It’s almost October and I never shared the details from my sister’s baby shower! Sorry in advance for photo overload!
My sister has always loved reading, and is an English teacher, so books are clearly her thing. We thought storybooks would be a great theme for her shower, and as I recently learned, it’s a pretty popular theme. My mom, sister and I were all part of planning and I was the main maker.
Her invitations came from etsy, and they were adorable! You can find them here. We also chose to do the “bring as book” and “diaper raffle” at the shower, which worked out really well.
We had the shower at a restaurant so the only other thing we really had to plan were the centerpieces. We wanted to do a different book on each table and chose some of our favorites/most popular books for each table. I put together all the centerpieces with items from around our house, a little bit of crafting and some store bought items. I wanted each table to have a common thing so I made round place-mats in different fabrics. Here’s the breakdown!
The Eiffel Tower is a jewelry holder from Michaels, I covered a cardboard oatmeal box with felt to look like Madeline’s coat and we had a straw hat to which we added a simple black ribbon to complete the look.
2. Dr. Seuss (Cat in the Hat)
About a week before the shower I suggested we get real goldfish for this table. After the ok from my sister, we all thought it would be cute for each little girl to go home with a goldfish, so we bought three! (not too many kids came to the shower). For the vase, I glued stripes of felt onto a glass vase to look like Dr. Seuss’s Hat. We also found these cool pom poms at Michaels to use on the table.
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The caterpillar is made out of felt and glued into the bud holder. We couldn’t find fake fruit so we added some real pieces around the center to go with the story and a couple red flowers to the sides.
4. Alice in Wonderland
This is my favorite. My sister got me an Alice teacup from Disney years ago that we used as a mini flower vase. My mom had a vintage Alice in Wonderland book that we added to the table. And for the “drink me” detail, I filled small jars with pink confetti!
5. Winnie the Pooh
My sister loves Pooh so she contributed one of her actual stuffed animals to the table! For the small vase, I glued rope around the glass and glued a yellow ribbon on top. My mom found a small bee in our basement and it was just so perfect! The larger vase is decorated, although you can’t see. I hot glued yellow felt to the top to make it look like honey was dripping from inside.
6. Peter Rabbit
I found everything for this centerpiece in our greenhouse. A small garden rabbit and tiny watering can made this theme fun! I made the felt carrots to add in a little crafting.
I worked with my mom to customize the flowers for each table to go with the theme. They all came from our garden and really brought everything together.
One of my favorite parts was the favor. I made bookmarks with our brand new Silhouette Cameo paper cutter and attached candy boxes to each bookmark. I wish I got a better picture of the boxes. They were from etsy, and each box had a different picture of a children’s book cover on it! So cute! We filled the candy boxes with strawberry candies that my grandma always had in her purse and her house. It was really special to have a little memory of her at the shower.
Everything went smoothly, even though it was raining by the end of the shower. My sister received so many wonderful things for her baby.
I previously shared my shower gift to my sister but didn’t share her dress! I made her a knit tube top dress with the circle skirt. I had to make a few alterations because she grew right before the shower but it looked so cute on her. (Sorry I don’t have nicer pictures!)
In other news, I recently did an interview with Kollabora! For those who don’t know, Kollabora is an awesome craft sharing site that I’ve been posting on for years! I love seeing all the projects, it feels like a great mix between Instagram, blogs & pinterest.
We are expecting baby any day now, so I’m not sure how much sewing I’ll be doing! Have a great week!
2 thoughts on “My Sister’s Storybook Baby Shower”
Wow this is so aweesome! I recognized all the books without reading to see what they were. Your sister is so lucky 🙂 You both look great in your dresses
Thank you so much!!