The Future Is Female: Our Baby Shower

When searching for baby girl shower themes, I was struggling to find a concept that aligned with my vision. While the princess theme is cute, I wanted something empowering for not just my baby girl, but also for my guests. That’s when I decided “The Future is Female” idea is perfect for what I had in mind.

First, I needed to find the perfect venue that was not only empowering, but could also accommodate all of my guests. I was honored to collaborate with the Arab American National Museum, which is the first and only museum in the United States devoted to Arab American history and culture. By introducing the voices and faces of Arab Americans to mainstream audiences, the museum artistically dispels misconceptions about Arab Americans and other minorities.

The museum was established thanks to the visionary leadership of Maha Freij, the Deputy Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer at ACCESS. I had the privilege of meeting this female powerhouse, who oversees the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) – a national institution of ACCESS – that launched a campaign to raise a total of $100,000 to support 25 Syrian refugee families in Southeast Michigan with unmet basic needs through the Building Blocks for New Americans fund (BBNA). One hundred percent of the dollars raised went directly to these families with no fees taken.  In addition, over $50,000 of in-kind donations were used to support basic needs such as cars, furniture, appliances, and home goods to provide financial stability to help these families move towards self-sufficiency.

This organization hit home with me because my husband and I began raising funds for Syrian refugees earlier this year. We found a wonderful mission trip in Greece where we would be extending our hands and hearts by working with Syrian refugee children, supporting vulnerable women, advocating for refugees, distributing food and supplies, and building refugee camp infrastructure.  When we found out we were expecting, our doctor highly advised against attending this mission trip given the circumstances. I have since been on the lookout for a trustworthy organization that is committed to assisting Syrian refugees. After learning more about the Center for Arab American Philanthropy’s Building Blocks for New Americans fund, I felt confident that the funds we raised would be directly supporting Syrian refugee families in dire need. Special thanks to all of our family and friends, as well as local businesses Lyudviga Couture, La Pita, Viyeaan Yaldo of Rodan + Fields, Bridgette Odum of B. Michele Gems and Robert Kidd Gallery, we were able to make a $1,000 donation to the BBNA fund. Our baby shower quickly evolved into a community event, and I couldn’t be happier.

Next, I began researching various female heroes who have made a profound impact in the world and have paved the path for girls. The most difficult part of this search was narrowing it down to 10 sheroes, one for each guest table. I was moved by the myriad of women who left their mark on the world. Here are the 10 girl bosses I chose to honor: Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, Frida Kahlo, Coco Chanel, Ruth Bader Ginsburg “Notorious RBG”, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Susan B. Anthony and Amelia Earhart. I teamed up with Flower Boutique to execute the event décor. Each table was adorned with birdcages filled with flowers, piled on top of vintage books, as well as a framed quote, bio, a children’s book of the female hero, as well as any appropriately themed props.

I wanted to create a Polaroid photo booth display, and Flower Boutique truly executed my vision. I knew I was going to include a teepee in my baby girl’s nursery so I figured it would be cool to incorporate it into the bohemian chic vibe of the shower. I loved the backdrop Flower Boutique created with The Future is Female balloons, drapery, greenery, bird cages, dream catchers and twinkle lights. It was the picture-perfect focal point in the venue.

I partnered with the talented Tasty Decor & Design for my sweets table, and the pastries were just as amazing as they looked. The text on the backdrop was very cohesive with the empowering esthetic.

We also had a “Make Your Own Floral Crown” station to remind our guests about the influential queens that they are.

I loved the candle favors we had customized from BowAndArrowCandleCo on Etsy. They were just the right touch to get our guests to ignite their girl power.

The entrance to the venue was garnished with a custom welcome sign from Etsy, pictures from throughout our pregnancy, and a diaper cake made by my mother and aunt.

Some of the games we played included Diaper Derby, Drink Up, Baby!, and Place the Baby on The Mommy.

Our SnapChat filter that I had created on Etsy just so happened to perfectly coordinate with our rose gold foil invitations from Minted.

My dress is Dress the Population from Nordstrom. My makeup was by the fabulous Maya Darwiche.

It was surreal to see my vision come to reality. Our baby shower truly exceeded my expectations. We are beyond excited to meet our baby girl. Let the countdown begin!

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