Plan A Baby Shower Around Teddy Bears!
Incorporate one of America's most beloved toys, the teddy bear, into your baby shower theme! Children and babies form a special bond with these cuddly little creatures that they seem to tote around everywhere with them. The great thing about a teddy bear shower theme is that is completely appropriate for a boy or a girl.
In this post, I give you tips and ideas for incorporating teddy bears into the baby shower invitations, party favors, gifts, decorations and even the postage stamps! Your guests will be 'beary' glad that they have such a creative hostess.
Teddy Bear Themed Invitations
For the baby shower invitations, you have several options including buying fully customized invites or making the invitations yourself.
If you are on a tight budget, consider printable baby shower invitations that you can download and print. You can get the template by clicking here. After printing, you simply fill-in all the shower details and mail them or hand them out to your guests.
Another option is to make a teddy bear out of foam or construction paper. There are so many great themed papers and scrapbooking supplies available that you can also make cards from cardstock and then dress them up with teddy-bear themed stickers, paper, cut-out, glitter, etc. Then just add a clever bear-themed verse such as, "We would be beary glad if you could join us for a beary delightful celebration of the new honey arriving to (father) and (mother)."
Verse source: Creative Baby Shower Ideas
Teddy Bear Shower Decorations
One fun idea for a teddy bear themed shower is to make guests feel like they are entering a bear den. On the sidewalk leading up to the front door for the party, make some paw prints out of chalk or washable paint. You can buy large bear print stencils at craft stores like Michaels. Then have a personalized baby shower banner printed or make your own banner that says something about 'Welcome to Mama Bear [mommy's name] Den'.
Bears and bees and honey all go together so use these items as inspiration for the shower decorations. You can find bee-shaped mylar balloons at your local party supply shop or online. Decorate some terra cotta pots to look like honey pots by painting them with brown paint and then use yellow like honey-overflowing around the pots edge. Buy some fuzzy bumble bees for decorating or make your own from construction paper to hang on streamers from the ceiling. You can place stuffed plush baby teddy bears throughout the shower area too.
For the tabletop area, consider buying teddy bear themed plates and napkins. And don't forget a baby diaper cake topped with a teddy bear to use as the shower centerpiece as well as your gift to the mom-to-be.
Teddy Bear Shower Food Ideas
No teddy bear themed shower would be complete without some honey! So make honey a central theme of your shower by making main dishes like honey chicken wings, honey glazed carrots, sticky honey buns and other honey-themed recipes.
Bears like berries too so for the punch freeze some raspberries to act as the ice cubes to keep the punch cold. Opt for a berry-flavored punch and then right before the party, float the frozen raspberries in the punch.
You can make many different foods bear-themed by using a bear-shaped cookie cutter to cut-out sandwiches, cheese slices, jello and cut-out cookies. Be sure to set out some bowls of gummy bears, honey roasted peanuts, honeycomb cereal, and teddy grahams for party snacks.
And last, but definitely not least, create a fun baby shower cake or set of cupcakes with a bear theme! Check out the great ideas from Wilson below.
Teddy Bear Shower Cakes
How To Make Teddy Bear Cake Decorations
Teddy Bear Baby Shower Games
Beyond the classic baby shower games, consider a few of these ideas that are specially formulated for a teddy bear themed baby shower...
FREE Printable Teddy Bear Trivia Game - You can print out this free game by clicking here. Test your guest knowledge of all things teddy bear with this fun little trivia test. There are 10 questions with answers and instructions available at the above link.
Famous Bears Game - Either make up your own game cards or print out the free game card here. Ask your guests to write down as many famous bears that they can think of in 5 minutes. The guest with the most correct answers wins the game. Some sample answers are Paddington Bear, Yogi Bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, Care Bears, Smokey the Bear, Boo Boo, Briar Patch Bear, etc.
Teddy Bear Hot Potato - A twist on the classic hot potato game. Have your guests sit in a circle, start a timer, and have them pass around a stuffed teddy bear. The person holding the bear when the timer goes off is out of the game. Keep starting the timer again and passing around the bear until just one guest is left - the winner!
Hilarious Teddy Bear Kiss Activity - Pass a stuffed teddy bear around the room and have each baby shower guest kiss the bear. After everyone has finished kissing the bear, tell them they now must kiss the expectant mom in the exact same spot that they kissed the bear. It is quite funny to see where they end up kissing the Mom-to-be!
There are so many great ways to incorporate bears into the party favors. Just look at the photo above, you can find these baby shower favors online. There are so many retailers that sell cheap favors that incorporate the teddy bear theme... place card frames, bottle stopper favors, personalized mint tins, candles with pink or blue glitter bears, small photo album favors also available in pink or blue, teddy bear themed custom chocolate bar baby shower favors. The possibilities are endless!
One of my favorite ideas for DIY favors are either baby shower honey favors in jars or teddy bear shaped honey that you buy at the grocery store. In either case, you can purchase ribbons or stickers that have a teddy bear theme along with the shower details to thank the guests for sharing in mom's special day.
Another great party favor for bear-themed showers are Burt's Bees lip balms that incorporate honey in their formula. Most products come in their signature yellow containers with a bee motif.
Bee-shaped candle and soap favors are easily made by placing the candle or soap inside a bee-covered cellophane bag that is then tied with ribbon and a matching personalized favor hang tag.
Teddy Bear Shower Gift Ideas
Who wouldn't want a cuddly teddy bear?
You can find a wide array of baby shower gifts that incorporate the teddy bear theme. Of course, the most obvious choice is a classic baby's first teddy bear, but make it extra special by having the t-shirt or bib that the bear wears customized with the baby to be's last name (or first if mom already knows it).
Other great gift ideas are teddy bear shaped ceramic banks, baby gift baskets with a teddy bear theme, and baby diaper cakes that feature a teddy bear sitting on top. The fantastic thing about the diaper cake idea is that you can utilize it as both the centerpiece at the shower and as your gift to the expectant mom. Check out this fun beary ballerina diaper cake from All About Gifts & Baskets.
Earth Day - April 22nd
What it is and what you can do
Earth Day is a great time to spend some time bettering the planet we live on. You can take part in community activities, or do something as simple as planting a tree or cleaning up the parks and ditches in your area. Every little thing counts!
How did Earth Day Begin?
Responding to widespread environmental degradation, Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated that year, and Earth Day is now observed each year on April 22 by more than 500 million people and national governments in 175 countries.
Below I have included ways for you and your family to make the most of your Earth Day celebration! Make every day Earth Day!
Earth Day Crafts
Get everyone in the family involved in creating something to better our world. A great idea is a bird house or bird feeder. You can start from scratch with spare wood, or purchase a kit available at your local hardware store or from Amazon.com.
Some sites with great craft ideas:
Earth Day Tip #1
Use Canvas Shopping Bags
Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. Plastic bags don't biodegrade, they photodegrade - breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and water. Canvas bags are cheap and roomy! Find out more at www.reuseit.com.
Plant a Tree!
How Trees Help Our Earth
You know planting a tree is helpful to the environment but there are many ways that trees help us and our earth. Here are just a few:
- Trees alter the environment in which we live by moderating climate, improving air quality, conserving water, and harboring wildlife.
- Trees intercept water, store some of it, and reduce storm runoff and the possibility of flooding.
- Temperature in the vicinity of trees is cooler than that away from trees. The larger the tree, the greater the cooling. By using trees in the cities, we are able to moderate the heat-island effect caused by pavement and buildings in commercial areas.
- Leaves absorb carbon dioxide from the air to form carbohydrates that are used in the plant's structure and function. In this process, leaves also absorb other air pollutants-such as ozone, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide-and give off oxygen.
- Air-conditioning costs are lower in a tree-shaded home. Heating costs are reduced when a home has a windbreak.
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Earth Day Tip #2
Get an Oil Change
An oil change and an air filter change will help your car run cleaner and emit less pollution. Running your car with dirty oil and a dirty air filter is the equivalent of spending an extra $0.15 per mile.
Eco-friendly Party Favors
Have a wedding or other party coming up? Here are some great ideas for party favors that are earth friendly!
You don't have to give your guests a favor that will end up in the landfill sooner or later. New eco-friendly favors are all the rage right now. Here are some great garden wedding favors like place cards and favors that you actually can plant to produce gorgeous wildflowers! They are elegant, useful, and earth friendly!
Earth Day Tip #3
Buy Used instead of New
Use CRAIGSLIST and FREECYCLE when looking for household items. You can get some great deals, and even things for free. Half.com, Amazon and Ebay are also great ways to get used items. Use your local library. Many have current movies that you can check out for free.
Earth Day Tip #4
Replace your light bulbs
Replace the lightbulbs in your house with LEDs . They cost more than regular bulbs, but they use less electricity (saving you money on your utility bill) and they last around 25 years. We think you should avoid CFL light bulbs (the spiral ones) as they contain mercury, which can spill if you break one and is definitely not earth friendly.
Books to Teach Children About Earth Day
It's never too early to teach our children how to take care of the land we live on. Showing them now how to respect the environment will stick with them for the rest of their lives. A good start is books about Earth Day. The fun and engaging text and pictures of these kids and baby board books will capture their interest and imaginations.
Nurses Make Our World Go Round
Almost everyone has had an encounter with a nurse. Whether it's for your parents, for your children, or for you! Maybe your close friend or family member is a nurse, and you turn to him or her for advice. No matter who the nurse is, the fact remains that they make our world go round. Their job function is to help people, and nurse them back to health.
Now besides that fact, the time is coming where we as a nation can thank our nurses who make our lives better! National Nurses Day is May 6 this year and every year. Which opens up the week for Nurses Week, which is May 6th through May 12th.
Different nurses have their own special day!
Did you know that during Nurses Week, there are different days that celebrate different types of nurses? It's true! Here is a breakdown of the different days that fall into the Nurses Week mix.
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- May 6th - National Recognition Day for Nurses, National RN Recognition Day
- May 8th - National Student Nurses Day
- May 9th - National School Nurse Day (in 2012)
- May 12th - International Nurses Day
Nurses Day History
Where did this holiday come from?
May 12th, which is the last day of Nurses Week just happens to be the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who was the founder of modern nursing.
In 1965, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) decided they would celebrate "International Nurse Day" on Florence Nightingale's birthday after several years of others trying to make it an official holiday with no success.
In February of 1974, President Nixon proclaimed there would be a National Nurses Week.
In 1982, the American Nurses Association (ANA) made May 6th a formal day for National Nurses Day. The US Congress followed suit and declared May 6th as the "National Recognition Day for Nurses."
Finally, in 1993, ANA designated May 6th through the 12th as final dates of observation for National Nurses Week for 1994 and all following years.
How to Celebrate
Okay, it's Nurses Week, now what?
Well now that you know the history behind this little holiday, and the meaning behind it, I suppose you are wondering how you can celebrate appropriately! Well wonder no more because there are many different gifts for nurses out there. You just need to adapt them to your nurse and what he/she would like!
For starters, here are a few general ideas:
- Baked goods
- Dinner Gift Cards
- Thank You Gift Basket
- Gourmet Coffee
- A Plant
Funny Nurses Parody - To "I Love College" Song
Funny Nurse Quotes
Put them in your card!
If you are looking to add something sweet and humorous at the same time, why not add in a cute little nursing quote? Here are a few funny ones to get you started. Of course you can find more online if you simply google 'funny nursing quotes'.
- Doctors save lives. Nurses save doctors.
- Even Chuck Norris cannot live without nurses.
- Nursing would be a dream job if there were no doctors. - Gerhard Kocher
- Nurses - one of the few blessings of being ill. - Sara Moss-Wolfe
- Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient. - Confucius
Meaningful Nurse Quotes
Okay, so maybe your run-in with your nurse wasn't quite humorous, these can be trying times for all of us. So if you had a nurse that was there for you in the hard parts, empathetic through the hard news, and working strong at hard hours, then here are a few meaningful nurse quotes for you.
- It is not how much you do but how much love you put in the doing. - Mother Theresa
- I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results. - Florence Nightingale
- The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest. - William Osler
A Terrific Baby Shower Theme - Rattles!
Another fun gender neutral baby shower theme - rattles! Pink, blue, yellow or green, you can use any color scheme for a rattle themed baby shower which makes it a great choice whether Mom is expecting a baby boy or a baby girl. Many online retailers have created entire lines of baby shower supplies that feature a rattle theme so you can find dinner plates, napkins, baby shower favors, invitations and more.
If you have some clever rattle-related baby shower tips, please be sure to leave them in the guestbook at the bottom of this post!
Rattle Themed Shower Invitations
If you find rattle-themed party supplies such as plates and napkins, in all likelihood the vendor will also sell some form of baby shower invitations that match the items. These types of invites normally need to be filled in with the shower details one-by-one prior to mailing out to the shower guests. However they are quite affordable and would give your guests a glimpse of things to come.
If you prefer a more upscale look and aren't worried about spending a few bucks on each invitation, you can buy fully customized pre-printed invites such as the one shown in the photograph to the right. You'll save time since you won't have to fill each invitation in with all the shower details. At many online invitation retailers, you can choose the theme and change the color scheme to fit your shower motif. The invites shown to the right are available at Tiny Prints.
If you are crafty, another option is to make some rattle-themed invitations using scrapbooking or craft supplies. It may take a little research and creativity but your options are endless!
Rattle Themed Baby Shower Party Stuff
Local retailers like Party America and online baby shower retailers sell many rattle-themed baby shower supplies such as balloons and tableware party packs that include napkins, plates and beverage cups.
By choosing your pattern up front, you can focus in on a color scheme and theme to give a cohesive look to the entire party.
No matter what tableware pattern you choose, you should get streamers and balloons that have the same color scheme. You can either make or buy cardboard cut-outs of rattles to hang on the walls and from the ceiling.
Baby Shower Food
I don't have any specific instructions for creating rattle themed food. Just use the standard baby shower fare such as a baked potato or taco bar, fruit and veggie trays, finger sandwiches, jello salads, cheese and crackers, etc. Pick your favorite year-round appetizer recipes and serve them on baby-themed platters and trays.
You can also use a rattle-shaped baby cookie cutter favor to give the sandwiches, cheese, cookies and jello jigglers a fun shape to match the party theme. Decorate the table with covers that match the rattle-themed tableware and then sprinkle rattle-shaped confetti around the food trays.
I also found a recipe at Tasty Eating for creating chocolate-covered rice krispie balls that are decorated to look like rattles. You can visit their website for complete instructions.
The one thing that can always be shaped like a rattle is the cake or cupcakes that you serve. Below you will find some rattle-shaped cake photos for inspiration as well as a video with step-by-step instructions for creating some great looking rattle cupcakes.
Rattle Baby Shower Cake Ideas
Round cakes and even smaller cupcakes lend themselves well to the creation of a baby rattle. At Wilton, you can find step-by-step instructions how to bake, create and decorate the perfect rattle cake for your baby shower. You can get the supplies, lollipop sticks, icing tints and sugar decorations directly from Wilton.
Make Your Own Rattle Cupcakes Video
Baby Shower Game Ideas
Classic baby shower games are your best bet for a rattle-themed baby shower. Here are 5 of my favorites...
Don't Say Baby Game - When the guests arrive at the shower, give each of them a yarn necklace that has either small rattle charms (you can find plastic ones at local party supply shops). Any time they get 'caught' saying the word baby during the shower, they must give one of their rattle charms to the person that caught them. At the end of the baby shower, the person with the most rattles on their necklace wins. I love this game because it gets your guests mingling and talking to one another.
Baby Word Scramble Game - If you have a computer, you can easily make up game sheets for the guests to use at the shower. Take 20 to 25 baby words (like rattle and pacifier), scramble them up (letrat and rifcaipe) and put them on the game sheets - be sure to use some rattle clip art in the corners. At the party, hand out the game sheets and give guests 5 minutes to unscramble as many of the words as possible. The person with the most unscrambled words wins.
Baby Item Memory Game - Borrow 10 to 15 small baby items (or buy them if you want some little gifts to give to the expectant Mom). Place the items on a large tray or cookie sheet. Hand out blank pieces of paper and pencils to all of the guests. Then, parade the tray around the room stopping for just a few seconds at each guest's chair so they can get a quick look at the tray of items. Cover the tray back up and give the guests a few minutes to write down all the items on the tray. The one that gets the most items wins.
A twist on this game is to parade around the tray and then have another person ask the guests to write down exactly what you (the hostess) was wearing (including jewelry). Usually everyone is so focused on the tray that they aren't even looking at the hostess so you'll get a few laughs when you tell them what to write down.
How Big is Mommy's Tummy Game - You are sure to get a few laughs and giggles with this fun baby shower game. Just buy some super cheap toilet paper at a Dollar Store or warehouse store like Sam's Club. Using rolls of toilet paper (or yarn), let each guests tear off toilet paper or cut a piece of yarn that they think will measure the same length as Mommy's new waste-line. Have the expectant Mommy stand up in the middle of the room. Then have each guests wrap their toilet paper or yarn around Mom's tummy to see who is closest to the right size to determine the winner.
Draw Baby's Face - This is another game that will have your guests laughing out loud. Give a cheap round paper plate and crayon to each of the shower guests. Have them place the plate on top of their head and ask them to draw the baby's face on the plate while they are being timed for one minute. After the time has passed, ask the mom-to-be to pick the winning baby face drawing.
Rattle Themed Baby Shower Favors
Those baby-shaped rattles are soooo adorable!
Say thank you to your guests by giving them a little something to take home with them. Any of the party favors shown in the photo above will remind them of how much fun they had at your rattle themed baby shower. Personalized baby shower mint tins with a rattle motif and rattle design cookies are fun favor choices. I also love the plush baby-shaped rattles because they can be used as decorations at the party and then given to the guests for them to take home.
I found some clever rattle-shaped rice krispie favors that you can give to guests to say thank you at Baby Showers 101. The instructions are as follows: "Bake a batch of rice crispy "balls". (Form the rice crispy into the shape of a ball, allowing it to set and firm up.) This acts as the top of a baby rattle. Use a Popsicle stick as the handle of the rattle. You can either write on the Popsicle stick with Blue for a boy and pink for a girl saying... "It's a girl/ It's a boy" or paint it on if you're really crafty. If the gender has not been determined, phrases such as "Baby on the way", works too. Wrap the top of the rattle (the rice crispy balls) with a cellophane or plastic wrap, and secure it in place with a ribbon color to suit the gender of the baby." Voila - you have adorable edible baby shower favors!
Husbands Need Love Too!
We have Mother's Day and Father's Day, but what if you don't have children? Well in that case, you still get a day. In fact, National Husband Appreciation Day is celebrated every year on the third Saturday of April.
For 2014, that just happens to be April 19th. So what is up with this holiday, and what exactly should you do on April 19th? Read on to find out!
Image courtesy of Keoni Cabral on Flickr.
April 18th, 2015
... is Husband Appreciation Day
What is husband appreciation day?
Not really a trick question...
The title of the holiday is certainly a tell tale of what the day is meant for, and that is to show appreciation to your husband. This can be for loads of different things. It can be to thank them for being a good father, for helping you through tough times, or just for little things like changing the oil in your car, or doing the dishes.
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Looking for more things to pinpoint when you say your thank you's?
Here are some suggestions/reminders:
- Mowing the lawn
- Fixing the toilet
- Cooking meals
- Doing laundry
- Working hard to provide for your family
- Cleaning the house
- Helping you with the kids/pets
- Doing the yardwork
- Watching Lifetime movies with you
Cut Them Some Slack
How to Celebrate
Pass on Practical, Go For Fun!
There is a time and a place for practical gifts, but Husband Appreciation Day is not one of those. This is the time to surprise them with something that they've really deserved. Maybe it's a golf gift basket or a new driver or putter.
Does your husband enjoy video games or movies? Purchase the latest DVD that he's been wanting, or that Xbox game he wants to buy but hasn't had the money to splurge. Go ahead and get it for him. He'll love that you know him well enough to know exactly what he wants.
If your husband is big into sports, consider giving him a sports gift basket, these can be filled with snacks, nuts, beer, their favorite sports team shirt or hat, books, or even a note saying you upgraded the cable service to include ESPN or SportsCenter.
What's in a day?
Going For An Experience
Putting Gifts Aside
So maybe instead of giving gifts, you might want to go for an experience or event. Guys love this! Especially if you opt for tickets to see one of their favorite sports teams (think NBA, NFL, NHL, etc.)
If they have a favorite singer, band, or musician, consider getting tickets to their next performance. You can usually get good information on Ticketmaster.com or Stubhub.com.
If your husband's not really into sports or concerts, there are still plenty of other options. You could look into buying him a half day or day of a guided fishing or hunting service.
Or if he's more of a homebody, you could give him an engraved poker set for starters, and then offer to host a night for him and his buddies to come over and have a poker night (or play video games, if that's his thing.) You can lend him the house for the night, or stay and play hostess with snacks and beverages.
Image by randychiu on Flickr
More Thoughtful Ideas
I found a site called Giftypedia where they think up unique gift ideas for occasions. For this specific occasion, they offered up some great ideas that were worth sharing!
Some of their ideas included:
- A hammock
- A beverage of the month club
- His favorite home cooked dinner
- A day off from chores
- Anything for his grill
These are all awesome ideas! And very cost-friendly as well.
How incredibly sweet is this?
Do you have a cute photo from your wedding that he probably doesn't remember? Go get it printed and framed. It'll bring up memories and also serve as a reminder of all the years you've spent together.
Make His Day
He's Special, Show Him That!
There are tons of gifts for men out there, and definitely tons of things to do with them. But ultimately it comes down to how you treat them on their big day. Make them feel special, and show them how much you care for them.
We tend to take for granted those who are closest to us, and sometimes it's good to step back and realize just how important they are, and how lucky you are to have them there! Best wishes on your own Husband Appreciation Day!
P.S. Wife Appreciation Day is the third Saturday in September, so hang in there!!