For A's Baby Shower I knew I wanted to keep the decorations simple. Fresh flowers were an obvious must. I ordered 3 med/small arrangements from nearby florist Mayflowers and then purchased additional flowers (baby blue hydrangeas and pink roses) from a local grocery store. This combination of professional and do-it-yourself flowers is a good way to stay within budget and still have things look great.
As far as decorations beyond flowers I hadn't decided on anything firm. Throughout the party noodling process I had picked up some kits from Martha Stewart Crafts: Tissue Paper Garland Kit (two kits, each with 2 garlands), Eyelet Lantern Kit (came with 3 paper lanterns) & Tissue Paper Pom-Poms Kit (came with 7 large and medium pom-poms). The day before the party I busted out the kits to take a look and assess what should be used. Luckily I had some friends over and they convinced me to use them all. The resulting look of the pom-pom flowers and lanterns really made the space that much more festive and special.
A quick warning...do not wait till the day of the party to assemble and hang your pom-pom flowers. The pom-pom fluffing takes much longer than expected as does the hanging of them. I have to give a special shout-out to my friend, Sydney, who directed where & at which height all the pom-poms and lanterns should be hung to achieve a balanced & cohesive look. Many thanks! It really turned out great! If you want to make your own pom-pom flowers without a kit I found this easy to follow tutorial.