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Baby Carriage Themed Shower

Baby Carriage Themed Shower

Baby Carriage - Stroller - Buggy - Pram Themed Shower

Baby Carriage Themed Shower

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage! Using a stroller or carriage theme for a baby shower is a popular choice these days and why not?

This theme is perfect for girls or boys. And fortunately if you are planning a carriage baby shower, it is fairly easy to find party favors, shower gifts, and decorations sporting a fun carriage or stroller motif.

If you've been to a fun baby shower that had a carriage theme, please leave your ideas and tips for planning a successful event in the comments at the bottom of this post.

Carriage Baby Shower Invitations

Several online retailers sell a line of shower party supplies with a 'Shower Fun' motif and you can find fill-in baby shower invitations that coordinate perfectly with all those supplies.

Alternatively, you can purchase fully customized baby shower invitations such as the ones shown to the right that feature both a carriage theme along with all the shower details pre-printed. These invites are available at All About Gifts & Baskets, but you can find custom invites at many online and local retailers.

Keep your budget in mind when choosing the type of invite that you plan to use for the baby shower because fully personalized invitations can run anywhere from $1 to $3 each.

Another, often more affordable option, is to make one-of-a-kind invitations yourself. You can create your own adorable carriage themed baby shower invites by following instructions from one of the many DIY invitation sites online.

Fun Custom Carriage Themed Invites

Carriage Themed Shower Invitations

Baby Carriage Themed Partyware & Decor

Baby Carriage Themed Shower

Decorating for a stroller themed baby shower can be quite fun. If you have little girls, you'll likely have a few doll strollers around the house. If not, you can borrow a few from friends. Fill them with stuffed animals or use them as a place to display gifts at the party.

I suggest buying at least a few pieces of carriage themed baby shower tableware such as plates and napkins like those shown in the photo to the right. As you can see, the tableware is gender neutral in terms of color scheme. However, you can theme your entire shower around the tableware. If you choose the items to the right, you can use pink and blue streamers and balloons whereas if you choose the stroller fun partyware shown below, you should go with yellow, green and black streamers and baby shower balloons.

For the centerpiece, consider making a gift presentation in either the stroller that the group bought as a gift for Mom or buy a baby diaper cake that is shaped like a stroller. Another option is to buy a small baby carriage at a craft store like Michael's, add some floral foam, and make a fresh flower arrangement for the centerpiece.

Baby Carriage Shower Food Ideas

For the baby shower, pull out your favorite appetizer and bite-sized snack recipes. One fun way to theme the food around a baby carriage is to make sandwiches such as chicken or egg salad and then use a baby carriage shaped cookie cutter to cut-them into small stroller shapes. This same technique can be used to make some fun carriage-shaped jello (make the jello in a large jellyroll pan and then cut-out with the cookie cutter), carriage shaped cheese slices and of course iced cookies. When choosing a punch recipe for the shower, choose something that coordinates with your color scheme. You can find recipes for just about any color including pink, blue, green and yellow punches.

One of the most clever centerpiece and shower buffet ideas that I've seen for a carriage themed baby shower is the watermelon fruit-filled carriage shown in the following photo. You can get VERY detailed instructions on how to create your very own carriage masterpiece by clicking here.

Baby Carriage Watermelon

 

Baby Carriage Shower Cakes

Baby Carriage Themed Shower

Images by Wilton.com

Whether you call it a baby carriage, a stroller or a pram, the Wilton cake idea team has got you covered. Get the products, step-by-step instructions and icing tint guides that you'll need to create each of the cakes shown above by clicking here.

I also love the baby carriage cake design shown below from Pink Cake Box.

Awesome Baby Stroller Shaped Cake - Video Instructions

Baby Shower Game Ideas

Baby Carriage Themed Shower

There are a few baby shower games that are especially suitable for a carriage theme, but if you are more of a traditionalist, I've included a couple ideas for common games below:

Baby Stroller Obstacle Course - If you are having an outdoor party where you have a large lawn or area for the race, this game is a fun activity for guests that don't mind running around. Before the shower, you will need to find a stroller and put a baby-sized doll in it. Then you will need to set-up an obstacle course in the yard using things like flags, orange cones, or yard objects such as lawn chairs, toys, pink flamingos, etc.) in a pattern around your yard to serve as the race course boundaries. Use the trees in the yard as course corners to go around.

When you are ready to play the game at the shower, show the guests the obstacle course by taking them around the boundaries so guests can see where to go. Have each guest take a turn pushing the stroller with baby through the obstacle course recording how long it takes them. If baby falls out of the stroller, they are automatically disqualified. If they hit a cone or another object such as a lawn chair, add 2 seconds to their time. The guest with the fastest time wins the game. Be sure to have your camcorder ready to record this funny event! Great for co-ed showers.

Baby Food Guessing Game - Buy 10 to 12 small jars of baby food and remove the labels (be sure to mark a number on the side of the jars with a permanent marker and keep a master list of what food corresponds to what number (so you can determine the winner). Give all of the guests a blank piece of paper and a pencil. Either place the jars on a tray or pass the jars of baby food around the circle and have the guests write down what kind of baby food they think is in each jar. They can't taste or touch the food - they are only allowed to smell and look at it. The guest who gets the most right wins the game.

Don't Say Baby Game - When the guests arrive at the shower, give each of them a yarn necklace that has a tiny plastic baby carriae on it (available at party supply shops). Any time they get 'caught' saying the word baby during the shower, they must give one of their carriages to the person that caught them. At the end of the baby shower, the person with the most mini baby carriages wins a prize.

Guess How Many Game - Fill a jar or large glass container with a baby colorful blue and pink or green and yellow jelly belly jelly beans. When guests arrive at the party, have them estimate how many items are in the container. The one closest to the correct number wins (either the jar of candy or another prize).

ABC Baby Alphabet Game - Make up game sheets on your computer (add some baby carriage or stroller clip art in the corners) or hand out blank pieces of paper where the guests write down the letters A thru Z in a long column down the left hand side of the piece of paper. Then, tell the guests that they have 2 minutes to write down a baby related term or item for each letter of the alphabet. For instance, Carriage for C and Stroller for S. The guest that has the most letters filled in wins the game. You could award extra points for hard letters like Q to make it easier to determine a winner.

Baby Carriage Shower Party Favors

Baby Carriage Themed Shower

Pink or Blue Carriage Themes Are Available Online!

As you can see from the above photograph, there are a wide range of favors with a carriage theme on the market today. That means that you can likely find a party favor within your price range ($.75 to $4 each) and taste preferences as well. Just a few of the options are personalized drink favors such as lemonade or coffee, pink or blue glitter carriage candle favors, carriage themed photo frames, and high-quality crystal baby carriage favors. For those of you that want a more eco-friendly favor, consider the carriage shaped favor seed packets that guests can use to plant wildflowers in their yards.

If you'd prefer to make your own favors, you can find carriage-shaped favor gift boxes or small round pink or blue boxes that have a stroller motif. Fill them with your favorite candies or small thank you gift to show your guests how much the expectant Mom appreciates them sharing in her special day.

Stroller Themed Shower Gifts

Baby Carriage Themed Shower

Give a gift that ties in perfectly with the theme!

If you are hosting a stroller themed shower for a Mom on the go, she'll likely have a stroller or baby carriage on her gift list. These items are often quite expensive so try to coordinate with several of the other guests to buy the carriage and get it assembled prior to the shower. It can double as both a gift from some of the guests as well as a great place for other guests to place their gifts when they arrive at the shower. Just leave the stroller unwrapped and have guests either place their gifts in or around the stroller for an adorable present display.

As shown in the above photo, you can find cookie gift baskets with a carriage themed tote bag, stroller-shaped gift baskets filled with all kinds of baby necessities such as bath products and baby blankets, personalized room signs with carriages, and even diapers rolled to look like a baby carriage (add some socks for wheels and a teddy bear baby).

Top 10 Must-Have Garden Tools For The Avid Gardener

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Top 10 Must-Have Garden Tools For The Avid Gardener

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Top 10 Must-Have Garden Tools For The Avid Gardener

If you have a gardener on your list or if you have just discovered your passion for gardening, there are several tools you'll want to make sure are in the tool shed. All are necessary and can be purchased at hardware stores or garden nurseries. Without the right tools, it's difficult to get the results you want from your garden.

If you're choosing for yourself, buy the best. If you're purchasing a gardener gift for a friend, go with what you can afford comfortably.

You can always buy a few smaller tools and then go back and gift your friend with a more expensive one later for the next holiday.

Here are ten of the most needed tools for the avid gardener.

Image courtesy of Chiot's Run on Flickr

Garden Weeder

Your BFF in Weeding

This little beauty saves the back a lot of strain when working on your garden. It's used while standing up and eliminates the need to bend to pull a weed. I don't know about you, but working hunched over in my garden quickly makes my back sore.

It's a grabber on the end of a stick. Which is ingenious. There are, of course, a number of different brand names you can pick from, but just look at the design to choose the right one.

Top 5 Garden Tools - From the "Plant Doctor"

Top 10 Must-Have Garden Tools For The Avid Gardener

Pot Lifter

Does the Heavy Lifting

When using this pot lifter tool, as you can imagine from the name, makes lifting heavy potted plants a breeze. Which is always a tricky task!

It's used by two people, one on each side. A handle goes under the heavy pot and it can be moved to its new destination with ease.

Whether you're moving pots, LARGE produce, logs or garden supplies, this tool comes in handy!

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Pick a Pocket Organizer - Wrap a Bucket

Kneeler

For Your Knees!

Every gardener could use some sort of a combo kneeler and seat, depending on the type of gardening they do. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors/patterns - you could find a pink kneeler to put into their pink tool kit and make it all matching! But don't worry they all pretty much serve the same purpose! They save a lot of knee strain and they are also a good way to stay dry when working with moist soil.

Circle Hoe

Less Common But Helpful

A circle hoe allows gardeners to weed around plants and also to cultivate the soil in a unique way. Not sure how to use one, or what they look like? Check out the video below for some great information and tutorials, it'll come in handy for sure!

See a Circle Hoe in Action

Top 10 Must-Have Garden Tools For The Avid Gardener

Garden Seeder

Why Do Yourself What This Can Do For You?

These little devices are necessary for getting tiny seeds into the right spot in the soil. You'll be surprised at completely handy these are!

The seed is placed on the seeder and then it shoots off into the earth at exactly the right location.

Maybe you don't want to get your hands dirty, or perhaps your short on time.

When there's a lot of seeds to be planted, this tool will certainly be your best friend.

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Pot Creator

The Green Gardener's Dream

Growing a garden can be an organic, cost-effective and eco-friendly way to get your produce. But there are sometimes more start-up costs than necessary. This is a hand tool that is used to create pots out of newspaper. It's a great way to recycle, and the pots disintegrate in the garden once they're planted. It's perfect for starting seedlings indoors without cumbersome plastic trays.

Best Tools for Your Money - By Good Housekeeping

Wheelbarrow

Top 10 Must-Have Garden Tools For The Avid Gardener

In the case that your friend (or yourself) doesn't own a wheelbarrow, it's time to make the investment.

Today's wheelbarrows are back savers. They'll allow your gardening friend to fill up and make dumps of weeds and unwanted debris with ease.

Not only that, but they come in all kinds of modifications, colors and sizes. So no matter what you are looking for, there is a wheelbarrow waiting for you!

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Sharp Scissors

Don't Cut Corners

Never underestimate the power of a good pair of scissors. Every gardener needs one pair that's kept solely for gardening. No one wants to ruin their 'good scissors' or waste time running back and forth finding a pair of scissors inside the house. This extra pair of scissors will be much appreciated in the long run!

If you know a guy or gal that always tends to use a knife instead of scissors, then consider giving them an engraved pocket knife. They'll love it and it'll always come in handy.

Start with your absolute necessities and grow your collection as you can afford it. Invest in quality tools that will last you the years.

Tool Sharpeners

Top 10 Must-Have Garden Tools For The Avid Gardener

Dull Tools Make for Dull Days

Without sharp tools, the gardener's work is twice as hard.

Give your friend a tool sharpener that will work on all her gardening tools and she'll be delighted.

Find tool sharpeners to help her keep her hobby sharp and efficient.

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Strong Hose

The Hose Goes

Every cheap hose eventually springs a leak. Gift your gardener with a hose that's designed to last for years.

Make sure it has a water-saving nozzle and don't be afraid to invest in a good host reel so that the lawnmower never again runs over the hose. You will be very thankful later.

Gardening Gift Baskets

When Buying Garden Tools

What to Buy and Why

Gifting gardeners with tools is easy. There are so many great tools out there. But the basics are all you need if you're just getting started in your new hobby.

Add to your tool shed as money permits. You can do a lot with a few tools that are multi-taskers. Invest in the best you can afford and you won't be running back to the store all the time to replace a shoddy tool.

Don't have enough cash to put into tools? How about offering up garden favors? Volunteer to help them weed, plant, water, or pick produce. All of these are wonderful options and they will love the company.

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Great Graduation Gift Ideas

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Great Graduation Gift Ideas

Graduation Gift Ideas

Over the years, I have found it difficult to come up with great ideas for graduation gifts so I surveyed a few high school and college graduates to see what they really would have loved to receive (besides money of course).

What I found was an amazing list of travel-themed, technologically advanced, and time-saving gift ideas. I am sharing that list in this post and I hope that you find it as useful and enlightening as I have!

Time Piece - Ironman iConrol Unixex Watch

This dual function watch allows the wearer to control their i-pod from their wrist and it displays the time.

Timex Men's T54281 "Ironman Sleek" Sport Watch

Timex Men's T54281 "Ironman Sleek" Sport Watch

The unisex Timex Midsize Ironman Sleek iControl Watch transmits signals seamlessly to your ipod. Simply connect the included receiver into your iPod and you can control your music in a heartbeat. Designed to work with your body and coordinate with your iPod or with your iPhone (in airplane mode), the iControl watch is sleek and comfortable to wear. This watch is compatible with iPod 5th generation (video); iPod Nano 2nd generation (aluminum) 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB; iPod 5th generation (video) 60GB and 80GB; iPod Nano 1st generation 1GB, 2GB, 4GB; and the iphone. By using the buttons surrounding the dial face, you can easily adjust your iPod's volume, use track forward or reverse to select your song, and play or pause your music.

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Time Saver - iRobot Roomba Vacuum

What college bound student couldn't use a vacuum that picks up on its own?

iRobot Roomba Silver

iRobot Roomba Silver

Dirt Detect: Roomba actually detects dirty areas and stays cleaning until the dirt is gone. Patented cleaning system-roomba' powerful vacuum and counter rotating brushes reach deep into your carpet to remove dirt, dust and pet hair. Bagless bin-no bags to replace; roomba's bagless bin is easy to empty and holds more dirt than ever. Max mode-use max mode to clean multiple rooms in a single cleaning cycle.

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Relaxation Time - Gaming Chair

If they are graduating from high school, this would be a great addition to their dorm room. Every student needs a break so giving them a great spot to sit while playing some WII or Playstation makes this a gift they will love. If they are graduating from college, they'll need furniture in their new apartment or home basement so this gift is a winner for them too.

Cohesion XP 10.2 Gaming Chair with Wireless Audio (# 5600015)

Cohesion XP 10.2 Gaming Chair with Wireless Audio (# 5600015)

Take your gaming to the next level with the Cohesion XP 10.2 Gaming Chair, featuring wireless audio and a contoured, sleek design. This sturdy and comfortable gaming chair comes equipped with arm supports that help keep your arms from tiring out while your hands are busy working the controls with your favorite games. An FM wireless, three-channel audio feature provides great sound with the two-way speaker and integrated subwoofer. The easy-touch control panel includes: on/off, volume, power, input/output, headphone jack, bass, and channel selection. This chair also offers a folding, space-saving design.

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Play Time - Video Games

Back when I was in college, we spent hours playing the board game Risk and Tetris on the Nintendo 64. It was a great way to de-stress and to have fun with friends on the weekends.

Wii

Wii

I love playing Wii so one can only imagine how much a 18 - 25 year old would love one!

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 Great Graduation Gift IdeasTrip Must-Haves - Luggage Sets

This is what my parents got me when I graduated high school and I used it for about 10 years. One of the best presents that I ever got! Of course, that might be because I'm addicted to traveling.

Samsonite Tessera 3 Piece Nested Set,Black,One Size

Samsonite Tessera 3 Piece Nested Set,Black,One Size

The Samsonite brand is known for high-quality luggage that lasts a long time. My last set was with me for about 10 years!

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 Great Graduation Gift Ideas

Trip Essentials - Backpack Europe

High Sierra 30" Wheeled Duffel with Backpack Straps (Dark Denim, Steel)

High Sierra 30" Wheeled Duffel with Backpack Straps (Dark Denim, Steel)

It's two bags in one! Use it as a wheeled duffel or wear it like a backpack. Hidden padded backpack straps are stored behind the zippered padded back panel. Main compartment with U-shaped opening. Inline, skate-style wheels with corner protectors and recessed, locking telescoping handle. Zippered front accessory pocket and two top-loading end compartments.

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Trip Memories - The Indestructable Camera

This camera really can take a lickin' and keep on clickin'.

Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 10 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3.6x Wide Angle Optical Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Blue)

Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 10 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3.6x Wide Angle
Optical Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Blue)

There is really only one word to describe the new shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof and shakeproof Stylus 6000 from Olympus: Tough. Built to withstand some of the harshest environments on earth, the Stylus Tough series builds on the impressive specifications of the renowned Stylus SW Series by adding Dual Image Stabilization. Now, when the Stylus Tough-6000 arrives at the windy mountain peak or dive into choppy waves, it stays steady and ready to capture blur-free images in virtually any condition.

The 10-megapixel Stylus Tough-6000 is made for lifes everyday adventures--especially those with kids. From the kitchen to a waterslide park and the bunny slopes, the Stylus Tough-6000 can take a drop from 5 feet, dive to 10 feet below the surface, and beat the freezing cold. It also features Tap Control to make it easy for skiers, divers and snowmen makers to control key settings without removing their gloves.

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Trip Guidance - Handheld GPS

I've traveled Europe extensively and there is one thing I know for certain. A handheld GPS is essential for navigating all those one way streets and non-marked roads that are all over Europe (and the US for that matter). We bought this Garmin a few years ago and we love it!

Garmin nvi 270 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Garmin nvi 270 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Amazon.com Product Description Navigate both North America and Europe without loading more maps with the affordable nvi 270. This entry-level Personal Travel Assistant makes traveling so simple. For even more mapping options, nvi 250 and nvi 200 offer less map coverage at a lower price. Like all nvi 200-series members, the 270 features an easy-to-use colorful touchscreen and ultra-slim design--perfect for everyday navigation.

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 Great Graduation Gift Ideas

Laptop Travel Bag - No one leaves home without their laptop these days!

My husband recently searched high and low for a great laptop bag and settled on one from Swiss Gear (Wenger). The quality is excellent and it protects his laptop as he travels all over the country. He loves it and I'm sure the graduate will too!

SwissGear Computer Backpack

SwissGear Computer Backpack

Swiss Gear Computer Backpack: fits most 15"/15.4" widescreens; padded computer pocket;comfort fit back straps; music player pocket; air flow back padding; essentials organizer; headset port; case base stabilizing platform are just a few of the many features.

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 Great Graduation Gift Ideas

Graduation Gift Idea Videos

Laugh. Dance. Graduate. t-shirts from Ellen make great gifts and she has some funny ways to dress them up for the delayed graduate! Some other suggested ideas are things like personalized photo frames and jewelry as well as technology gifts like a ipod speaker or Roku to hook your internet to the TV. The possibilities are endless!

Sports Technology - Heart Rate Monitor & Personal Trainer

Got one of these heart rate monitors for my husband a few years back. It needs a new battery, but he loved using it when it worked. It tracks all the stats and is idea for runners.

Suunto T6 Wristop Personal Trainer with Heart Rate Monitor

Suunto T6 Wristop Personal Trainer with Heart Rate Monitor

The Suunto T6 Watch's combination of heart rate monitor and altimeter features makes it a top pick of climbers, skiers, personal trainers, and serious endurance athletes. Health Magazine even gave it their Excellence in Fitness Award. This incredibly advanced watch tracks your real-time and average heart rate, altitude, ascent and descent rate, and interval timing. Plug the T6 Watch into your computer with the included USB cable, and the included software helps you analyze your workout or ski day. Don't let all the features scare you. The cell phone style display makes the T6 easy to use and understand. Suunto made the T6 watch for serious athletes who want accurate data for both training and event day.

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Reading Technology - Kindle Fire

Give them thousands of books and newspapers that they can download instantly. We've got an e-reader and it really does seem like you are reading a classic paperback book. The display technology is great and I love that you can look up a word instantaneously if you don't know what it means while you are reading the book. Plus it is great for travel...instead of carrying 5 paperbacks with me, I just carry the small kindle with the books loaded on it.

Computer Technology

Every college bound student needs a computer so why not turn it into a graduation present?

Less Expensive Technology

I got the Logitech remote for my husband for Christmas about 5 years ago. It may have been more for me though because turning those 5 remotes to operate the TV, DVD Player, TIVO, WII and stereo into one easy-to-use remote has both decluttered and saved us from trying to figure what needs to be on/off to make all the electronic items work together!

HP v100w 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive P-FD8GBHP100-EF

HP v100w 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive P-FD8GBHP100-EF

Flash-drives are always a useful and affordable gift that they will use again and again.

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LF ORT14 551 lg Great Graduation Gift Ideas

Graduation Cookies

Need Graduation Party Supplies?

If you need graduation tableware including plates, foil-imprinted personalized napkins, table centerpieces and more, shop at Wedding Favors Unlimited. They have just about everything you need to decorate for a fun and festive graduation party.

And if you want to send your guests home with a special favor to say thank you for sharing in your son or daughter's special day, be sure to check out these graduation party favors or graduation cookie favors. You'll find over 40 different personalized graduation favors and guest books to choose from.

Farm Animal or Barnyard Baby Shower

 	Farm Animal or Barnyard Baby Shower

Ideas For A Farm Animal-Filled Baby Shower

Add a little yee-haw to your event by throwing an Old MacDonald, barnyard or farm animal baby shower! So many party supply stores and online shops sell farm-inspired baby shower products so it is easy to find invitations, baby shower favors, and most importantly, decorations with a farm animal theme. Cows, chickens, pigs, and sheep will take center-stage at this fun party!

This type of party is perfectly suited to an outdoor barbecue where you can set-up hay bales and eat on picnic tables covered in red and white checkerboard tablecloths (if you go with a primary color set of decorations). I hope the decoration ideas, recipes, and games in this article inspire you to throw the best hoedown ever!

Farm Animal Baby Shower Invites

Farm Animal Baby Shower Invites

You can find some great baby shower invitations online that work for all types of price ranges. Another more affordable option is to buy the fill-in style invitations where you simply write in all the shower details such as the date, location, time, and RSVP details. Fill-in invites are normally sold in packs of 8 or 16 and usually cost about $.50 - $.75 each.

I often make my own invitations and the farm animal theme is perfectly suited to a barn-shaped invite which is pretty easy to make yourself. Simply buy some red cardstock and cut out a barn shape. Be sure to create the pattern so that you have two folded doors that the guests can open to reveal the shower details inside the invitation. Using white card stock with a glue stick or a white paint-pen, create the white barn edging and x's on the door. If the barn seems to complicated, you can always buy cow-printed scrapbook paper or cardstock and just create rectangular 5" x 7" cards.

Write all the shower details inside the card along with a clever saying like:

  • Down on the farm, that's where we'll be... to celebrate baby with the Mom-To-Be! Pigs, cows, and chickens, too... The only thing we need is you.
  • Come on over y'all and join us for a hoopin' and hollerin' good time to celebrate (mommy-to-be name)'s baby shower.
  • RSVP to (your phone number) with a yay or a neigh!

Then add some cow, pig, chicken, sheep, goat, duck, or other animal stickers to the card or in the barn loft.

Farm Animal Baby Shower Supplies

Barnyard Farm Animal Supplies

Farm Animal Decorations & Barnyard Partyware

Barnyard Baby Shower Tableware

Decorating for an animal or barnyard themed baby shower can be fun whether you throw this party indoors or out. If you happen to be outdoors, buy some straw or hay bales from a local farmer or garden center to place around the shower area. I don't recommend hay bales or straw inside your house unless you don't mind picking the remnants out of your carpet for weeks to come. If you are going to be using hay bales, consider cutting out some animal shapes or buying pre-made animal shapes and put them around the hay bales. Be sure to also create a sign that says Welcome to (mommy-to-be name)'s Farm!

You can add some red/white picnic style tablecloths along with red, white and yellow streamers. If you have some stuffed animals like ducks, sheep, cows or pigs, distribute them around the area. Cow-print or animal-shaped baby shower balloons such as pigs and cows are a great way to incorporate the theme into the decorations as well.

Finally, many companies sell farm animal themed tableware such as the pastel colored set that is shown to the right. This color scheme works well for baby showers. However it is up to you to decide whether you want to go for a pastel look or a more traditional red and white color scheme. In either case, you can find plenty of tableware options to choose from.

Be sure to have a straw hat and maybe even a pair of overalls ready for Mom to wear when she arrives!!

Farm Party Food Ideas

For main dishes, consider Pigs in a Blanket or Chicken Fingers. You can also use animal shaped cookie cutters to create animal-shaped finger sandwiches, cheese slices and even jello jigglers (just make some jello on a jellyroll pan and use the cutters to cut-out animal shapes).

Don't forget to set out bowls of animal crackers and an animal or barn-themed baby shower cake is a must! See all the great ideas below for tractor, cow, pig, duck, and even barn-shaped cakes. The possibilities are endless!

Be sure to use some plastic animals on the food table. As you can see on the photo to the right, using a fisher price barnyard with tractors and animals can really dress up the table. Also, a farm themed diaper cake can be a terrific centerpiece choice!

Farm & Barnyard Cake Ideas

Farm & Barnyard Cake Ideas

Images by Wilton.com

A barnyard theme gives you tons of options for creating a fantastic cake. You can find detailed instructions on how to create the above tractor, barn-shaped on other cakes shown in the photo at Wilton.com.

Barnyard Cake Video

Baby Shower Games

Baby Shower Games

Old MacDonald Game - Create this fun game on your computer. On the left hand side of the paper, spell out Old MacDonald vertically. Then during the shower, have guests and the mommy-to-be write in a baby name that begins with each letter. For example, O could be Opal or Orrin. After say 5 minutes, have the mommy call out her answers for each letter. Whichever guest has the most names in common (that are the same) as the mommy-to-be wins a prize.

Barnyard Animal Wordsearch - This game can easily be made on your computer by using the names of all kinds of barnyard animals such as duck, cow, pig, chicken, sheep, horse, donkey, turkey, cat, dog, goat and more. You can find a free animal wordsearch here. The creator of this game even put the search inside a barn. Fun!

Baby Animal Name Game - You can make your own version of this game on your computer or you can print out a FREE animal name game. The idea in this game is to make a list of farm animals and have your guests write in what the child of each given animal is called. For example, a cat is a kitten and a cow is a calf. Another twist on this game is a Baby Animal Crossword where the answers actually are put in the form of a crossword puzzle. You can download a free version of this game here.

Farm Animal Hunt - A twist on a traditional Easter Egg hunt. Prior to the baby shower, hide a bunch of those small plastic farm animals (you may have some or you can buy them at a party store) throughout the house or outdoor shower area. When guests arrive at the shower, tell them that they should be on the lookout for the farm animals roaming the party (have a few examples in your hand). The guest that finds the most plastic farm animals by the end of the party wins a prize.

Spoon & Egg Race - This game is laugh-out-loud funny and a great choice for couples showers when the barnyard party is held outdoors. Have all the guests line up at the starting line. Give each one of them a spoon and an egg. They place the egg on the spoon and hold it in one hand. When you yell start, they race to the finish line and the first one to cross without dropping their egg wins. Remember no HANDS are allowed to touch the egg after you yell start or go. This game is messy, but hilarious!

You can find many more printable themed baby shower games on our site.

Farm-Themed Baby Shower Favor Ideas

Farm-Themed Baby Shower Favor Ideas

Cow & Ducks & Pigs - Oh My!

For a farm themed baby shower, you can either make your own fun favors or buy gifts for your guests like the ones shown above. Many local party supply stores sell cow-shaped candle favors, animal shaped soaps, and animal shaped candies. You can also find chocolate candy bar wrappers in just about any theme so you just buy the personalized wrappers online and the chocolate locally. Do a little gluing and assembly and voila! You have great farm themed baby shower favors!

You can also find clear cellophane gift bags that have a black and white cow pattern or little gift bags that feature a barnyard animal shower motif. You can fill these little take-home goodie bags with just about anything including candies, candles, bath products, soaps, notebooks or anything else you think the ladies at your shower would like.

Fun Farm Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Fun Farm Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Find all kinds of unique farm-themed gifts online!

Either of the gifts shown above could do double duty as both the shower centerpiece and the hostess' baby shower gift! The Old MacDonald Welcome Wagon incorporates many farm animals along with some Baby Einstein learning products for baby. Diaper cakes are one of the best choices because what new mom couldn't use diapers! It doesn't matter if this is her first or fourth child, all parents need diapers.

Affordable Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Affordable Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Moms are Simple

Moms are so easy to buy for. The lady who does it all usually has pretty simple desires. She just wants something that was given in love from the heart. So choose her gift based on her tastes, but also what you really think she will like because you love it, too. Your enthusiasm for her gift will show through as you present it to her. And she'll love it!

Get Sentimental

Show her you love her

So, what do you give the mother of your children or your own mom on Mother's Day? Many moms get highly sentimental on this day, so choose a gift that will make her nostalgic, happy, or pensive.

It is a must that you include a handwritten card. Moms most likely will cherish the handwriting long after the holiday is over. Especially if a Mother's Day gift is coming from young kids, have them write out her name and their own. You can write the rest if there's more to say. But she'll cherish their signatures forever.

Breakfast in Bed

Affordable Mother's Day Gift IdeasServe her

The gift itself can be anything from breakfast in bed to a handmade plaque. Back to the old reference, it's the thought that counts. So make it count and show her that she is cherished.

One thing is for sure, mom needs to be treated like a queen on Mother's Day. So why not create a Queen for the Day theme?

She'll be so happy that you value her for all she does, and will really feel great that everyone took time out of their day to plan something special just for her! You really can't go overboard with sincerity so make it good!

Queen for the Day

Give her a theme

Start with giving her a tiara. The kids can make this out of paper with glitter glue gems or you can go pick up a little ballerina tiara for a few dollars at the store.

Next, make her a robe. This can be a piece of velvet from the fabric store (or an old velvet curtain a la Scarlett O'Hara!). Create a costume of sorts for her to wear while she's eating her breakfast in bed that you so lovingly prepared.

Moms will eat anything, but do try to help the kids if they aren't exactly aware that chocolate syrup isn't a food group. Although Mother's Day cookies are always a hit.

Mother's Day Gardening Gift - Do this with the kids!

Free Up Her Afternoon

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Give her the afternoon off to do whatever

After her breakfast in bed, allow her to do whatever she wants for a few hours. She may choose to soak in a bubble bath, run to the gym (alone!), go shopping, or meet a friend for tennis. Whatever she likes to do should be allowed.

Moms get few chances to do what they want as they often cater to everyone else in the family all year.

Clean the House

Make her day

When mom arrives home or gets out of the bath, have the house cleaned up. It costs you nothing, but will make her entire day. This would almost be enough of a gift in and of itself. With cleaning comes doing the dishes, and clearing clutter.

But you can also throw laundry in, feed the pets, and do some of the other chores that mom normally attends to. Tell her she doesn't have to do anything at all if she doesn't want to.

Gift Cards and Books

Time for a well-deserved treat

Along with the theme of Queen for a Day, you can wrap up some presents in some fancy paper or artwork that the kids have done. Gift her with a pretty journal and pen, a photo frame of the family that the kids decorated, a book she's been wanting to read, or any other items that would make her day. This is the perfect time to break out a gift certificate to a makeup store like Ulta Cosmetics or Sephora. Then let her go and spend it while the kids are occupied at home.

Thoughtful Mother's Day presents don't have to be expensive. It really is the thought that counts on a special holiday like this.

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