Teacher Themed Baby Shower

My friend Julia teaches health for a local middle school.  Did you hear me?

SHE TEACHES HEALTH…also known as SEX ED….to MIDDLE SCHOOLERS.  It’s hilarious.  Every time we get together she tells me how she googled STD photos so that she could scare the little guys sexless.  And she has no problem saying words…ANATOMY words…in front of anyone.  at any time.  And of course there are the priceless questions from the sweet children who haven’t yet sat down with their folks for the birds and the bees talk. 

Anyhoo…I thought that such a great girl deserved an extra great celebration.  She and her husband Jade are expecting a little boy in the middle of August.  So our friend Brook and I decided that we would love to throw a teacher-themed baby shower.  You remember Brook, right? 

I know I’ve said it before – but my number one party-throwin tip is to join forces with someone else.  It helps everything go soo much smoother…everything from the invites to the main event to the clean up is way easier when sharing the burden with a partner.  And speaking of the main event, we were able to find some really great inspiration from lots of different sources –  Whitney‘s baby shower, Martha’s wedding and  Jen’s retirement party.  Which leads me to my second tip for party planning…google.  It helps to have a plethora of information on the internet…plus you can connect with other bloggers who have creative brains when yours is running low.    

 So that is the background on our very teacher-y shower.  But you want to know what our notebook said when it came to Jule’s throw-down?  Well, we jotted down a bunch of different ideas –

  • red, white & blue
  • apples
  • blackboard agenda
  • books
  • cakeplates
  • apple cupcakes
  • brunch
  • flashcards
  • school subjects

Our brainstorming helped us focus our efforts in one general direction.  It is especially useful to jot down keywords for parties especially if you are working with someone else.  It really allows both people know what road you are going down.  And we were able to work in every single one of our keywords to make it a reality.  Ok.  So are you ready for the main event?  Welcome to Julia’s Teacher Themed Baby Shower.   

First up is the decor.  All the red, white and blue items were centrally located in our dining room.  We first picked out the serving sedishes for the food items that we were going to prepare and placed them on the table the night before.  Then we arranged a centerpiece.  We knew that we wanted to include the homemade invitation in the centerpiece and also some apples.  It’s always a good idea to add your height to the middle of the table too…so we decided that a tiered effect would do just the trick.    

The highest part of the centerpiece was a dress-me-up plate from Southern Living at Home placed on a candlestick.  All I did was add some double sided tape to secure it and then we added layered apples for a pyramid of fruit (the middle apple was given a boost with a mini bowl meant for soysauce turned upside down).  The second highest “cakeplate” was also just a white ruffle-edged plate on a smaller candlestick.  It held our invite that boasted an apple stamp and font that hinted at the teacher theme.  Lastly, we have a small stack of hardback books that I wrapped in some packing paper and tied up with a bit of twine.  We even added a tag that said Ethan William – a cheeky nod to the unborn.  And on top was an apple dish (picked up at TJMaxx clearance for $3) that was actually a prize for the winners of one of the games.  It’s such a great idea to work in your prizes into your decor.  Especially when they are super cheap!  The entire display was flanked with two milk-glass candlesticks I picked up as a Valentine’s Day momento long ago. 

On the dessert table (which was actually the buffet in the back of the room), we used another dress-me-up plate as a way to announce our menu.  Don’t ya love our silly school-themed names for the dishes?!  Gotta love a little randomosity :)  The menu plate was held up by an apple plate stand which I scored at a yard sale for only 25 cents.  I love how the ribbon ties into the little red, white and blue pennant banner I made for draping over the mirrors.  The whole arrangement ties into the dining room table not only with it’s color scheme but also because we used the same matching runners (ones I scored long ago at Crate & Barrel for cheap!)

Brook and I decided that we would only use red white or blue dishware.  And when it came to the desert table, we had some appetizer dishes that were the perfect size for a single cupcake.  And we were sure to provide an additional napkin – just in case they dirtied up their brunch one.     

And for the main course – brunch – we provided navy dishes that you may recognize from the baby shower dinner party.  The silverware was rolled up in various red, white and blue napkins and casually placed in a red casserole dish.  This arrangement made it easy for guests to hold all their silverware, their plate and have a free hand to dish out the yummy food.     

Brook had the good idea to place extra napkins under the dishes…and in my opinion, it makes the entire display look even more casual and refreshing.  Sortof like a fourth-of-july picnic. 

Ok – so now that you got the lowdown on our decor – let’s get the my favorite part…the food! 

We served an egg casserole that had loads of cheese, ham and eggs. 

And because we wanted to serve a light vegetable – we created some cucumber sandwiches with fun little garnishes.  Yeah – it’s just one of the strips of cucumber peel pushed through a toothpick but I thought it was pretty genius :)

And of course, it wouldn’t be brunch without a giant bowl of fruit.  We picked fruits that were in season to cut down on costs and served it it up with decadent fruit dip.

Since we had healthy fruit, we decided that the perfect partner would be some sticky, gooey, nutty bread for adding a little beef to all the ladies’ hips.  Monkey Bread did just the trick.  Oh gosh…just looking at it makes me salivate.  

Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard.

And to drink we had an entire tea/coffee bar plus some ice cold water and a big bowl of punch.  Recognize the punch bowl?  I thought you might :) 1000 points to you if you do!

Lastly, we had those yummy apple inspired cupcakes.  Aren’t they adorable?  Perfect for an apple-themed shower, or back to school parties or even graduation shindigs.  Brook found the recipe in a magazine I think.  But they are super simple to replicate.  Just make a white cupcake in a red liner and top with a wee bit of red icing.  Then slice a mini donut in half (lay it on the counter and cut it parallel to the counter).  Lay 1/2 of the round donut onto the icing and then ice the whole thing.  Dip the top in red sugar sprinkles and add a chocolate leaf and a half a tootsie roll for the stem.   

As soon as everyone got their food, we were able to sit and relax for a bit before games began.  Thankfully Brook borrowed these trays for everyone to sit and eat.  I need some of these.  I decided.  Like 40.  You know.  Just in case.

By this time, we had gotten way past our first activities.  So let me rewind a bit. 

Our first activity was Handwriting in which we prepared note cards with the months of the year on them.  These were for each person to write a personal note to Julia for each of the 12 months following Ethan’s arrival.  We figured that this would be something nice for her to look forward to when she is up to her elbows in dirty diapers and bottles. 

Then came our Math game.  We cut out an apple from red paper and asked each person to guess how many apples it would take to measure the circumfrence of Julia’s baby belly.  Then we had to calculate the width of the apple and her bump and divide. 

Snack Time was eating.  Duh.

Then came creative thinking – it was a flashcard game in which we partnered up and game each person one minute to name baby items beginning with the flash card letter.  It was a lot harder than you might think.  But the flash cards were super cute.

Then came gift time.  This was my favorite.  Mostly because I got to sit down.  My dogs were barking.

And then Brook’s mother in law insisted that I read the book I gave Julia.  It was “Love You Forever”.  Let me just tell you…there were enough tears in that room afterward to drown a cat.  And the hormones?  Yeah.  It was out of control. 

We finished up with a little game that we had explained as English.  Whenever Julia opened a present, the giver jotted down the exclamation that she said…it could have been like “OH how cute!” or “Yay!  I wanted one of these!” or “Butt Paste?  Ok.  I can work with this.” and then we opened the little card they wrote it on to explain the meaning of the exclamation.  Some were really funny.  Like the butt paste one was “What Julia said the night she conceived Ethan”….and the cute comment was perfect when it paired up with “What Julia will say when the doctor clears her for hanky panky”.  You gotta love funny little games that totally embarrass the guest of honor :) 

We rounded out the shower with little lunch bags that contained an apple juice box and a bag of chocolate chip cookies.  We also slipped in little magnets that announced Ethan’s due date and a prayer card with Julia’s requests.  Overall, I think it was a definite top two of showers in my mind.  I loved the overall theme and the fact that we didn’t really worry about the entire thing until the night before.  Gotta love it when you don’t lose sleep over an event!

So what did you think?  Do you love the apple theme?  How bout the games?  Any one of them strike your fancy?  Or maybe you are still drooling over that monkey bread or those apple-inspired cupcakes?  One of those a day would probably not keep the doctor away.  In fact, you would probably get to know your GI guy pretty well :)  Anyhoo…I’d love to hear if anything really wiggled into your heart.



    • says

      Hi Esther,
      The party you linked to is Whitney’s shindig…she threw a shower that held lots of good ideas and totally inspired Brook & I. I think it got passed around the internet a bunch to several different sites so that is why it has a different link :) Isn’t it just amazing?!
      XO -Katie

  1. Michele says

    Looks fantastic! Great job, as always:)

    I would love the cucumber sandwich recipe along with how you made the cute decoration on top. Please share!

  2. says


    I LOVE it- way to rock a “theme” without making it dorky. This is perfect! Love the apple cupcakes- I have seen them as pumpkins before and they are adorable! Mostly though- I was especially taken by the way you put the plates together. I always see these things and think “who has that many cake stands?” But I had never thought of using chunky candle sticks as bases for regular plates. That is brilliant!

  3. says

    Your cucumber toothpicks are brilliant! The whole thing is so awesome! Liz you can do this party for me! Just kidding but I would fall over and die if someone made my shower like this!

  4. Cindy says

    Soooper cute. Now all those kids that Julia teaches probably look at her in disgust like, “I know WHAT YOU DID to get pregnant.” hahaha

  5. steph says

    Um, this is great, but let’s get to what’s important. Where’s the recipe for that monkey bread? I need it asap! I’m drooling looking at it, too :)

  6. says

    I LOOOOOVE planning parties like this…but I’ll tell you something, I haven’t actually thrown many “real” ones. Mostly it’s been Halloween or Christmas parties in college, but now that I’m all growed up and married, and I have the means to throw wedding/baby showers and birthday parties, I just am dyyyyyying for one of my friends to get preggers or married so I can flex my creativity muscle!! I loved this whole thing!! :) AND those trays are at Pier 1 for five dolla. :) Saw ‘em today, actually.

  7. stephanie says

    Oh my gosh, my mom and I love love love the “Love you Forever” book. The Christmas before I got married, one of my mom’s gifts was a teapot ornament (my mom collects teapots) and inside is a note with the main chorus line. It was just a way to let her know that I’ll always be her little girl and will always love her. What a great gift!

  8. says

    What a cute idea! As a teacher myself, I often cringe at teacher themed things but you definitely did the theme justice! The decor, food, games…all looked fabulous! Your gal pals are lucky to have you!

  9. says

    oh katie, i just love your blog, your photography, your ideas…well and i would say you…but that would be just plain weird. but anways…i totally lurk around here all the time. never commenting, never making a peep. but, i absolutely love the little shower theme you guys did here. i am up to my elbows in preparing for my little guys first birthday party next week. i have gotten so obsessed with party planning and all the little details of the day. this post was right on time and reminded me that i am not the only one who makes every little detail count! keep the ideas and the blog posts coming! :)

  10. says

    Where on earth did you get those trays? It’s such a good idea so you don’t have to hold your cup, plate and try to eat and talk all at the same time! ;)

    • says

      Hi Amanda,
      Actually Brook’s mother in law provided the trays! I told her that I need them pronto…but she doesn’t even remember where she got them :(
      XO – Katie

  11. says

    hey katie!

    what a cute shower. i am truly flattered that my shower inspired such a cute shindig (it seems like jen’s retirement party was too! )

    you did a great job putting everything together. it looked fabulous!

    happy party planning-
    whitney smith

    ps. i also threw a baby shower with a “pat the bunny” theme. you might enjoy that too!

    • says

      Hi Whitney,
      Thanks a bundle for all the inspiration! I loved the Pat the Bunny shower too – but then again, there isn’t much you do that I don’t LOVE!
      XO – Katie

  12. Brooke says

    First, I have to say, I LOVE your blog! I was just realizing a few days ago that I hadn’t really gotten an update since you switched to the new site, which led me to do a little digging, and I realized that for some reason google reader is having a “fetching” (official google term) problem with your blog. Not sure if it is because of the recent switch or what, but I thought I would let you know. I hate to miss fab-u-lous posts!

  13. says

    Wow, I am blown away by the creativity! The donut halves on the cupcakes is a genius idea! I wondered how you got the height on those bad boys. And after seeing Sherry & John’s cake stand ideas and now yours, I am on the hunt for one. They add the perfect height to a table arrangement! We had 5 teachers (including me) have babies this year… wish I had seen this post before we threw their showers!

  14. Linda says

    What an adorable shower!

    And I love the curtains that can be seen behind the chair your prego friend is sitting in. Would you be able to tell me where you got them? :)

    • says

      Hi KOS,
      We used SchoolScriptDashed for the “it’s a boy” (of course we modified the dashes to make it one solid line)…and the rest of the invite was My Own Topher (one of my very favorite fonts).
      Hope this helps!
      XO – katie

  15. says

    Super cute shower. I wish I had thought of something like this. I just had two friends, that are teachers, that just popped kids out in the past 2-3 months. They would have loved this.

    Ya’ll did awesome at planning this bad boy. How far in advance did you start planning the shower? I’m just wondering how much time and preparation went into an adorable shower like this.

    • says

      Hi Jennifer,
      Excellent question. We did have a brainstorming session one night four weeks before the shower and while the boys watched a movie, we drafted the invites. Then Brook did all the ‘printing’ stuff and I did the assembly and mailed them off. Then the week of the shower, we met up one night to plan the food shopping and the game gear and of course, our gift to Julia. Then the night before the shower Brook came over and we set up the decorations. Lastly we met up the morning of the event and did all the cooking and finished the rest of the prep.
      XO – Katie

  16. says

    Now when I finally have my own pre-k tutoring business, and if I get pregnant, would you please throw one of these baby showers for me :D!
    All kidding a side, this was the most fabulous thing I have seen. I simple wish it was me being showered with gifts and cup cakes in the same theme.

  17. Julia Anderson says

    I would like to point out that this is the shower I told Katie and Brook not to go through any trouble for!!! But… I’m kind of glad they didn’t listen to me. It was the best shower I’ve ever been too and I will always remember it. ;)
    P.S. What Katie leaves out in her blog is how good she is at multi-tasking… I’ve never seen anybody make fruit dip, breastfeed, and get dressed 15 minutes before having comapay over! What a woman!

  18. Edith says

    I am planning a co-ed baby shower where both parents are teachers. I just saw what you did and I think it would be ideal for them, the problem is I had already asked them for a theme they liked and they said jungle animals in pastel colors. Now I’m trying to come up with ideas where I can incorportate the animal jungle theme and throw in a little bit of the teacher theme…any ideas are greatly appreciated.

  19. BOB LILLEY says



  20. says

    This is awesome! I have not seen any baby shower themed like this one, a teacher theme. I just love the concept being made. Inspiring for a mom like me. The concept tell a mom is all a teacher!

  21. says

    Your shower turned out SO cute! Thanks for linking up to my blog…although your shower kind of puts my party to shame. :) Is it bad that I want to do a teacher themed baby shower for my sister (a MS teacher also!) if she was at the retirement party I threw?!

  22. Lisa says

    Wow!!! I am impressed. I am a 3rd grade teacher and my oldest daughter is currently graduating from college with a teaching degree in May. I was looking for ideas to decorate her party and came upon your sight!!! I can’t wait to get started on it. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

  23. says

    Do you have any resources or tips for this? I’m graduating next month in Special Education, and I want to do a teacher themed party. My mom is throwing it and she isn’t party crazy like I am…. so I’m doing the decorating. shhh, secret!! LOL. Anyways, any advice? I ADORE this…. and your blog (I’m an every day lurker, I normally don’t have enough time to comment with my son’s demands….. lol) Thanks for any advice!!

  24. Tonya says

    I was just wondering, where did you find those invitation templates? :) I LOVE it but can’t seem to find them anywhere!


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