When you're planning a baby shower, the "willy nilly silly old bear" known as Winnie the Pooh and his eccentric group of friends make for an "awww"-inspiring backdrop. Put it all together by taking inspiration from the classic children's story and injecting its life into the invitations, decor, food and entertainment.
Set the tone for your Winnie the Pooh shower with the invitation. You have two choices for color palette and overall look: primary Pooh, which features the bright reds, yellows and oranges of the cartoon, or classic Pooh, which is a much softer look with muted colors such as ivory, sage and pale yellow. Go all-out with an invitation that features a map of the Hundred-Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh's home, or stick to a subtler invitation that just includes a small print of the bear himself in the corner. Use themed wording such as, "Help us welcome a little hunny." Remember, a Winnie the Pooh shower doesn't need to spotlight the bear himself -- if the mom-to-be prefers Little Roo or Eeyore, use those characters as the main image on the invite.
Because Winnie and the gang live in the Hundred-Acre Wood, play with foliage as decor. Place potted plants on small cut tree stumps for centerpieces, or decorate a terra-cotta vase with yellow paint to turn it into a faux honeypot. Hang a blown-up map of the Hundred-Acre wood over the gift table and frame classic quotes from the "Pooh" books to place around the room. Applicable quotes include "'Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart,'" and "'Rivers know this: There is no hurry. We shall get there some day.'"
To add some visual intrigue to the food table, place a platter on a stack of children's books, including "Pooh" and others. To keep in the theme, name the dishes you serve after characters from the book, such as Christopher Robin deviled eggs, Piglets in a blanket and Kanga's pita pouches. Of course, it's only apropos to include honey -- Pooh's favorite treat -- on the menu; do so by serving Pooh's peach-and-prosciutto crostini, drizzled with honey, or honey-brie cups. Search for a beehive-shaped drink dispenser, and fill it with lemonade.
A baby shower isn't complete without entertainment. As guests walk in, ask them to sign a hardcover copy of "The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh," as a guest book and keepsake for the mother-to-be. For games, read quotes aloud from the book, and ask guests to guess which character said it. For a more active game, play Pin The Tail on Eeyore, during which blindfolded guests attempt to place Eeyore's tail on a cutout of his body taped to the wall.