Theme submitted by Gatherings Gal, Illinois
I worked with a designer friend to put together these fun postcard invitations with the "Holy Cow" theme.
The text reads "Holy Cow! A new farmer in the family." The back includes all the details. I like to send postcards because they are less expensive to mail and get the guests' attention right when they open the mailboxes.
Here are a few other barnyard details from the shower. Don't forget a down-home welcome
Decor fit for a farm
- There's not much that's more important than making a good first impression. That's why I always decorate the entry in the theme. For this shower, I made a fun pennant and hung a cowboy hat in place of a wreath.
- If it would have been nicer out, I also would have added some pennants and a few hay bales on the porch. The rain spoiled that plan.
- My favorite part of any gathering is coming up with creative ways to decorate this space without breaking the bank. For the "Holy Cow" shower, I started with cowprint fabric and red bandanas. I created some very simple pennants and table coverings with the cow print.
I also created paper pennants in word processing software with different words on them. I hung them throughout the house.
- I used the bandanas to adorn lamps, windows, tables and more. Nothing was off limits.
- And my biggest trick is repurposing and using what I already have (or can borrow). I pulled out mason jars, barn stars, old fences, vintage pitchers and more. I borrowed cowboy boots, hats and toy tractors. If it fits the theme, it can work for your decor.
- One of my favorite elements of this shower was the farm-inspired diaper cake I created. It was the perfect centerpiece for the gift table. I wrapped the diapers with bandanas and included a few farm animals and farm rubber bath toys for a barnyard touch. Plus, the mom-to-be can use those diapers when the baby comes home.
- Finally, I thought of foods that fit with the country, barnyard theme. I chose barbeque pulled pork sandwiches as the main dish. Not only was it really yummy, it's also simple because it cooks and stays warm in the slow cooker.
- For side dishes, I kept it basic (which is always a good plan). I made big vegetable and fruit trays with dips. (I especially love this fruit dip.) I also had chips and dip and tortilla roll-ups.
For dessert, I simply purchased pre-made cupcakes at the grocery store and added a fondant cow face (purchased online). They were so cute and very easy! I received so many compliments on the cupcakes.
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