A Baby Shower For Kristine + Baby Stephen

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*Decorations were sponsored by Minted.*

My sweet nephew, Stephen, was born on his sister Talia’s second birthday, a few weeks ago. When Cinda was born, we lived hours apart so a shower wasn’t an option, and Nico was born less than two weeks after we moved to Illinois, and some of the girls from puppet team threw a shower for him before we arrived. So I was pleased to give Kristine a baby shower for Talia, and I was thrilled to throw her another one for Stephen!

A Baby Shower For Kristine + Baby Stephen | The Homemade Creative

I hosted the baby shower, but I couldn’t have done it without help. My wonderful father-in-law, Kristine’s dad, gifted me a helium tank so I could fill the room with pretty yellow, red, and blue balloons to match the adorable baby shower decorations we received courtesy of Minted. My sweet mother-in-law, Cindy, and my friend Mari baked four dozen cupcakes, which I topped with cute little “Hooray!” toothpick banners, and my friend Ashley donated pepper jack cheese and a delicious cheese ball to add to the treat table. Cindy and another friend who arrived early for the party decorated while I finished the treats and yummy cranberry-apple-raspberry punch. We finished just as guest began to arrive; I’m grateful for their help. ?

A Baby Shower For Kristine + Baby Stephen | The Homemade Creative

The guest of honor, little Stephen, was the most delightful and easy going arm candy, and delighted the thirty-plus ladies who came to celebrate his birth with Kristine. I never did get a chance to hold the little guy, but I enjoyed watching the love and fondness on everyone’s faces as they fawned over him.

A Baby Shower For Kristine + Baby Stephen | The Homemade Creative

Kristine’s grandma, Linda, put me on to a wonderful party activity that entertains guests and blesses mother and babe – encouragement diapers. I provided each guest with a tiny diaper and a marker, and asked them to write a word of encouragement to Kristine. They loved it, and Kristine went home with thirty-five diaper changes-worth of love and encouragement. It was a meaningful and fun alternative to traditional shower games, or “words of advice” cards that aren’t usually super useful for fourth-time mommies.

A Baby Shower For Kristine + Baby Stephen | The Homemade Creative

I’ve been to a few baby showers in my time, but never one with so many guests, or half so many gifts. Kristine is an incredible woman, an amazing mother to her four children, and she is dearly loved by more people than I can count. Stephen may be the fourth child, but he was a surprise fourth, and his parents had already given away all of their baby things before they found out he was coming. Thanks to the outpouring of generosity and love from friends, family, and our church family, Kristine and Thomas are well set to care for this precious little boy.

I’m going to miss throwing showers for my nieces and nephews. This is the last little sweetheart for this family, and I’m told I won’t be getting any from my own siblings. My youngest brother-in-law, Sam, just announced his engagement to his lovely Jessie, so fingers are crossed for more tiny people in a few years! ?

Are you an aunt or uncle? Tell me about your little sweeties!

*Minted.com provided me with a gift code in order to purchase decorations for Kristine’s baby shower; all opinions are 100% my own, and I only endorse brands and products that I am comfortable using with my own family. The decorations sent were absolutely gorgeous, and many of them went home with Kristine to decorate Stephen’s room.*

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35 comments on “A Baby Shower For Kristine + Baby Stephen”

  1. Kelli said:

    Looks like fun! I love the diapers. Very fun and practical. Being an auntie is fun! I have my three little goobers are they are enough nephews to keep me busy!

    1. Isn’t that a great project?? I’m definitely remembering it for future showers and baby gifts. ? Your three nephews are adorable; I’m sure they do keep you busy!

  2. It looks like everyone had a really great time. I love the baby diaper idea. Some of my friends are still having babies, so I will have to remember that one!

    1. It was awesome. I didn’t expect it to be more than a passing thought to the guests, but they loved it!

  3. I loved the encouragement diaper idea! I am saving that for a baby shower we will be having soon in our church. That will be an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing.

    1. I’m so glad! You’ll have to tell me how it goes! 🙂

  4. What a fun shower! It looks like everyone had a good time and the quilt is so pretty.

    1. Kristine’s aunt makes a quilt every time a new baby joins the family. ? She’s insanely talented, and all of the quilts are unique, and gorgeous! I’m absolutely LOVING the orange and blue in this one, though. I’ll have to take a picture of my daughter’s quilt, sometime!

  5. Jennifer said:

    That looks like a great shower. I love the blanket. It’s so adorable!

    1. I know, isn’t it, though?? Her aunt made it; she’s made one for each of Kristine’s kids, and for my daughter.

  6. I think baby showers are the best. There’s so much joy and anticipation!

  7. The blanket is amazing. Baby showers are always a happy occasion. He is adorable!!

    1. Isn’t it, though?? Her aunt made the quilt, and it’s the prettiest one I’ve seen from her, yet!

  8. Dawn said:

    I love those party decorations. I had no idea that Minted did that kind of thing!

    1. I know, I didn’t either! They have a whole line of part decorations to go with their invitations, and they also carry original art prints from curated artists. I’m impressed!

  9. What a wonderful shower. The baby is such a cutie!

    1. Thanks! Isn’t he though?!! I adore my little nephew. ?

  10. What a great baby shower! Love it! It’s been a while since I’ve been to a baby shower…my nephew’s was the last one infact. But they are so fun. It looks like such a fun one.

    1. Other than my nieces and nephews, I have only been to one baby shower in about ten years. #sad They’re a lot of fun! I’m not a big party games person, but I love everything else.

  11. Daisy said:

    I love baby showers! I had 3 for my son. 🙂 It looks like you had good food, games, and gifts to get her excited and have good memories!

    1. Wow, three! That’s awesome. 🙂

  12. I am about to become a first-time auntie and I am beside myself! I cannot wait to meet my little niece!

    1. It’s absolutely wonderful – you’re going to love it! I’m a mommy and an aunt now, and they’re both amazing, and totally different.

  13. lisa said:

    It looks like you guys had a lot of fun! I wish i had been there! lol

    1. It was very fun. ?

  14. Looks like fun! Despite having 5 sons, I’ve never been invited to a baby shower – something about that Y chromosome gets in the way. The encouragement diapers are a great idea, my wife has done diaper cakes a lot of times, the encouraging words is a nice touch!

    1. You know, the gender segregation involved in celebrating babies bothers me, too. I offered to make this an integrated party, but I got a no. My baby shower was all women except for my brother, who crashed. #lol I’m glad he did, and if we’re blessed with another baby I want to have a gender-inclusive baby shower.

      1. Oh! And Kristine made me a really cute diaper cake for my shower with Serenity. It was adorable! 🙂

  15. Amy Desrosiers said:

    I am an aunt by marriage, but I do not have any close nieces or nephews. I do however have three little kids!

    1. Aww, I’m sorry you don’t share the auntie joy. Maybe someday? How old are your kids? I adore my nieces and nephews, but there’s nothing to compare to my own sweetie. ?

  16. Sounds like a great shower. Looks like mama got some great gifts!

    1. She really did. ? She has enough diapers to keep the little guy clean all winter!!

  17. Dede said:

    I love the idea of the encouragement diapers. What a great tip!
    The shower looks lovely and I’m sure mom & baby both appreciated all your hard work.

    1. The more I think about it, the more I love the encouragement diapers. I’m thinking it would make a really awesome gift, as well as a party activity! I’m glad our grandma suggested it, and I’ll definitely be using it in future.

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