Sweet Pea Baby Shower
By Anne Cavicchi
Written Exclusively for The PartyWorks.com
So adorable! Suitable for a shower for a boy or girl --
great when you don't know what the baby will be!
You can purchase sweet pea invitations at thePartyWorks.com
If you are feeling creative, you can make your own usimg green cardstock cut out in the shape of a pea pod.
Be sure to include:
Name of Mommy-To-Be
Location (and directions)
Where the Mommy-To-Be is registered
Theme of the party (if chosen)
Dress (formal or casual)
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You can find a full range of sweet pea decorations and party supplies at thePartyWorks.com
If you are feeling creative, use solid color party ware in greens and white.
Make baby bottle table decorations.
Use sweet pea flowers if you have them! Very bright and colorful.
Balloons -- if you're using helium filled balloons, try using little baby items (rattles, booties, or cloth diapers) as weights. They are then extra gifts for the mom-to-be. You could also use little gifts/prizes for the guests as the weights -- when a guest "wins", they can pick a balloon and gift.
Make your own baby shower diaper cake & decorate it with light green ribbon, light green socks, a light green onesie, a light green bottle, light green burp cloths, etc.
Food and Snacks
Any green-colored food is a great choice for a Sweet Pea baby shower! Check out the recipes for St.Patricks day (because they are green of course!)
You can have a full lunch menu with finger sandwiches, fresh fruit and vegetables (don't forget the pea pods), and pastries.
An appetizer party is also a lot of fun -- prepare them yourself, or have each guest bring along their favorite!
You can also find a lot of great recipe ideas right here at thePartyWorks.com
There are so many great cake ideas!
The adorable sweet pea cake topper makes a spectacular cake simple!
Or use some of the cute baby sugar shapes to sprinkle on a cake or cupcakes.
Or you can try a crybaby cake, new kid in town cake, baby bundle mini cakes, or one of the many cakes submitted by our readers.
Games and Activities
Sweet Pea Game Book
Baby Food Taste Test
Be sure to buy a jar of Peas baby food for this one! Buy 8 jars of baby food of all different flavors. Cover the label of each jar with paper so that the name of the flavor is covered. With a marker, write a number on each jar from 1 to 8. Pass each guest a paper plate, a notecard, a pen, and a plastic spoon. Have everyone number their paper plate from 1 to 8, evenly spacing the numbers on the outer rim of the plate. Pass around the jars of baby food and instruct each guest to scoop a little spoonful of baby food out on their plate, each flavor to a different number. Then everyone tastes each flavor and writes down on their notecard what flavor they think it is. When everyone is finished, remove the covers off of the jars to reveal the flavor of each jar. Whoever correctly guesses the most flavors correctly wins!
Guess Mom's Tummy Size
Have each guest cut a piece of yarn or string to the size they believe would fit perfectly around the Mommy-to-be's tummy. After everyone cuts their string, compare the results to the actual tummy. Give a prize to the woman who is the closest!
Guess the baby pictures
Ask each guest to bring one of their baby pictures to the baby shower. Put the pictures on a bulletin board or cardboard and write a number beside each one. If most women don't know each other, just have the pictures of the mother, mother-in-law, sisters, and mommy-to-be. The guests then write down the numbers and their guesses beside each number. The guest with the most correct answers wins.
Watch What You Say
While the mommy-to-be is opening her gifts, write down everything she says while she is opening each gift. When she has finished opening all the gifts, tell the guests that you would like to read something to them! Tell them this is what the mommy-to-be said to her man the night she conceived the baby! Then read each little saying from the list! You will have everyone rolling in tears.
Good Night, Little Baby (rename it with the Baby's name)
This game helps to bring the shower to a close so play it when it's time for the guests to leave. Using a very, very long piece of ribbon, ask the Mommy to place a mini baby bottle on the end of the ribbon and begin rolling it up in the ribbon. She continues until all the ribbon is gone and there is one big ball. Ask all the guests to stand and form a circle. The Mommy and the Ribbon Bottle Ball step into the middle of the inner circle.. The ball is handed to one guest who is asked to hold the end of the ribbon. The Mommy begins to unroll the ball as she passes in front of each guest. When the ribbon is finally unrolled and the baby bottle is found, then that guest is the next to be pregnant!
More games can also be found here
While favors are not required, they can be a nice touch! These adorable mini-sized Sweet Pea Treat Boxes are made of lighweight cardstock and pop up to create a three dimension party favor box. Because they are also small, they do not have to filled with a lot of stuff. Guests will be thrilled to take them home. Fill them with little chocolates, bath treats or any other little items.
Thank You Cards
While it is up to the mommy-to-be to send the thank you cards, you can help her out by supplying her with sweet pea thank you cards! Also, be sure to have someone make a list of the gifts and who gave them at the party to give the mommy-to-be. One other thing you can do is have each guest write their name and address on one of the blank envelopes when they arrive at the party. The mommy-to-be will be so grateful to have these details taken care of!