My little sister is going to have a baby in the next month or so and last weekend I hosted a surprise baby shower for her at my Mum's house. We invited all of her friends, baked scones and cakes and then hid in Mum and Dad's barn to surprise her. It was so exciting and quite nerve-racking. We managed it though and we had so much fun.
My sister doesn't know if she's having a boy or a girl. So as a fun way to get everyone to guess what sex the baby is we made straws with moustaches (for a boy) and golden crowns (for a girl) and asked everyone to pick a straw to drink with depending on what sort of bump they think she has. It was pretty even. I'm secretly hoping she has a girl but I thought the moustache straws were so cool that I chose one of those.
I decided against the traditional baby shower games and instead I set up a craft station with fabric paints, brushes, pencils with rubber tips for mini dot making and potato stamps - like the ones you used as a kid, which you can also use to print with on fabric. I bought some little baby vests so that anyone who wanted to could decorate one for my sister to keep. She isn't a fan of pastel colours so I chose bright paints for everyone to use.
It was a bit of a risk, because while I know most of my sisters friends I had no idea how crafty they were. Everyone loved it though and I couldn't believe how creative they got. I was expecting everyone to stamp a heart or a star and write something with the sharpie and that would be it. But the baby vests are also so gorgeous and individual. It was a great activity and no one had to eat any baby food.
It wasn't too labour intensive either. All I had to do was cut up some cardboard to put inside each vest to stop the paint seeping through to the back of the fabric. After the party I just ironed all the vests to set the paint.
It was such a fun afternoon full of cake and crafting and presents. Thanks so much to everyone who came for making it such as success.