Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Baby Shower

I threw my first ever baby shower for my beloved Justine. Here's how:

Invite Cover
I didn't want to go too pastel-y twee, so I went with the pennant theme. It might be nearly played out for some, but I will always love me some pennants. Here's what I designed for the invite. It was a folded card with the deets inside. Feel free to bite my rhyme: if you click the link above it'll take you to my Flickr where you can download the image big & resize however you like. (If you want. No pressure). I used this font for everything.

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I sewed up 20 billion feet of bunting & strung it over the table (between a couple of trees), over the buffet table & from our chandelier inside.

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We served Martha's macaroni & cheese; tomato, basil and baby mozzarella salad; mini-meatballs on picks; foccacia with olives & tomatoes; bruschetta; champagne; the world's yummiest sangria (for which I can take no credit--thanks Jen!) and lemonade for the poor, knocked up members of our crew. We had a store-bought chocolate chip cake for dessert because I'm crazy but not crazy enough to try & bake a cake.

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For the first time in five years I threw a party and didn't make cupcakes. But I can't resist the pull of a cupcake pick. So I made them & used them for the meatballs. I know this is a totally gross picture, but how cute are those picks? I used images from this genius to make them.

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I made bigger picks on bamboo skewers for the flower arrangements. (I haven't allowed my poor, long-suffering husband to throw out a jar in two years. I had no idea what I was going to do with all those jars, but I knew it would be something good. Cut to: tie a ribbon around them, fill them with cheerful flowers & some nutty pennants and ta-da! I sent them home with the guests and now we get to start collecting jars all over again.)

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We don't know what the baby's name will be, so I used the mama's initial for the cookie favors. I used this recipe for the first time & I'm never going back. They were cute, easy & yum. The card toppers had funny quotes about boys & children in general. This is my new favorite way to do goody bags.

(I also made bracelets for the guests out of Shrinky-Dinks. They were code red crazy, but I loved them. I'll try to find a picture to upload later)

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Dash's Aunty Jamie was in charge of the games & she brought it. Here the guests are trying to draw a portrait of the baby on their heads. Justine then chose her favorite for the winner.

Next were Baby Scattergories & Mad Gab (like a word jumble). If you want to use these, just click on the images above & below. They'll take you to my Flickr where you're more than welcome to download & print these out.

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Mad Gab was pretty hard, so don't forget to copy the key (it's in the comments on the image).

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And then we got down to the business at hand: prezzies, yo.

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"It's kinda like he's wearing it now."

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Oh nothing, just a quilt I made.

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The end.


jengel said...

No more jars!

CraftyRachel said...

Lovely party! The quilt table cloth is darling, and the quilt you made looks gorgeous, too! I'm planning a baby shower for January and love the game ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Liz said...

Thanks, Rachel! Hope they come in handy.

Anonymous said...

I can't get over how darling this is. I have it starred in my reader so I can give it to my peeps when I do have a baby. I mean, seriously dude, good work. Lucky friend!

Dionne said...

This is so random but I am throwing a baby shower and thought it would be fun to do a baby mad gab. I googled it and found your blog. Thanks for sharing- it gives me more than a head start!

The Girl With A Curl said...

You are super crafty awesome!

Tonya said...

As usual, you rock. I wish I lived closer so you could throw me a party.

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Kim @ Frostmeblog.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful! I love all the pendants!

Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
party inspiration

Liz said...

Thanks so much, Kim!

Komal-Nishka said...

Hey,this is such a cool party. I wanted to take a closer look at the games but couldn't as flickr is banned in Dubai. Is there anyway you can e-mail me these at nishka[dot]manglani[at]gmail.com Many thanks

viagra online said...

Thanks for the ideas they have given I would like to use them in my cousin's baby shower.

javieth said...

My husband wanted to have a baby,, but he had an erectil dysfunction problem, so we decided to buy viagra and after that i could be pregnant. All my friend was excited with the new, so they organized an secret baby shower for me. It was wonderful.

Elle The Heiress said...

loving, the whole thing! Also printing out the games for a shower that I'm hosting this weekend (I know, I've waited until the last minute!)

Elliott Broidy said...

You did a great job. Beautiful decor.