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Alright, here we go with Part 2 of the Backyard Baby-Q Bash breakdown! Today I’m focusing on the decor, favors and games. I’ll share the menu cards and food displays in tomorrow’s “Food + Drink” post, even though it’s kinda all part of the decor. If you missed it, be sure to check out the invitations and party overview! click on the But back to the breakdown…the shower was in the backyard, with the best way to get there through the front door. So we had paper luminaries lining the walkway up to the door and a sign directing people to the back.

There were about 60 people attending the couples shower, and there were three spaces for the guests to gather. I had three round tables with 12 chairs each for people who wanted to grab a seat, there were two cocktail tables for the standers and in the very back there was a heated white tent with lounge seating which was perfect for the loving grandparents who attended. It was pretty chilly that day, and a family friend was sweet to set it up the tent for us earlier in the day. I had a few different pieces pulled together for the shower (vintage pieces for serving tables and rented pieces for seating), so to tie it all together I used lots of burlap.

I used one of their baby gifts (the navy crib) to house all their other baby gifts. It was a fun way for the guests to see where the baby would be sleeping, and everyone was totally in love with the idea of a navy crib.

Next to the gift “table” was the antique writing desk holding the party favors and one of the games. The party favors were “S’more Kits for Two”, inside each box there were four graham crackers wrapped in bag sealed with a navy sticker and delicious dark chocolate squares and marshmallows in a bag tied with jute. The special part of these favors was the instruction card for heating the s’mores in the oven WITH the a note about giving “s’more love to baby” by signing up to bring the dreary-eyed new parents a meal via MealBaby.com. I love MealBaby and knew the people they loved were at the shower and would be the ones interested in bringing them some food once baby arrived!

My sister and brother-in-law preferred no “traditional” baby shower games, so I designed a Mad Libs style advice card for guests to complete. It was a great way for guests to be involved (the guys even liked it!) and we had a blast reading them back the next day!

Since it was a couples shower I wanted to make sure there was an activity for the men who attended, so off to the side we had a game of cornhole. If you’re not from the Indiana, it’s a Midwest lawn game staple where players take turns throwing cornhole bags (bags filled with feed corn) at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. I promise it’s way more fun that it sounds…and it wasn’t just the men getting in on the cornhole action!


In addition to vintage furniture pieces, lots and lots of burlap and tons of heating lamps, we used lots of mood lighting for after sunset hours. There were globe lights strung around the party area, lots of mason jars filled with candles on the tables and even handmade mason jar lanterns hanging from the trees (thanks to my sweet dad who hung the lights and even made the lanterns).


That’s it for today. Hard to believe I still have more to talk about for this party…but I do! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on the Food + Drink.

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Comments (6)

  1. Janie Moore Lawyer: Thursday, October 13, 2011

    this is awesome, cute,had to be fun, just all around grand.

  2. Susan Delfino: Friday, April 27, 2012


    Found your AMAZING party ideas on Pinterest. Planning a shower for my daughter who is having identical twin boys:) Rachel & her husband, Andy, are a little bit country & bbq, so the Backyard BBQ theme is perfect! Where can I find the silverware stamp that you used for the utensil bags? We will be ordering the BBQ party set soon. Thank you for your creative genius<3

  3. Cristina: Friday, April 27, 2012

    Hi Susan! Thanks so much for your sweet words! I sell the utensil bags as well, we can talk when you place your order!

  4. Susan: Monday, May 14, 2012

    I just ordered the Baby BBQ invitations and the party kit. Have some questions for you on the s’more favors. Thank you so much for your creativity!

  5. Cristina: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    Hi Susan! I’ll contact you via email :)

  6. Jessica Deaton: Friday, June 22, 2012

    I love this shower idea! One detail I am especially fond of is the cornhole game sign, what fonts did you use for that?? It’s so cute!

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