Ahoy, it's a boy!
Updated: Sep 9, 2019
Three weeks ago I had the honor of planning a baby shower for one of my best friends, Mary. I met Mary in college 12 years ago (where has the time gone?!) and was lucky to have her with me in Charleston for 4 wild years - through all the ups and downs of our mid-twenties. In May 2016 she married the love of her life and in July 2016 she packed up her life in Charleston and moved 1,000 miles away from family and friends to Syracuse, NY to support her new husband and his radiology career. I hate that she's not here all the time (although they are moving back in a few years!), so when she told me she was pregnant (actually, her husband couldn't contain his excitement when they found out the gender and announced it on Instagram), I knew I wanted to do something special for her.
This was going to be the first boy baby shower I planned, so like a creature of habit, I turned to Pinterest for ideas. With it being summer and Mary coming back down to the coast, I felt "Ahoy, it's a boy!" to be a most appropriate theme. The shower was hosted by myself and two other bffs (Ashley and Maria) along with Mary's sister. I hosted a baking and crafting day at my house the day before the shower, as we were responsible for decor and dessert.
Everything was hand-crafted by us, except for the banner, which we outsourced to Etsy. Best decision ever - it arrived in perfect condition and saved us at least 3 hours of time.
I had the idea for the life bouy door wreath the day before the shower and I'm so glad I decided to run to Michael's last minute for the materials. It came out great!
Guests were greeted by a nautical rope "Welcome" sign that I borrowed from a friend.
Festive signage and paper straws were an easy way to continue the theme.
I was hardcore into my cheeseboard phase (still am) and also contributed a red, white and blue themed board, only choosing cheeses that were safe for the mama-to-be to enjoy too!
I livened up the cutlery with a fancy napkin fold and a life saver candy.
I had googly eyes on toothpicks prepared for "crab"wiches, but at the last minute the menu slightly changed and guests were served wraps instead. I absolutely love this idea though, so I kept the pieces and will display them at another get together soon.
For dessert I served delightful red and blue cupcakes, topped with sails (the sails were originally meant for deviled eggs, so they would look like boats, but I improvised when the menu changed).
One of my favorite gifts Mary received was this onesie - "Got my mind on my mommy and my mommy on my mind" #laidback
On the way out, the ladies picked up a sweet"Chips Ahoy!" favor.
A perfect afternoon for our fabulous friend and her little boy!
I would definitely recommend the "Ahoy, it's a boy" theme for a baby shower. If you enjoy crafting, you do not need a large budget for decor - grab your girls and make a day out of it! If you're not a DIY-er, there are plenty of decor options out there available for purchase.
I have a feeling I'll be hosting many more of these over the next few years, so I better start prepping now. Have a favorite baby shower theme? Share your ideas in a comment below!