Vintage baby shower ideas

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Vintage baby shower ideas
Vintage giraffe toys work with either a circus theme or the toy theme. (horse toy image by Irina Alyakina from

As a baby shower theme, "vintage" covers a lot of territory. A navy baby buggy with whitewall tires; a collection of wooden pull toys; vintage baby dresses, bootees and bonnets; crepe paper rosettes; Tootsie rolls and smarties are all reminiscent of the not-quite-recent past. Whether you're throwing a boy or girl shower---or a surprise shower---there's a memory, an object or a tradition from your babyhood or childhood that you could translate into a vintage-themed baby shower.

Classic Toys

Sock monkeys, tin cars, slinkies, radio flyer wagons, wooden blocks, jack-in-the-boxes, Lionel train cars, pinwheels and hula hoops are just some of the classic toys you can turn into baby shower decorations. Hang a dozen or so sock monkeys from lighting fixtures, banisters and tall bookcases. Use little red wagons for holding shower favours or gifts for the mom-to-be. A slinky easily becomes a long garland you can clothespin onesies to, alternating blue-pink-blue-pink if the baby's gender is still a mystery. Use wooden blocks to spell out "congratulations," "what a wonderful world," or a personal message. At the end of the party, give all the vintage toys to the shower's honoree to decorate her baby's nursery.

Old-Fashioned Sweets

There's nothing like sugar in its various forms to celebrate one of life's sweetest events. The options in vintage sweets are almost inexhaustible, so you have to choose one basic direction---or risk gaining five pounds over the course of the baby shower. Cupcakes with 2-inch-high cherry-topped frosting add as much of a decorative element as vases of colour-saturated flowers and enormous tissue pom-poms hanging above the table. Make hundreds of crepe paper rosettes to string up as garland; instead of using boy blue and girl pink, go with aqua and rose. Consider making a candy table with glass jars full of old dime store favourites, such as Swedish fish, jelly beans, candy necklaces, celebratory bubblegum cigars, Tootsie rolls and coloured sugar buttons. Add even more colour to the table with old tins and a 40s-inspired tablecloth.

Vintage Circus

The vintage circus theme has the potential to be both lighthearted and elegant at the same time. Done a certain way, you could schedule this baby shower in the evening, serving savoury finger food and various sweets. Rather than aim for a vintage big-top circus theme, capture circus glitz by using one primary colour, like kelly green or cherry red, along with black and white and an overabundance of silver glitter and shine. Drape garlands of silver beads everywhere. Use 1930s or 1940s inspired circus clip art to create name tags or seating cards if the shower has a large guest list; edge them in silver glitter. If you can find a set of genuine antique plastic circus animals to set around the space, decorate them with strings of silver beads and coloured ribbons. Make chocolate-centred vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting---add flags of coloured ribbon or feather toppers dipped in glitter. Hang large, colourful paper rosettes---a very vintage shape---over the buffet table.

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