A Train-Themed Baby Shower

Shower Invitation

Shower Invitation

We just recently had a baby shower for our daughter, who is expecting a little boy.  Her nursery is being decorated in a “train” theme and we thought it would be fun to use the same theme for the shower.  Now I know that this isn’t a typical theme for a baby shower but it was fun to do.  Here are some pictures and ideas showing what we did.  First, I designed an invitation using a digital scrapbooking program I have with train graphics.

Centerpieces and Signs

Centerpieces and Signs

Next, I decided on what I wanted to use for the centerpieces.  I picked up some inexpensive little metal pails at a local craft store and put some floral styrofoam in the bottom of each.  I had made some little railroad signs out of heavy cardstock which I’d glued to small dowel sticks (also found at the craft store).  I stuck these into the styrofoam and then covered up the foam with shredded paper in bright colors.  One pail went on each table.  My sister-in-law made up signage for the gift table (“Baggage Car”) and for the buffet table (“Dining Car”) using colored foam board she bought at Staples and press-on letters, also from Staples.

Dessert Table

Dessert Table

I purchased colorful plastic tablecloths for the gift table, party favor table and the dessert table in primary colors and also some neat table runners that were railroad tracks.  Here is the link in Amazon for the railroad track table runners.

Train Cake

Train Cake

Speaking of desserts, my co-host (and my daughter’s mother-in-law) ordered this train cake to go along with the theme of the party.  If you go up on Pinterest, there are many other train-theme cakes you can look at to get other ideas.  The sky is the limit along with the skill of your local bakery.

Cupcake Toppers

Cupcake Toppers

Etsy is a wonderful place to find unique items for a theme party.  I found these cute little cupcake toppers with a train motif on onesies that I ordered.  We have a wonderful local baker who makes the best mini-cupcakes and I had ordered 6 dozen cupcakes from her.  When I unpacked them, I stuck the little cupcake toppers in the cupcakes to add to the “train” theme look.

Party Favors

Party Favors

The party favors weren’t specifically train-related but I gussied them up a bit to tie them into my theme.  Everyone who attended received a cooky cutter set of a mother and baby bird along with a mason jar filled with a sugar cooky mix.  I printed off the recipe onto attached labels decorated with a train and used fabric that was train (or transportation) related.

Party Favor Table

Party Favor Table

We set up the party favors near the door so that guests could pick up their favors as they left.  As I mentioned earlier, we continued the theme using the bright tablecloth and the train track table runner.

Diaper Train

Diaper Train

Laura’s mother-in-law made this fantastic diaper train which decorated the gift table.  I was amazed by the whole creation.  How neat is that?

Motorcycle Bear

Motorcycle Bear

If I was amazed by the Diaper Train, the motorcycle bear made out of diapers, blankets, and baby supplies left me speechless.  Isn’t this just the cutest?  The daddy-to-be is a motorcycle enthusiast and this made it doubly fun for the party.

Decorating Onesies

Decorating Onesies

Our big shower fun activity was a “Decorating Onesies” room.  I set up the room with enough onesies in various sizes (from 3 months to 24 months) for each guest to decorate.  The Commander had cut out cardboard the evening prior and inserted them into each onesie so that the fabric pens wouldn’t bleed onto the table or back of the onesies.  Then I set out stencils and fabric paint pens.  We announced that the room was available and encouraged each guest to drop in during the shower to decorate a onesie for the new baby.

Onesies for Baby

Onesies for Baby

 

Frankly, I wasn’t sure how this activity was going to go over.  Well, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the guests had a great time coming up with some very clever designs for these little garments.

The Guest of Honor

The Guest of Honor

The shower was a lot of fun and we had a great time visiting, eating, and oohing and aahing over the baby gifts.  We survived going with a non-traditional baby shower theme and we can use a lot of these decorations for the baby’s first birthday.  Whee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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