Last summer, as some of you may know, we had some amazing additions to our family. I had the
stress pleasure of throwing a baby shower for my sister. If you’ve thrown a shower or similarly stressful exciting party, you’ll understand and forgive me for not having more pictures. I was trying not to pull my hair out to keep things going smoothly and didn’t have time to get any of the party itself. These are the few I took during the weeks of party prep.
These started out as cupcake toppers, but we decided to go with mini cupcakes and they became everything toppers. They were adorable peeking out of centerpieces and food displays. (lollipop sticks, card stock and printer paper)
If I had my way, no child would ever be invited to a grown up party EVER. Ok, that’s a little harsh, so we allowed double digits. Since it was late summer and we were all gearing up for the new school year, I made up some adorable pencil cases full of fun school supplies.
Of course, I had to add some crochet to the adult party favors. These spa cloths are fabulous. I use them all the time. Sugar and cream cotton in a 10×10 (or 9×9, I can’t remember) square. I LOVE THEM!
My sister-in-law made these sugar scrubs. I don’t have a link for this specific one, but there are tons of directions out there if you consult google. She did some with lemon and some with tea tree oil. Holy moly, this stuff is amazing.
Simple packaging for the favors. Brown paper bags, a hole punch and some yarn. I used printed labels for SOOOOO MUCH during this party. You can see them here. I also printed out the name of each dish on the gigantic food table and attached them to a folded index card. They made the gigantic food table look so cute and answered the “what’s this?” question for the guests before they could even ask. Did I mention the food table was gigantic?
We played a typical baby shower game or two, but after planning the games for a few showers in the last few years, I was bored with the different variations of the same sad baby shower games. Instead, I had the guests decorate onesies. This had the potential to go horribly if the guests weren’t interested, or run the party super duper late if they really got into it. I was trilled when it headed toward the running late side of things. We gave the guests the option of using some pre-printed graphics on transfer paper (not everyone is creative) or cutting their own design from fabric pieces that had iron on adhesive ready to go. We provided some stencils and samples (the photo above), and the guests went crazy!
These amazing cupcakes were a HUGE hit! Seriously, make these. Make a lot of these. I made them mini because that was kind of the food theme for the party. My sister had gestational diabetes (lucky her!), so making things in bite size portions allowed her to get a taste of everything without messing with her sugars too much. But enough about her…..these cupcakes are DA BOMB!
The point of a shower is to show the mama some love and support through expensive, unnecessary, and sometimes pretentious gifts. Ok, most of the time the gifts are pretentious. But really, it all comes down to the crazy amount of love you have for someone that you haven’t even met yet. That itty bitty bundle of everything good and kind and fantastic in the world. This amazing little guy might hate me (I’m secretly really proud of the magical ability I have to make him scream just by walking into the room), but I’ve loved him since he was just an idea in my sister’s head.
Party food ideas that we tested and approved for you!
And lots of other things. If it could be put on a stick, we served it that way. FUN STUFF!