28 January 2013

How to host a non-fussy Mustache Themed Baby Shower

I mentioned recently that I had the opportunity to co-host a baby shower for a good friend of mine who's expecting a sweet baby boy any second (almost literally) now.  You should know… I LOVE hosting showers for friends. It's an opportunity for friends to come together to show friends they are loved and supported and cared for.  What beauty.

My co-host friend (who is also a good friend of mine) and I had no trouble choosing the mustache theme. First of all, it's hilarious. Second of all, they're having a boy.  Obviously. Finally, there are zillions of adorable mustache invitation and favor options out there right now. And so the theme was born.  

We started by selecting these darling invitations from Tiny Prints.

I know, right? Too much.  They served as the perfect backdrop for an enjoyably un-fussy event.

Choosing the venue was also quite simple.  Our first consideration, of course, was cost.  Neither of us felt up to hosting in our homes (one of us lives in a small condo, and the other a home that's for sale and needs to be showing-ready at any time), so we started the search for a comfortable yet classy and delicious venue.  We landed on La Brioche True Food, a local favorite. Their coffee is perfect, and their pastries to die for.  Besides that, our mama-to-be friend loves it there.  Dunzo.

They worked within our price range, and provided a delicious spread of locally-sourced quiche, fresh fruit, coffee, and an adorably simple mustache cake.  It was perfect.

Neither me, my co-hostess friend or my mama-to-be friend are fans of shower games. I think people usually add them into their events because they feel obligated to have them, because that's what people do. Not me. I think they're awkward and not very fun. Except at bridal showers when you record the fianc√© answering questions about his bride. I love that one.  In my humble opinion, people want to come, say hello, celebrate the honoree, and get the heck out. I'm just being honest, here people.

Because it's nice for guests to have a little something to occupy their hands and time, we set up a mini polaroid photo shoot and little mustache-hold-up-thingys for guests to take pictures by themselves or with a friend. It was pretty cute.  My co-hostess had the polaroid camera and hold-up-thingys left from her wedding, so we re-purposed them just for this occasion.  Yay. Guests affixed their photos in a small photo book we provided for the mama-to-be after the shower.

Don't let the idea of hostessing intimidate or overwhelm.  Keep it simple and plan with care in mind. It's a great way to show your friend they're loved.

Disclosure: Affiliate links used. Tiny Prints provided the lovely invitations at no cost for this event. All opinions are my own.