Is there anything better than babies, fall and family gatherings? I recently gave my twin sister Holly an apple-themed baby shower when we were back in Kansas. She’s due in February, but with the family being spread out and the holidays coming up, we decided that K-State Homecoming Weekend would be the best time for her family shower. Since she hosted my pumpkin-themed shower last fall, I knew we needed to find a different yet quintessentially fall theme. Apples were the perfect fit!
Theme & Decorations
The theme of the shower was “Apple of My Eye,” and I found the perfect invitations from this shop on Etsy.com. Once we had that, I took to Pinterest (of course!) to figure out the rest of the decorations. This baby shower was a huge inspiration to me, but I wanted to take advantage of the variety of apple colors, so our shower colors were red, green and gold. Get it!?
From there, I set off for Michael’s. I found everything I needed there—baskets, basket filler, chalkboard/dry erase signs, streamers, note cards, paper balls to hang and more. My aunt supplied the rest of the linens, serving dishes and vases, which are mostly Fiestaware.
I love fall foods! It’s so easy to make a huge batch of chili or stew to warm the soul and feed a crowd. I love it so much I requested it for my shower lunch last year! For Holly’s shower we went the BBQ route with pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans and cornbread casserole. My aunt Linda made all the food and oh my gosh, was it good! For dessert we skipped the traditional cake and went for individual gourmet cupcakes from HyVee. If you know me, you know I love HyVee!
I wanted to add a fun twist to the dessert portion of the menu, so we added a candy apple bar. We sliced apples of different colors, laid out dips (caramel and caramel cream cheese), sauces (chocolate and more caramel) and toppings (pecan chips, crushed pretzels, moose tracks and chocolate mint). It was decadent, fun and delicious, and you can see why we skipped the traditional cake.
My in-laws are excellent game players, and my mother-in-law is the queen bee of games, so I asked her to lead the game portion of the shower. She did not disappoint! We played a fill-in-the-blank game where she asked questions about the baby and parenthood, and we all had to guess how Holly would answer. Whoever guessed right got a point and whomever had the most points won a prize.
But her real triumph was her homemade Baby Family Feud game. She picked the categories, researched the answers and made poster boards just like the show. It was so much fun and really made us think! By the way, she’s available for bookings for baby shower games, wedding games, family game nights, whatever! 😉
I’m a believer that thank-you gifts don’t have to be extravagant, just thoughtful. For Holly’s apple-themed shower, I bought small apple-scented candles from Walmart, and because the shower was the week before Halloween, I included a handful of candy in the box for guests to munch on the way home. I found the perfect small boxes at Michael’s, made the thank-you tags on Photoshop and tied it all together with twine. It was cute, apple-y and rustic, so it fit wonderfully with the theme of the shower.
I really love having an excuse to throw a party. The apple theme was great for fall and was a little unexpected for a baby shower; not the traditional blue or pink party. Apples make versatile and inexpensive decorations, as opposed to flowers. Plus, you can eat them afterwards! Most of the decorations I picked up in an afternoon at Michael’s and mailed to my aunt’s house where we were having the party. It was a little challenging to plan the party over long distance but thankfully my aunts, cousins and MIL helped a ton. Plus, I can’t forget my awesome hubby for being on daddy duty while I was decorating and attending the party.
Joie de vivre and apple babies,