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The Shindigz Top 10 Places to Party on St. Patrick’s Day!

Learn where to spend St. Paddy’s Day in one of the greatest Irish-loving cities in the US.

Whether Irish or not, there is some serious preparation to be done before March 17th gets here. It’s a day to wear witty green T-Shirts, become an Ireland native for the day and for some, drink green beer. So, where would one celebrate St. Patty’s day? Take a look at the Shindigz’s top 10 list:

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10. Hot Springs, Ark. This is the “World’s First Ever 12th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.” Say that three times. These festivities actually kick off on March 17th with a Blarney Stone Kissing Contest and ends with a free concert by The Swon Brothers from the television show “The Voice.” They will also be the official starters of the 98-foot parade on the famous Bridge Street, which is the shortest street in the world, according to Ripley’s Believe It or Not. This year’s grand marshal is NASCAR legend Mark Martin.

9. Syracuse, NY. This city has over 2 million Irish-American’s. This celebration starts on February 22nd with Green Beer Day, a Shamrock Run on March 7th, the Painting of the Green Line on Salina Street on March 13th and ends with the parade on March 14th.

8. Philadelphia, PA. The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Philly is older than the nation itself. This parade started 5 years before the Declaration of Independence was even signed. This year marks the 245th St. Patrick’s Day parade. Get the party started with the Irish Pub crawl.

7. San Francisco, CA. Every year, the United Irish Societies of San Francisco hosts a large parade and festival. This year, the festivities are on March 14. The highlight of the event is the annual parade, but do not forget the Irish Festival at the Joe Alioto Performing Arts Plaza. This includes Irish music, dancing and, of course, beer.

6. Scranton, PA. Fans of the TV show “The Office” may have heard of Scranton, PA, but what about the St. Patrick’s celebration? The parade is on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. It kicks off with a mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral and the parade starts at noon. Scranton is home to the 2nd largest parade in the country. Enjoy the musical sounds of this iconic parade on March 15th.

5. Kansas City, MO. Known for it’s 19th century Irish population, don’t count this city out when planning on going green. This is the biggest KC event all year long. There is Irish step dancing, the 43rd annual giant parade, the Westport St. Patrick’s Day Run and the 30th annual Go for the Green Food Drive! Enjoy a Gaelic Mass at the Redemptorist Catholic Church, where they don’t care if you’re Catholic or not. Members of the Driscoll School of Irish Dance lead the aisle followed by bagpipes and Presidents of local Irish organizations.

4. Savannah, GA. Celebrate Savannah’s favorite holiday. There’s a weekend-long celebration which includes a parade, the greening of the fountain in Forsyth Park, a Miss St. Patrick’s Day Pageant and a giant festival in the Savannah squares. Go big this year and make Savannah your destination.

3. Boston, MA. The annual “Southie Parade,” known as the oldest city parade in America, first started in 1737 and stayed in it’s current form since 1901. The parade is located in South Boston, hence the name. Enjoy Celtic music, visit the 2015 Harpoon St. Patrick’s Day Festival and drink some beer, eat some corned beef and cabbage or go to the Irish Film Festival.

2. Chicago, IL. This year marks the 60th annual dyeing of the Chicago River. On Saturday, March 14th, at 9:30 am, green vegetable dye colors the river and marks the start of the Irish celebration. This is a closely guarded secret recipe for dyeing the river, first appearing orange and then a beautiful green. Truly a sight to see. A parade down Chicago Avenue follows at noon with over 400,000 green-loving spectators.

1. New York, NY. At 11 am a parade starts on 44th street, down 5th Avenue and marches past the St. Patrick Cathedral on 50th, down 79th Street and ends on 80th at the American Irish Historical Society. This parade lasts until 4:30-5pm. The Irish Arts Center has fun activities for families. Visit the Merchant’s House Museum’s grand opening of the fourth-floor servant’s quarters, which employed Irish immigrants in the mid-19th century. Families can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Brooklyn Children’s museum where kids will learn the story of St. Patrick and meet a live snake.

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So, what do you do?

You have set your 2015 St. Patrick’s Day destination, so start planning your outfit! If you’re looking for a witty St. Patrick’s Day tshirt, try Zazzle, but you’ll need some other stuff too such as Shamrock Party Boppers, StacheTats, green eyelashes, or green foil wigs. See our complete selection of St. Patrick’s Day celebration party supplies.

This year, Shindigz is giving away a $250 St. Patrick’s Day party for one small business. Enter your small business here http://party.shindigz.com/STPATRICKSCONTEST.html. Shindigz has been providing party supplies since 1926 and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. Paint the town green with Irish wearables. A family-owned company, Shindigz specializes in personalized party supplies that ship from South Whitley, Indiana.

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1920s Chicago Prom & Party Ideas

Go back in time to the roaring twenties where gangsters ruled the city with our 1920’s Chicago Theme Kit. Guests will transport to this era by first walking on our Red Aisle Runner lined with Mini Street Lights. The space can be brightened with Black City Street Lights. Your guests will have a ball posing in front of the Mugshot Background and admiring the City Lights Skyline (included in the kit).

Take a step back in time with our 1920’s Chicago Theme Kit.

Our fabulous 1920’s Chicago Theme Kit will take you back in time to the roaring twenties where gangsters ruled the city. Customize the marquee arch to make your event stand out.

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Light up the streets or walkway with Black City Street Lights!

This Black City Street Light will illuminate your enchanted evening with flair!  Each Black Street Light is made of plastic and measures 6 feet high x 1 feet wide and features a candle bulb that plugs into a standard outlet.

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Show your best side in this Mugshot Background.

Spice up your 1920’s event with the addition of this Mugshot Background that features a tall standee and two signs. Each Mugshot Prop Set includes a one-sided 4 feet 7 inch wide x 8 feet tall cardboard standee and two personalized signs to hold. Easy assembly

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Add a decorative touch to your party with Mini City Street Lights! 

Capture the city streets with this Mini City Street Light. This electric lamp post is 1 feet 10 inches high and holds a small light bulb. This Mini Street Lamp will match any city theme and can be reused next year.

3 of the Best Baby Shower Ideas Just for Your Mom–to-Be

Expecting moms have a lot on their plate while getting ready to welcome a new arrival to the world. The baby shower helps with some of the final preparations and provides an opportunity to gather with friends and family for a bit of fun. Give your mom-to-be an unforgettable event with three of our best baby shower ideas.

  1. Baby bib decorating

Baby shower games are a fun and a quick way to break the ice. After one or two games, announce an activity that allows the guests to get up and mingle with each while creating one-of-a-kind gifts for the baby and expecting mom. Baby bib decorating is a great activity that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages and is easy for the hostess to organize.
You’ll need several plain bibs in white or pale colors. Plan to have at least one for each guest, plus a few extra as backup. Purchase several fabric markers in different colors. You’ll also need pieces of cardboard to place under the bib while the guest is decorating. Print a sheet of cute sayings the guests may choose to use while personalizing the bib so that no one struggles with creative ideas.

  1. Messages in a bottle

For another activity that can be enjoyed after a baby shower game, create a keepsake gift for mom that she’ll treasure for years. Cut slips of paper about 4 or 5 inches long and 1 inch high. Use card stock in colors that match the shower’s theme. Provide plenty of pens and have each guest write a special message to mom and the baby on the slip of paper. The slips are then folded and placed in a large baby bottle bank. Add a pretty ribbon to the bottle that coordinates with the shower theme and colors, and present the filled bottle to the expecting mom at the end of the shower as a unique and special keepsake.
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  1. Royal treatment

After the baby arrives, mom is going to be a very busy woman. Plan an event that offers her the royal treatment with a spa-themed baby shower. Spa-themed showers are ideal when the guest list is small and can be held in a home or at the expecting mom’s favorite day spa. In the home, plan to have a professional come in to perform shoulder and neck massages and treat the guests to an array of sample-size spa treats — from lotions to bath salts and nail polish — to coordinate with the shower’s color scheme. Provide swag bags that the guests can fill with the lotions and other goodies.
6.17-13sztbx701Remember that the best baby shower ideas put the expecting mom first and are designed to give her the most memorable party celebrating her soon-to-be new arrival.

Baby shower cake ideas that are cute and delicious

The baby shower cake is the centerpiece for the party. The cake must coordinate with the baby shower’s theme, look amazing and taste delicious. When sorting through baby shower cake ideas, remember to keep in mind the preferences of the mom-to-be. If she loves buttercream, make sure your baker includes a buttercream layer or frosting and that the cake’s style reflects her style.

Tiered cake

A traditional tiered cake always looks great as the star of the sweets table, and it’s a versatile canvas that can be transformed to coordinate with any baby shower theme. For a large shower, consider a three-tier cake covered in smooth fondant and decorated with an adorable little baby bottom peeking out from under a blanket as the cake topper. A cake artisan can sculpt this topper and even include the words “coming soon” across the diapered bottom.

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Sculpted cakes and sheet cakes

Work with a cake designer and have a unique cake made to look like a diaper bag, baby blocks or a baby bottle. Create your own super-cute ducky cake with our 3-D ducky cake pan. The ducky cake works great with a variety of themes and is ideal for a non-gender specific party. Transform sheet cakes into shaped cakes that resemble a baby onesie or old-fashioned baby buggy. Very often these designs can be created by a home baker with cake-decorating skills.

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Cupcakes

Cupcakes are a great alternative to a traditional cake. Not only are they a favorite sweet treat for many, you can arrange cupcakes in a special design to complement the baby shower’s theme. Work with your favorite bakery or cake designer to create a baby buggy shaped from cupcakes. This design is sure to be a hit with the expecting mom and shower guests. Another eye-catching option is the cupcake tower. Our sweet server cupcake tower holds 32 to 48 cupcakes, depending on the size. It stands almost a foot tall and, when filled with beautifully decorated cupcakes, will become the centerpiece of the table.

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Cake Flavors

When ordering a baby shower cake or cupcakes, be sure to ask for a tasting before agreeing to flavors. Remember that fondant doesn’t have the richness of buttercream, but it usually is the better choice when ordering a sculpted cake. The options for cake flavors often include traditional vanilla and chocolate as well as red velvet, spice and mocha. Buttercream fillings also vary, ranging from cream cheese to chocolate, spice and even banana. Fillings for layer cakes include dark chocolate or white chocolate mousse, as well as fruit fillings.

Baby shower cake ideas are limitless. When planning a baby shower, your guests will appreciate the time you’ve put into choosing the perfect cake that not only looks great but tastes heavenly.

Baby Shower Centerpiece Ideas That Pull Together Any Theme

As guests arrive at any party, their eyes naturally are drawn to the decorations and particularly the table centerpiece. Tie your theme together with any of these eye-catching baby shower centerpiece ideas to wow your guests and create a spectacular experience for the mom-to-be.
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Baby sock tree
Decorate a 2-foot decorative tree with baby socks in pink, blue or gender-neutral colors depending on whether the sex of the baby is known. Hang each tiny sock with a mini-clothespin and add a strand of crystal beads for an elegant, glittering look. At the end of the shower, the expecting mom receives the socks for her baby.
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Diaper bundles
Diaper bundles are some of most popular DIY baby shower centerpieces ideas because these little bundles are adorable, practical and can be customized to coordinate with any theme. A basic diaper bundle centerpiece is made by forming a circle with six diapers and placing a seventh in the center. Secure the flower-shaped bundle with large rubber band to bind it and then cover the rubber band with a pretty ribbon.
Decoration ideas are almost unlimited for these easy diaper bundle centerpieces. Keep it simple by topping the bundle with a large silk flower bloom, or create some height by attaching a balloon on a stick accented with an ample amount of curling ribbons streaming down toward the bundle base.
Floating candles: rustic chic
The woodland baby animal theme is not only sweet for a boy or girl baby, it’s a great theme that allows room for creativity. Remove the lid from a half pint ball jar and fill it about 2/3 with water. Float a tea candle in it and finish the look by tying a bow with raffia or natural burlap ribbon. Set these cute centerpieces on each guest table or along a buffet table.
Filled glass containers
A clear glass or plastic container is the perfect blank canvas for a beautiful DIY baby shower centerpiece. Mix and match heights and even shapes for a great look that can be customized to match any theme. As a centerpiece on the food table, use three slender containers as a way to display the cutlery. First place a strand of silver or white party beads in the bottom of the container and then add the knives; repeat with the other two containers for the spoons and forks. Tie a ribbon around the outside and add a taller vase to hold flowers to the centerpiece display.
Clear glass or plastic containers can also be filled with colored candy that coordinates with the baby shower theme. Use small, individual size containers like mini locking favor jars. Fill with the colored candy, add a ribbon and arrange on a tiered serving tower to create a fun centerpiece. At the end of the shower, each guest receives one of the favors.
 

Fun & Easy Baby Shower Food Ideas to Wow Guests

Hosting a great baby shower means cute décor, fun games and a fabulous menu that will wow the expecting mommy as well as the guests. Look to baby shower food ideas that offer big flavor yet don’t leave your guests with a heavy, overstuffed feeling after nibbling just a few bites.
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Salmon/cucumber bites
Light, delicious and easy to make, these salmon/cucumber bites will look beautiful on any baby shower food table. Slice English cucumbers and top with a dollop of softened cream cheese seasoned with fresh dill, plus a sliver of smoked salmon. Spear the bites with a pick or colorful plastic appetizer fork.
Baked brie
Smooth, creamy brie baked in phyllo dough and topped with apricot jam is an elegant addition to any baby shower menu. Lauren at A Full Measure of Happiness shares an easy recipe for her Baked Apricot Brie that features only three other ingredients beyond the delicious cheese. The key to a good baked brie is to make sure the pastry is well-sealed before baking so nothing oozes before you’re ready to slice into it after it’s done.
No-crust mini quiches
Quiche is a traditional menu item for both baby and bridal showers. Instead of full-size quiches, create mini, no-crust quiche bites filled with savory cheese and fresh asparagus or mushrooms. Line a muffin tin with cupcake wrappers to match the baby shower theme. Fill each cup with your favorite quiche batter and bake until the tops are puffed and golden brown.
Stuffed cherry tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes burst with flavor and are amazing when stuffed with a mixture of cream cheese, chives and bacon. Hollow out each cherry tomato and fill with a spreadable cream cheese, chopped chives and bacon crumbles. Serve chilled.
Lettuce wraps
Add another light bite to the menu with crisp lettuce wraps. Place about 3 tablespoons of your favorite chicken salad on the center of one lettuce leaf. Boston, butter or green leaf lettuce typically are good choices for the wraps, offering a crisp leaf that’s still easy enough to roll.
Individual fruit salad cups
Fill 5-ounce clear plastic tumblers with colorful fruit salad to create individual portions that guests can eat when mingling. For a girl’s baby shower, consider a “pink” fruit salad made from strawberries, red grapes, watermelon and raspberries. Add a pretty ribbon around each cup to complement the shower’s theme.
Pomegranate punch
Delightfully sweet-tart, pomegranate punch is easy to make and looks elegant in a punch bowl with slices of lemon floating on top. Simply combine one-part each of lemonade and ginger ale plus pomegranate juice to taste. An alternative to the pomegranate juice is to use raspberry and float fresh red raspberries in the punch along with the lemon slices.
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Unique & Creative Baby Shower Ideas New Moms Love

Every mom-to-be wants her baby shower to be as unique and special as the baby she’s about to bring into the world. When hosting this important event, talk to the expecting mom and ask her if she has a specific theme or idea she would like incorporated into her baby shower. Consider these three creative baby shower ideas that will make your shower unique and special.

‘Wishes for baby’ tree
A wish tree is a beautiful centerpiece and a charming activity that involves each guest. A 2-foot lighted tree with branches is the base. During the shower, request that each guest take a minute to write down a wish for the baby. Have the wishes written on hanging tags and then attach each to the tree. At the end of the shower, collect the wishes for the expecting mother and place in a decorative box to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake gift.
Gender reveal theme
Many expecting parents choose to have the baby’s gender revealed to them during an ultrasound between weeks 18 and 20 of the pregnancy. Instead of learning the baby’s sex that day, have the ultrasound technician write “girl” or “boy” on a slip of paper and place it into a sealed envelope. The envelope is then entrusted to the bakery making the baby shower cake or cupcakes. The baker creates either a pink or blue filling.
About midway through the baby shower, the gender of the baby is revealed when the expecting mom bites into the first cupcake or slices the first piece of cake and the pink or blue filling is finally revealed.
For a gender reveal baby shower, the décor typically features a 50/50 split of blue and pink. A gender reveal party pack includes your tableware, decorations, invitations and even a personalized banner. Another option is a bumblebee theme based on the question, “What will it bee?” This is a cute idea if the expecting parents want something different from traditional pink and blue.
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Quilting station
Add a no-sew quilting station to your baby shower as a fun activity for guests of all ages. Provide several squares of material along with fabric paints. Have each guest decorate a square for the mom-to-be and baby. Collect the squares at the end of the shower and have them made into a quilted throw blanket as a unique keepsake gift that will be treasured for years. Local fabric stores often feature sewing and quilting services that can create the finished product. This is a great activity that can be incorporated into a variety of shower themes and fits perfectly with a rustic, woodland-style baby shower.
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Rustic Romance Prom or Wedding Ideas

The elegant yet traditional theme, Rustic Romance, has often been used in weddings and now proms. To get the look for your event, start with our Rustic Romance Photo Booth Sign. Guests will have a great time posing next to it and taking photos. Create another country scene using our Split Rail Fence in Dark Woodgrain and Straw Bale.

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Help guests know where to find the dance floor. Our Rustic Romance Directional Sign is fully customizable, so you can let your guests know where to quench their thirst at the beverage bar.

Our Country Chic Glass Beverage Dispenser can hold that homemade lemonade or tea your guests will crave especially in this rural scene. To hold peanuts, sunflowers, or even s’mores ingredients use our tin buckets.

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For your tables, our burlap fabric can be used to create chair bows and table linens, crafting a rustic look with texture. Put our LED Tealight Candle with Flickering Flame inside a 16 oz jar topped with a bow cut from the burlap fabric to construct a centerpiece. To hang these lights from walls, ceilings, or chairs try attaching our Wire Jar Hangers.

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The Rustic Romance party theme is perfect for those outdoor weddings or your high school prom.  This theme has many great party favors and table decorations, like the 3 Tiered Ruffle Burlap Table Skirt.  The Rustic look is timeless and will leave your guests breathless.

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Unique Baby Shower Invitation Ideas

The baby shower invitation sets the tone for the upcoming party, providing the guests not only with the important who, what, where, and when, but also sharing the event’s theme and focus. Baby shower invitation ideas generally can fit into three different categories or styles of invitations: the personalized, the DIY and the theme invite.
Personalized
Sending out personalized baby shower invitations is a great way to showcase the expecting mother and create excitement about the upcoming event. A card featuring a cute picture of the mom-to-be allows you to personalize the baby shower invitation. Collaborate with her to pick the perfect photo or have one taken especially for the invitation.
Customize the photo invitation cards with a message such as: A baby shower for Lisa or Join us for Lisa’s baby shower. You’ll be able to add multiple lines of text and choose from different print fonts to truly customize the invite. Must-haves on every invitation include:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • Contact info
  • R.S.V.P. date

You may also choose to include a line that reads, “Hosted by Kayla, Sara and Maddie.”
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DIY
A DIY, or do-it-yourself invitation, is ideal for anyone who is creative and crafty. You can make original baby shower invitations with card stock and a design to showcase your party’s theme. Cookie cutters are great templates for invitations shaped as a baby bottle, duckling, flower or baby carriage. You also can find templates online for tea cups, baby animals and rattles.
Once the invitation has been cut from card stock, hand-print the baby shower information or use your computer to print it on quality paper. A pair of scrapbooking scissors is ideal for creating intricate edging when you cut the text to fit to the shaped invite. You can add embellishments such as glitter and ribbon to complete the look. Be sure to choose envelopes that will accommodate the invitation you’ve created. Check the invitation’s weight via your local post office before mailing so you know you’ve included the right amount of postage.
Themed
Themed invitations can be found for hundreds of baby shower ideas. If you’ve chosen a packaged theme for the shower, some may include not only invitations but coordinating thank you cards the expecting mom can use afterward. The adorable Ba Ba Baby theme has matching invitations and thank-you cards as well as personalized new baby announcement photo cards that can be sent out after the baby is born. When considering a full theme package that has invitations, thank you cards and baby announcements, make sure the expecting parents love the theme as much as you do.
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Unique wording
Have your baby shower invitation stand out with unique wording. Use a favorite quote from a children’s book or inspirational quote about babies and children. A play on words often is whimsical and fun: “Look who’s ready to pop!” may work with a carnival theme (think popcorn) while “Oh Baby It’s Cold Outside” works great for a winter baby shower. An invitation fashioned to look like a newspaper can be a fun way to announce a baby shower with the words, “Extra, Extra! It’s Susan’s Baby Shower!”

3 Cute Baby Shower Ideas They’ll Love

Whether you’re hosting your first baby shower or fifth, you want to throw a unique event that will be loved by the mommy-to-be as well as the guests. Consider three cute baby shower ideas to create a truly memorable event.

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Books for baby

It’s the perfect baby shower theme for the bibliophile, someone who loves and collects books. The idea behind this theme is to help build baby’s home library and foster a love of books and reading.

On the invitations, let guests know you’re trying to help build baby’s book collection and that anyone who brings a children’s book to the shower (they can still bring a traditional gift as well) will win an entry into a raffle for a gift card (dining, shopping, etc.).

When the guests arrive with their books, have bookplates available for them to fill out. It’s nice to know who gifted each book, and it allows the guest to leave a special message that will be treasured for years.

Don’t forget to include a book-inspired cake as the centerpiece of the sweets table. A cake designer can create a delicious cake that looks like a stack of children’s books. Have the cake designer add titles such as “Goodnight Moon,” “Corduroy” and “Guess How Much I Love You,” as well as any others that are favorites of the expecting mom.

‘Time of day’ theme

Guests often enjoy being part of the baby shower fun as early as the planning stage. Throw a Time of Day baby shower where each guest is asked to bring a gift that relates to a specific time of a baby’s day. Keep the times simple such as:

  • Bath time
  • Cuddle time
  • Bedtime
  • Waking up time
  • Feeding time
  • Playtime

You can assign the same time to multiple guests, so a variety of essential baby items are received by the expecting parents.

Consider a cake shaped like a clock with the words Baby Time in the center and a 28″ pocket watch prop as a fun décor piece. Tie a ribbon through the timepiece’s loop to coordinate with your shower’s color scheme. Keeping with the shower’s theme, play “Guess What Time Mommy Was Born.” Have each guest write down their guess for the exact time of the expecting mommy’s own birth. You’ll have to ask her or her parents for that information before the party.

Think ‘pink’ or ‘sugar and spice’

For the mom-to-be who loves everything sweet, feminine and girly, a Think Pink or Sugar and Spice theme is perfect when she’s expecting a girl. Décor should include an array of pink, white and sparkles. From adorable It’s a Girl pink paper hanging lanterns to iridescent cracked ice streamers, this theme allows for a lot of creativity.

A cupcake tower filled with pink and white cupcakes looks stunning as a centerpiece, or opt for a professionally decorated baby shower cake that shimmers and features sweet pink bows and booties. Another option is to include a DIY pink candy buffet where guests can treat themselves to delicious chocolates and sweet confections.

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