I don't have any sisters, but I have a few close cousins who have always been like sisters to me. When my cousin Carissa found out she was pregnant with her second child, and the first boy on our side of the family in some time, the first thing I asked was to throw the baby shower. She and her husband knew early on that the baby's name would be Izzy and that his bedroom would be superhero themed. I instantly knew that Baby Izzy's shower would be superhero and vintage comic book themed. My cousin's husband Josh wanted very much to be part of the shower, so making it a couples shower was an easy decision.
Half of the fun of planning a party is scouring Pinterest for ideas for hours on end. The only problem I was having was finding party ideas that weren't kids parties. This shower was never (in my mind) going to be a typical baby shower. I am not a fan of cutesy themes or of group baby shower games (no offense to anyone who enjoys these things, it's just not my preference). Since this shower was for couples, and I assume more than a few wives were making their husbands attend, I wanted to make it something the guys would want to be at. The first step was to reflect that this was no girly baby shower with the invitations.
I found a great resource on Creative Market for a retro comic book tool kit that was invaluable. I used the designers template, brushes and font recommendations for most of the paper items for the shower. I love the way it turned out.
Once the invitations were designed and sent out, all of the decorating ideas began to fall together. I knew I wanted to have one wall with big impact so that people would take photos in front of it. I found a great artist on Pinterest that designs vintage comic book posters (here and here) so I saved a lot of his images and laid out a giant superhero repeat in Illustrator to create a mural. Then I pulled it into Photoshop and made the whole thing black and white. I got it printed at my favorite local print shop at 108x84" to cover the entire wall. I actually made a wild guess at what size I wanted and it happened to fit the wall in my cousins front room perfectly.
I love the way it turned out and it made the huge impact I wanted. I have been waiting for any excuse to buy items from the Oh Happy Day Shop and finally I had one! With a name like Izzy, I knew I had to get giant letter balloons and while I was there I got giant round balloons too in primary colors. The balloons may have been my favorite part of the party. I know the kids LOVED them afterwards. I strung up some garlands that I made using gold glitter paper and images I printed out on card stock of vintage comic book pages and called this wall complete.
Probably the biggest hit of the party was the Bubbly Bar. I totally stole this idea from a friend of mine who throws great parties. I borrowed a framed sign from her that has 4 recipes on it and bought the ingredients for those and various other drinks. Josh made a Southern Punch with Rum and then we had bottles of champagne, vodka, gin, whiskey, an assortment of flavored sparkling water, cranberry juice, simple syrup and bowls of fruit and mint to drop into your drink. We also had a non alcoholic table with sweet tea, lemonade and three different types of fruit infused water (cucumber, lemon and berry). This is such a fun idea because everyone can make their drinks exactly the way they like them.
As luck would have it, three days before the shower my cousin text me that she was going into labor. She said right away she still wanted to have the shower, so we happily forged ahead. We had to quickly change the label on the homemade caramel corn favors from "Ready to Pop" to "Already Pop'd".
I was already setting out to make this party unforgettable, and having Baby Izzy as a guest at his own shower definitely helped!