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October 16, 2018
While it’s hard for me to choose one favorite season (I mean, they are all pretty amazing), autumn has to be one of the best. Here in Canada our weather turns crisp a little more quickly, so I get to enjoy the colorful fall leaves, the cozy comfy clothes, and the rich, warm flavors a little sooner than some of my readers. But it had me thinking: what would make this season even better? Why, welcoming a new little one into the family of course!
After all, fall is the perfect time for snuggling and so are new babies. I have collected some of my best party-planning tips and ideas to make your fall baby shower extra spook-tacular!
Take advantage of the abundant pumpkins, squash, and gourds available this time of year. A beautiful centerpiece can be created by hallowing out the pumpkins and filling them with beautiful fall flowers such as sunflowers, tickseeds, dahlias, zinnias, mums, and cockscombs.
Create a keepsake guestbook by using a white faux pumpkin and having guests sign their well-wishes for the new baby in fall-colored sharpie pens.
Balloons are ALWAYS a hit, and they are a inexpensive way to make a big impact. I love this idea of a white balloon covered with tulle netting for an interesting effect. Tulle can be found in several colours by the yard at your local craft and hobby store for a few dollars a yard - and bonus - it even comes in glitter if you want an extra sparkly touch!
Of course jack-o-lanterns should be a party of any Halloween themed party. Carve them with smiling faces (it's a celebration after all!) or paint them with polka dots, sprinkle them with glitter paint, or leave them in their natural state - they are sure to make an impression and carry out your fall theme of abundance and well-being.
Your desserts surely look good enough to eat, so why not have them serve double duty, and use your cupcakes and cakes as part of the decor as well! Add some adorable little boo cupcake toppers or some spooky spiders and bats for that extra touch. Fill in your tablescape using candy corn as a festive and fun confetti.
Of course the main attraction will be this Hello Little Boo on your celebration cake! Don't forget to decorate the sweets plates with mini pumpkins and gourds.
Find these adorable little pumpkin cupcake toppers here.
These adorable little ghosts are the perfect touch to your Halloween baby shower!
While there are so many traditional baby shower games, why not take advantage of the temperate outdoor weather and have some fun being more animated with friends instead of yet another round of Baby Shower Bingo (did anyone guess diapers or teethers?).
Pumpkin ring toss and pumpkin bowling are two games I saw when visiting Rounds Ranch in Wasaga Beach. I thought that they would be cute ideas to add to the list!
Gather up some pumpkins with a nice thick stem, you'll need some rings of course (you can use glow necklaces from the dollar store - they are available in different colors which is also great for keeping track of teams!), and some hay bales to create different levels. You might add a chalkboard for a cute way to keep track of the score if there are a couple of teams playing.
This might take a little more prep work, but it can still be a lot of fun. Create super cute bowling pins using something light like paper towel rolls or empty soda-pop botles, and gather some small round pumpkins to use as bowling balls. Take turns seeing who can knock the most "pins" over during the round.
Prizes might include a yummy fall-scented candle or a delicious hot chocolate mug gift set ready with all the preparations like marshmallows and chocolate stirrers.
Bonus: these are also great go-to game ideas to have ready to suggest at Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinner, or a fall birthday party.
I love the idea of toasting the mom-to-be with these delicious non-alcoholic “mom-osas.” Using only two ingredients: freshly squeezed orange juice and sparkling apple cider, this is an amazing brunch mocktail. Make this beverage extra-elegant by serving it in a champagne flute with an orange slice.
Brunch has to be one of my favorite go-to party ideas - that way I don’t have to choose between breakfast or lunch! Serve up a yummy breakfast casserole with cheddar cheese, smoky bacon, and veggies; ham roll-ups; hummus and veggies; and some delicious fresh seasonal fruits like apples, grapes, pears, pecans, and craisins. Yummy!
A quick search on Pinterest and these adorable and silly looking ghost lollipops came up. Mine don't look at all scary, but I think thats part of the fun! If you want to make them, simply wrap a piece of Kleenex over the lollipop, tie a bow, draw a face and voila!
I decided to display my ghost lollipops in a cake form that you can find at Bulk Barn or a local craft store. Any piece of Styrofoam will do though! Simply cover it up with some cute polka dotted tissue paper and stick your ghosts in there so that the little goblins can help themselves. I'm thinking these would be super cute to make for my daughter's class for Halloween!
It's that time of year when you just can't have enough sweets! Well why not grab these adorable BOO boxes (I found them at Bulk Barn) and fill them up with treats for your guests to take home.
Happy planning friends! Don't forget to drop us a line if you need help with all of the details!
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