So when trying to figure out what to write about, I decided to share a few pictures of a baby shower my friend Amanda and I put on for one of our dearest friends, Tina. Her precious little Gracie was just born a few weeks ago, and already is growing like a weed! It's amazing how fast they change in such a short period of time. My little one is already 6 months and it seems like just yesterday we were in the hospital awaiting for her big debut.
To greet the guests of honor, I had one of my infamous tutu wreaths hanging on the door. Nothing sets the mood of the party like the perfect wreath. The color theme of Gracie's nursery is lavender and pale green so we incorporated the same color palette into our decorations.
Upon entering the doorway, the guests could marvel at the candy bar. I think these are a great idea for parties. It is an easy party favor and the whole table display can be a part of the room decor. Not to mention everyone loves sweets!!! We had cake pops, chocolate dipped pretzels, m&ms, gummies in the martini glasses, runts, sprees, jelly beans, kisses...a huge variety for any taste buds! One of the centerpieces for this table I made, was the diaper bike. (I will include a close up of one later)
Here is a close up of the centerpiece from the candy bar. The diaper bike includes animal friend, 34 diapers, pair of socks, 2 bibs, 2 receiving blankets, flower hair clip, plastic connecting ring, and various pins, ribbons, and rubber bands. I think these are such a cute and functional idea! No glue is needed in order to keep all items usable for baby.
Next we have the living room and area where most of the games, conversations, and most importantly PRESENT OPENING took place. We have built in shelves and did not want our own family pictures to be on display at someone else's shower, so we covered them up with some beautiful drapes Tina's mother in law put together.
The painting above the fireplace is now hanging above the crib in Gracie's nursery. I am so glad my artwork is a part of the family's room decor. :) Personalized nursery artwork is a must have these days!
The picture frames on the mantle were also hand made (and super easy). The wooden frames were a dollar at Michael's craft store, and I backed it with scrapbook paper. I painted each wooden letter purple and adorned each frame with something a little different (key, buttons, ribbon, etc).
Out on one of the tables I made a onsie flower bouquet centerpiece in a real flower pot. (Got this idea off of pinterest!). I filled the inside of the pot with Styrofoam. Then rolled each onsie up to look like a flower and secured it with a rubber band. (I was stretched for time and forgot to cover one of the rubber bands...don't laugh.) I painted little dowel rods green and attached felt leaves to each stem. The bottom of each rolled onsie had a little slot to push the dowels into so that no glue was needed. Once again, we wanted the gift to be completely usable. A great and inexpensive way to add height to your centerpieces is wrap empty diaper boxes with pretty paper and ribbon.
I got this next idea from Pinterest as well. Green sherbet and 7up makes the perfect punch (and it went along with the color theme). Rubber duckies in the bowl were just too cute to say no to!
Hope you enjoyed the pics and tips!