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Baby Shower Hiatus

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Baby Shower Hiatus

So I haven’t posted much in the past few weeks, I know. I have been planning, planning, planning for a baby shower for my lovely sister-in-law, and now that it’s finally over, I’ll share what all I was up to.

My inspiration for the shower came from these adorable little bags. What a cute little saying! So I was off and running.

Now I’m not graphic designer, I must say. But my wonderful husband is pretty handy with Adobe Creative Suite and was willing to lend me a hand with some designs. He designed some adorable invitations for me (which I forgot to take a picture of), as well as all of the game cards, etc. But we’ll get to those later. My first creation was a banner  made with my Cricut. I love that thing.

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The color scheme I chose was black and white and a turquoise-ish blue. Nice and boyish but classy and elegant. That window where I hung the banner is right behind the table in my dining room. It looked a little bare hanging up there all by itself, though. So I decided to make some large pom-poms from tissue paper. I love how these turned out.

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It was really hard to get a decent picture right in front of that window. Especially since the sun was actually shining that morning! Woo hoo! We take all of the sun we can get at this time of year in the Pacific Northwest. Anyways, these things were so easy to make and they looked just perfect hanging on either side of the banner. All I did was take an entire pack of tissue paper (on sale for $.99 a pack at Target) and accordion fold all of the sheets together. Then I cut a little notch in the center and tied them with a twisty tie. I rounded off the ends to give it a flowery kind of look, and then fluff them up. Easy peasy. I tied a nice turquoise ribbon to them and tacked them to the ceiling with some cute black and white thumb tacks.

You might have noticed the tops of some other tissue paper puffs in that last picture. Well, I made those to go in the vases that I painted. Yep, I painted some vases. After seeing this post on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it. So what better reason than baby shower decor?? I found a couple of vases at the thrift store for a dollar a pop. Can’t beat that! So I set to work. They turned out beautifully, I think.

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In my last post, I shared how I made pinwheels for the shower. Well, I got them all finished and strung together and hung them across the mantle.

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Our dining room has a pass through window to the kitchen, so I decided to hang a little divider up. Something decorative but that might hide a little bit of the prep mess in the kitchen. I punched circles out of black, white, and turquoise cardstock. I then strung them together using black yarn and hung them in the pass through window. Nothing to it!

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Now for the food. I was in charge of dessert. My wonderful sister-in-law (not the one having the baby, obviously) made all of the food, food. And she did an AMAZING job. Wonderful chicken salad sandwiches, a delicious green salad with blueberries and a yummy raspberry vinaigrette, and  a fabulous pasta salad. I fear my desserts weren’t quite as impressive. I made cupcakes. See? Not fancy at all. But I did chocolate and vanilla with chocolate and vanilla frosting to stick with the black and white theme. I also made cake balls, as pictured above. Those are my absolute fave. Sooooooo yummy! And then I did a milk and cookie display with Oreos. So cute!

Look at the fabulous cupcake toppers my lovely hubby made. Aren’t they adorable? They even have baby’s name around the edge as well as the “Happiness is a Peanut” saying.

I must say, I adore that cupcake stand. It’s just plain white plastic so I can customize it however I like with a simple ribbon. Perfection!

Okay, one more foodie thing, and then I’ll get to the games. I wanted to do lemonade but I somehow don’t own a decent pitcher. Mine are all plastic things that aren’t pretty in the least. But I do own a lovely set of mason jars that I bought for my son’s birthday party. So I poured the lemonade up into them and put them into a bucket full of ice. Cold drinks all set to go!

Now for the rest of the shower stuff. I am one of those people who actually hate baby shower games. Like, really hate baby shower games. But it’s one of those things that must be done, I suppose. So I tried to find a few activities that were has painless as possible for everyone involved. So I set a table up by the front door so that people would see it when they came in. On it was a big vase filled with peanuts and a cute little sign asking, “How many peanuts do you see?” Simple, right? Make a guess and you might win a prize! In fact, the winner took home a little Starbucks gift card.

Also on the front table was a little “Wishes for Baby” card that everyone filled out. Nothing to this one but fill it out and drop it in the box for the mama to read later.

The last game we played was a baby version of “The Price is Right.” I bought a few baby items at the store and kept track of the price of each (pre-tax). I then set them all up and passed out a game card to each person. As I showed them the items, they wrote down how much they thought it cost. At the end, they totaled up their prices and who ever came the closest to the actual total won a prize! Which just happened to be another Starbucks gift card.

Didn’t J do a great job with all of the graphics? I was impressed, anyways. The last thing I did was bake some yummy peanut butter cookies to put in my adorable “Happiness is a Peanut” bags as a little parting gift. Everyone took one on their way out the door.

So that was our party. Lots of fun and I really enjoyed putting it all together. Now I can’t wait to meet the little man it was all for!

Pinwheel, pinwheel spinning around….

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Pinwheel, pinwheel spinning around….

I have that stupid song stuck in my head. You remember the 80’s Nickelodeon show? This one? Yep, stuck in my head. Why, you ask? Because I’m making pinwheels. Yep. Pinwheels. I’m hosting a baby shower for my sister-in-law next weekend and I’m working on some of the decorations. I’ve seen these paper pinwheels all over Etsy and decided to give it a go. They’re turning out pretty cute, so I thought I’d do a post about them.

They’re actually pretty easy to make. They’d be even easier if I had double-sided paper. But I don’t. So I’m basically making some by gluing two sheets together. Fun times.

So, here’s what you do.

Start with two sheets of 12×12 scrap booking paper of what ever color/design you like. My color scheme is black and white and turquoise.

I then folded each sheet into fourths creating four smaller squares, and cut them out.

Now glue them together. Woohoo! (I cut them into smaller squares before gluing because I was afraid of not having enough glue to hold the edges in place if I glued them first.)

Now the fun begins. Grab your scissors and cut from each corner in towards the center.

At this point, I warmed up my glue gun. I put a little dab in the center of my paper and started folding and gluing.

Now find something to glue in the center to hide where they all came together. I used a fun glittery button on this one.

Here are some of the others.

My plan is to make them into a garland to string across my mantle. I plan to punch small holes in the top two corners and run a hemp cord through them. I’ll definitely post pictures when I get it all finished!

Alphabet and Rainbows

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Alphabet and Rainbows

For some reason, I have been getting an extreme amount of “repins” on Pinterest of one of the pictures I posted from the Little Monkey’s first birthday party. I figured since there seems to be interest (and because I’m feeling a bit nostalgic since her second birthday is coming up WAY too soon) why not post some photos from the day.

Let’s start by saying that this started out as an alphabet themed party and kind of morphed into a rainbow alphabet party. It was pretty small-scale. Nothing too elaborate. Just some family members coming over to celebrate her big day. These were the invitations we sent out.

See? Super simple. The back contained all of the info, of course.

So Alphabet. That was it. Until I started finding all of these super cute ideas (thank you Pinterest) that were more rainbow themed. So I thought, why not just have the alphabet AND rainbows. To be honest, I didn’t really have any actual rainbows. More just the color scheme. But it worked.

First the decor. I kept it fairly simple since we were actually spending most of the day outside grilling hot dogs and playing in the yard. I strung up some alphabet cards across the window behind the dining room table, where I set up the cake and snacky type foods.

I know, not the best picture, but it was hard to get anything decent with the sun beating in the window. Ah well. I had some simple ABC cut outs stuck to the other windows in the dining room. Then I decided at the last minute, the night before the party, that I wanted to do a rainbow balloon garland across the opening into the dining room. So I sat and blew up balloons and tied them all together and hung them all while watching Harold and Maude with my lovely husband.

Oh! And I found an alphabet boarder at the dollar store to use. You know the kind that an elementary school teacher might have in his/her classroom? Yeah, that. I just taped it up in the dining room. You can see it peeking out from behind the balloons in that last picture. I also used some alphabet blocks from the kids on the table. I made a pyramid in one spot and spelled out the birthday girl’s name in front of her cake.

       

Pssssst. Those cookies on the sticks over there is what keeps getting pinned over on Pinterest. Don’t worry. There’s a better picture to come.

Here’s the whole look.

The food was the fun part. The party started at 4 pm, so we wanted to have plenty of snacks available before we served dinner. For dinner we had hot dogs. My husband grilled and he set up a whole little bar area full of condiments. Any kind of condiment that you could want, including peanut butter, bacon, cream cheese, etc. And we served them up in these adorable plastic baskets lined with parchment paper. And somehow in the craziness of the day, we forgot to take any pictures of that part of the action. Oh well. C’est la vie.

So on to the stuff we DID get pictures of.

We did some fun little Caprese salads. The adults loved these! Just a cherry tomato (with the bottom cut off so it would sit nicely), a basil leaf, and a cube of mozzarella all held together with a toothpick and drizzled with balsamic. Yum!

Then there were the Jello slices. The kids totally dug these.

      See? Here’s Monkey Man chowing down.

We had “fruit cones,” too. Just fresh fruit stuffed into waffle cones. Easy peasy. And yummy!

And of course the homemade alphabet cookies. After I cut them out, I pushed a long stick into the backs of them, and then baked. To display them, I used a wide mouth vase filled with Fruit Loops cereal. And yes, I separated the colors by hand. It actually didn’t take as long as one might think.

     And just because I love this picture.   

Then there was the cake. We wanted to do a rainbow cake. You know, the ones with like six layers of vibrant colored cake separated by lovely layers of frosting? Yeah, well, ours didn’t quite work out that way. We lost a couple of layers during the assembly, but I was still pretty pleased with the way it came out. My husband is always the one in charge of decorating because I just don’t have the patience (or artistic ability) for such things. This year he went with a simple design. Blocks with the Little Monkey’s initials.

     The inside….   

She just couldn’t wait to get her hands on it!

Oh! I almost forgot about the party favors! We only had four kids at the party, so this is what I did. I found some fun colored buckets for $1 each and filled them with some alphabet stickers, an alphabet activity book and some other goodies.

    And inside were these little cuties.   

Now I didn’t design these guys. I used Rebecca Danger’s Monster Chunks pattern. They’re such a quick knit! And I used the same yarn that I used to make the birthday girl’s shorties from. My friend Christia made the adorable t-shirt. Look at those cute little monkey toes!

So that was the Little Monkey’s first birthday party. I’ve already got some ideas in the works for her next one as it’s only about 3 months away. So hard to believe. Next I’ll have to share Monkey Man’s 4th party that we just had. Muppets!!!