Butterfly Cookies

Ever wonder why a baby shower is called a “shower”?! Well, when I was little, my mom would say she was going to any kind of shower and a big “?” could probably be seen over my head! It wasn’t until I attended my first baby shower with my mother that I realized a baby shower had nothing to do with a “shower” at all, besides the fact that we “showered” the expectant mother with gifts. The term “shower” very possibly comes from a victorian custom where gifts would be put in a parasol, to be opened and shower the mom-to-be with gifts.

While many births were celebrated as far back as ancient egyptian times, the term “baby shower” didn’t come about until after WWII. It was a time we now refer to as the Baby Boom, where many babies were born about 9 months after husbands returned from war. Wink wink. The first baby showers usually took place after the baby was born. The main purpose of a shower was for friends and relatives to get a peek at the brand new baby and, much like today, gifts were given to the mother and baby. Sorry guys, only women were usually invited to these early baby showers.

While many births were celebrated as far back as ancient egyptian times, the term "baby shower" didn’t come about until after WWII. It was a time we now refer to as the Baby Boom, where many babies were born about 9 months after husbands returned from war. Wink wink. The first baby showers usually took place after the baby was born. The main purpose of a shower was for friends and relatives to get a peek at the brand new baby and, much like today, gifts were given to the mother and baby. Sorry guys, only women were usually invited to these early baby showers.

Baby Shower Items

On the rare occassion where the expecting parents choose not to find out the sex of their baby because of the SURPRISE factor. No fear, there are many options for choosing a theme for these unisex baby showers. For example, I love this jungle theme. It works for a boy or a girl shower or…. both! The shower pictured below happened to be for a baby girl so a Queen of the Jungle theme was chosen, but it could have easily transformed into a unisex shower.

I love this idea for favors. Who doesn’t love a delicious sugar cookie, especially cookies as cute as these. As if the cookies aren’t cute enough, the favor boxes make them perfect to take home. Below, the favor boxes are chinese take-out boxes, lined with jungle printed tissue paper.

To create this look for the favor boxes, I cut the tissue paper squares in half and in some cases, fourths, depending on the size of the tissue. The boxes stacked better with less tissue paper and it’s a great way to save money because you can purchase less tissue paper.