Double your Fun with Twins
Multiple births are becoming more and more common these days. What better way to celebrate the impending arrival of twins than with a special baby shower designed just for them? You don’t need to double your budget to have twice as much fun!
Decorations are simple – just remember the magic of pairs. Helium balloons in groups of two can be tied with ribbon to baby bottles filled with colored sand or small candies, which will work as anchors. If the shower is being held outdoors, pairs of small balloons can be tied to wooden skewers and ‘planted’ in the garden.
You can make a pretty and unique garland to string along a mantle or staircase, or over a door, with a few simple items from the dollar store. Pick up some colored twisted paper (it looks like a rope, but is actually paper twisted tightly together), baby shoes or booties, and colored ribbon. Take your paper and untwist it to your desired width, then every few inches gather it together and tie a pair of booties on (remember, everything in pairs!) To hang, use florist wire or double sided tape.
Flowers are great additions to baby shower décor, but keep them simple and in twos for a twin shower. Float pairs of flower heads in small bowls filled with water, or put pairs of flowers in bud vases. To make quick, uniform bud vases, use empty clean Pringles’ containers, cut to your preferred height, and covered in colored paper or even baby-themed wrapping paper. Fill in any extra space with greenery from your garden. You could also use plastic cups inside small gift bags to hold flowers.
As long as you stick to the rule of two, you can use your imagination for decorating the shower location.
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Chances are that most people invited to the shower will know that the mom-to-be is having twins. Even if that’s the case, you’ll want to set the mood right from the start with twin-inspired invitations. One great way to do this is to create your own invitations, with some thick paper like poster board or construction paper and a pair of scissors.
Decide what shape you’d like your invitations to be, for example the shape of a baby, a baby bottle, a pacifier, or any other baby-related item. Take your paper and fold it, accordion style, so there are two folds and three sections of overlapping paper. Draw or trace your shape so that you won’t be cutting completely through either side edge, and cut it out. Then open the three sections up and fold the side sections in, left over right. When you open the card, there will be a second flap to open before the details of the shower are found inside.
On the outside of the card, use simple decorations like paper stamps or scrap booking cut-outs, along with a caption, then a second caption in the middle section. For example, “The baby is coming!” on the front, and “And he’s bringing a friend!” in the middle. Or try “Two babies …” on the front, and “Means twice as much fun!” in the middle. Use your creativity and come up with captions of your own!
If you don’t have the time or patience to create your own invitations, you can customize store-bought cards to reflect the twin theme. Pick up a rubber stamp with a baby motif and stamp two pictures inside each card. Or find someone with a small child who can put tiny handprints inside the invitations – if you know the sexes of the babies, you can use blue and/or pink paint for the handprints. You can even pop a stick of Doublemint or Double Bubble gum in the card, to get people thinking about the number two.
If you are looking for a Twins poem, try our poetry section.
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When the shower is finished and it’s time for the guests to leave, send them off with a twin-themed gift to remind them of your unique event. Here are some ideas.
Fill a pair of baby socks with small candies or chocolates, and tie them up and together with ribbon. Add a card with the mother-to-be’s name and date of the shower.
Use anything that comes in a pair – oven mitts, salt and pepper shakers, bookends, etc – and add ribbons and tags. You can purchase squares of tulle at a craft or fabric store, and place two small votive candles in the middle, gathering and tying the tulle at the top to form a bag.
Stack up some double chocolate cookies and put them in a clear plastic bag, tied with ribbon.
All you need is a little imagination and some creativity to turn an ordinary baby shower into a wonderfully themed event fit for two babies! The mom-to-be will certainly appreciate that you took the time to customize her very special event as well.
As with the decorations, the food doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive to carry on with the twin theme. Figure out what you’d like to serve, and then add little twists to make them twins!
For hors d’oeuvres, you can put almost anything bite-sized on skewers, and place two on each. Sausage rolls, cocktail wieners, stuffed mushrooms, or even things like cherry tomatoes or radishes can be served this way. Things like mini quiches can be made with “double cheese”.
To garnish your trays, take mini gingerbread cookie cutters and make tiny cutouts from seeded bell peppers. You can usually find assorted shapes in the little cookie cutters, like teddy bears or people (which turn out to look remarkably like toddlers).
Try making potato salad with red and yellow skinned potatoes, and call it “Two-Potato Salad”. You can do the same with macaroni salad, using multi-colored pasta or two different shapes of pasta. Let your imagination guide you!
For dessert, anything that’s got two layers or is double chocolate works well. Chocolate cookies with chocolate chips can be dressed up with a drizzle of melted white chocolate, or consider making a two-layer cheesecake. A two-layer sheet cake would work well too, and you could make each layer a different flavor. If you use white cake as your base, you can even tint the layers in baby colors with food coloring.
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There are all sorts of twin themed games you can play. Simple memory games, like putting a bunch of items in a basket and revealing it for thirty seconds, then having everyone write down what they remember can be easily adapted to fit your twin theme. Use only pairs of items, or have people recall only what was in pairs in the basket.
Trivia games work well too. Have a contest to see who can come up with the longest list of famous twins within a certain timeframe. Ask your guests to write down as many movie titles or television shows with the words “twin”, “double”, or “pair” in them as they can.
Do a scavenger hunt, where your guests get a small bag full of one piece of a pair – use gloves, socks, baby booties, cutouts of hands or feet, etc – and ask them to search the yard (or house) for the matching pieces.
You can even do the classic “guess what baby food you’re eating” game, but take it a step further and mix two kinds of baby food together. Make sure you don’t create concoctions that are too disgusting, however. You don’t want the baby shower to turn into an episode of “Fear Factor”.
You can use the weighted baby bottles (full of candy) that hold your helium balloon decorations as prizes for the games.
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