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Kate’s Travel Themed Baby Shower

2013 May 2
by Becky

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As I’ve mentioned at least a dozen times, my incredible friend Kate is expecting TWINS in June!

Two babies. OMG.

And, it must be said, I’ve never seen such a level-headed, radiant, and prepared mama-to-be. She’s taken the classes (including a THREE HOUR twins breast feeding class at my fav Kangaroo Kids), read the books, prepared the nursery, set up the diaper service (yay!!!!), and joined the parents-of-multiples club.

All she needed was the gear.

ShowerGirls

So her fabulous sister, Lauren (who’s also pregnant with her second baby girl), and I threw Kate a shower. One that matched her nursery theme: world travel. Both Kate and her husband Erik have traveled extensively and Erik even proposed while they were overseas on a month-long European getaway. They can’t wait to take little Cooper and Marley everywhere!

Well the theme made things pretty darn easy—the invitation kicking things off.

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map baby shower, travel baby shower, welcome to the world baby shower, map decorations, map bunting, map cake, shower games, blocks & crafts, twins baby shower

It’s hard for me to capture with my iPhone (camera STILLLL in the shop) just how cute these invites turned out, but I was in loooooove. They are two layers, the map background then the white text card on top. I had them printed at my new favorite place, The Ink Spot, and everything was GOR-geous.

We just went map-crazy from there on out…

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map baby shower, travel baby shower, welcome to the world baby shower, map decorations, map bunting, map cake, shower games, blocks & crafts, twins baby shower

map baby shower, travel baby shower, welcome to the world baby shower, map decorations, map bunting, map cake, shower games, blocks & crafts, twins baby shower

Pinwheels, bunting, food signs, and other fun details were made from maps out of an old Atlas Kate’s mom had lying around. After thinking about doing “foods from around the world” we decided to make things easy: spinach & artichoke dip, chicken salad sandwiches, veggies, and fruit salad.

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As for the shower “games”, Kate is very opposed to them (I’m in full agreement), so Lauren and I were excited to have guests do a different kind of activity—decorating a set of blocks for the twins. The whole set of blocks, decorations, glue sticks, stickers, and modge podge came from the Etsy store Blocks & Crafts and Kate’s family and friends had a blast burning some creative energy. I added into the mix some map papers and a few colored sharpies.

Makingblocks2

MakingBlocks

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map baby shower, travel baby shower, welcome to the world baby shower, map decorations, map bunting, map cake, shower games, blocks & crafts, twins baby shower

Every time I looked toward the block-making table, it was full of happy crafters and before we knew it, all the blocks were done. We actually had a couple guests who were sad because they didn’t get to the blocks fast enough and missed out on the making.

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I’d say the “activity” (not game!) was a huge hit and I can’t wait to get them all modge-podged and ready for play.

(Want this for your next shower? Check out the side bar for a coupon Blocks & Crafts is offering here on the blog—10% off! And feel good about buying them as some of the proceeds go to March of Dimes.)

My favorite part of the event was, of course, throwing a bash for my amazing friend. She hosted my baby shower just two short years ago and I could not wait to return the favor…I’m just so glad I moved back in time so I could! But my other favorite part was spending an afternoon with Kate’s family—they are incredible. So fun, hilarious, outgoing, and just overflowing with love. After over six year of friendship (holy cow how did that happen??) I feel like I’m just another family member and I love it.

Anyway, I’d say this happy couple is pretty darn ready to have a baby…or two. 

Kate&Erik
Can you even stand how cute they are?? And to think just one year ago they were getting married

Only nine more weeks to go! Can’t wait to get my hands on those little babes. This blog may need to be renamed “Preparing for All My Friends Peanuts” because I have so many girl friends about to pop.

Want to meet Marley & Cooper? See them just hours old here

 

Disclaimer: Please note the product reviewed in this post has been gifted in exchange for reviewing. That said, I don’t endorse anything I don’t love, and all words and/or opinions expressed are directly from Preparing for Peanut.

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14 Responses leave one →
  1. May 2, 2013

    OMG, these decorations are cute — hope you don’t mind that I just absolutely need to copy the pennant chain thingy (the one up on the window). I will make sure to send you the link, once I do.

    All the best to your friend Kate — I just love the names Marley and Cooper! And all the best to her sister, too!

    So long,
    Corinna
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  2. Lara permalink
    May 2, 2013

    Oh my gosh…too adorable for words! Such a beautiful shower for such a beautiful preggers friend!

  3. Julie permalink
    May 3, 2013

    Printed my wedding STDs (you know, save the dates!) and invites at the Ink Spot- great business! Great, stylish party!
    A St Louis Hills gem: Mallory at the salon next to del Pietro’s on Hampton. Amazing hair person and so reasonable!!!

  4. Jeff Whatzim permalink
    May 3, 2013

    SO great…and SO excited for you guys!!!

  5. May 3, 2013

    Super cute – did you make the cake too?
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    • Becky permalink*
      May 3, 2013

      I wish I were that talented!! Kate’s sister has a very talented baker friend who did Kate’s wedding desserts too so we asked for her help. She did a great job.

  6. Margo Kelly permalink
    January 20, 2014

    I love the invitations. Did you buy them and where? I am searching everywhere. They are exactly what I am looking for.
    Thank you
    Margo

    • Becky permalink*
      January 20, 2014

      Thank you! I actually designed the invitations myself. I was selling them on etsy until recently when I closed my shop to focus on a few other priorities. But email me and we’ll figure something out ;)

  7. April 2, 2014

    I absolutely love your baby shower. I was looking for unique crafts to do at my upcoming baby shower. I’m so excited to try “Design A Block.”

  8. Bekah permalink
    June 26, 2014

    This is so great!! I’m planning a travel themed shower for my bestie who is also having twins, a boy & girl!!! These are the best ideas I have seen! Is there a way I can pin this page to my twins shower board?

    • Becky permalink*
      June 27, 2014

      Hi! Thanks! It was a great shower and my friend is an amazing twins mama. You should just roll over the image to see a “pin it” button? Or if you have installed the Pin button on your browser that should take care of it. Also, I used to sell the invitation in my Etsy store (which is closed right now) but if you email me I’d be happy to talk to you about making one for your shower!

  9. Thea permalink
    August 2, 2014

    I love the block activity! Did you use something to seal them after they were decorated? What’s a good non-toxic and durable option?

    • Becky permalink*
      August 5, 2014

      The kit came with modge podge so I put a thick coat on all the blocks after the party. I’m pretty sure modge podge is safe…the company who made the kit is very responsible. It was a great activity!!

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