A couple of weekends ago I threw a baby shower for one of my work BFFs, Cha. I wanted to do something fun so I decided to take her favorite food and use it as the shower theme. So yes, I threw a taco themed baby shower and it was awesome. I did a mixture of purchased and DIY party decor and while I originally planned on having Chipotle cater, I ended up putting together a taco bar with lots of help from Kyle and a couple of friends that came early to help out.
The week before the shower, I strung a bunch of banners together with a mixture of paper triangles and cacti that I ordered and tissue poms and tacos that I made myself. I also blew up some green balloons that I made to look like cacti the morning of the shower and at some point I grabbed some geometric tablecloths from Lidl which I discovered are vinyl which means I get to reuse them! Huzzah!
Fun fact: the balloons that came with the helium tank I bought were terrible. I had planned on doing a mixture of dark and light green balloons but all of the dark green balloons except one popped in my hands which was no less terrifying the fourth time as it was the first. Those stupid balloons almost had me in tears the morning of the shower.
We did a taco bar for lunch and a churro bar for dessert; both of which I forgot to take pictures of once they were actually set up. For the tacos, we had shredded chicken and beef which were in crock pots and then all of the toppings: rice, black beans, rotel, avocado, jalapenos, bell pepper, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole. Kyle picked up churros from Costco the morning of and I cut them into quarters to make mini churros. I also put out crushed pecans and walnuts and three different dipping sauces in case anyone wanted to get fancy with their churros (chocolate ganache, caramel, and cinnamon honey butter). I made the ganache and the cinnamon honey butter but the caramel was store bought. Here’s a picture of the food table before any food actually made its way over to it. The taco bar sign is a scrap piece of wood that Kyle cut to look like a banner and stained a couple of nights before the shower. I bought gold stick on letters from Hobby Lobby to save time instead of trying to hand letter because ain’t nobody got time for that especially when it’s a last minute idea that I decide I can’t live without.
I didn’t want to do a ton of super involved shower games so I settled on the clothespin game and a round of Price is Right: Baby Shower Edition. For those of you who are unfamiliar, when you play the clothespin game you start out with a certain number of pins and if you say the word “baby” and someone catches you, they get to take a pin. Whoever ends up with the most pins wins. I ended up with no pins. I am not good at the clothespin game. Kyle (the best husband in the world whose help I greatly appreciated) took the invitation design (which I ordered from another etsy shop) and turned it into custom game cards for me which I had printed at FedEx the day before the shower.
After eating, playing the Price is Right, and opening gifts we all just hung around. As people left, I made sure that they had signed the guest book and picked up their favors. For the guest book, I decided to use one of their ultrasound photos and put it in a pre-matted frame. I popped the mat out so everyone who came could write their well wishes to the baby and parents to be. The favors were custom sugar cookies made by The Chocolate Moose, which is a super awesome local bakery.
Overall, I think the shower was a success and now I have lots of party decor that I can break out in the future. Olè!