Whether baby number one, three, or five…. I whole heartedly believe in celebrating each addition to a family. When I found out my friend Lindsay, of Running with Tongs, was expecting her third child I had to make sure that she got a moment of celebration before her family of four became a family of five. Lindsay is vegan and this is the first vegan baby shower I’ve ever attempted. I was thrilled and a bit relieved when mutual friend (and awesomesauce blogger) Lisa from This Beautiful Day Blog offered to take over the food portion of the shower.
Read on to see all of our ideas for this vegan-friendly, gender-neutral baby shower with natural elements.
Gender Neutral Baby Shower Idea
Lindsay and her husband chose to not find out the gender of her baby beforehand. I sort of love gender neutral baby showers in general as I try not to associate specific colors with genders. (Though, lordy knows I probably would have done a very pink party had I ever had a baby girl!) We chose the color green more as a default from the beautiful natural elements that we wanted to incorporate into this party.
Choosing to do greenery and succulents as the “theme” of the shower made for a really beautiful set up without a lot of work beyond sourcing the plants and greenery.
I created the invitations using a watercolor greenery elements and black text on white background. I liked that they looked graphic and modern with the black and white and slightly softened (perfect for a baby shower) with the water color. I also decided to line the envelopes wth the same motif that surrounded the invitation. We let the beautiful food platters and DIY Terrarium activity really take care of the rest of the decor.
Beverages for a Brunch Baby Shower
We chose an array of classic brunch beverages for this brunch-time baby shower including coffee, tea, pressed juices, orange juice, and mimosas. We also served a few cold beers and flavored soda waters for a bit of variety. Juices from Salad Power and Genesis Organic Juice made this fresh alcohol-free option more fun for those who did not partake in mimosas. The individual containers also made for easier pouring of orange juice when guests made their own mimosas.
Should I serve alcohol at a baby shower?
Whether or not you serve alcohol at a baby shower really depends on how your guest of honor feels about it. If the guest of honor was not someone who enjoyed an occasional alcoholic beverage before pregnancy then do not serve alcohol at the event unless she specifically requests it for her guests. If the guest of honor has been super sad about not getting to have the occasional night cap then it may not be the best idea to serve drinks that she can’t partake in. No matter whether you decide to serve alcohol or not DO have a fabulous not alcoholic beverage option for her and guests to enjoy beyond water or tea.
Vegan Brunch Party Menu:
When I think of brunch the word BACON comes to mind pretty quickly, so coming up with a vegan menu for a brunch time baby shower seemed on the edge of impossible to me. However, the brilliant Lisa Ng put together a delicious vegan brunch menu with ease. She created a perfect menu with both sweet and savory brunch items that left the group satisfied and raving about the foods. I didn’t miss bacon at all!
The menu included a DIY Avocado Toast Bar, Chick’n + Vegan Waffles, and Vegan Cheese Platters with crackers, fruit, crudites and dip. A vegan dessert topped off a wonderful brunch!
Baby Shower Activity That Doubles as a Party Favor
I’m pretty much obsessed with the idea of doing a party activity that doubles as another part of the party. The DIY Avocado Toast bar is a perfect example of that because it is an activity that guests will enjoy spending time doing AND it is a food item that they will eventually eat ( you know, after all the instagramming). The party activity for this shower not only doubled as a favor but made for a beautiful decor element as well!
We chose to create DIY succulent terrariums. These were a nice reminder of the time and energy it takes to “plant” something and watch it thrive and grow… sort of like pregnancy and motherhood in a way. It was really fun seeing how different each of the terrariums came out even though everyone was utilizing the same ingredients.
I simply bought the ingredients for the terrariums and placed them all out on a table. You could spend an arm and leg on terrariums, but I wanted an affordable option that didn’t take up a lot of space so I found beautiful round glass containers from my local Dollar Tree and placed printable instructions into each bowl. They were so beautiful all lined up on the table together!
You can absolutely create a terrarium bar by purchasing the ingredients seperately. However, I felt it was so much easier to just pick up two kits at my local nursery. While I was there I went ahead an picked up several small succulents.
We ended up having a lovely time eating, drinking, talking and making our DIY terrariums. We of course had some time for opening up presents as well! It was so much fun showering our friend Lindsay with some extra love right before she added her third baby to the family.
Big congrats to Lindsey who welcomed her baby girl to the world in late June 2017.