The Red & White Holiday Baby Shower
Holiday baby showers are very popular. The holidays are a great time of year to celebrate new life and new babies. It can be a time of healing relationships and renewing friendships. And what better way to mend a few broken fences than with the arrival of a new life!
Planning a holiday baby shower doesn’t have to be stressful; it can be relatively easy. The easier shower to plan is one where everyone brings a dish (or pot luck style). Around the holidays, everyone has that favorite recipe they love to make, or they have one they are “dying” to try. Take advantage of help if or when it’s offered. However, if you are a control freak, like me, don’t be afraid to go it alone. I find it very difficult not to micro-manage a party to death, and have to remind myself to breathe, take a step back, and relax.
Red, white, and green are the obvious color choices for a holiday baby shower. I am going to concentrate on red and white. I love the color combination. The holidays conjure images of candy canes and peppermints. So let’s start there…
Use and old vase, or just an empty can, and surround it with candy canes. Tie them to the container with pretty, red holiday ribbon and a bow. Fill the vase with fresh flowers. If you can’t afford roses, then use another red flower that is in season, like carnations.
Place several of these vases around your room, or on the table as centerpieces.For a more dramatic effect, use vases of varying heights. If the vase is going to be seen over your candy canes, you will probably want to use a solid white color or glass – if you are using the red and white color scheme.
Another easy decorating or centerpiece idea is to take empty wine bottles, or jugs, etc., and paint them white. Once the paint is dry, spray them with adhesive. Then roll the bottles in Epsom salts for the sparkly, snowy effect.
No wine bottles? No problem. Use foam cones or even ice cream cones for a small version. The dollar stores have tons of inexpensive holiday decorations, find some that are white and/or red and insert them into the bottles. If you like flowers instead, baby’s breath is a good choice.
You can also use this technique on pillar candles.
|Cranberries are a great way to keep with the with red and white theme. Take glass pillars or vases and fill with fresh cranberries. The add water up to about 1-2 inches from the top of the vase. Insert a floating candle.|
Any of these ideas alone or used together would make a beautiful holiday centerpiece.Just keep in mind that your guest will sitting across from each other and any centerpiece should be low enough for easy conversation across the table.
And, don’t skimp on the candles!
Candy Cane Decoration Tutorials
Hot Chocolate Stirrers
There are many options for party favors that will fit into the red and white theme. Some easy ones to make are candles, cookies or ornaments. You can place your favors at each place setting, or on a gift table for your guests to pick up as they leave the party. Table settings make or break any party, and baby showers are no different. A red and white table can be simple, elegant or just plain over the top. Whichever you chose as your inspiration, your table should represent your style and flair.
|Classic White with touches of Red.||For a more casual table use a plaid tablecloth.|
|Switch it up with table runners going across the table and doing dual duty as place mats.||Beautiful table setting with red and white dishes, napkins and glassware. Hurricane candle holders as centerpiece display.|
One of the best decorations for your party is the cake. Naturally, I prefer a “diaper cake” (can you blame me for trying?), but many of you would rather make your own edible cake. I can understand that as I love a good cake too. Below are some example of simple, classic cakes that would be fairly easy to duplicate. Don’t stress over not achieving perfection… Perfection is fleeting and only lasts until your guests cut into it. A moist, white cake or a red velvet cake would be the perfect compliment to your red and white party.
Using peppermint as inspiration for your red and white party is an easy theme to carry through with your decorations, having a peppermint candy bar, a tiered cake with peppermint columns and peppermint candy trees and topiaries.
Below are some candy cane, red and white foods you can
include in your menu or use as party favors.
The best thing to remember is, that no matter what is served, what gifts are
given, what games are played, your shower will be perfect!