Fun Baby-Q Ideas

It can be tough to be pregnant in the heat of the summer, but what a great time to have a baby shower! The “Baby-Q” theme practically completes itself: buffalo check table cloths, mason jar centerpieces, and of course, BBQ for food. Continue reading for some fund ideas for invites, decor, guestbooks, and food at your Baby-Q!

Invites

If you’re slightly tech savvy, you can get some great designs digitally and customize them yourself. Plus, there’s always the tried and true invites that you can hand write the details in.

Decor

I say you can’t go wrong with buffalo check EVERYTHING! Some fun lanterns, a nice banner, and a few extras to tie everything together.

A Fun Way for Guests to Leave an Impression 😉

If you know me, I’m sure you know I’m unashamedly biased on this one, but you need a fingerprint poster at your Baby-Q. How many times are you going to experience this in your life?? ONCE! Soak in every second, and create a keepsake with your loved ones. Have guests add their fingerprint and sign their name on one of these designs, frame it and hang it in the nursery. Every time you walk in to see your little one’s smiling (…or screaming) face, you’ll also be greeted with the memories you made that day and the people you shared it with. Here’s a few of my designs that go well with a Baby-Q theme:

Mason Jar

No Baby-Q is complete without some fire flies in a mason jar, right?

Fingerprints are fireflies!

Get it in the format you need:

Watermelon

Watermelon might as well be the mascot of summer.

Fingerprints are watermelon seeds!

Get it in the format you need:

Whatever design you decide on, make sure it turns out great! Check out the free downloads available to help you avoid a fingerprint tree fail.

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Food

You know what they say: when at a Baby-Q…eat BBQ! And that can mean a lot of different things: burgers and hot dogs, or chicken and tri tip! Here’s some other fun additions to round out your theme:

A lot of parents-to-be are opting for co-ed baby showers, and the Baby Q theme is perfect! Family friendly, casual, and fun!

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It’s Time Lapse Time: This Pup’s Whole World is about to Change!

I’ve been drawing lots of pups lately! This week’s time lapse is a sweet Pit Bull mix who loves to chew on deer antlers and she is ready for the gender reveal party to figure out if she’s getting a little brother or sister.

She’s part of a fingerprint guestbook where guests will add either a pink or blue fingerprint to guess the gender of the baby. Then it can be framed and added to the nursery decor as a keepsake!

This customer actually came to me a few years ago for a custom fingerprint poster for her friend, and now it’s her turn! I love that I get to walk along side my customers and see how their families grow!

I’m sure you can tell, I’m definitely not a professional pet portrait artist, but I’ve got a simple style all my own 😉

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  • Fun and Free Soccer Snack Tags and More
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It’s Time Lapse Time: Watercolor Elephant

Today’s time lapse is the newest elephant to the MeganHStudio collection. After lots of customer requests to add a baby elephant in this style, I was finally able to check it off my to-do list thanks to a customer having an elephant-themed gender reveal party with timing that lined up with my custom order scheudle! Look for this little peanut in fingerprint trees, art prints, and invitations!

I used Adobe Fresco’s live water color brushes for most of this drawing, and of course, on the iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. And guess what? I’m working on more jungle safari animals in the same style! Art print set, here we come!

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Fingerprint tree 101:

Have guests at your baby shower add their fingerprint and sign their name as leaves on the tree, then frame it for a keepsake and add it to the nursery decor!

7+ unique fingerprint guestbook alternatives for your jungle safari themed baby shower

Avoiding a fingerprint tree fail…

It happens, right? Your sister decided it’d be cute to let your 2-year-old niece attempt to sign her own name on the fingerprint tree that will be hanging in your home forever. Or Uncle Frank didn’t quite get the whole fingerprint tree thing and decided to put a giant thumbprint off to the side somewhere. Or Sally smudged her fingerprint by accident. Or somebody spilled wine everywhere. If you have a sense of humor, it gets framed and hangs on the wall anyway.

Now, understand that it’s unreasonable to expect that your fingerprint guestbook will turn out absolutely perfect–that’s part of their charm! Having all the different size fingerprints, different hand writing, and a bit of imperfection is exactly what makes them so worthy of displaying and treasuring!

Still, it can be maddening if things go beyond imperfect and are just plain disastrous. But I have a solution! Not after all the messed up stuff happens to your poor fingerprint tree…sorry about that…BUT I have what you need to prepare for the next event you host with a fingerprint guestbook alternative!

Tips for a Great Fingerprint Guestbook

Help Guide Your Guests

Assign someone to help guests “sign-in” with the fingerprint guestbook. This is especially important for kids, or guests who are…let’s just say… “artistically challenged.”

Your helper can also sign names for kids or suggest a good spot for each guest to add their fingerprints.

Got empty spots? Add extra fingerprints afterwards!

Display and Set Up

At the event, display your fingerprint guestbook in a frame with the glass removed and lay it flat on a table. This will keep it sturdy and also ensure guests don’t fingerprint outside the frameable area. Ikea is my favorite place for frames, but lots of local craft and home stores usually have a good selection!

Have a simple instruction card, pens, and wet wipes handy for guests to use.

Download FREE instruction cards

Test Sheets for Ink Pads

Provide guests with a test sheet so they can try out different colors before they commit. This will also allow them to experiment with how much ink they need for a good fingerprint.

Guess what! I’ve got test sheets in a variety of colors for you to download for FREE!

Have a Completed Sample for Guests to Reference

Print up a quick sample of a completed fingerprint guestbook that is similar to the style or colors you’re using. Or (better yet!), send everyone a text with a picture of a completed fingerprint tree and threaten them with life and limb if they screw up your treasured keepsake.

And yes, check out these samples, FREE for you to download!

Not to get all sentimental, but…

All of our kids have fingerprint guestbooks in their rooms from their last few birthdays. My youngest daughter is the only one who had one at her baby shower. It’s hanging in the nursery above her changing table. I don’t have a way to accurately describe the way it makes me feel every time I look at it — and I change A LOT of diapers, so I look at it A LOT. When I do, I think about how much fun the baby shower was. I remember how special it was to be pregnant with her while I drew that tree. I think about how lucky I am to have family and friends who loved her and celebrated her even before she was born. I remember when we decided on her name. I remember how excited her big brother and sister were to bring her into this family. It just makes me smile–and not because the koala bears are so cute–it encapsulates a momentous time in all of our lives. This all goes through my head while I try to pin down a squirmy baby and keep my fingers crossed that I don’t get baby poop on the wall.

But seriously–I hear similar things from customers all the time. Some people cry when they see their fingerprint tree the first time (ok, the pregnancy hormones may actually be to blame for that…). I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’m so glad I get to be a part of it.

And now, with the information and free downloads available above, you can make sure your next fingerprint guestbook turns out beautifully!