Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

This past fall I hosted my first baby shower. While I love planning parties, baby showers were brand new territory for me! Are they the same as bridal showers minus the fun cocktails? Do guests really want to play those baby games? And someone please describe all these baby presents to me!

Fortunately my good friend Emily was up for allowing this rookie to throw her a party. She also had an adorable nursery theme already picked out so I piggy backed on her ‘bless this nest’ nursery to use as her shower theme.

Tip #1: having a theme makes decorating SO much easier! 

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Decorations can definitely rack up the costs of a shower. When the cuteness factor of an item goes up, apparently so can the price! Being frugal at heart, I was fine with doing a little bit more research in the name of saving money.

I don’t love the look of those plastic one use table clothes for fancier affairs. So instead I found pretty wrapping paper to roll out onto the table. A fun bonus is that colors & patterns are literally limitless AND much cheaper than purchasing a cotton table cloth that you may or may not use again.

Tip #2: Paper plates and plastic cups & utensils makes hosting SO much easier AND decorative! Lots of color options to choose from! 

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Tip #3: Check out your local dollar store!

Unless you’re planning parties ALL the time, many of the themed party decorations you purchase might not be used again. For this reason, I always find a couple cheaper decorations to mix in with my go to staples that I use for lots of parties: vases & frames. I also throw in fresh flowers. While the flowers likely won’t last more than a week, they’re such a pretty touch and the guest of honor can take them with her after the event.

Tip #4: Spray paint is an easy way to transform items to fit your theme and color.

While I’m no expert in party planning or decorations, we had so much fun preparing this shower. And to my surprise it was so much easier than I thought! Here’s the scoop on what I purchased and how I decorated:

For the Table



Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Party Gifts

We made these fun little candy filled eggs as party favors for all the guests.


Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Keeping the decorations to the tables (dining room table and coffee tables) was just the right amount of pizzazz!

I hope this gives you a little inspiration for your next shower!

 

 

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

 

 

 

 

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No bake bird nest cookies for an adorable Bless this Nest baby shower, but would be great for Easter as well!

This past fall, I hosted my first baby shower for a good friend, which was a really fun process (not only because during the planning phase I found out that I was pregnant myself). While I’ve never really loved having parties for ME, I LOVE throwing them for others.

When preparing for the shower, a couple girlfriends asked when I’ll post the details of the shower on the blog….. ummmm? Well I wasn’t planning on it J.  As I’ve been blogging longer and longer, I get this question more often from friends: “when’s that going on the blog?” Eventually you’re going to get a post detailing how I do my laundry. Kidding. Maybe?

To be honest most of the projects I’m working on never make it to the blog, especially if it doesn’t relate to organizing.

But hosting this shower was so much fun and, to my surprise, relatively easy. So I decided to share my entire planning process in a blog as a series ‘Bless this Nest‘ …. One post for food, decorating, invitations and planning.

I’m excited to share the cute dessert I made for the Bless this Nest themed baby shower!

No bake bird nest cookies for an adorable Bless this Nest baby shower, but would be great for Easter as well!

No bake bird nest cookies for an adorable Bless this Nest baby shower, but would be great for Easter as well!

Bird’s Nest Desserts

Servings: 12 – 16

 

Ingredients / Supplies

6 ounces (1/2 bag) of semi-sweet chocolate chips

6 ounces (1/2 bag) of butterscotch chips

¾ cup creamy peanut butter

10 ounces (roughly ¾  of a large bag) of chow mein noodles

36 jelly beans

Cooking spray for the muffin tin

Large microwavable bowl

Muffin tin

 

Instructions

Microwave the butterscotch and chocolate ships until completely melted, but not boiling hot. I heated for 30 seconds at a time.

Then add the peanut butter and mix thoroughly

Pour in the chow main noodles, adding about ¼ at a time mixing carefully until the noodles are completely covered.

* If you want your dessert to be denser/richer add fewer chow main noodles. For a lighter dessert, add more noodles to the mixture. There’s really no wrong way to go. It’s all personal preference! (I made mine a little richer.)

No bake bird nest cookies for an adorable Bless this Nest baby shower, but would be great for Easter as well!

Apply cooking spray to the muffin tin liberally.

Scoop one large spoonful of the mixture into each muffin tin mold.

No bake bird nest cookies for an adorable Bless this Nest baby shower, but would be great for Easter as well!

Place the full muffin tin in the fridge for an hour or two.

To remove the desserts, press a fork or knife on the side of the mold to ‘pop’ the nest out.

No bake bird nest cookies for an adorable Bless this Nest baby shower, but would be great for Easter as well!

Add a couple jelly beans to the top.

No bake bird nest cookies for an adorable Bless this Nest baby shower, but would be great for Easter as well!

While not necessary, I kept the desserts in the fridge until I was ready to serve. Although it didn’t melt or change shape, these are pretty dense chocolatey treats so keeping at a cool temp until ready to eat is the SAFE route 🙂 !

 

 

No bake bird nest cookies for an adorable Bless this Nest baby shower, but would be great for Easter as well!

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I don’t know what it is about envelope liners, but that extra sheet of paper perfectly assembled in to the envelope always make an invitation look a little bit more special. At the same time, it seems like one of those things that appears so elegant in a magazine, but the DIY option could be a huge flop. So out of fear of ‘flopping’ I’ve avoided making these until now!

Supplies

 

Instructions

The first step is to select the envelope you’d like to use and pick a paper for the liner. I prefer to use wrapping paper for my liners, but most thin paper will work great. Just make sure to avoid thick cardstock.

There’s two ways to create the paper liner:

1 The easiest way is to use a pre-made template. The most popular paper liner template comes from Paper Source and includes a variety of size templates to fit most envelopes. (see photos below) Once you’ve selected the correct template size, use a scissor or x-acto knife to cut out the liner. If you use an X-Acto knife, make sure to place a cutting matt underneath the paper to prevent any damage to your table.

2 If you don’t have or want to purchase a template, you can use your own envelope as the template. To do so, open the envelope and lay it flat on the liner paper. Trace the entire envelope on the liner paper lightly with a pencil. After cutting out the template, you’ll need to trim it down a little so that it can slide into the opening of the envelope. I trimmed 3/8 inch from each side and 3/4 inch from the bottom.

Step by step guide to make your own envelope liners!

 

Once you have the paper liner cut out, insert the liner into your envelope. If it’s still a little big, simply trim down each side evenly.

When you’ve got the liner to the correct size, fold down your envelope flap with the liner inside creating a crease in the liner. Then place a couple pieces of double sided tape at the top and sides of the liner to secure inside the envelope.

Now that you’ve got a beautiful envelope liner, you just need something to go inside so …. keep scrolling down!



Baby Shower Invitation Template

Now that you’ve made some super easy envelope liners, here’s an even easier project – the invitations! A quick, simple and super cute Bless this Nest theme invitation. This past fall, I threw my first baby shower for a friend who was planning a bird themed nursery. Matching the shower theme to the nursery decor was a fun touch!

To use the template, simply download it here and edit the wording to match your shower details. You’ll want to print these invitations with thick card stock on a color printer. If you don’t have a color printer and/or thick card stock, Kinko’s can print these for you easily and very affordably!  Each sheet includes 4 invitations. Free Baby Shower Invitation template, Bless this Nest themed
Bless this Nest baby shower template and envelope liners

If you’d like to see the rest of the baby shower hosting, follow along in our Bless this Nest series for tips on food, decorating and planning!

 

 

 

 

 

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