Hosting a Beautiful Vintage Themed Baby Shower

A baby shower is a wonderful time for multiple generations of women to get together to celebrate the upcoming birth. One of my baby showers was hosted by my husband’s large extended family, and I loved hearing the wisdom passed down from grandmothers, mothers, sisters and cousins in the room.

If you’re trying to decide on a theme for your baby shower or one that you’re hosting, why not have a vintage theme that features elements from the past as a nod to tradition?

It creates a nostalgic atmosphere that guests of all ages will appreciate. And with decor that can come from garage sales or even your grandmother’s attic, it’s a theme that can easily stay under budget.

Here’s some inspiration for a beautiful event that will create new memories while reflecting on the past!

  • Set the Tone with a Vintage Invitation

    Set the Tone with a Vintage Invitation

    Beautiful invitations set the tone for the party. The sweet baby items hanging from the clothesline give these a wonderful nostalgic feel.

    Anista Designs, $60 for 20 invitations

  • Vintage Details

    Vintage Details

    Look for unique vintage elements, such as this scale, at yard sales or thrift shops to pull the theme together.

    Your Homebased Parties

  • Clothesline Decor

    Clothesline Decor

    Vintage dresses add texture and warmth to the shower’s decor. Isn’t this sweet?

    Your Homebased Parties

  • Baby Bunting

    Baby Bunting

    A bunting like this one would be easy to make with vintage postcards and ribbons!

    Sassy Sadie Lee, $19

  • Wishes for Baby

    Wishes for Baby

    Ask guests to write a wish for the baby on these sweet cards, then hang from a Wishing Tree. Save the cards for a wonderful keepsake!

    A Sweet Little Note, $5.50 for 6

  • Vintage Buffet

    Vintage Buffet

    This lovely vintage buffet incorporates flowers, baby photos, and unique retro finds.

    Your Homebased Parties

  • Alphabet Block Mini Cakes

    Alphabet Block Mini Cakes

    I love these mini cakes as an alternative to cupcakes. They’re adorable!

  • Cupcake Toppers

    Cupcake Toppers

    If you decide to serve cupcakes, these baby buggy toppers add a touch of vintage whimsy.

    Leroy Lime, $14

  • Lemon Poppy Cake

    Lemon Poppy Cake

    An old-fashioned recipe like lemon poppy cake is a perfect addition to any vintage buffet.

    Find more photos and the recipe at Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

  • Vegetable Tea Sandwiches

    Vegetable Tea Sandwiches

    Guests will love these savory little sandwiches!

    Find the recipe at Martha

  • Quiche...a Classic!

    Quiche...a Classic!

    Serve your guests classic shower fare like this spinach and gruyere quiche.

    Find the recipe at Martha

  • Baby Shower Favor

    Baby Shower Favor

    These hand-hammered spoons will be a wonderful favor for your shower guests.

    Wooden Hive, $7

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. She writes about all things toddler at Babble’s Toddler Times. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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