a nautical themed baby shower

Y'all! My mama and bff Haley threw me the CUTEST baby shower this past weekend. Originally I wasn't going to go with any sort of theme, but once I found out we were expecting a little boy, I went all-out themed goodness. The shower was at my parents' house on a lake, so we went with a nautical theme and I have to say, I'm pretty obsessed with it! My BFF Chelsea designed the invitations, which were TOO cute for words. I know, I know - I'm a stationery designer, why not design my own invites? But Chelsea created my bridal shower and bachelorette party invites too, so I guess it's now officially a thing: she designs the paper goods for my life events. Hope that's cool with you, Chels! 2015-07-23_0017

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We did our registry through Babylist, and I can't recommend them enough. They are AMAZING. We were able to add products from any website we wanted, including Amazon, Etsy and cute little boutique stores, and gift-buying was super easy for guests. I can go in and download a spreadsheet of who bought what to make thanking people a breeze, AND they sent me 75 of these insert cards totally free!! So great. Make your registry with Babylist, mamas. Seriously.

I whipped up the matching decor pieces based on the super-cute invites Chelsea designed. We had a few do-on-your-own-activities, like filling out the baby prediction sheet and writing out a wish for the baby. Reading the predictions was hilarious and I can't wait to see who guessed closest! And the wish cards are a perfect size for tucking into a baby book. Such a sweet keepsake!

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We also did a diaper raffle, which was fun. The invitation had a little tag included, instructing people to bring items from the "diapering" section of our registry to be entered to win one of two fabulous raffle prizes. I've seen this done a lot with packages of disposable diapers, so I figured, why not tailor it for our plan to cloth diaper? We ended up with some sweet cloth diapering supplies and two lucky guests won some lovely gifts!

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We also played three pretty traditional games. For the first, everyone had to guess the price of each item listed on the game sheet. You scored 1 point if you were within 10 cents of the correct price. The second game required everyone to complete the nursery rhyme. Haley's mom won by a LANDSLIDE - she guessed 21 of 22 correct! Mother Goose Master. And for the third game, everyone had to cut a piece of twine that they thought was the closest measurement to the circumference of my belly. It was soooo funny -- I could have been carrying quintuplets based on some people's twine! It was definitely a confidence boost :)

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We went low-key with food and just had a build-your-own-sundae bar, with brownies as well. Drinks were punch, lemonade and water. It was 105 degrees with the heat index on Saturday, so it was perfect!

We decorated the inside and the outside porch area, since people ate, talked and mingled inside and outside and floated between the two spaces. Between my mom's love for nautical decor and my love for all things outdoorsy, we actually had quite a lot of the decorations just laying around. I did make the nautical bunting and the "oh boy" bunting, as well as a few cute "ahoy it's a boy" signs which were framed and set around on tables. I also went all Pinterest-y and made that wreath. For centerpieces, we tied striped twine around mason jars and added a white lifesaver to look like a life preserver, then filled the jars with white flowers. The flowers served as the game prizes, too! Overall, the decor was pretty simple - paper bunting, a tissue paper garland I already had, helium balloons in shades of blue, a few framed photos of me + Matt through the pregnancy (I just used frames and clipboards we already had), and then the nautical-y knickknacks like the driftwood, lantern and such. Can you believe we found this lighthouse at Goodwill for $2? So great! Hooray for up cycling. Chelsea also hand-lettered two chalkboard signs which were SO cute. She lettered signs for our wedding too - over two years ago - and I couldn't bear to erase them until I needed the chalkboards for the shower. So I'm sure that these will remain exactly as they are, safely tucked away in our attic until I need them again for another party someday.

I opened lots of gifts from loved ones and we oohed and ahhed over the cutest baby clothes.

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I feel incredibly blessed by all the love that was truly "showered" on me, Matt and the baby and am SO grateful to my mom, Haley (and Chelsea!) for making this shower a dream come true! Now I'm working away on writing all the thank-you notes - but having super cute ones definitely helps!

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Are any of you in the market for baby shower decor? Did you have a themed shower? I'd love to hear! XO!

**All of the printable shower decor I designed is linked throughout the blog post. The printable PDF files are for personal use only, please, and cannot be resold! If you use any of the goodies for your own celebrations, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag #prettythingsforhappypeople on social media so I can see them in action! If you want to download all of the files at once, you can do so right here.