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Baby Shower Theme: Goodnight Moon

Get tips for throwing a great shower inspired by one of the classics.

Photo: Tiny Prints

If your mom-to-be isn’t yet familiar with this adorable poem, she will be soon -- the classic book is a permanent fixture on nightstands in nurseries everywhere.

The Invite: Kick off the bedtime theme with these adorable lullaby invites from Tiny Prints ($37.25 for set of 25, TinyPrints.com).

The Decor: Plan your decor and table settings around a theme of dark blue and white polka dots to represent the midnight sky and shimmery moon. Use blue pacifiers as napkin holders and fill low glass bowls with blue hydrangeas for centerpieces. Complete the look by hanging silver foil stars on clear fishing wire from the ceiling or curtain rods.

The Cake: Channel the night sky with a round cake covered in dark blue frosting and white Swiss dots. Serve it with sparkling water in tall glasses adorned with thick lemon slices in the shape of half moons. Or opt for blue lemonade in martini glasses rimmed with star-shaped slices of pineapple or mango.

The Game: In Goodnight Moon, a young rabbit delays his bedtime by making sure he says good night to every item in the house. Collect the objects mentioned in the poem -- two little kittens (stuffed will do!), a pair of mittens, a little toy house, a bowl full of mush, and so on -- in the center of the floor. Hand out pieces of numbered paper and have guests put the items in the order they appear in the book. Whoever gets the most right wins the popular Urban Decay Cream Shadow in Moonshine ($17). Materials: various objects, paper, and pens.

The Favors: Buy (or, better yet, make!) star-shaped sugar cookies topped with white frosting and sprinkles. Slip into cellophane bags tied with a navy-and-white polka-dot ribbon and you’ve got simple, sweet favors guests can enjoy as midnight snacks.

 

-- Allison Micarelli

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