The last time I was pregnant was eight years ago. I gave birth to my eldest in 2004. In the eight years since my last turn at planning for a baby, baby gear has come a long way and I am totally smitten with much of it….
I had a feeling this little one was a girl, turns out I was correct. We had a LONG wait to find out her gender because here in Italy (our military medical insurance) doesn’t cover the early gender tests via blood sample. I did have an anxious month as some blood work for genetic abnormalities came back as being at risk for Down Syndrome. Thankfully, her scan showed no soft markers, though in circumstances such ask this, the only way to know for sure she doesn’t have Down Syndrome, would be to have an amniocentesis. I decided against having an amnio preformed because regardless of what that test would reveal I wouldn’t abort this pregnancy….
Last Fall I threw a “mustache” baby shower for my friend Yana. I met her when we were newly arrived in Italy and living in temporary lodging. She was in her first few weeks of her pregnancy when she shared her good news with me and another new friend (Carmen and I coincidentally were on the same plane and were hotel rooms neighbors). I gave her a hug clapped my hands in joy and asked if she’d let me throw her a baby shower. I’m sure she must of thought me and my other friend completely batty but she obliged and to her good credit showed no signs of how crazy she must of thought us. Little did she know one of my favorite things to do is throw a baby shower. On an afternoon in the early autumn when she’d grown much rounder, and our friendship had lasted more than a few days a little mustache themed party happened in my home. Here are a few photos from that day…
Carmen and I decided on a very simple, yet delectable menu.
Beautiful croissants were center stage ready to be filled with either a Waldorf chicken salad, Italian Salami, an assortment of cheese, or a simple seasoned butter.
For sides we offered: crackers, olives, cold cuts, fruit that could be dunked into a pumpkin pie dip, fresh made salsa and chips. Desert came in the form of mustache topped cupcakes, and carrot cake.
There was also a beverage bar (somehow I neglected to photograph) where guests could choose from my red sangria, natural and sparkling water as well as fruit infused water, and a white grape juice infused with mint.
This was actually my second mustache themed baby shower I planned, so it was a snap to put together, as I’d already thought up most of the decor. I made a simple diaper cake using jute twine as ribbon and topped with a few of the cupcake toppers. I made a “Keep Calm” sign by printing it out and decoupaging it onto a canvas. [There’s a link at the bottom of this post where you can download a free printable of it.]
To make the onesies I simply printed out the graphic on iron on transferable paper and followed the instructions the paper came with. The banner garland was really easy to make. I cut the shape out by hand and used a mustache shaped hole punch and glued them on following the color pattern you see here, which was a mixture of neutral earth tones, grey, and yellow. You can also find a pre-made one like this mustache garland that are super cute.
We played a few fun action games and other games guests could play as the wanted to. In a jar I placed a ton of those hole punched mustaches and asked guests to guess how many. On 4×6 cards I printed up a few different mustache types and asked guests to guess the name of the ‘stache. I also drew a tree on a canvas and had some yellow paint ready for guests to thumbprint in the leaves with yellow paint that would match the baby’s nursery. This mustache baby shower was so much fun to throw!
A fun game was Pin The ‘Stache On The Baby. I drew the baby face based on an image I Googled and cut out these larger mustaches from a template I made. Guests were then blindfolded and spun and asked to pin the mustache on the drawing. You could also try the game using these cute pushpins.
As a little present to you, I’d like to give you the “Name the ‘Stache”, mustache theme game I used, and the “Keep Calm And Grown On” sign I made as a free printable. They’re in PDF form.
If you use these printables for your party please come back and share with me! Also if you use them in a round up, please link back to this post. Thank you!
I can’t express enough just how much I like BabyLegs – which is why I feel the need to tell you all about Feisty, Frugal, and Fabulous’ BabyLegs giveaway!
Baby legwarmers not your cup of tea? Get on over there and enter anyway – if you win, I’ll be more than happy to take them off of your hands!
Here’s Copper when he was just a wee little newborn wearing his first pair of BabyLegs! The great thing is – at six month’s he’s still wearing them, and will be wearing them in a year from now too!