Wednesday, March 20, 2013

celebrate: lovely homemade baby shower

Michelle from The Whole EnCHELLEada is our guest blogger today and I'm thrilled that she is sharing such a special post with us this month! Be ready to get inspired with this adorable baby shower party!

As you read last month when I shared little hair bows and flowers, one of my best friends is having a baby in the spring, and today I’m excited to share the baby shower details from the party that I co-hosted for the mom-to-be!

Sort of like thinking about life before Google, how did we plan parties before Pinterest? I know, thank goodness that’s a problem we don’t need to worry about! For this baby shower we started off with a planning session with the baby mama and created a Pinterest board of her ideas. We settled on a gray/yellow color combo - same as the nursery - with pops of girly pink and elephant elements. Since finding out they were pregnant, they’ve called the baby “peanut” so that was incorporated as well!


INVITATIONS

After searching for themed invitations, we purchased this invitation template from Notable Affairs, via Etsy, for $12. The customized invitation was sent via email and I printed on white cardstock. I ordered yellow (lemon drop, to be exact) envelopes, coordinated with the yellow stripe in the invites, from Paper Presentation (great source for bulk paper!). I opted to line the envelopes and with the help of IHB, I found a free gray chevron printable, via Amazing by Design, on Pinterest! To seal the sweet little invites, I used the Martha Stewart elephant punch on the point of the envelope. I added the saying “A little peanut is on the way!” just above the elephant.



DÉCOR

The shower was held at friend's (and co-host) beautiful new home. We kept the décor simple but sweet. I made a BABY banner for the front door to welcome guests, and we had a few arrangements of spring tulips, daffodils and daisies sprinkled throughout the house. We used some outfits already gifted to the little lady to create a clothesline in front of the window. The baby mama helped gather baby pictures of herself and husband to display. She also gave me a few of the baby, which we put in the entryway along with the favors.



BLOCKS

We had two activities in lieu of games. These blocks were ordered from Etsy. One side of the blocks were left blank for “wishes” for peanut and her parents. Additionally, we had a calendar for guessing the birth date. Sadly I didn’t get a photo, but here was the inspiration.



DRINKS AND FOOD

For sipping we put together a mimosa bar with bubbly, juices and fresh fruit. Since we live in Colorado and it was snowing, we also had a warm beverage station with coffee, tea, hot cocoa and schnapps and liqueur for spiking. For noshing, we served a variety of brunch foods. Pictured are tasty items inspired by Pinterest: Crockpot Breakfast CasseroleFruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips and Cinnamon Roll Cake Pops.



NAMETAGS

I wanted to do something to make peanut’s mom and family feel extra special at the shower. I made nametags using the Cricut and the same elephants from the invitations. Here is the baby mama and I with her nametag. Doesn’t she look fabulous?



FAVORS

The baby mama wanted to help and is an amazing baker, so she made the favors which were inspired by this pin. We found baby food jars on Craigslist and the tiny wood spoons on Amazon. She made the onesie tags on the Cricut and tied them together with yellow twine. So sweet!



THANK YOU CARDS

Lastly, as a part of her gift, I made coordinating thank you cards. I ordered a smaller set of the lemon drop envelopes and used a pack of fun yellow and gray paper. As you may notice, that’s the MS elephant punch too.



My favorite parties to plan are ones for dear friends and family. I am so happy with the outcome and can’t wait to meet the little lady in one short month (April 20 if my guess is correct!).

3 comments :

  1. Obsessed!!!!!!! You ladies are such an inspiration to be fabulous and crafty!!! =)

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  2. so cute! I love the blocks!!!! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! love it! Really appreciate you stopping by my blog! I’m trying to keep in better touch with my linkers/readers… If you already follow me, please let me know I will find your blog on Bloglovin (I’m transferring my follows there)if you don’t follow in any way, would you consider following via GFC or other method?
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  3. Hi, i am having a hard time deciding the size of the invitation. Which size are these invitations, keeping the envelopes in mind. Thank you!

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