Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Baby Shower Extravaganza

As I have previously mentioned, I have been planning my sister-in-law's baby shower for quite some time. It took place last Saturday and I am here to tell you all the sweet deets about the partay. It was a complete success and I think both guests of honour (it was an after-birth shower) had a ball!

Here's a copy of the invitation that we sent to our guests. I ordered them on PurpleTrail because I had such a great experience ordering my wedding shower invitations there. Everything is so customizable and user friendly. And they ship so fast! Aaaand there are always promo codes! I recommend. Anyhoo, the details are on the back and the circle card is 5.25" in diameter, in case you are wondering.

For the centrepieces, I made diaper bouquets (click here for a tutorial on how to make them) and tied 3 pink helium balloons to each for some added height. They were a huge hit with all the guests. My sister-in-law loved them too and was excited that she could make use of them later!

In lieu of an actual cake, we ran with the theme and made a cake out of diapers. Here's a tutorial for how to put this together and let me tell you, it's FAR easier than baking.

We didn't want to go with a traditional guest book either, so we bought a plain white onesie for guests to sign. We plan to stick it into a picture frame or shadow box and gift it to the new mommy as a keepsake from the day. Here's the signing in action.

Alongside the "guest book" I made up little advice cards for guests to leave their best parenting wisdom for Mommy. The little sign reads Parenting isn't always easy or fun, so leave some advice for how to raise the little one. Guests placed their cards in the box behind which has a photo of baby Harper on top.

Lastly, I wanted a big statement piece to really tie everything together. I made this banner which we pinned to the tablecloths of the punch and coffee tables. They are made out of coloured printer paper and cardboard. Sorry about the less than perfect photo quality.

As for games, we made a couple people race to drink punch (non-alcoholic of course) out of baby bottles. I also made up a quick celeb baby quiz to keep guests occupied at their tables. Most people averaged 4-6 correct answers while our winner got 18 out of 20!! Way to go, cousin Laura! How many did you get right (without cheating!)?

So that just about wraps up the baby shower decor. My niece was super well behaved throughout the whole day and Mom got lots of too-cute-for-words baby clothes and accessories.

I'd call that a success!

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