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“Goodnight Moon” Baby Shower {Part 1: Tabletop & Decor + Printables}

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Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

When I was asked to create a new baby shower theme inspired by the popular children’s book Goodnight Moon, I was pretty much “over the moon” myself! This theme was so much fun to work with because the book happens to be packed with tons of inspirational elements to build from – from the adorable pajama-clad bunny himself to other key “characters” like the cow jumping over the moon, the 3 little bears, and the lone red balloon.

I was also excited to have a great excuse to revisit the Bedtime Story baby shower theme from years ago. It was definitely time for version 2.0! As with that original theme, standard 6-ft banquet tables were first transformed into “beds” here, using inexpensive bed linens & pillows.  The rest of the theme was brought to life life utilizing key characters/elements from the book, playful patterns, vibrant colors, and Glue Dots galore!

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

We have 2 tablescapes to share, plus a dessert table, themed drink ideas, 2 DIY projects, and a decorated hutch (which usually houses our barware & china!). I REALLY hope you’re able to utilize some of these ideas for your own celebrations! There are TONS of images to share, so in an effort to keep this post from being a mile long, here we go with Part 1: Tabletop & Decor.

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

Scroll down for more tabletop and hutch images + creative details AND free printables! {P.S. You can check out the full Part 1 photo gallery with lots more pictures of the tables & hutch on our social site!}  And stay tuned for Part 2 – Desserts & Drinks – which is coming soon and bringing a FUN GIVEAWAY with it! =)

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

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The CREATIVE DETAILS…

Key elements: bunny,  cow/moon, bears, yarn (thanks to the quiet old lady who was whispering ‘hush’) yarn balls (which were batted around by the kittens), stars & moons

Color palette: vibrant colors inxpired by the book: red, green, yellow, navy blue, bright medium blue, black & white

TABLETOP

  • Each table was first topped with a white linen then draped with a coverlet or sheet + matching pillow sham. (Both the dotted blue coverlet and the striped blue/white sheets sets were purchased on sale at Target for $12 – 20 per set, including the pillow sham. Ikea is another great resource for inexpensive bedding sets.)
  • Navy blue and yellow napkins were wrapped vertically around everyday white plates and embellished with a band of contrasting ribbon. The ribbon was looped around the plate/napkin and secured at the ends (under the plate) with a Craft Glue Dot.
  • I designed some “Goodnight Tea” and “Goodnight Thirst” labels to embellish the tea cups. You can download them for free right here. Each label was cut out by hand, leaving a little bit of the white paper border all the way around, then attached to the cups using Mini Glue Dots. {P.S. You might notice that I used 2 different styles of cups & saucers. I didn’t have 12 of either so each table is a little different – no sense in buying more when you can just mix & match!}
  • Silverware was embellished with bright red yard to add another pop of color to the place settings. The ends of the yarn were secured with Mini Glue Dots.
  • Wine glasses were dressed up with a decorative paper circle under the base. (I used a 3″ craft punch to cut these circles from the 2 striped paper patterns, which you can download right here.)
  • Embellished votive candles holders pull double duty as both party favors and table decor. I purchased a 16-pack of simple votive holders from Michaels for $7.99 and decorated each one with a wide band of satin ribbon and a thin band of pom pom trim (both also purchased at Michaels).
  • The center of the table was embellished with colorful yarn balls, which are basically sytrofoam balls completely covered in yarn. The ends of the yarn were secured with Mini Glue Dots and I attached some of the finished balls to wooden bamboo skewers to play on the idea of a floral centerpiece.
  • At the “head” of each table – in front of each pillow – sat a stuffed animal. The mini bunny on the navy blue table was part of this Goodnight Moon Board Book & Bunny Set from Amazon.com. I found the bear for $7 at HomeGoods and embellished him with ribbon, yarn balls, and crochet needles to help “theme him up” for the party. =)
  • Since the tables weren’t leaning against a wall/headboard, I used clear sturdy glasses to help keep the pillows propped up at an angle.
  • Wooden folding chairs were decorated with band of satin ribbon and a medium sized yarn ball. The tension between the ribbon and the back of the chair kept the yarn balls in place quite securely!

PARTY DECOR (HUTCH)
As I mentioned before, the hutch you see here is usually utilized for our nicer barware and china on a typical day… but you’d probably never know that in looking at it now, right? =) We took out the glass doors and shelf and covered the back of the hutch (which is mirrored) with solid gift wrap in 3 colors. This instantly gave it a playful, childlike feel.

  • I found the big Goodnight Moon Bunny Storytime Pal on Amazon too. He’s actually a plush/blanket set, as the “stuffing” in his body is a blanket… makes for a great keepsake gift for mom after the party!
  • The bright yellow vase & urn were also HomeGoods finds, and I added a band of the same black/white ribbon from the place settings to each one to help tie everything together.
  • Wooden craft letters were embellished with yarn, and yarn balls were scattered throughout the hutch.
  • Pop Up Glue Dots were used to attach crochet needles to square red wall shelves, which were repurposed here to act as party decor. (These came as a set of 3/$15 at Target.) For the largest square shelf, I covered the back with patterned paper to give it the look of a shadow box, then hung a paper moon from the middle with fishing wire and stuck a “jumping” paper cow to the top!
  • More Pop Up Glue Dots were used to attach paper stars, moons, and decorative banners all around the hutch. The adorable cow and moon illustrations are by Laura Maples and you can purchase the art file right here. Just print and cut them out by hand – you can print as many as you need for the party! You can download the coordinating stars here and the decorative banners here. (I recommend printing everything at FedEx Office or similar.)
  • I placed a large “jumping” paper cow over a $3.50 wall clock from Target to play up both the “cow jumping over the moon” idea AND the clock element from the book. The clock was secured to the wall using Pop Up Glue Dots – no hammer required!

About the Author:

JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource. HWTM brings creative entertaining ideas to light through an inspirational “how-to” website and popular daily blog. Having hosted countless celebrations herself, ranging from special occasion showers and everyday get-togethers to large events, Sbranti now shares her contemporary style and no-fuss approach to entertaining with others. Her ideas have been featured in media outlets such as People, InStyle Weddings, Life&Style, Real Simple, and Extra! TV, and she is a featured contributor for several well-respected online communities, including iVillage.com and BHG.com. Sbranti resides in San Diego with her husband {and business partner} Sonny and their sweet 1-year old daughter, Macy.

25 Comments

  1. Laurie @ Gallamore West September 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I LOVE this!! Your attention to detail is amazing! Even the wine glasses have coordinating circles… love, love, love!!

  2. bryn September 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    love it! the goodnight tea and goodnight thirst link to download don’t seem to be active :(

    • jenn s. September 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks for the heads up! Fixed the link :)

    • bryn September 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      No problem, thanks! Also, I always wonder what the invites to the party look like (and vendor credits for that) since I assume they are related to the theme… any chance of posting invitation pics as well in the blog pieces?

  3. antique engagement rings September 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    The bunny is just so sweet!

  4. Nicole-Salena September 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I LOVE this set. Very cute. I love visiting your website for wonderful party ideas and projects. Thanks!

  5. Jen September 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I love all the details! Thank you so much for the free printables :) Where did you get the stuffed animal cow from? It’s so cute!

    • jenn s. September 7, 2011 at 4:15 am

      Thanks, Jen! He was actually a HomeGoods find too. :)

  6. partycraftsecrets September 6, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Children’s books are a wonderful place for inspiration; they already have the right age-group in mind, and their colors and their motifs are perfect for adaptation. Nice to see that an ‘old’ book can make a ‘new’ party theme – well done.
    (PS – my kids currently love the book “lost and found” by Oliver Jeffers, and I can’t wait to use this book for some party-inspiration!)

  7. Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff September 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Gorgeous, as always, Jenn! You have such a “look” about your work – your signature touch which always transforms the theme into a beautiful statement. GREAT WORK!

  8. Party Box Design September 7, 2011 at 5:01 am

    so great! We read this book almost every night, my daughter loves it!

  9. Chaukeisia September 7, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I love it and thanks for sharing with us. Your work is always fun and creative.

  10. Team Glue Dots September 7, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Jenn, thank you so much for breathing life into our “Good Night Moon” inspired theme! We can’t wait to see the rest of the ideas!

  11. Erika {The Indie Tot} September 10, 2011 at 7:46 am

    This is beyond cute! “Goodnight Moon” is a classic, and this shower gives it such a sweet, modern feel. Great job!

  12. Stuart Rubenstein September 15, 2011 at 8:55 am

    This is very cute!! Great job on the bunnys as well.!!

    Stuart

  13. sarah g September 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    hi jenn, i would love to know the name of the font used for the sweet dreams signage.

    thanks!!

  14. Whitney November 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Hey! Is there an invitation to go along with this shower?

  15. cindy November 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    My SIL wants this theme for her baby shower and we also incorporate your Twlight bachelorette theme into a baby shower for a great friend too.

    Great ideas!

    Please post a DIY invitation too!!

    thanks, love the blog!

  16. Jennifer Larson January 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    This is the most brilliant baby shower theme I have ever seen!

  17. Meaghan McKeever Fleetwood June 27, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I have a pony whose Show name is Goodnight Moon…and she's pregnant right now- I think finding this just convinced me she needs to have a shower!

  18. Sam November 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Did I miss it or is there a download button for the printables on here somewhere that I am completely missing? Thank you so much!

    • jenn s. November 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Hi Sam –
      The download links are kind of interspersed throughout the text – usually I put them in one clean list now, but this party was from a few years ago when things were a bit messier ;) I gathered them for you here though – hope this helps!

      Tea Cup Labels:

      Patterned Paper:

      Stars:

      Scroll banners:

      Mini Cupcake Toppers:

      Goodnight Garland:

      Treat Jar Labels:

      Cheers,
      Jenn :)

  19. Sam November 21, 2013 at 5:58 am

    OMG!! I just logged on to say that I was stupid and then later I found the links but THANK YOU so much for putting them out :)! I appreciate it! Planning a Good night moon themed party for my 2 yr old…

  20. cathy July 16, 2015 at 4:57 am

    I love the details! Can I print the stars, cows and moons? I didn’t see any links for those images. Thanks!

    • jenn s. July 20, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks, Cathy! You can print the cow and moon, but that file needs to be purchased from the artist since it’s basically just her original drawing. Here’s the link to where you can find it. Hope that helps – good luck! :)

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