Real Baby Shower: Dual Gender Shower

Friday, March 9, 2012

Here's a new fun theme from Dallas Party Planner Shelbi of Events by Shelbi Rene. A combination boy (frogs and snails & puppy dog tails) AND girl (sugar & spice and everything nice) baby shower! Such a fun alternative to the gender neutral yellow and gray. Guests got to cast their vote for the two possible names, Drake or Layla, by choosing either a snail or flower pin upon arrival. These SUPER CUTE invitations and the matching paper products were designed by Three by the Quill Pen. They also doubled as the photographer, capturing all this fabulousness.

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From Shelbi... My cousin Chandra and her husband decided to keep the gender of their baby a surprise but this is their first baby and they had zero baby supplies. As a result, we decided to plan a dual gender shower for both a boy and a girl as opposed to a gender neutral shower. Chandra had already picked out the name Layla for a girl and Drake for a boy, so we split the room in two and decorated one table with all things boy and the other all things girl! We tried to split up the foods into "boy" foods and "girl" foods but when my husband saw the veggies on the boy table he promptly informed us that vegetables are NOT boy food. They matched the boy table better so we left them. What does he know anyway?

We did a fondue bar on both tables with veggies, chips and dirt cups on the boy table and fruit, cake balls and tea sandwiches on the girl table.

We made mustaches and lips to put on straws using my Silhouette.

Upon arrival guests were encouraged to choose either a Drake or Layla pin to determine which they thought the baby would be. We made snails for Drake's pin and flowers for Layla's. We used my Silhouette to cut out the leaves for the pins and everything else was assembled by hand.

Since Chandra didn't know what she was having, some guests opted to bring money or gift cards instead of gifts. We were prepared with a money "tree" (bird cage) at the sign in table where guests could hang their cards or money.

Guests were also encouraged to decorate neutral onesies for the baby-to-be. We printed out pictures to help guests with ideas and provided scraps of fabric, an iron and ironing board and a iron-on adhesive for guests to use to decorate.


 
Design and Event Coordination: Shelbi of Events by Shelbi Rene / Invitations, Paper Products, Photography: Three by the Quill Pen

4 comments :

Laura Read said...

I love this party! How clever. I adore every little detail. I love the duality of the party, yet how well it all worked together. Incredible.

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

Such a great concept...and pulled off with so much creativity and charm!

Hi!! said...

Where did you find your ideas for gender neutral onesies?

katie caho said...

I used the same fabrics ( blue and green polka dots & swirls) for my crib bedding. Goes great with pottery barn crib sheets and changing pad covers. Love it!