Guess what? I’m spilling the (pink jelly) beans. I’m going to be a grandmother! What better way to celebrate than with a children’s literature themed baby shower? That’s what we did and I wanted to share some of the ideas. Instructions for the giveaway can be found at the end of this post.
First and Foremost…
Hand out Queen of Hearts pre-printed name badges to guests upon arrival. As much as I dislike being labeled, this is practical.
In the book, the card on the hatter’s hat reads “In this style 10/6”, which refers to the price of the hat – 10 shillings and six pence.
In the mid 19th century, when Carroll wrote Alice, Mercury was used to process the felt hats and hat makers were exposed to the toxic vapors. Mercury poisoning can cause erratic, flamboyant behavior and many believe this was the inspiration for Carroll’s hatter. That explains a lot. Under the influence.
Did you know that Lewis Carroll was actually a pen name used by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson? Did you know that he was deaf in one ear and had a stammer? Mr. Dodgson would have celebrated his 184th birthday on January 27th and the book celebrates its 151st year since first being published.
These hats were a hit and so fun to make. I made them out of paper cups and plates and used scrap material left over from past projects. Feathers, both purchased and collected were used. Random buttons, ribbon, tulle, even costume jewelry kept each one unique. The ladies coordinated their
hat with their tea attire.
Printable Hat Instructions
There may be some of you that think the White Rabbit looks familiar. You are very observant. It’s had many faces…I mean heads, at the Children’s Library. First it was the Mother Bunny, next it was Super Heroine for the Summer Reading Program, and lastly the Wicked Witch for Halloween. I love to repurpose.
Two topiaries were created for the table by hot gluing two large green plastic bowls together to form a large orb and attaching moss and pink roses. Each covered orb was attached to a cut branch that formed the trunk, which was secured in a ceramic pot. This added to the garden party flavor.
Can’t forget the magic mushrooms!
Mushrooms were created from plastic champagne glasses. The stem and base were painted grayish taupe and turned upside down. The cup part (now the base) was painted green and moss was attached along with a few flowers. A small plastic bowl was painted pink and turned upside down to form the cap. Round white labels were used to create the spots. Colored dots would be a fun alternative. Decorative caterpillars, snails or other garden creatures could be hot glued on the top to add more whimsy.
The Food & Drink
It’s a tea! So supply a nice variety plus honey, sugar and lemon. Name tags were tied onto tea cup handles and proved to be useful as all the cups looked the same. Who keeps track of where one puts their cup when they’re conversing, having fun and feeding their face? I sure don’t.
Our sweet menu included mini-raspberry scones and mini-blueberry scones served with clotted cream and marmalade, chocolate dipped strawberries, mini-chocolate eclairs, lemon bars, petit fours, and chocolate covered marshmallow pops. Food labels, with characters from the book, were set next to each tray. A few EAT ME and DRINK ME labels were tucked in too, to keep with the theme.
The savory menu included cucumber sandwich rounds, heart-shaped ham and cheese on rye sandwiches, triangle black olive and cream cheese on pumpernickel sandwiches, rolled egg salad sandwiches and chicken salad sandwiches on mini-crossiants.
Strands of beads were given out upon guests’ arrival and given instructions not to say BABY. Do you know how hard it is to not say baby at a baby shower? Mind boggling. Rules are simple, if another guest hears you say “baby” then they’re allowed to take your beads. The guest with the most beads at the end of the party wins a prize.
As an icebreaker, we placed baby item names on labels and put them on guests’ backs (without them peeking). They were told that they could ask only one yes or no question to another guest until they guessed the item.
Who is Who?
Ask guests to bring a baby picture of themselves to the shower (preferably 3 years and under) and display them for all to see. A large gold picture frame was used to stretch pink ribbon across the back. Small, wood clothes pins that were numbered were used to attach the photos. Guests were given a numbered list and a pen to begin the game. After all had guessed, we determined the correct answers and the guest that had the most correct, won a prize. Printable list here: who is who
Just the Ticket for a New Mother!
Include a diaper raffle ticket with the invitation and instructions to bring a package of diapers and ticket to the shower. Draw the winning ticket during the party and award a prize. This is a nice way of giving the soon-to-be-mother a diaper supply.
Will the Baby Be Late to a Very Important Date?
When will that little bunny go down the rabbit hole? Ask your guests to guess, and the one the comes closest to the actual birth date and time receives a gift. A gift card can be sent in the mail after the birth. Four on a printable page: 4upguess
Much fun was had! I hope I’ve given you some ideas and inspired you to put on your own themed party. Pardon my gender stereotypical use of pink, but we’re obviously having a GIRL!!!
“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures…” ~Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)
I shall try to give her adventures, more love and more books to last a lifetime. It’s also very exciting that my daughter-in-law selected a Dr. Seuss themed nursery. Some one pinch me, please! ~Cathy
Now, for some MAD fun just for you! I’m giving away one $25 Amazon gift card or Pay Pal cash to the person that comes closest to guessing the actual birth date and time of my lil’ grandbunny. All you have to do is comment with a DATE and TIME (include a.m. or p.m.) and you’ll be entered, with no strings attached. Please only guess once. The one that comes closest to, without going beyond the actual time wins. FYI: Due date is February 13th. Guesses will be taken up to the end of the day on February 13th or until the baby is born (whichever comes first). You may also email me at peanutbutterprose at gmail.com and I will add your guess to the list. Winner will be posted here and notified via email.