Birds and bird nests make an ideal theme for a baby shower as the parents-to-be are "nesting" in preparation for the arrival of their child. Incorporate a bird's nest theme into the party invitations, food, decor and favors through use of items such as wooden birdhouses and egg recipes.
Search shopping sites for invitations featuring images of mother and baby birds or create your own bird nest baby shower invites. Sketch images of nests filled with eggs on card stock using colored pencils or watercolor paints, or print images of nesting birds of all sizes to make collages for invitations. Print the necessary information on the front, back or inside of the card, depending on preference.
Use wooden birdhouses painted in the shower color scheme as centerpieces. Make each birdhouse unique by painting different patterns on each house. Find birdhouses at craft and retail stores. Utilize decorated wooden eggs in craft bird nests as table placecards with the name of the person painted on one or more of the eggs. Line cookie trays and candy platters with baby shirts and onesies featuring birds and bird nests. Fill small birdbaths with candies and other treats and place them on each table.
Serve your guests bird nest-themed finger sandwiches on bread that has been dyed with blue food coloring. Cut the sandwiches in the shape of eggs. If the shower is also a brunch, offer eggs entrees, including omelettes, eggs Benedict, over-easy or scrambled. You'll need some sweet treats. Bake sugar cookies in the shape of birds, baby birds, nests and eggs and frost them in pastel colors. Make "bird's nest" cupcakes by mixing coconut with the frosting and placing yelllow Peeps candies on top.
Surprise your guests with favors, including small baby bottles and drawstring candy bags filled with egg-shaped candy, such as jelly beans. Give each attendee an embroidered handkerchief featuring images of birds and bird nests as well as the name and date of the shower, large bird-shaped sugar cookies wrapped in pretty drawstring bags or silver bird charms. Or, try filling small, decorated bird houses with candies or a baked good or two.
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