It has been a long time since my last blog post! I thought since it has been almost a year since my baby shower, I should probably get around to blogging about it. I had my baby shower in September of 2020. It was an outdoor ginger jar themed shower on a beautiful late summer day. I was very lucky to even have a small baby shower due to Covid. Let’s begin with how we chose the theme.
Growing up my Mother had ginger jars around the house. I have always loved the pop of blue they give to a space. My husband and I decided to keep the gender of the baby a surprise so the ginger jar theme seemed like the perfect choice. To be completely honest the theme might have been decided by a pair of earrings I was gifted by my husband for our anniversary.
With the theme set we began the process of planning the shower. Having a backyard shower, during Covid times, and on a budget was no easy feat. Luckily my mother and I had about 20 ginger jars so making the flower arrangements for the tables was easy. We decided to fill the jars with a mixture of pink and white flowers from Trader Joe’s. We kept the flower budget at 100 dollars or less. My mother and I put together the the flower arrangements the day before the shower. My mother is extremely talented when it comes to creating gorgeous flower arrangements. We rented white tables and white chairs and used white paper table cloths. We placed a flower arrangement in the middle of each table. We also made other flower arrangements to place all around the back yard.
To add a personal touch to the decor we purchased a “Baby Hurley” ginger jar banner from Etsy to create the perfect picture taking opportunity. We also purchased some pretty paper fans from Oriental Trading and placed them on the back stairs and behind the present opening area. To create the present opening area we used my mother’s vintage wicker love seat and blue garden stool. We were lucky to find a super cute ginger jar pillow from Hobby Lobby to to add to the loveseat. In the entrance to the shower we hung up a simple balloon arrangement from Amazon.
When it came to food we kept it simple and safe. We made all the food Covid friendly. We served all the food in individual plastic cups to avoid sharing. We had a variety of sandwiches in wrappers, pasta salad, an asian coleslaw, basil and tomato skewers, and fancy vegetables with dip. For dessert, my very talented aunt made an adorable pink cake surrounded by gorgeous cupcakes designed to look like beautiful blue hydrangeas. To go along with the shower theme my aunt also created the most amazing and delicious ginger gar cookies. The ginger gar cookies were probably my favorite part of the shower.
My baby shower was a perfect day. It was exactly the shower I had always dreamed of. I am so grateful that I got to spend the day with family and friends and celebrate baby Hurley. Planning any kind of event can be stressful. Planning a special event during a pandemic can be even more stressful. Just remember that even if you are on a tight budget, or putting pasta salad in indivdual cups for 25 people, that as long as you are with the ones you love the event will be great! Don’t be afraid to do a theme that is not traditional! Do whatever makes you happy!