The daughter of one of my mom's close friends and the son of another one of my mom's close friends are having a baby boy at the end of the month, so this past weekend we hosted a baby shower for them. (Apparently friends of the mommy and daddy to be wanted to be at a shower but didn't want to plan one...they asked me if we were going to plan one.)
The theme for the nursery is ocean animals so it was a little hard because honestly, I could not find much already made stuff where I live. (We only have one party store in addition to Wal-Mart.) Plus, once we got the list of addresses to send invitations to, the people count was around 70. Yes...70. So anything I did needed to be easy enough for me to make a lot of and fast.
Here's the invitation (edited to take out last names and addresses.):
We sent out around 65 of them along with matching RSVP cards. It took me a couple of weeks to get the design right.
The Mommy and Daddy to be. I had this genius idea to freezer paper stencil shirts for everyone in the family. His family had blue, hers had green. We were going to use iron on transfers but it got a little expensive when I had to make 10 shirts. My super talented neighbor made the banner behind them. She free-handed the entire thing.
The centerpieces. Ivy crimp bowls with tissue paper wrapped floral foam and we stuck in about 7 cake pops that I stayed up making the night before. (I ended up having to make almost 200 cake pops because we decided to have them available for people to eat so they wouldn't eat the centerpieces.) The fish and the turtles are taped onto a bamboo skewer and stuck in the foam.
The favors. Small boxes with a few pieces of candy in them and decorated with some cutouts. I used a Sizzix die to cut out the boxes and my Create a Critter Cricut cartridge for all the animals. There were about 5 different ones.
The cake. Marissa's sister made it. It took her two nights after working all day to finish it.
The guestbook/scrapbook. I'm not one for "normal" guestbooks, so we set out pages for guests to write messages to the new family on. Then I added more pages with pictures and bound the book before we went to their house the next day. Here's one of the inside pages:
The black paper is a pocket that we were supposed to stick a copy of the invitation into. But we forgot. Oops.
Sorry for so many pictures. The decorations were pretty sparse because the shower was at someone's house and the weather had been so unpredictable that we didn't want to have all these decorations up and then it rain. (And it ended up raining.)