Owl Themed Baby Shower

Owl Baby Shower
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Remember when I said I was up at 5am on Saturday? Well, this is why: I was throwing an owl themed baby shower for my friend who is also named Lauren, pictured above :). She and her husband are waiting to find out the sex of their baby, so I went with a gender-neutral themed shower… and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

After all the hard work, brainstorming and craft days that went into this, it was so fun to see it all come together that day! We had the shower at 2pm, so for snacks I made delicious cupcakes (if I do say so myself! ;)) and popcorn. I found the idea for the owl popcorn bags here.

For most of the decorations, I just snagged things from my house. All of the baskets, chalkboards, frames, jars and flowers, etc. were borrowed from my apartment for the day. I made the tasseled garland over a few craft nights while watching movies with Jacob and I made the “Advice for the new Mama,” “Advice for Baby,” and “Doody Print” (idea here) to match the invitations (you can see those here!).

The cupcakes were probably my favorite. I wanted them to be fresh for the day, so I started baking by 6am. I had tried out the recipe I used a few weeks prior, but I added a few things this time to make it a little better. I’ll be sharing that recipe with you next week! The mama-to-be is a fellow Oreo lover, so I topped the buttercream icing with crumbled Oreos and a mini Oreo. So cute!

While I definitely breathed a sigh of relief as I drove home from the shower Saturday, I had such a blast putting everything together for our friends. I couldn’t help but realize that the way I felt in preparation for the shower – putting a lot of time in without seeing immediate results – is a lot like our spiritual lives! We have to show up to the daily grind. We need to get in Scripture, spend time in prayer, sit and quietly listenΒ to God… but we may not see the results immediately. In fact, we rarely see them immediately. It’s much further down the road when we realize we are where we are now because of what we did then.

Even in preparing this shower – when I was much more focused on making cute things and yummy treats – God was with me and taught me a lot about myself through it. I need tangible examples like this, of enduring nights when the last thing I wanted to do was make tassel garland, but seeing how perfectly that work came together weeks later for the shower, to remind me I need to show up with God even when I don’t feel like it. It is always worth it. He is always worth it.

Happy Wednesday friends. Show up to the daily grind today, and remember, it counts!

  • Kari

    I learned so much about myself when I planned the shower for my sister in law. I had to rely on God too since at one point there was a chance she wasn’t going to be able to make it! Doctor’s schedules can be crazy. I wish I would have gotten some even better pictures so I could share on my blog. I did a Winnie the Pooh theme.

    • Sounds adorable!! I wish I had been able to take more pictures DURING the shower, but I was busy keeping it moving lol!! It’s funny how God uses the simplest of things to teach us great things, you know?

      • Kari

        I wish I was able to get some during the shower too. I missed so much of it being the hostess. But the momma had a blast and was really blessed by her guests and that is what really matters… right?

        God understands that we are still children and teaches us in the way He know we can learn. πŸ™‚

  • Soooooooooo cute!!! Love the owls, you did a great job!

  • Oh my gosh, I think that is one of the cutest gender-neutral baby shower themes I’ve seen. You did such a great job! πŸ™‚ 6am on Saturday?? You are a brave woman. Ha!

  • Oh my goodness. That is seriously so adorable. What a sweet theme!

  • I simply adore owls! This has to be one of the cutest shower themes I have seen in a while! Great job!

    • Me, too. They are cute little animals!! And THANK YOU! πŸ™‚

  • wow this is fantastic! great job lauren!! love the owl bags πŸ™‚

  • SO adorable, friend!

  • Katie @ A Beautiful Little Adv

    Very cute!

  • This is THE cutest baby shower! Definitely stealing some of these ideas for showers I throw!

    • Awww THANK YOU!! I hope you get to use these ideas!! :):)

  • that is just adorable! love the ideas!

  • I love well thought of things like this! You’re such an amazing friend! I loved the ‘encouragements for the small hours of the morning’. It’ll be so precious for the parents when it gets a bit much! And the ‘advice for the baby’ pages will be so cool for the baba to read through when they’re older! xx