Why Not Have a John Deere Baby Shower?

Celebrate that lil' farmer with a John Deere baby shower! While not the usual baby shower theme, there is nothing that spotlights that lifestyle better that images of a puffing green tractor in the middle of amber fields.

The John Deere website has a lot of party paraphernalia that you can use or adapt. You can even find party invitations there or use some of their graphics to make your own invitations. Write down all the baby shower details and request the guests to come in jeans and checked button-down shirts to celebrate the theme.

If you're holding the baby shower outdoors, a few hay bales may be just what you need to anchor the theme. Choose the John Deere colors to decorate – yellow and green! You could add in a hot pink or a bright blue if you want but the yellow, dark, and light green by themselves are just right. Use yellow and green balloons in bunches to decorate the perimeter of the party area. Anchor the balloons in pots that are filled with decorative wheat heads. You could use some John Deere mylar balloons as accents. Swag yellow and green streamers all around. Fill the room with potted plants to create that farm garden feel and entwine fairy lights around the plants.

Highlight the tables by hanging Chinese paper lanterns in green and yellow above. Cover the tables in yellow cloths and use a green topper. Either use the decorative John Deere plates or use plain yellow plates and green cutlery. Tie yellow and green napkins with contrasting yellow and green ribbons. In the center of the table, set an arrangement of miniature wheat heads tied with a green ribbon or have a happy arrangement of sunflowers in a green metal bucket.

If you can find a rustic wooden table to put your food on, use it by all means! Otherwise, use a unbleached and unironed linen cloth to make the table feel more rustic. Use green and yellow platters to serve the food and scatter yellow flower heads around the platters. As a centerpiece, you could use a large arrangement of sunflowers and green mums set in half of a galvanized pail or tub. Fill up the tub with baby paraphernalia like packs of diapers, baby bottles, grooming needs, toiletries, and other things the mommy-to-be is going to need.

Food should not be a problem here; the choices abound with hearty American cuisine. Perhaps a pot of baked beans can be served with slices of hearty farm bread. Corn on the cob with sweet butter, a veggie tray with green goddess dip, and hot dishes of crusty macaroni and cheese will definitely make anyone happy. For dessert, have choices of chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies plus generous squares of chewy fudge brownies paired with scoops of ice cream.

Definitely, a cake is called for here. You can decorate a rectangular cake with green sanding sugar or tinted coconut to simulate grass and set a toy John Deere tractor on the cake. Use shredded wheat to simulate rolls of hay stacked on one side of the cake and have tons of sugar flowers all over.

For favors, why not give a set of coffee and cookies in a John Deere mug? Or, you could also give a set of yellow and green candles wrapped up with a fabric sunflower as decoration. Another choice would be to give a jar filled with yellow and green candies like MMs or yellow and green bath bombs and decorate the jar with yellow and green checkered fabric and tied with a complementary ribbon.