Celebrations, Parties

Drops of Love Baby Shower

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When my good friend asked me to help with her daughter’s baby shower it was an easy yes.  I knew she would be undergoing back surgery just a few weeks before the shower so it was a good way for me to lend a hand during her recovery period.  She also gave me plenty of months notice which always makes it that much easier to agree to.

It was nice to be able to help out a friend by doing something I love, and lucky for me she trusted me enough to pass full creative control over.  I had attended the gender reveal party so I knew the baby was going to be a girl and spent a lot of time perusing pinterest to try and come up with the perfect girly theme.  I had seen these chevron printed tablecloths at Target that I loved, so I decided to pick a couple of them up to use for the food table.  The baby is due in April so my mind went to April Showers which helped me settle on a rainbow theme using the color scheme from the tablecloths.

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My main decoration was a large rainbow and clouds I crafted to hang on the wall.  The clouds were simply cut from white foamcore and I created the rainbow by winding colored streamers around tubes of foam plumbing insulation.   I was able to find the foamcore at the dollar store and the insulation tubes were reused from the Olympic Rings I had crafted for my sons birthday party last year, making it a very inexpensive party decoration.

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Guests were greeted into the hall with a simple sign I designed to match my rainbow decoration.  Inside, they were invited to make their mark on a fingerprint guestbook and help create a lasting reminder of the day for the sweet momma-to-be.  I have always loved the idea of a fingerprint guestbook and I thought fingerprints lent well to becoming little raindrops under my rainbow and cloud graphic.

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Alongside the guestbook were cards where everyone could write their wishes for baby, and then place them into an adorable pink mailbox I found on clearance after Valentine’s day.

The guest of honor’s best friend also set up a Guess Mommy’s Tummy game where guests cut a piece of yarn to the size they thought would fit around the mommy’s waist.  Her sweet 4 year old niece ended up being the closest and the consensus was that it was a direct result of how much time she spends hugging the little cousin growing in auntie’s tummy.  🙂

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I found some cute watering cans at the Dollar Store and filled them with a fake rose arrangement to use on the food table.  The baby’s name will include “Rose” so it seemed fitting.  I also did some quick subway art with the phrase “Love makes good things grow”.

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The heart and raindrop shaped sugar cookies were baked and decorated by myself.  They were a bit time consuming, but I was really happy with the way they looked piled on the small platters throughout the table.

The cupcakes were ordered through Walmart and finished off with cloud shaped toppers I baked out of meringue.  They fit perfectly with the theme and I was pleasantly surprised just how darn tasty those Walmart cupcakes were!  I normally bake my own, but I might have to keep them in mind for my next party.

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The fruit was displayed as a rainbow and served with clouds of white chocolate creamcheese dip from heart shaped bowls I bought at Dollar Tree.  I tried to keep to my color scheme and used strawberries, blueberries, red grapes, watermelon balls and fresh pineapple.

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One other fun detail I “borrowed” from Pinterest were these tiny umbrella’s from half a round of Babybel cheese and a plastic bendy straw.  I had the straws trimmed down ahead of time so it was easy to cut the cheese in half and assemble them right before the party.

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I always find shower games tricky so I decided to reuse one of the ideas from my sister’s Elephant themed baby shower.  Everyone there seemed to enjoy the baby version of Price is Right, so I decided to revamp my artwork and use it again at this shower.

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The printables were designed with the color scheme in mind and I think the best part of the game was watching the momma-to-be try to match the price tags to the right products.  She did fairly well, only mixing up a couple of the prices.

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It turned out to be a lovely afternoon and I loved the way all my details came together to give a bright pop of color and remind us that Spring and other good things are on the way!

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Momma-to-be was beyond spoiled by all her close family and friends and should now be more then ready to welcome that sweet baby girl into the world in the upcoming weeks.  I can’t wait to meet her!

 

 

Celebrations, Parties

An Elephant Baby Shower

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My adorable curly-haired little nephew Max celebrated his birthday this week.  I don’t get the chance to see him as often as I would like, but when I do I always enjoy visiting and seeing how he has grown.  They change so fast and it is hard to believe it has been now been over two years already since I hosted the baby shower for my sister in his honour.

Décor
With Max, my sister knew she was having a little boy, so I decided right away on a green, blue and grey color scheme.  For the overall theme, I chose elephants because my sister had a stuffed elephant growing up that she was very attached to and I think still sleeps with to this day.  The main graphics I used were an “oh boy.” typographic image and a picture of a mom and baby elephant intertwined.  These were used on the invite, banner and food toppers.

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I created a simple wreath for the front door and strung articles of baby clothing with elephants on them across the front window of my mom’s house.  Paper lanterns were put up across the food table with the “It’s a Boy!” banner and a felt elephant mobile I crafted up got hung from the kitchen light at the middle of the table.  I also found small paper mache elephants at Michaels so those got put out on the food table.

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Food

The shower was help in the mid afternoon so I served a range of finger foods and sweets.  Savory items included spinach dip cups, pigs in a blanket, sweet and sour meatballs, bruschetta and garlic toast, stuffed mushrooms, and surprise dip with tortilla chips.

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For the sweet items, I made fruit bouquets in green and blue flower pots, baked and decorated elephant shaped sugar cookies and made a mini cupcake display.  For the cupcakes, we had chocolate cake with mint frosting and white cake with a banana flavored frosting.  To keep with the elephant theme, they were all topped with a small marshmallow peanut.

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One other fun sweet item I made was blue candy popcorn.  The labels were custom designed by myself and put on small wedding favor boxes, then filled with a basic sugar popcorn recipe.  I love the pink colored elephant brand popcorn when I was growing up, so I thought this was a fun twist on it.

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Games

I know a lot of people dread the typical baby shower games, so I tried to come up with some fun games that wouldn’t  embarrass anyone or require my guests to eat disgusting mush.   I decided on two games – Baby Scattegories and a Price is Right style game using baby items.  I think the guests all enjoyed it and afterwards the mom-to-be was able to take the Price is Right items and put them to use with her new baby.

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Favors

As guests left, they were given small bottles of hand santizer with custom designed labels I ordered from stickeryou.  They were quick and easy and I think they turned out pretty cute.

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So there you have it.  Like any shower or party, I had a lot of fun designing and planning this special day for my little sister.  She is  expecting again this December and while I won’t be throwing another baby shower for this new niece or nephew, I am just as excited for their arrival.

You can also view my Elephant Baby Shower planning board on pinterest.