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Vintage Themed Baby Shower!

I love planning parties!

I so enjoy the planning of the details, putting together decorations, envisioning how it will all go together and then seeing it all come to completion as we set-up! It truly is a passion of mine.  If I had unlimited money and space I would definitely have the sweetest decoration collection and throw parties all the time, but for now, this makes me happy!

My bestfriend had her 2nd baby girl in April, I guessed it was going to be a girl.  So much so, I bought yarn for the baby blanket before she was born – pink yarn! I started planning in my head some ideas, and thanks to Pinterest it all came together.  Together with her sister, we came up with a perfect themed and decoration ideas for the shower.  Vintage!! I love everything vintage, and it was the perfect theme to celebrate baby M.

Now for the fun parts :: Decorations & Food!

First, the food.  We decided to keep it simple, lemonade & water to drink, and then veggies, fruit and some dainties (scones and muffins) to eat. It was perfect, not too heavy, easy to plan, and yummy to eat.  We served most things on glass or white dishes set on a beautiful table that had a simple pink table runner and doilies (the real ones, made by my grandma).

Now, for the decorations.  Bunting banners, chalkboards, doilies, birdcages and mason jars adorned the house transforming it into a lovely looking vintage scene.  We set up a pink and white polka-dot pinwheel at the door to welcome guest in, had fresh flowers all over, and even served our drinks in mason jars.  It was perfect.  Instead of doing games, we had a craft for everyone to participate in: Maisie’s ABC Book.  We asked each guest to fill out a page which contained a letter and then it will be put together as a book for her as a keepsake.

Mom and babe were well loved and celebrated and it was the perfect sunshiney day for a babyshower!

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Hot Air Balloon Themed Baby Shower

 

In May one of my best friends had a sweet baby girl, so to celebrate we had a ‘Hot Air Balloon’ themed shower!!  It was a lot of fun and had some sweet details.

This is the banner that was hung over the entrance, so guests knew where to go! I found all the printables on Etsy, so it was easy to make the decor!

I had 3 of the decorative balls, so I added plastic cups with string to create hot air ballons.

The food table.

I found these mini-water bottles at SuperStore and then used packing tape to label them with cute labels.

I made the banners for the straws and served drinks in mason jars!

We had to have a candy buffet, the little cones were used to ‘make your own candy cup’ it was a huge hit! I used miscellaneous jars that I had at home and jars from my friends house so that there were different heights and shapes.

It was a lovely day for an outdoor shower and everything turned our beautifully.  A lot of what we used was things found around the house + a little TLC and you can come up with some fantastic decor items!

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DIY: Chalkboard Platters

Lately I have really been into using chalkboards for decor around my house and for party decorations.  I find them super cute and classy, but also quite functional.  Today I was on the hunt for silver platters at thrift stores and was pleased to find 7! I found 5 little ones for $2.50 and 2 large ones for $7.

What you need: Silver platters, spray paint, Martha Stewart chalkboard labels (or you can use chalkboard paint), a stand to place the platter on (or you can use ribbon to hang it).

I washed down the platters before I painted them.  You can choose not to paint them and just paint the bottoms with chalkboard paint, but I wanted the painted look for mine.

Choose your spray paint color – it can be whatever you want! I chose ivory because I plan to use these at my sisters wedding and also wanted them to be versatile at home for different uses.

Spray paint the entire platter (especially if you are using the labels as the label doesn’t completely cover the bottom of the platter).

The chalkboard labels can be found at Staples.  I liked the edges for use on the small platters.

I purchased these little stands at the dollar store for $1 for a package of 2, its a perfect way to display the chalkboard platter.

Small chalkboard platters done!  I have the big ones left to do and will post those another time once they are completed.

 

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Baby Shower: Simple Decor – Big Impact

There are so many ideas out there for how to make a big impact at parties.  Often the pictures you find the parties look quite extravagant and for many people, don’t fit the budget or are too much work.  Thankfully, you don’t need much to make a BIG impact!

When my girlfriend had her first daughter, I hosted our church’s babyshower for her and wanted to have some fun decor, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money or hours prepping for it.  So here are a few things I did.

My gift to her was a diaper cake – it sat on the table and was great decor, but then she got to take it home, which was great for her & me!  I used elastic bands to secure the diapers, and then used ribbon to tie each tier together, then stacked them — VOILA!

From the dollar store I picked up cups & napkins which added a splash of color and were useful for the shower.

I LOVE mason jars! They can be used for everything and look fantastic.  I picked up a few bunches of daisies and had jars wrapped in ribbon with daisies around.  Simple but sweet, and everyone loved it.

One thing I have learned is that you don’t need to do everything, but pick a few simple decor ideas and allow them to make a big impact.  Parties don’t have to be expensive or time intensive to be great.  Ultimately, in the end its about the people getting together to spend time anyway.

 

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Wedding Shower Bliss

My sister is getting married and last weekend I threw her a bridal shower in celebration of her upcoming day.  The theme of the wedding is vintage-romantic, so I wanted to try and pull that theme through the shower too.  The shower was held on Sunday afternoon, out on my back deck and together with 10 ladies we celebrated!

When you arrived to the house this cupcake banner & simple bridal shower signed welcomed you in.

I wanted the feel of the shower to pop up as soon as people entered, this was the welcome sign at the door.

I used tea-cups & teapots with hydrangeas to decorate. The teacups all belonged to my grandma and the doilies were crocheted by my other grandma.

The food table! I made the ‘chalk board’ from cardboard and flat black spray paint. Mason jars filled with hydrangeas decorated the deck railing.

Bon-bons for treats served in tea-cups.

Tulle pom-poms lining the overhang for some added decor.

I had some left over broadcloth so I used it to tie around the chairs.

Used scrabble tiles to make fun little saying for on the table – So In Love, Bride to Be, Future Mrs & Wedding.

And the wreath that I posted the DIY in the previous post.

It was a lovely day and my big sister was celebrated. We laughed and shared in many memories and now I am looking forward to the wedding day even more!!!

THANK-YOUS: Sharon, for letting me raid your hydrangea bush – the flowers were perfection! Photo-credit, Amy, Thank-you so much for coming and taking photos of our special afternoon!

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