Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Spring Baby Shower - Pictures and Ideas

I am so excited, because...

One of my closest friends is having a baby!  She is due this June and is planning on naming her little girl Kennedy.  So sweet!  

We had so much fun celebrating this weekend.  Now that I am a mama myself, I think back to my baby showers a year ago, and I realize that I had no idea how amazing my life was about to get.  

Boys run in my friend's family, so she was positive it was going to be a boy.  So when I got the text message after her ultrasound that it was a girl, I was beyond excited for her.  

I started getting ideas and planning her shower the same day (see why it was a good thing I didn't know if I was having a boy or a girl?  I would have gone completely nutso overboard if I had known I was going to have a daughter!)

I had so much fun putting this shower together!  I keep telling Caroline she is about to have a new friend in the neighborhood. 

My friend and her husband are really into rodeos, so I started by making invitations announcing the impending arrival of their little cowgirl:

Invitations are super easy to make.  I simply printed them, glued the paper to cardstock, added a flower embellishment and topped it off with a ribbon bow on top.

 On to the decorations... Spring is in the air, and in the stores! 

Originally I wanted to do a total cowgirl theme and stick with pink, red and teal for an accent.  But everywhere I looked, there were all the bright colors of spring.  I tried to fight it and hunt down red and pink only (I should have started shopping, not just planning, around Valentine's Day!  Sometimes I can't stand how hindsight is always 20/20),  but I finally decided to give in to the greens, yellows, oranges, blues and pinks that decorated every end cap at Target, Michael's and Dollar Tree.

So my "color theme" was pretty much just every bright color I could find.  But it worked out for the best, and I couldn't be more thrilled with how everything turned out!

Diaper cakes are a great gift, and they serve as decoration for the party too (as a teacher and a mom, killing two birds with one stone is always like winning the lottery in my book.)  

I had never made a diaper cake with five layers (I usually do three layers), but with the 200 diapers that I had bought, I had more than enough!  The flowers and curly-cue ribbon that decorate the cake are actually hair pretties on clips for a little girl!  Here is a tutorial on how to do these.  I will post a picture tutorial on how to make a diaper cake this week, so check back soon!

I love fresh flowers, so this was a must for a spring baby shower!  

I bought vases at Dollar Tree and tied ribbon around them that matched the diaper cake.  I then picked up a huge bouquet of flowers at Costco and split it up between the six vases.  

For six vases of flowers, it only cost me $21 total to do it myself (too bad I didn't think of this for my wedding!)

My big "ahhh" moment while getting ready for the baby shower was when I made my first tissue paper pom.  

I.  Love.  These.  Things.  

My husband had to pretend to be excited every time I made another one with a different type of scalloped edge or in a new color.  I just couldn't get over how darn adorable these things are.  He is such a good sport at putting on an "excited face" when I am crafting or couponing away.  Just another reason why I love that man. 

Move over streamers and make way for tissue poms (or tissue pom-poms as Joe calls them). 

I have seen these "Poms" on so many different websites now, and I have even started to see them for sale in various craft/decor stores.  I think it is the Martha Stewart brand selling some, but they are so expensive to buy!  

I about died when I realized how easy they really are to make.  Check back soon for a full picture tutorial on how to make tissue paper poms. 

Since I gave in to the Spring color theme, so many doors opened up to what I could make!  Colorful craft supplies are everywhere right now.  I snagged these adorable foam flowers at - yet again- Dollar Tree.  I used scrapbook paper and ribbon that I already had, downloaded a new font, printed the letters myself and... voila!

I spent $1.00 making this banner, and my friend took it home to put in Kennedy's nursery.  I was so excited with how it turned out!  It was a little time consuming to curl the ribbon, cut and glue everything, but it really wouldn't be so bad if your daughters name was Ava or Emma!  

To see how to curl ribbon like this, see my tutorial here.  I will post a full picture tutorial on how to make these banners soon!

Adding a colorful touch to plain old water bottles made such a big difference on the food table!  

I saw this bottled water idea at a friend's bridal shower (although she used fabric which works probably better if you are going to put the water on ice- but I wanted to use the paper and flowers that I had used throughout the shower decor).  

It is genius simply for the reason that something so simple as water (that you have to supply anyway for your guests) now becomes part of your decoration.  I got more compliments on these cute little water bottle decorations than anything else!  Who would have thought? 

And, yes, we played games.  I made game cards that I simply printed on white paper.  I planned two games, so I glued one recording sheet to each side of a piece of colored cardstock.  

We played the classic, "What was in the baby basket?" game where guests had a few seconds to look at a basket filled with baby items, then once the timer was set they had to write down as many things that they could remember.

Next we played the dirty diaper game.  It was disgusting and hysterical all at the same time.  While melting one of the candy bars, my friend accidently smeared some of the chocolate on the outside of the diaper, which we then referred to as "the blowout diaper".  

I printed numbers and cut them out and glued them on cardstock.  I then glued these to the front of diapers.  It was a cute touch and just looks nicer than writing numbers with a sharpie.  Like Joe says, I am always a sucker for "cuteness".   

I titled this game after the silly book "What's Your Poo Telling You?" but made it personal for the shower.  We played "What is Kennedy's Poo Telling You?"  I had a good chuckle while making these game cards.  I put a little picture of a diaper at the top. 

And if you knew what kind of "poo" was in each diaper, or could remember all the items in the baby basket, you won one of these bouquets that came with a Starbucks gift card!  I spent so much time on everything else, so I took the easy way out for prizes and just picked up gift cards.  But who doesn't love Starbucks?  

Instead of just handing over a gift card, I made these little bouquets simply out of cardstock, buttons, kabob sticks and tissue paper.  

I cut the cardstock into flower shapes, rolled the edges around with a sharpie (or any small cylinder) and glued it to a kabob stick.  Finish the flower with embellishments in the center. 

Then I rolled a 12x12 piece of cardstock to a point at one end with an opening at the other (you can't see this in the picture).  Fill it with tissue paper, three flowers and the gift card on top.  This was such an adorable way to present the winner with their prize!  Plus, once again, it decorated the food table throughout the whole party!

Lastly, I remembered to take pictures of a few of the sweet treats I prepared for guests.   

I saw these frosting and sprinkled covered pretzel rods in a magazine months ago, and I cut out the picture so I would remember to make them.  They are adorable, classy and yummy.  Plus, they only took me about 45 minutes to make 25 pretzel rods. 

 I will be posting a full picture tutorial on how to make these frosting and sprinkled covered pretzel rods soon.  

These candy filled waffle cups were super easy to put together and such a fun new way to serve candy at a party.  

I was inspired by an idea I saw on Pinterest.  Someone had put licorice in ice cream cones.  My friend's favorite candy is Twizzlers, and I always give her a hard time because she knows I won't steal her candy because I can't stand Twizzlers!  

My mom was visiting, and she suggested I use waffle cups, instead of cones, because then I could fill them with a variety of candy.  My mom to the rescue!  

I displayed them on a large platter that I decorated with tissue paper.  My favorite part was probably eating the waffle cup itself since I am not a big candy eater.  And yes, I used Twizzlers... I just cut them up so they would fit in the cups!  

I could not be more excited for the arrival of little Miss Kennedy.  I had a marvelous time preparing this shower for my dear friend.  The look on her face was priceless when she walked into the backyard and saw everything.  

  I just love baby showers. It is such a special time in someone's life.  I don't see the preparation as work, rather I see it as a gift I am giving a friend.  Little extra touches go such a long way.  I hope some of these pictures and tutorials help you as you plan your next party or shower!  

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  1. You did an amazing job! I love all the colors :) And how cute are those invitations?! A little cowgirl.. ahhhh

  2. Looks like a fabulous time! Love the vases of flowers and the water bottles - I also wrap mine for various occasions - just adds a special touch!

  3. What a fun baby shower!! I love all your ideas and the decor is beautiful!! So fun and bright! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Thursday's Temptation my sweet friend!

  4. All the decorations are use some bright colors which looks attractive and the stuff is outstanding.Pooh baby shower

  5. All these colors used for decorations are simply looking superb dear and I think for an occasion like baby shower pop colors should be used. I am also planning a small party at best party venues in San Francisco for my sister and I think, she will also love using such colors for party.