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How to Throw a Theme Party - Inspiration from an Owl Baby Shower

In March, my owl-loving sister brought a beautiful baby girl into this world. In February, we threw her a fun owl-themed baby shower to help get her ready for her new arrival. The event was a big hit and it was such fun planning her shower, so I thought I’d share some of my ideas with you on how to weave a theme into your party without going over-the-top.

Step 1 - Pick a Theme

For us, the theme was a no-brainer. My sister planned on decorating the nursery with owls, so that's what we went with for the party! She wanted to keep the party feminine but also add some other colors, such as green. We settled on a pink/green color palette with accents of teal and ivory.


Step 2 - The Invitation

Your guests' first hint of what's to come at the party happens when they open the invitation. So, be sure it ties to your theme! A great little owl drawing I found at Vectorstock.com was the basis for the invitations plus other printed pieces for the party.

Step 3 - The Decor

Since tying the invitations to the event itself is important, I worked the little owls in where I could, while keeping in mind that less truly is more.

For the décor, I wanted an effect that was simple and pretty, plus incorporated items my sister could reuse. I spent some time browsing Etsy.com, and I found some great items that she could use as decoration in the nursery that were in our color palette.

To balance the decorations out and avoid owl-overkill, I made paper poms in several sizes using ivory tissue. The flower-like look of the poms fit in well with the owl theme, but using only the one color kept the effect understated. I found some great inspiration for a pom garland that we hung from the ceiling to use as a backdrop to the food table, and also to separate the front door from the party.

Step 4 - The Menu and Extras

For the food, we decided on a dessert table as the main event, and we had a second table with fruit and cheese and some non-sweet items. We kept the candies and desserts within the color palette, and to incorporate the owl theme, we had customized M&M’s with the owl image from the invitations.


Instead of flowers, I made some smaller poms and wrapped them around the end of floral wire to fill vases for the food tables. Doing this kept the palette soft and simple.

You can’t have a baby shower without games! I have never been a fan of some of the more extreme shower games out there, so we settled on some fun, but non-intrusive games and activities, including Baby Shower Bingo. I used the artwork from the invitations to create my own cards. And because the guests weren’t seated at tables, I pasted the game cards to art board to make them sturdy and easier to write on. 

(These "creative" gift ideas for bingo are courtesy of my father, the only male at the shower!)

The prizes and favors were also tied to the theme. All the prizes were useful with an owl theme that I found on Etsy.com–magnets, pocket mirrors, small plush owls, a small makeup bag and owl shaped cookies. 

So when choosing a theme, remember to stick to your color palette, use your motif (in this case, owls) but don't be afraid to throw an accent motif in the mix (like we did with the poms).


Crafting and DIY by Pamela Carreira
Part of the Second City Soiree Monday Contributor Series. Pamela is the author of Mixed UP Design. Read her full bio here.

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Reader Comments (4)

I love the hanging pom poms. Cookies are toooooo cute!

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaggie

The owl theme is one of my favorites! Very cute. Love all the little, stuff owls scattered around through out the party.

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Hi! I really love your owl theme, everything looks fantastic!! I'm curious about the wording for the invitation, I am hosting a shower this spring for my sister-in-law and would like to encourage guests to bring a book in leiu of a card but am looking for the right wording. If you're willing to share that would be great!

March 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMisty

How about "We're having a book shower! Instead of a card, please inscribe your well wishes on the inside of your favorite children's book. Your book will a treasured edition on Baby XYZ's bookshelf."

March 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterJen @ SecondCitySoiree

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