I love throwing parties.
That might come as a huge surprise from someone who owns a small event coordination business ha! I always throw my hand up to plan special events for friends and family, so when one of my best friends from college announced she was pregnant I immediately volunteered to throw her shower. They are not finding out the gender, and they live on a beautiful piece of property in wine country, so a farm-themed baby shower was the mom-to-be’s request.
I co-hosted the shower with 2 other girls from the sorority we were all in. We got lucky enough to be able to use a family member’s house as our venue, it is an amazing farmhouse + barn out in Newberg. Hosting at a farmhouse also made decorating pretty easy, since the whole house really helped add to a feeling of the farm-themed shower!
Well, because we were throwing a farm themed baby shower, and we were hosting it at a farmhouse, we really didn’t need to go overboard with the details. I picked a cute digital invitation from Etsy to convey the theme to the guests. Then, my co-hosts and I really focused on the food and made sure to throw in a few well-placed extras to tie in with the farm theme.
One of the other hosts grabbed some cute gingham napkins and farm animal cupcake toppers to add to some of the pastries. I made a cute little farmhouse painting with a stencil, picked some fresh flowers from Trader Joe’s that tied in with our colors, and included the cow-theme diaper cake I made as part of the decor. I’m so mad I didn’t get a picture of that though!
Our event started at 11 am, so we decided to go with a brunch themed menu. Obviously we had to offer a mimosa bar with a few different juice offerings to mix in. We also offered water, tea, and sparkling cider. I picked up some assorted muffins from Trader Joe’s and I ordered cinnamon rolls from Kyra’s Bake Shop, per request from the future new mom. If you’ve never been I highly recommend you make a date to stop n for breakfast or a sweet snack. They make all gluten-free goodies (you would never know) and they have won cupcake wars multiple times! My co-hosts brought fruit skewers, croissants, quiches, and adorable mini-yogurt parfaits.
The expecting parents registered on my favorite registry site, Babylist! Babylist is awesome for guests because they can easily reserve gifts and purchase them from any retailer they would like. It is also a great tool for parents because they aren’t limited to a single shop’s offering. On Babylist you can add nearly anything, including pre-loved books/clothes/items and even options to gift help after the new addition arrives (like a meal, walking the dog, doing the dishes, etc.). This is not an ad, I just am honestly a big fan of Babylist. (*They also have great gear reviews)
I ended up gifting a diaper cake made from our favorite diapers (shout out to Huggies!). To keep it with the farm theme I decorated the “cake” with black and white ribbon and topped it with a cow Jellycat. I am so mad I didn’t get a picture of it. I also got the new mom a Freshly Picked mini backpack. It is one of my most used baby items, and I am a huge fan of gifting items that we have found useful in hopes they are just as helpful to new parents!
Overall, it was such a great day. We had so much fun preparing the party and celebrating such an amazing friend. I can’t wait to see her become a mom and find out who her new little love is going to be!