece, as it catches the light beautifully, in addition to adding height and drama.
An inexpensive way to adorn your table with frosted pine cones is to do-it-yourself. Head out into the forest, gather several pine cones that you find on the ground, then cover them with silver metallic spray paint. Place them in in a bowl or dish, and set it a top your table.
Fresh flowers always brings a party to life, while adding a dose of color and femininity.
Cut the flowers (on a diagonal angle) to the appropriate length, to fit inside the vase. After soaking the floral foam in water (for about 2 minutes), place it in the bottom of your vase. To cover the floral foam, fill the bowl with white rocks. To arrange the flowers, stick the stems of each flower gently into the foam. Start with the Roses (or medium-sized flowers), by placing them strategically. Then add the large flowers (in this case, Lilies), and fill-in the bare areas with filler flowers (Baby’s Breath).
A charming addition to your winter baby shower (which also adds a dose of whimsical decor), is a Wishing Tree. Place a jewelry tree stand behind a framed sign saying “The Wishing Tree”, on a table. Provide guests with small note cards (with ribbons pre-attached) and pens, to enable them to write their wishes for the baby.
Create a designated areas for guests to place their gifts, by placing a framed sign saying “Gifts” in front of a large, white plush animal (such as a Polar Bear or Penguin).
Winter Baby Shower Games
A winter baby shower wouldn’t be complete without a fun game to entertain guests. An easy, fuss-free game idea is to provide each guest with a safety pin (to attach to their outfit), when they arrive. Throughout the party, they will have to remember not to say the word “Baby”. If someone hears them saying this off-limits word, that person can take their baby pin. At the end of the party, the guest who has the most pins wins a prize.
Winter Baby Shower Beverages
Since your guests will be a mix of pregnant ladies and women who aren’t expecting a baby, it’s advisable to offer both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Sparkling juices and Pellegrino are perfect alternatives for the moms-to-be, while the non-pregnant gals can sip on Champagne or Prosecco.
To make your hosting duties easier, simply place the bottles in a large beverage cooler or party tub (filled with ice), with glasses nearby. This encourages your guests to help themselves, which frees you up to attending to other responsibilities.
Winter Baby Shower Food
Considering most baby showers are held mid-day, when planning your winter baby shower menu, think brunch foods.
A mixture of fresh berries is a flavorful and easy appetizer to serve. Plus a bowl of colorful berries always adds vibrance and beauty to your table.
For the main dishes, a variety of Quiches (with both vegetarian and meat options), complemented by tossed salad, is a great way to go. You can set-up your buffet table with these foods as the party is in progress, which gives guests the cue that they can serve themselves. To make things easy for your guests, simply place menu cards in front of each Quiche, indicating what they are (ex. Tomato & Goat Cheese).
When it comes to desserts, instead of option for a cake (which can become expensive, if purchased from a bakery), offer guests home-baked frosted cupcakes. Not only are these single serving sizes ideal for ladies at a brunch, they also free up your hands, since guests can each grab one or two cupcakes.
A sweet way to add a wintry touch to your cupcakes is to top them with edible glittered snowflakes. This adornment is the perfect accent, and makes a visually beautiful display.
Winter Baby Shower Party Favors
As your guests leave the party, give them a party favor they can enjoy at home with their family.
A clear cellophane bag filled with s’mores ingredients, tied with a ribbon and adjoining card that reads “Thank you for making the baby shower s’more fun!” is the perfect way to send them home from your winter baby shower.
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