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It is almost spring, and if you are looking for a baby shower idea, I have the cutest one for you: a Little Cutie Baby Shower! This citrusy theme is perfect for any season and works for either a baby boy or a girl. This fun and beautiful baby shower idea is a festive way to shower the mom-to-be before her new baby arrives.

Recently I had the pleasure of helping a friend put on this shower, this adorable theme was so fun to work with, and we enjoyed using our creativity to bring it to life.

Planning a Baby Shower

There are a lot of steps involved in planning a baby shower. How do you design a shower that the mom-to-be and guests will love? From the start, the key to success is good planning and organization. Here are a few basic steps to get you started on the right track:

Choose a theme

Check-in the with the mom-to-be about her vision for the shower and choose a theme. Incorporate her wishes and ideas in planning as much as possible. After all, this is her big day!

Invitations

Choose a date that works well for all your family and guests. Now that you have your theme and date, you can choose the invitations and get them in the mail to give guests plenty of time to plan and RSVP.

The Details

little cutie table garland

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Now, the fun begins. Use your theme to plan all the little details to make the baby shower extra special.

I am a big Pinterest girl, so I always create a board for an event I plan to start to get ideas. I like to carry the theme out as much as possible in all categories from food, decorations, games, and gift wrapping. What makes a shower is all of the unique personal touches you can create with decorating and yummy food.

Next, I’ll take you through some of these details of the Little Cutie Baby Shower I did.

Little Cutie Baby Shower Food & Drinks

There are some enjoyable and creative ways to incorporate citrus into party food for a crowd. For this Little Cute Baby Shower, the food included a Citrus Avocado Salad, Harvest Vegetable Sandwiches, and a Winter Citrus Crush cocktail. For dessert, we served an adorable Citrus Cake and Custom-Made Sugar Cookies.

Citrus Avocado Salad

Citrus avocado salad

This salad uses a mixture of blood oranges, Cara cara oranges, tangelos, and grapefruit for the citrus. Creamy avocado makes up the bulk of this salad and is an excellent complement to the citrus. Fresh mint adds a bit of freshness, and chopped pistachios add a salty crunch. For even more of a citrusy hit, a citrus vinaigrette tops it all off. This is a tasty on-theme salad the baby shower guests sure to enjoy!

Winter Citrus Crush

winter citrus crucsh cocktail

This Winter Citrus Crush is a unique take on a classic orange crush using all of the best winter citruses. This refreshing cocktail uses blood orange, grapefruit, tangelo, vodka, a touch of lime juice, and orange liqueur. Served in tall glasses and finished with a bright, cheerful paper straw, this cocktail was the perfect touch for the Little Cutie Baby Shower.

Harvest Vegetable Sandwiches

harvest vegetable sandwiches

Delicious harvest vegetables combined with fresh goat cheese and roasted red peppers in this hearty sandwich were a perfect complement to our other food offerings at the shower and a real crowd-pleaser. This recipe was adapted from Rachel Ray.

Ingredients

  • 1 French loaf split
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium butternut squash (2lb), neck peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 package of fresh goat cheese
  • 2 jars of roasted red peppers
  • 1 jar pesto (vegan kale pesto from TJs)
  • Shredded radicchio tossed in olive oil & lemon juice
  • Fresh basil leaves

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add squash and season with salt and pepper. Cook until tender (about 4 mins per side)
  2. Transfer butternut squash to the oven at 425 F for 25 mins.
  3. Top roll with goat cheese, pesto, squash, roasted red pepper, basil, radicchio.

Citrus Cake

Little Cutie Baby Shower Citrus Cake

Every baby shower needs a festive cake, and this Citrus Cake was perfect for our Little Cutie theme! I love the bright stripes and perfect topper, but my favorite is the smiling cutie perched on top! With a bright, citrusy flavor, this cake tasted amazing, too!

Custom-Made Sugar Cookies

Custom-made cookies for Little Cutie Baby Shower

How adorable are these custom-made sugar cookies? The intricate detail and personalized designs were a fantastic addition to our Little Cutie Baby Shower and were a fun treat for all the guests to enjoy!

Little Cutie Baby Shower Decorations

Of course, this is my favorite part. Citrus is so fun to use, and you can create so many beautiful decorations with this theme. I started with a list of flowers that I felt would complement the little cuties well.

The arrangements we created for the shower included:

  • Wreaths to hang above the tables
  • Garland for the dining tables
  • Arrangements for food tables

Wreaths

little cutie wreath

 

We started with a simple wireframe for the wreaths, one 18” and 4 12”.

Greenery was a mix of Italian Rustica, variegated boxwood, and of course, little cuties.

First, I created small bunches of greenery and attached them with a wire paddle.

Second, I used a single piece of wire and put the wire through the middle of the cutie orange. Third, I put three oranges on each wire and then attached them to the wreath.

To hang the wreath, we attached the rope to the inside of the tent and tied it onto the wreath in three places (this was not the most straightforward job).

Garland

little cutie table garland

We purchased a fresh garland of Eucalyptus, Italian Rustica, and Salal leaves for the table garland. We then placed the little cuties and an assortment of flowers, including roses, peach coffee bean, ranunculus, and white lisianthus, in and around the garland.

Arrangements

little cutie table arrangement little cutie table arrangement

We started with some small clear vases as we wanted simple and easy containers so the look would not take away from the flowers.

We used the same assortment of flowers and little cuties for the flower arrangements to keep continuity.

Little Cutie Tree

Little Cutie tree

Another fun idea is this darling cutie tree.

We started with a Styrofoam cone.

We then used kale to cover the cone with floral pins and toothpicks to attach the cutie oranges.

Other Details

Little details like using a cutie for the name card added another lovely touch.

Little Cutie baby shower table setting

We added a sweet balloon arch over the cabana and some greenery, so it looked like oranges. This balloon arch created the perfect setting for photos.

Little Cutie Baby Shower

Party favors were small berry baskets filled with an assortment of orange-related items.

Little Cutie Baby Shower favors

And, of course, the gifts were wrapped in paper that coordinated with the theme.

Little Cutie Baby Shower

Everyone had a lovely time and enjoyed themselves at this Little Cutie Baby Shower!

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