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    Hold a Baby Shower on a Budget with Items from Goodwill®

    I love showers! Baby showers, wedding showers and April showers (because they bring May flowers!). So when I realized that one of my dearest friends, Robyn, didn’t have a plan for a baby shower, I sprang into action enlisting the help of my craftiest friends to create a shower for her that she would never forget.

    The first things I tackled were figuring out a theme and a location– in my case they went hand in hand. I am a member of this terrific arts club called the Salmagundi Club, and their parlor floor is just gorgeous so I immediately thought that doing a retro theme for the shindig made the most sense.

     

    Baby shower invite and padd

    And since the newest import from the UK that I have recently become obsessed with is the fascinator, I thought that we should make the party’s theme: “Sunday Best and Facinators Only.” The invites were pulled from a graphic designer we found on Etsy and tweaked a little by her to customize it.

    Teacups

    I knew that we wanted to do this shindig on a budget so my first step was to get with my friend and co-planner Tiffany and hit the local Goodwill. I scheduled the event for a Saturday afternoon and high tea made so much sense, a little classy day for all our lady friends to come together! To get pretty tea cups I scoured shop goodwill.com to find beautiful mismatched tea cups from all over the country!

    Buffet Table centerpiece

    We created one large centerpiece for the buffet and drink table, a vintage baby scale from Goodwill decorated with vintage kids books, flowers and other finds.

     

    Baby blocks

    We painted blocks to match the color scheme of the centerpieces and we scanned in printed vintage letters from a children’s book.

    Gift Area

    For the gift table we found an amazing vintage suitcase which was the perfect place for gift cards and gifts.

    Table Centerpieces

     

    For each individual centerpiece for each table. Goodwill sourced Mason jars, were filled in with scanned images from a children’s alphabet book. Each table had a different letter!

    Waiting for the honoree to arrive

    We wore vintage coats and dresses and waited outside for the proud Mom and Dad to be to arrive.

    Games

    During the shower we also played a bunch of games.

    Change the Baby

    Change the Baby game

    This one was super fun. We found a baby doll, then timed each other taking off a diaper, wiping,  powdering her down and putting on a new diaper. The fastest time, believe it or not, was under 10 seconds!

     

    Guess the Bump


    Olivia, one of Robyn’s dear friends brought a spool of pink ribbon, we each cut it to the length we thought was the circumference of Robyn’s belly and the closest to the real measurement won!

     

     

    Baby Bingo

    Baby Bingo game

    And to make opening baby gifts fun we made bingo boards for each guest!

     

    Favors

    Tea Cup Candles

    Tea Cup Candles

    To give guests the incentive to win I wanted to create really great favors! I picked some of the most beautiful tea cups and turned them into candles; you can check out a full tutorial on my website. You can even decorate a little box of matches to go with them! I made seven of them.

    A tea-rrific and (ladylike) time was had by all!

    For more party, home and décor idea visit my website.

     

     

     

     

    Evette Rios
    is a Puerto Rican lifestyle expert, writer, television host and native New Yorker. She regularly appears on NBC's The Today Show and is the host of CBS' Recipe Rehab. Prior to her work at CBS, she was a field correspondent and roving reporter for ABC’s The Chew. She has also been a contributing design expert on Rachael Ray,where she's known for hands-on advice, innovative crafts and dramatic room revisions. Learn more about Evette at http://evetterios.com.
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    • Joanne
      June 3rd, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      I love these ideas, What a fun baby shower it must have been. Could change it around for a bridal shower etc.
      keep on coming up & using your great ideas.

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