Well, hello there! Sorry for the prolonged absence.
Time to share what I’ve whipped up recently in my Craft Cave. I recently threw another baby shower, this one for my friend, Amy, at our favorite local brunch place Radial Cafe. It’s the same restaurant where Hot Pants threw me a surprise engagement brunch with family and friends from all over the place, so it already carried a lot of really happy memories.
For my first trick, I will you show you how I made pinwheels that actually go around and around. It took some grunting and cussing, but they turned out adorable and are now a bouquet in little Alexander’s room.
I used these instructions from Create Studio for these little boogers. I had quite the time finding a grommet tool at Michael’s, mostly because they call it an eyelet tool there. Apparently, eyelets are a girlier version of grommets. I’d also recommend getting a little thicker dowel than I did here because the push pins kept poking through the back of the sticks and making it hard to get the pinwheel to go around and around. The fun things with these are that you can either use decorative craft paper or just plain card stock that you draw on yourself.
For the centerpieces on the tables, I opted to use the toys I had bought for the mom and dad-to-be instead of wrapping them. Less paper waste, less stuff for them to open and it was rather festive for the occasion. Plus, all the kids who attended the shower had stuff to play with during the boring parts.
I also put together some fun little note cards for folks to fill out with advice for the new parents. I have to put in a plug here for Michael’s rubber stamp section which has some really cute, modern stuff now. This little owl was perfect for the occasion.
I ran out of time to make cupcake decorations, so I turned to the tried and true artists on Etsy to hook me up with some cuteness. A Little Lollipop Tree came through with flying colors. She even had a design that matched the Dwell Studio bedding on the registry. And, yes, the cupcakes were just as fabulously tasty as they appear in this photo.
I also put together a time capsule for guests to fill up with items that represent the year the little guy was born. I turned a simple photo box into the cutest little time capsule ever with Sharpies and Japanese washi tape.
But before you go thinking I just let our guests off the crafty hook, here’s my favorite part of the party. I stole an idea from another baby shower I attended and loaded up a table with blank onesies in a variety of sizes, fabric markers and stencils. Voila! Fun craft time for everyone! I make party guests work for their keep. And the parents-to-be were so thrilled with having a stock of personalized onesies.
Originally posted 2011-02-21 18:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter