Are you throwing a baby shower for a sweet mama to be or looking to give a gift that will be appreciated and helpful? Join Momtrends for this Fresh Picked Farmers Market Baby Shower Bash! With ideas and inspiration from Au Lait, Celebrate Express, Mabel's Labels, and Stride Rite, your next baby shower will never be the same! For the mama-to-be who prefers to spend her Saturdays strolling through town shopping for fresh flowers and loves ripe fruit and fresh air, this Fresh Picked baby shower will surely spark her interest.
Throw a Themed Baby Shower
It can be overwhelming to throw a themed party for a friend or family member. These moments are the ones that are photographed and remembered forever. To surprise an expecting mama with a soiree that is unique and something that she will love, here are a few tips to wow her (and not overwhelm the party planner!).
Start simple. Create a color scheme and stick to your color palette. For a fun farmers market theme, I stuck to green and white with pops of color. I was able to coordinate my theme with the help of Celebrate Express. Their party packs are ready to go and come with everything you will need to get started.
Create a tasty yet timely menu. If your event is not catered, there are other ways to introduce fresh and delicious food at your event. Consider the time of day of your shower. Is this an after lunch get-together or a brunch? For a farmers market party, try holding the event outdoors in the late morning or early afternoon. Serve appetizers, fruits and vegetables, and plenty of beverages.
Display fresh flowers to set the mood. Baby's breath are beautiful and underrated. Just because they typically cost less than other blooms doesn't make them any less fabulous. Sunflowers would also be a good flower to use for this theme.
Use what you have. You may have vintage crates or jars from an earlier event. These types of items are perfect for a funky farmers market!
Dress up your drinks. Boring water comes alive with this infused drink. For this event, I used strawberries and basil. You can also try this cucumber and basil infused water recipe for a refreshing twist!
Decorate. If balloons and streamers aren't your thing, there are other decorating options to incorporate personality into your party. These sweet baby feet hanging decor match the theme and offer a classy look to the table.
Bring it all together. The little details tie an event together. Consider colorful cocktail napkins and matching table lines.
Use gifts as decor. Not everything has to be wrapped! Keep some gifts centerstage to add color to the gift table.
Farmers Market Food Ideas
Need more food ideas to feed a crowd? Create this healthy appetizer in a hurry. These chili lime kale chips hit the spot.
Chili Lime Kale Chips Recipe
Take about 20 cups of bite size pieces of kale and massage with 1/4 cup of olive oil. Season with a teaspoon of kosher salt, finely grated zest of two limes, and chili
powder. Spread the kale out on two large baking pans and put in the oven at 350 degrees for about ten minutes. Cool and enjoy!
Other food ideas for the party can include savory appetizers and sweet dips. Chocolate pairs well with fruit, and you can try Nutella or this Jif Whips chocolate-peanut butter spread.
Look for seasonal fruit to double as snacks and drink garnishes. Think strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and apples.
Serve fruit in a way that is easy to enjoy. Wash and clean all fruit and slice and dice.
A Closer Look at the Baby Shower
Celebrate Express outfitted this shower with their Sweet Baby themed party. It was easy to take this color scheme and pair it with the Farmers Market shower. The gender neutral coloring and striped details worked well for this event. Pictured above are the invitations, beverage napkins, plates, and footprint cookie cutters and "it's a boy" magnets.
Baby Shower Gift Ideas from Au Lait
While a baby registry is created to gift a new mother with all the necessary essentials, there are some things a newly pregnant mom might not know she needs. Anything related to breastfeeding seems to fall into this category. I know that I wished I had registered for nursing bras and other breastfeeding supplies! With Au Lait's section, your friend or family member will be thrilled to welcome their little bundle of joy home while wearing one of these stylish pieces.
Au Lait is a line of fashionable tops that caters to the needs of the breastfeeding mother.Surprise the mama-to-be with a few items to make her glow as a new mother. Au Lait has really thought of it all as they created "the going home dress." Who says a baby is the only one who needs a "going home" outfit? The Going Home Dress (pictured above, on the right) offers a flowy fit and breastfeeding panels. Want to learn how it works? Visit Au Lait's website for information on their breastfeeding-friendly clothing.
Au Lait's seamless lounge nursing bra is a comfortable bra for a nursing mother. It offers medium support and can be worn throughout the day. It is also cozy enough to sleep in! Au Lait really thought of everything with this one: it features a cross-over design in the back to accommodate the change in breast size throughout the day!
Meet the x-back maxi dress. This is designed to adapt to a pregnant mother's body and offers a soft stretch with its lightweight jersey knit. This is one of those must-have pieces--especially for leisurely strolls through the farmers market! The Au Lait panels offer easy and discreet nursing while the soft dress keeps you cool and comfortable.
Perhaps my favorite piece from the Au Lait line is this day and night sweatshirt. It's classier than sweats and can be worn in public. The slouchy fit is flattering, and it also has front nursing panels. It's cozy and lightweight with just a hint of sparkle.
For the mama who has already announced her little one's name, guests can get creative with their gifts. Let's get personal: Meet Mabel's Labels, the easiest way to claim your stuff. Label your breast pump and bottles, lunch box, and other gadgets. And, bonus, these labels don't GO anywhere. The Skinny-Minis™ are dishwasher and microwave safe and the Tag Mates™ are washer and dryer safe. Perfect, right?
Your little one will never lose another sippy cup. The basic kit is a great way to start off with Mabel's Labels and give an expecting mother everything she needs to get started. These durable and waterproof labels are an ideal way to get organized.
Included with the basic kit are 24 Skinny-Minis™, 42 Tag Mates™, 8 Shoe Labels, and 2 Bag Tags.
Stride Rite has durable children's shoes from birth to a kid's size six! Gift a pair of shoes that will last.
Start with these crib to crawl shoes. They're available in both boys and girls colors and feature a soft sole that is perfect for baby feet. They're flexible and have an adjustable closure to stay on a busy baby's feet.
Even if we wish that our sweetest babies would stay littler forever, they do grow up. Surprise a new mom with gifts they can use after the newborn stage. While they will inundated with diapers and wipes, try gifting baby shoes that they can use as soon as their child grows into them. The Stride Rite SRT Soft Motion Hammett (pictured above on the left) and the Stride Rite Crawl Casual Kent (pictured above on the right) offer superior comfort and durability for those crawling and walking stages.
There are so many options to make a new mom feel special at her shower. Use some of these ideas to create a welcoming event to celebrate her new arrival.
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