Planning a baby shower from afar is tricky in some ways, but when you have good help it goes great! I enlist the help of my dear friend Shell and found the perfect location at the Mommy-to-Be's SIL's place! Who by wonderful luck is also a baker and volunteered to do all the desserts for the dessert only party! With the major players, themes, and duties assigned the creative work began to unfold!
First up was the invites. I decided that I wanted to make them myself this time and got to work in Photoshop and using Picasa designing them. I bought washi tape (this and this) and Avery Postcards and envelopes from Amazon. The washi tape was over priced certainly, but I had plenty for 45 cards/envelopes and I didn't have to haul my two kiddos around town looking for just the right design for my vision. Well worth the extra cost. The Post Office was also quite happy to indulge my thematic neon theme with some perfect 'Celebration' stamps. Finish off the addressed envelope with a little highlighter and the invites were ready to be sent off. I also created an insert that matched that said "It's a Girl!" with the details of registry, nursery theme, and requested RSVP, but all that is a tad too personal, so just imagine it looks the same and just as awesome. ;-)
After those were off and running the next part of was creating the theme with décor. A big chunk of that was me heading to the paper store to the die-cut machines for 2+ hours and cutting out a ton of shapes, letters, and items for one of the activities. Tedious, but I find it oddly satisfying. After getting everything cut, I brought it home and sewed together the "She's Glowing" banners, the triangle garland, and plotted out the next steps!
|New outfits were part of Bec's gift all thematically neon in color choice!|
|I made Baby Hannah her own name banner that acted as part of the décor for the party as well.|
|One of the guests ordered a diaper cake that fit perfectly with the theme (and nursery motif of jungle animals!)|
What shower is complete without games? For the most part I like a free flowing shower that doesn't require much conversation and socializing to stop and so for that I had a bit of a twist on that part. We decided to have a photo booth with lots of silly props (shout out and kudos to Shell for the awesome spray paint job on that bright green frame!) so I acquired a fun backdrop in hot pink (aka a polka dot queen sheet that I found at Target.) and then went to the dollar store and a few other spots to gather some props. Bec's other SIL is a photographer as well so I didn't have to haul all of my extra equipment to Cali and so that worked out perfectly for that!
Our only 'organized' game was 'Take Care of Baby!' If you set the baby down then someone else could adopt it. I spent about an hour drawing various faces, hair, hats, and diapers onto the babies and then hot gluing them into little blankets that again were thematically colored. This game was a huge hit for the 8-13 year old crowd and that worked out well in general to keep them entertained as well.
The night concluded with Bec opening her presents while I worked to put together a slide show to the song "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" which we hooked up to the tv and played as a final wrap up to the shower. It was a great evening and I've been told by several people it was the best shower they've ever been to, which is quite the compliment! It could not have been done without the help of some awesome ladies and a best friend that is always happy to let me take the wheel and have full creative control! Thanks Shell, SIL, and Becky! Can't wait to meet Hannah!!