A Mommy-to-Bee Baby Shower
My friend, Angie, is pregnant with her first child. You’ve heard about her and her husband, Trent, a number of times on this blog before. We became friends in China, and like our little Elijah, they also have themselves a “made in China” baby. Their son will, however, be born in the States this coming November. I hosted her baby shower at one of our favorite restaurants, The Canvas, located in downtown Qingdao. The party was a Mommy-to-Bee theme, and I chose this restaurant as a hosting spot because of it’s modern but rustic interior. Planning a baby shower in China is not easy feat, in fact, when I started planning I didn’t have very high expectations because, firstly, I had never planned a party before, and secondly, there are little to no craft materials or hobby stores in our city. Perhaps more things are available in larger cities, but in Qingdao things are hard to find. Planning a party means sourcing things online, and then making treasures out of bare materials.
Using Taobao (the Chinese online shopping network where we find much of what seems to be completely missing from stores), Pinterest inspirations, and numerous items from around our apartment, I was able to put together a very sweet Mommy-to-bee baby shower for Angie. I have to admit, even I was surprised by how it all came together.
“Pollinate the World with the pure love of Christ” – free printable
The kind staff at The Canvas were eager to help Justin and I went we arrived at 2pm to begin setting up. They even took care of Eli for about 2 hours until my friend, Elisabeth, came to pick him up. They played with little man while they helped us thread and prepare decorations. I had prepared much of the decor before the party, but we had to cram everything into four large plastic containers so that we could transport it to the restaurant. We have no car, so a good friend with a van assisted us with getting everything downtown.
I drew this beehive for the guests to place their thumbprints onto. They then signed next to their print. This was a nice touch since none of the ladies at this baby shower will be around when Angie has her baby in Texas. She will, however, always have this beehive to remind her of the fun we had at the shower. Even little Elijah got his miniature thumbprint included in this project.
Vintage stock image of honey bee (above) – free printable
Also on the main table, was a basket filled with newborn diapers. Guests were asked to write a message to Angie. I gave them to her after the shower, and told her not to take them out of the bag until after baby was born. This is just a little something to make her smile later on, when she’s up at the “wee hours” of the morning, changing diapers and nursing. Comments that I encouraged them to put were humorous phrases like, “Isn’t it dad’s turn”, and “Caution: Open at your own risk”, and because most of us won’t be around when little baby arrives, I also encouraged them to leave thoughtful messages to remind Angie that we are all over here in China, supporting her on her new momma adventures all the way.
Late Night Diapers [For Mom’s Use Only] – free printable
Below, a beautiful picture of Trent and Angie holding a little onesie which says “Made in China”. This was one of their pregnancy announcement pictures. One of my favorites!
I used a number of printables from The Little Umbrella.
This site has everything that you might need for a bumble bee themed party, and all of it can be personalized. This is a great website to check out for DIY projects – I love it!
There was candy and cupcakes for the guests – all yellow and black, of course. As you may have noticed, I made honeycomb shapes from ice cream sticks, and twisted little bees into shape using yellow, black and white pipe cleaners. On the middle of the main table was a beehive, which I made using twine. I wrapped it around a big plastic jar stacked with a couple of empty disposable plastic bowls, to give it the cone shape at the top.
“Gracious words are like honeycomb” – free printable
The letter “L” (above) for Baby Logsdon. At this stage, we did not yet know the sex of the baby, so I stuck with their last name for decor purposes. I made this letter out of an Oreo box, and covered it with black tissue parer and a bit of twine. Next to it are some white baby shoes that belonged to Elijah when he was about 3 months old.
I printed these letters and then stuck them onto yellow and black cardboard, linking them together using gold shimmery ribbon. I used a much smaller version of the letters to create a cake topper (pictured below). This delicious cake is one of the speciality desserts at The Canvas. It is a moist carrot cake with a cream cheese frost, and the owner of The Canvas (who also attended the shower) knew that it was Angie’s favourite dessert, so she gave the cake as her contribution to the party.
As a party favor, I made a Homemade Honey and Sugar Face Scrub, which I found on Entirely Eventful Day. I love natural beauty products, and seeing as this one tied in perfectly with our bee theme, I knew that it was a winner! The facial scrub/ mask consists only of honey and sugar, and it leaves your face feeling soft and moisturized. I LOVE IT! I printed labels for the mini jars (labels downloadable here: Honey and Sugar Facial Scrub Labels) and then tied a black or white bow around each jar. They were so very cute!
I printed the label large, and added instructions for usage under it, and then placed it into a frame. That way, guests were able to read the instructions when they picked up their gift.
We had such a wonderful time at Angie’s Mommy-to-Bee baby shower. What a honor it was for me to decorate and host this party for her. I had no idea that I was any good at throwing parties, so I am happy to have had to opportunity to discover something new that I love. Some of the ladies at the shower were asking if I do this for a living (wow – what an amazing compliment!) and whether I had a business card. Funny (and very flattering)! I had such fun doing this, and I am excited to throw another baby shower/ similar party in the future.
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Angie’s Baby Shower
I tried to include links to all the printables that I used. I apologize if I left any out. Please let me know and I will add any missing links. You can also check out my Mommy-to-Bee Pinterest board for many more links to the printables, games and ideas that I used for this shower.