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Modern Minimalist Blush Baby Shower

Searching for beautiful and easy-to-achieve baby shower inspiration? Look no further than this lovely modern minimalist blush baby shower, set in the coolest open barn. Cassie’s white and blush hued baby shower is perfect in its simplicity, and then some. And the venue – a modern farm – totally works with all of its sweeping industrial space. Plus, wait until you see the long farmhouse table set-up and the dessert spread complete with a tower of donuts!

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The story behind this sweet minimalist blush baby shower:

Owners of The Confetti Studio and Darling Found came together to plan a baby shower fit for Cassie, the owner and talent behind Cass & Co. Films. (Both women will happily tell you that Cassie, “[is] one of the most kind, genuine people [they] know.”

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From Darling Found:

“White, blush, and neutral were [the] design elements we built off of. Modern Farm in Gilbert, Arizona was the perfect venue to host this sweet event. The venue features a white barn with concrete floors.”

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A white peacock chair from The Confetti Studio was given a glamorous makeover with greenery and delicate flowers. And silver mylar letter balloons that spelled out “OH BABY” added the perfect cheeky pop of sparkle.

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It was also the perfect area where Cassie could open her gifts.

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“We had two farm tables come together to create one long table to give the space an intimate feel. We wanted the space to feel minimalistic with bud vases and white decor.”

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I love how neutral and feminine the dishes were, especially paired with the vintage pink glass goblets – it all fits right into the white and blush hues.

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For food, they served light snacks, like fruit, cheese, meats, and of course, donuts. For refreshments they had the cutest MOM-OSA bar featuring sparking cider paired with orange and cranberry juice.

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And in true baby shower fashion, the group played two adorable shower games including ‘The Price is Right: Baby Shower Edition’. (More cute ideas in one of our most popular party posts – HOW TO THROW A TEA PARTY BABY SHOWER IN 6 EASY STEPS.)

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Clearly, the babies had a blast.

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This blush baby shower is full of so many pretty details! The greenery really gives it life, despite being inside a pretty industrial-looking barn. (An awesome trick for adding color to a winter baby shower, I might add!) Even the photo booth sign is adorable. And the mama-to-be’s dress; perfection.

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Everyone involved put so much heart into this blush baby shower. (And it shows!)

Love this gorgeous event? Check out more of our party inspiration and wedding inspiration; plus 6 steps to a perfect baby shower!

Photographer: Hovering Heart Photography // Event Planner: Darling Found // Cake: Sift Bakehouse // Donuts: Bosa Donuts // Rentals: The Confetti Studio // Venue: Modern Farm // Mama-to-be’s Dress: Piper and Scoot

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How to Make a Holiday Dessert Charcuterie Board

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‘Tis the season of holiday baking, party planning, gifting and décor, and you know I can’t resist sharing tons of fun and accessible inspiration for your own festive parties. And this year, I am WAY too excited about this holiday dessert charcuterie snack board.

So why a dessert charcuterie board?

Well, last year, we threw such a fun ugly sweater party for the holidays, so I knew I wanted to keep that trend going. I was hoping to find a dessert that would fit right into a fun ugly sweater party, or equally festive holiday party. And who doesn’t love dessert? I’ll admit, the dessert table usually becomes the focal point of most of my parties because, well, dessert. I also love baking, and pulling together ALL of the sweets to really wow guests.

I’ve also been crushing on all of the amazing charcuterie boards all across food blogs and Pinterest, and I thought it would be so much fun to put together a sweet charcuterie board full of all of our favorite holiday desserts and sweet treats. The dessert charcuterie board really allows you to get creative and bring together all different sweets and desserts for your guests, so that everyone can choose a little bit of what they love.

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The beauty of a dessert table charcuterie board is that you don’t need to stress about making everything homemade. Pull together everyone’s favorite holiday cookies and treats, head to your favorite local bakery for things like shortbread, snowball cookies, and chocolates, and fill in the gaps with whimsical Christmas candy like candy canes, chocolate covered cherry cordials, peppermint bark, and everyone’s favorite red and green holiday M&M’S®. You can also make simple desserts like brownie Christmas trees (you can use boxed brownie mix), caramel corn, and chocolate-dipped pretzel rods and marshmallows (just melt chocolate in the microwave, dip, cover in sprinkles, and allow to cool and dry completely on wax or parchment paper.)

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This is the kind of dessert spread that is sure to impress!

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The M&M’s Ugly Sweater Packs are available exclusively at select Kroger stores and they’re on a season-long sale for 2/$4. But hurry, the packs are only available while supplies last.

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I scooped up a few bags of peanut Ugly Sweater M&M’S (though of course they’re available in the classic milk chocolate version as well) in the seasonal aisle. How cute is that packaging?

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As for the theme of this dessert set-up: the holiday M&M’S Ugly Sweater Pack was giving me plenty of inspiration here.

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Keep scrolling for a breakdown of what you’ll need for your very own holiday dessert charcuterie board.

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Holiday Dessert Charcuterie Board

This holiday season, put together a sweet charcuterie board full of all of our favorite holiday desserts and sweet treats. Don't be afraid to get creative!

Ingredients

  • holiday M&M's
  • shortbread
  • almond cookies
  • snowball cookies
  • chocolates
  • candy canes
  • chocolate covered cherry cordials
  • peppermint bark
  • brownie Christmas trees (or regular brownies; add red or green frosting for a splash of holiday color)
  • caramel corn
  • trail mix
  • muddy buddies
  • chocolate- or yogurt-covered pretzels
  • chocolate-dipped pretzel rods
  • caramel squares
  • marshmallows

Instructions

Find the biggest serving board or wood cutting board that you have and set up a designated dessert station. Place groups of sweet treats in bunches. You can use shorter jelly jars and bowls for loose candies (mostly to keep them from rolling away.) Be sure to unwrap any of your candies like candy canes, chocolates, and caramel squares, before putting on your charcuterie board.

NOTE: If you make any desserts, like brownies or chocolate-dipped pretzels, allow to cool completely before placing on your tray.

Voilà! A holiday dessert charcuterie, sure to impress all of your guests!

Courses Dessert

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I loved mixing a few homemade goodies with plenty of store-bought and bakery-bought goodies.

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If you make your own holiday dessert charcuterie board, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your sweet creations!

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Looking for more holiday inspiration? Check out last year’s ugly sweater holiday party and farmhouse style winter wonderland holiday party.

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Lexi

A Simple Early Fall Gathering to Remember

Sometimes gorgeous party inspiration – with the most gorgeous color palette – just falls into your lap. This simple late-summer/early Fall gathering was one piece of inspiration I just couldn’t take my eyes off. (Psst … Fall is just a little over a week away, making it’s debut on Friday, September 22nd. Can you believe it?! Bring on the pumpkin everything.)

But let’s talk about this beautiful gathering …

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Amanda Honeycutt, who owns a boutique event planning and design business out of Apex, North Carolina – Amanda Blair by Design – sent this beautiful styled shoot my way, and it was love at first site. I mean, the COLORS. And the story behind the simple shoot is so sweet. Amanda teamed up with Christian Reyes Photography for an impromptu early Fall shoot at Wylde after taking Nikelle’s one-on-one floral workshop … something I’ve totally wanted to do. (Anyone ever take a floral design class? I mean, who doesn’t want to play with flowers?)

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I love when creativity just sort of begets more creativity.

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From Amanda:

The inspiration from this early Fall shoot came from a one-on-one floral workshop I attended with Nikelle Orellana-Reyes of Wylde. I have always been inspired by the way Nikelle incorporates color and texture to create breathtaking organic arrangements and bouquets. I knew that taking a course from her would be align seamlessly with my own design goals of creating intentional spaces. As we were going through the arrangement portion of the course she said something to me that was so simple yet profound – let each stem have their moment. For me, this meant taking each stem in and out several times to find the exact spot where I felt the moment could happen, but in the end each stem came together to create something that was meaningful to me. We followed up the workshop with an impromptu shoot with Christian Reyes Photography where we continued the color story through the tablescape by incorporating the matte gold flatware, dusty pink napkin ties, and soft blue accents against the modern and industrial storefront of Wylde. Perhaps my favorite accent of day – the Lou & Grey Mustard Romper worn by our model Sarah, an effortlessly chic statement piece. This inspiration would be perfect for an intimate gathering as we say farewell to summer.

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I can’t get enough of these early Fall colors and that gorgeous menu.

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That ribbon!

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And of course … that mustard yellow jumpsuit.

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This shoot is such a good reminder to let creativity happen and to focus on simple details that can make even the most informal of gatherings something a little magical and extra special.

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Flowers used in the arrangement (that also doubled as a bouquet for pretty pictures):

Roses
Garden Roses
Zinnias
Rudbeckia
Elaeagnus
Amaranthus
Nicotiana
Celosia
Geranium
Heuchera

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Styling by Amanda Blair by Design // Photography by Christian Reyes Photography // Workshop Space and Flowers by Wylde // Table: Handmade by Amanda’s Husband // Armless Stackable Bistro Side Chairs in Distressed Black: Wayfair // Plates and Cups: Homegoods // Gold Flatware: Threshold by Target // Menu and Place Cards designed by Sage Paper Co // Ribbon: Nettle / /Model: Sarah Horne, @saaarahhorne // Mustard Jumpsuit Worn by the Model: Lou & Grey

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5 Steps to An Unforgettable, Easy and Chic Summer Brunch

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I am a party thrower through and through. I love taking even the simplest event – soamething like getting together with your friends, simply because you haven’t caught up in a while – and turning it into an affair. That’s not to say that a gathering has to be elaborate, or very involved at all for that matter, it’s just nice to celebrate the every day now and then. So many times I’ll say, “Oh, let’s just have a little something at my house,” and suddenly, it’s turned into this great event, with a bit of a theme (I can’t help myself!), and a whole lot of food. What can I say? I love entertaining. But that’s what celebrations are all about, aren’t they?

And I mean, have you seen the gorgeous new Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio x Christian Siriano Designer Limited Edition Label? The timeless floral pattern had me dreaming of vintage Palm Springs, so that’s exactly where I went with our easy and chic summer brunch theme. What I love about Ecco Domani wines is that they are crafted to add a special touch to the everyday. This bottle design is easily my favorite to date. The Pinot Grigio inside is brimming with bright fruit flavors and a fresh, approachable style, and I thought it was the perfect pairing for an unforgettable brunch.

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Like most parties, we hit a snag along the way, and the skies opened up just before the summer brunch festivities. A little rain certainly wasn’t going to stop us, so we moved the brunch festivities into our dining room, and thanks to plenty of fresh fruit and flowers, plus wine, we had a bright Summer brunch in the comfort of our dining room.

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5 Steps to An Easy and Chic Summer Brunch

| 1 | Send an invite.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a card, an evite, a quick email – just send a simple invitation to your summer brunch. The invitation feels all the more special and thoughtful, and will elevate your little gathering from a simple get-together to a bonafide excuse to celebrate and something all of your guests will look forward to, even if it’s just a few days away.

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| 2 | Use fresh flowers.

Whether it’s a vase of flowers, a simple centerpiece, or a table runner covered in loose flowers (one of my favorite ways to decorate a table!), adding even the smallest touch of fresh flowers gives life to any gathering.

I played off of the palm leaf design and bright pinks of the Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio x Christian Siriano Designer Limited Edition Label for this summer brunch, and pulled in plenty of fresh greenery, lush peonies (when they’re in season, I can’t get enough!), white aster flowers, and lilacs to add a pop of purple. Between the lilacs and peonies, our entire dining room smelled incredible. I was able to snag everything at the grocery store, making my flower-hunting expedition extra easy.

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| 3 | Sneak in simple, yet elegant touches.

You’d be amazed at how a simple, sweet afterthought may really add such a beautiful note to your gathering. At the last minute, I grabbed a grapefruit at the grocery store, sliced it up, and set a slice on the rim of each wine glass. The simple burst of citrus added a major impact with color and brightness and a bit of depth to our wine glasses.

I also made floral ice cubes by freezing water filled with a few of the smaller flowers in ice cube trays the night before. When guests sit down for our summer brunch, they’ll be amazed at your attention to detail, even though floral ice cubes take all of two minutes to make the night or hours before a party. (See the full floral ice cube tutorial here.)

It’s those little details that really make a party or gathering unforgettable.

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| 4 | Keep the menu simple.

The beauty of a breakfast or summer brunch is that you don’t need a three-course meal to feed your guests and keep everyone happy. Cut up some fresh fruit, heat up a store-bought quiche, serve a few pastries from your favorite local bakery, and you’ve got brunch! Sometimes I’ll mix it up with deviled eggs or my mom’s famous recipe for baked crème brûlée french toast, but that one dish is the star of the show, and some fresh fruit on the side is plenty.

And trust me, brunch is ever-stylish and always a good idea.

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| 5 | Remember to have fun.

Enjoy! Keeping the menu easy should free up time to sit down, have a glass of wine, eat, and enjoy your summer brunch. There’s nothing worse than spending half your party in the kitchen, fretting over the timing of hors d’oeuvres, ushering guests in and out, putting together dessert at the last minute, etc.

Revel in the fact that you can in fact throw an unforgettable event, with very few fussy details, and still have a fantastic time!

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How to Make Floral Ice Cubes

I am so excited about today’s post. What makes these beautiful DIY floral ice cubes so wonderful, is their simplicity. And the flowers. If it were up to me, I’d cover the world in flowers. (I mean, have you seen our parties?)

Focus, Lexi.

Today’s DIY; it’s all about flowers. Floral ice cubes. Specifically, the ridiculously simple steps on just how to make floral ice cubes, will have you wondering just why exactly you haven’t been making floral ice cubes for … well, every single party ever.

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This simple party trick takes seconds to make, can be created ahead of time (for a fuss-free party touch), cool down your beverage or cocktail, and leave floating blooms in your drink when the ice cubes melt.

Talk about WOWing your guests.

Trust me, they will be impressed.

Sometimes it’s the thoughtful little touches that make all of the impact.

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Most of the blooms I used are for decorative purposes only, but here’s a great list of edible flowers to use for your next batch of DIY floral ice cubes.

If you can’t get your hands on edible flowers in time, no worries: make floral ice cubes with any flowers you have on hand, fill a clear ice bucket with your pretty ice cubes, and use it to display and serve chilled bottles of champagne, prosecco, or rosé.

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HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE DIY FLORAL ICE CUBES

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Small flowers
Bottled or Boiled Water
Small ice cube trays (or large ice cube trays)*

DIRECTIONS

  1. It’s best to use bottled water or water you’ve boiled in a kettle (allowing the water to cool completely before using.) You want your flowers to show through the ice, which means, you’ll want crystal clear water. Tap water will totally work here too, it just may be a bit cloudier than bottled or boiled water.
  2. Clip your small flowers off their stems, right at the base of the flower, and carefully run all of your flowers under cool water to wash them off. (Remember: these are going in your drinks!)
  3. I quickly realized that pouring the bottled or boiled and cooled water into the ice cube trays, and then placing the flowers into each square, worked best. The flowers will float, so you may want to use a toothpick to place them whichever way you want. The “bottom” of the ice cube tray, will most likely become the “top” of your finished ice cube, because it will have the smoothest surface, so you may want to use a toothpick or your fingers to gently turn the flower upside down in the water before you freeze your trays.
  4. Allow your ice cube tray(s) to set for a few hours, or at most, overnight, but be sure not to leave them frozen for too long, as the flowers will start to discolor. i.e., plan to make these either the night before a party, or just a few hours before the main event.

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*This brand of ice cube trays is my favorite because they make perfect ice cubes, that pop out effortlessly, every time.

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Aren’t these floral ice cubes such a pretty addition to just about any drink or ice bucket? Party perfect.

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If you make your own floral ice cubes, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi). I love to see your creations!

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How to Throw a Tea Party Baby Shower in 6 Easy Steps

This post has been sponsored by Pampers. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible!

With baby number two on the way, lately, I can’t help but dream up baby showers and nursery layouts. So, to satisfy my love for parties, I decided to throw a little tea party baby shower as inspiration! I’m also showing you just how to create your own baby shower in 6 easy steps, with the help of some favorite tried-and-true baby shower games and traditions and one towering DIY Diaper “Cupcake” Cake Tower.

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Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to throw a tea party baby shower in 6 easy steps; plus a DIY diaper Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to throw a tea party baby shower in 6 easy steps; plus a DIY diaper Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to throw a tea party baby shower in 6 easy steps; plus a DIY diaper

I’ve always loved a great tea party – though I’ve never actually thrown one for the blog. This felt like the perfect opportunity! I love that a tea party feels feminine, vintage, and truly like a special and unique party. I mean, it’s not every day you get invited to a tea party!

Unless of course, you have a three-year-old. We have a lot of tea parties.

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to throw a tea party baby shower in 6 easy steps; plus a DIY diaper

Let’s jump right in!

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to throw a tea party baby shower in 6 easy steps; plus a DIY diaper

How to Throw a Tea Party Baby Shower in 6 Easy Steps:

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to throw a tea party baby shower in 6 easy steps; plus a DIY diaper Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to throw a tea party baby shower in 6 easy steps; plus a DIY diaper

| 1 | Create a statement piece.

For Scarlett’s baby shower a few years back, one of our family friends made me the most amazing towering diaper cake, and I’ve been dreaming of ways to create something similar. This tea party baby shower gave me the perfect inspiration. I wanted to take the diaper cake trend in a slightly different direction, and thus, the Pampers diaper cupcake tower was born.

How to Make a DIY Diaper “Cupcake” Cake:

To make your diaper “cupcakes” all you have to do is fold the diapers in half, vertically, and then tightly roll into a “cupcake.” Secure your “cupcake” with a clear elastic hair tie.

I filled a tiered cupcake stand and paper cupcake liners to truly look like a tower of cupcakes, and then decorated the whole thing with flowers to fit in with our tea party baby shower theme.

Side note: I’m about six-and-a-half months pregnant with baby number two (our announcement, how I told my husband we were pregnant again, and gender reveal), and as I was opening the Pampers Swaddlers box and putting together the diaper cupcake tower, I couldn’t help but get all misty-eyed. I forgot how tiny newborn and size 1 diapers are (and Scarlett actually wore preemie for the first month or so!) Those itty bitty diapers, their sweet baby smell, just rolling the same tiny diapers Scarlett once wore, turned me into a weepy mess. Time flies when you’re having fun!

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to throw a tea party baby shower in 6 easy steps; plus a DIY diaper

| 2 | Include details that really get everyone in the spirit.

If you’re throwing a tea party or bohemian baby shower, have everyone wear or provide flower crowns or floppy hats. Everyone will get a kick out of the added flair, but sticking to something like a hat or floral crown keeps it from feeling like guests have to go to all the trouble of “dressing up.” Plus, you’ll get so many great pictures when guests are having fun sporting their girly props.

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to throw a tea party baby shower in 6 easy steps; plus a DIY diaper

| 3 | Games are always popular at baby showers, but keep them simple and enjoyable for your guests.

A few favorite baby shower games:

Hold a diaper raffle. Instead of buying tickets, tell guests they can enter the raffle by bringing a pack of diapers. (Be sure to mention the diaper raffle on the invitation so that everyone knows to bring diapers.) For every guest that brings a box of diapers, throw their name into a hat, and towards the end of the shower, pull one or two names out of the hat and announce them the winner(s). By the way, a gift card is always a great prize/motivator! And the very best part about a diaper raffle: new mom and babe get a whole stockpile of diapers for those first few months.

A diaper bag full of baby items. Put at least ten popular/useful baby items inside a diaper bag; i.e., a bib, bottle, teething ring, rattle, and diaper. Give each guest a pen and paper before passing the diaper bag around. Without looking, each person should stick a hand inside the bag and identify as many items as possible. Give each guest no more than two minutes to feel around and make their guesses before passing the diaper bag to the next person. Once everyone has had a turn, find out who had the most correct answers. The winner gets a prize and the mom-to-be gets the diaper bag filled with baby essentials!

“My water broke” ice cubes. The night before the shower, make these adorable baby ice cubes. Then, at the start of the shower, everyone puts one of the baby-filled ice cubes in their drink. Whoever’s melts first, yells, “My water broke!” and that person is crowned the winner! This simple and quick game always brings out the laughs.

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| 4 | Plan a menu that’s unique and fun.

Tea sandwiches and plenty of dessert are the way to go for a tea party shower. You could even have a signature soup or salad to pair with the finger foods.

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to throw a tea party baby shower in 6 easy steps; plus a DIY diaper

| 5 | Carry the details throughout the party.

Here, real and fabric roses adorned the diaper cupcake “cake,” the tea cups, the napkin rings, rose petals were even scattered across the tables.

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to throw a tea party baby shower in 6 easy steps; plus a DIY diaper

| 6 | If you decide to have a party favor, give guests something they’ll love and remember.

When my mom planned my baby shower for Scarlett, she and I spent months, scouring yard sales and thrift shops for old tea cups and saucers. If you really keep your eyes peeled, and you’re a fan of thrifting, you can find vintage tea cups for as little as twenty cents a piece. Guests were thrilled to take home such a memorable keepsake, and so many of them still use their teacups to this day.

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Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to throw a tea party baby shower in 6 easy steps; plus a DIY diaper Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to throw a tea party baby shower in 6 easy steps; plus a DIY diaper

There you have it: how to throw a tea party baby shower in 6 easy steps!

What are your favorite baby shower games? Have you ever thrown a baby shower for a mom-to-be? Have you had a baby shower of your own? What was your favorite part? Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to throw a tea party baby shower in 6 easy steps; plus a DIY diaper

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