Why not draw inspiration for a baby shower from a classic bedtime story. “In the great green room, there was a telephone and a red balloon, and a picture of the cow jumping over the moon.” Margaret Wise Brown’s “Goodnight Moon” is an American classic, and the perfect theme for a baby shower or kids birthday parties.
This book has been loved for generations and is a popular gift to give to expecting mothers or new babies. Drawing from the colorful pages, it’s easy to transform your shower into an adorable come-to-life book.
First things, first. Before you start planning every detail for your shower, you need to get on a registry for gifts! For the essentials you will need:
Once you’ve registered for the necessities, register for some fun things that you would be interested in, like perhaps a Snuggle Bug photo album.
It’s All in the Details
- Banquet tables: Trade the traditional pastel-colored table cloths and transform the banquet, food and gift table into beds. To pull of this look, use some inexpensive bed linens and pillows and draw inspiration from the book by using playful patterns and vibrant colors. Don’t forget to place a teddy bear on each “bed”, as well.
- Balls of yarn: Just like in the book use colorful balls of yarn as decor throughout the shower. Use blue, red, yellow and green balls of yarn.
- ‘Goodnight Moon’ banner: Bust out those crafty skills and create a “Goodnight Moon” banner. You can find a variety of banner ideas floating around Pinterest, with the most common using twine or ribbon, burlap or fabric, and stencils. You can make a few of these banners to place around the shower.
- Cow jumping over … anything: One of the most memorable parts of the book is the cow jumping over the moon! You can have die-cuts or cow stickers pasted on the wall jumping over your clock, a floor lamp, anything really. Or you can create a moon from scrapbook paper. You can even purchase an “Over the Moon” vintage bookmark with a keepsake nursery rhyme gift box.
Get a few copies of the book and place them around the room. Your guests will be able to read the book and see where you drew your inspiration from. The thing to remember for this shower is to use bright colors: shades of greens, oranges, yellows, reds and blues. Distinguish the guest of honor by adorning her chair with red balloons.
For some simple sweets, how about some cheesecake shooters? Just use some small shooter glasses and layer cheesecake mixture and graham cracker crust in a few layers. Top it off with some blueberries and a cookie pastry in the shape of a star. Mini cupcakes are always a hit. Make some custom cupcake toppers with some print-out “Goodnight Moon” sayings and quotes.
For a lasting party favor, give out copies of “Goodnight Moon” to all your guests. Or if you want to express your gratitude even more deeply, hand out these custom made candles imprinted with babies sleeping on a “moon”.