|3 amigos--Vicki, Stacie (Mommy-to-be), and me|
My friend Vicki and I have decided that we could go into business as party planners. That is, in addition to the bakery and gift shop that we are going to open. Winning the lottery or finding some generous financial backer would be essential to any of these businesses actually coming to fruition. I tried to talk Vicki into marrying a rich older man, but she didn't like the idea of that too well!
This past Sunday, we had the opportunity to plan a baby shower for our friend Stacie, who is expecting her 2nd baby, a boy who shall remain unnamed until birth, on July 15th. She chose bedding from DwellStudio for Target Space Baby Bedding Collection to decorate her nursery. That was all the inspiration we needed to start planning.
Everyone wanted to know where we got our ideas for the shower. Honestly, most of them came from reading blogs and finding bits and pieces of similarly themed parties that we liked and bringing all the elements together to make the shower that we wanted for Stacie. The activity and major decorating element were ideas that Vicki and I came up with ourselves though. We're not totally unoriginal!
|The white circles on the rocket will be filled with photos of the family's faces after baby is born!|
So many baby showers have a number of games, which can be fun, but when the guest list has a big age range and contains a variety of people from different backgrounds, games can sometimes make people uncomfortable. We chose an activity to entertain guests instead. With Stacie's first baby, we decorated quilt squares at the shower that were later sewn into a quilt for her daughter, Leah, to match her bedding. We didn't want Baby Boy Nelson to feel left out, so we decorated squares for him as well. Of course, a lot of guests say, "I'm not creative enough to do this." To that I say, "pffft". It doesn't have to be a work of art. Once some of the guests got going it inspired ideas throughout the room. Cute sayings for baby or just a kind sentiment are easy things to do with fabric paint pens or fabric paint. You can always suggest the theme of the party be incorporated too. The kids at the shower also had fun decorating squares, although it can get messy as the paint will NOT wash out of the fabric. If children will be participating, I recommend having aprons and disposable tablecloths or newspapers handy.
The major decorative element at this shower was the paper lantern solar system that was hung above the food table across the room. The paper lanterns were purchased at JustArtifacts.com and were very affordable. We tried to choose sizes and colors that would represent each planet and the sun too! And yes, we included Pluto even though I know it's not really a planet. We're old school like that! A few of the planets had foil wired star garland wrapped around them that was purchased at a local party supply shop. We used fishing line to hang them so they appeared to be suspended in midair above the table.
|Here's the best shot of the cakepops and the other ultra cute cupcakes at the shower!|
Vicki did the cupcakes with a buttercream icing to match the green and blue color theme of the shower and used a Meri Meri cupcake decorating set for the papers and picks. Super cute and easy! Even the punch matched the theme, blue with white clouds, and was equally yummy.
|The punch was so yummy, but definitely not figure-friendly!|
If you have internet access, ideas to have a fantastic party are right at your fingertips! I provided as many links as possible to help out if you want to plan a rocket or robot themed party for someone special!