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Baby shower hosts get creative

Sun., Sept. 16, 2012

Internet can spur inspiration for wide range of ideas

If you’re throwing a baby shower, creating a festive atmosphere is part of the fun.

Whether you’re nurturing an elaborate party plan or just want a little inspiration to get started, the Internet opens the nursery door to a wide range of ideas from baby shower experts.

Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff, who run the Anders/Ruff event planning company in Charlotte, N.C., recently went with a color scheme of aqua, mint, lemon and lime for a gender-neutral shower.

“ ‘Gender reveal’ showers are really popular,” she says. The guests don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl till the mom-to-be cuts the cake and reveals a pink or blue interior.

Book showers are another hot trend: Guests bring a children’s book to help build the new baby’s library. Party planners A Good Affair, in Newport Beach, Calif., created a “Peter Rabbit” and “Pat the Bunny” theme at one recent baby shower, in Anaheim, Calif.

On the pregnancy website The Bump, Allison Micarelli-Sokoloff suggests a “Goodnight, Moon” theme, with dark blue and white polka dots and hanging silver foil stars. Lemonade with star shaped fruit, a round cake with dark blue icing and white dots, and starry sugar cookies as favors round out the party elements.

Party planner Sunny Duran got inventive for a twins shower in Ramstein, Germany: Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat,” she decorated with book images and served green egg salad and goldfish in a bowl.

“My favorite part of the book is when Thing One and Thing Two run through the hall with kites,” she says, so she ran kite banners around the space and used the motif on labels.

More tips for a successful baby shower:

• Research a theme. Websites like Hostess with the Mostess, Catch My Party and Any Given Party have dozens of detailed ideas.

• Don’t try to do everything yourself. Farm out the sweets-making to bake-savvy friends.

• Choose a favor that’s unexpected and useful. Anders and Ruff made tiny pickles and packed them in recycled baby food jars with a cute label. • Save money by buying latex balloons instead of pricier Mylar ones.

• Opt for a DIY cupcake bar instead of a big cake, and offer finger sandwiches, cheese and fruit instead of fancier fare.

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