Party Planning

Umbrella Themed Baby Shower

My first baby shower ended up being cancelled because my first born arrived just three days before the scheduled date. This time around, I was blessed enough to have the baby shower of my dreams. Since my due date was in July, we had planned the shower way before this time for the month of May. I went with a baby “shower” theme with lots of umbrellas, florals, garden-y type of decor. Scroll down for more little details…


When I envisioned my baby shower, I wanted it to be a daytime affair with a very light menu, but enough to be filling. For appetizers, we filled tiny cups with spinach dip and served it with veggies. And for lunch, we served cold cut sandwiches in Roast beef, Smoked Turkey and Veggie (For myself and anyone else who was preggo) catered by Douglass Pizza. We had several accompaniments: a basket filled with assorted chips bags, homemade macaroni salad, pita chips and bread with hummus, condiments, lemonade and fruit punch. The sandwiches were delicious, and since all the food was cold, it could be kept out for the entire party.




For the dessert spread, we catered from House of Cupcakes in Princeton, NJ because they make the most delicious cupcakes ever. If you are ever in the area, you should visit their adorable little shop on Witherspoon Street in downtown Princeton. They did a wonderful job with the one-tier cake & mini cupcakes. I especially enjoyed their cappuccino flavored cupcake, it was scrumptious. I also ordered cookies from my very good friend at Crumbelina Cookies who made custom order cookies for me. I simply sent her some photos of the theme and she executed the most intricate designs, that went so well with everything. They were too beautiful to eat!

House of cupcakes
House of cupcakes

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Crumbelina cookies

I didn’t do anything over the top for my shower, just kept it a very simple menu and limited it to just a couple fun games. Guests were having fun munching on snacks and sandwiches, while we played.


  1. Guess the Due Date
    I bought a dry erase board from Target in that wonderful $1-$3 section at the front of the store. This was set on the welcome table so that when guests arrive, they can write their guess of the due date on the calendar. This one’s winner is revealed once the baby’s born. IMG_1213
  2. Drawing Game
    This one was kind of fun, we asked everyone to take a paper plate and place it on their heads and draw a baby on it as best as possible. I remember going through one by one and showing it to everyone. My mom’s was the funniest. IMG_1190
  3. Guess the Items
    This is a baby shower classic, the one where you pass around items hidden in numbered brown paper bags and write down your guesses. I was surprised at how good the guesses were.

For party favors, I gave everyone a keychain tape measurer in the shape of an umbrella to go with the theme. I always like to get something that could be used. These favors were under $2.00 at Beau-coup.

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The most wonderful part about my baby shower was that this time around I could celebrate it with my daughter Ridha Zaynab in welcoming her sister Rabab into this world. It just made it that much more special. Hope you enjoyed the post! Till next time 🙂




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