sweet baby shower: details

here’s a closer look at the shower i hosted on saturday:

these little brownie flags were made with cardstock, toothpicks, and hot glue. i printed out #4 (because this was baby #4 for the guest of honor) in alternating colors to match the color theme. i used a font called “big top”, downloaded free from dafont.com. i also used this font on the food signs at silas’ first birthday. i made sure to leave enough room to the left of the #4 so that it could wrap around the toothpick. i cut the flags in a rectangle shape, folded them around the toothpicks, added a tiny bit of hot glue, then snipped the ends in an inverted “v”. i think it took me longer to give these directions than it took to actually make these! printing out “sweet baby” would’ve been cute, too.

there were 2 hanging banners (umm… don’t all banners hang?). one over the candy bar said “sweets”, the other over the mantle said “sweet baby”. i started this project again with the big top font and customized the color. did you know you can usually customize the color of your font? you don’t have to always choose from the standard choices – if you scroll to the bottom of the color options there is usually a choice that says “custom”. after i printed out the letters, each on a seperate page, i used my circle cutter (or you could trace with a clear bowl and a pencil) and cut out the circles. then i cut my blank cardstock to about 7″ x 10″ rectangles. i used my quilter’s square to lightly mark lines every inch, vertically. oh yeah, all this was done because i couldn’t find red and white striped paper. that would have saved time… but also cost more money. i did most of the decorations for this shower with things i had on hand. i love that. so then i took some red craft paint and painted the red stripes. yep, i’m silly like that. it didn’t take that long really. i finished before the little tornado woke up form nap. when the paint was dry, i stacked a few together, and scalloped the ends. then i hole punched the corners and strung truquoise grosgrain ribbon through. again, more difficult to explain than actually do.

for the candy bar i used containers i had around my house. this urn i had floral foam in, shoved in the honey sticks and rock candy sticks, then covered the foam base with sea glass. easy peasy.

so here’s what not to do, which i, of course, did:
-thank the guests for coming and forget all about the gift opening!!! thankfully, someone who hadn’t lost her mind was sitting next to me to gently remind me about the usual order of things.
-thank the guest of honor for coming. as if she wouldn’t have. i’m an idiot.
-think that having my husband in the loft with 3 kids would be a good idea to occupy them during the shower. not so much. kids can smell candy a mile away.

but, despite my accidental attempts to derail the shower, the mom-to-be (again) was well showered and hopefully blessed by the fellowship of supportive women surrounding her.



  1. 1
    Rachel Slagle says:

    i love the decorations! what a great theme. thanks for sharing the “how-to”

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    Lisa Leonard says:

    you are so funny! love everything. love you. wish i could have been there.

  3. 3

    our kids look like they are just about the same age…mine are 5, 3 and 19 months…
    cute blog, glad i found you!

  4. 4

    hi emily- mine are 5 (almost 6) 3 1/2 and 19 months, too! fun and crazy, right?!

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    i loved the decorations and the cute candy table idea. really – where do you get the time my dear??? i am impressed.

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    I love the shower theme! You pulled it off brillantly. The color scheme was so fun and playful.
    Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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    Rachel Slagle says:

    i’m stealing your banner idea for my son’s 3rd birthday… i was wondering if you had to use any adhesive to keep the individual signs from sliding along the ribbon or did they just stay in place?

    thanks :)

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    rachel – i did it differently on the 2 banners. one i had plenty of ribbon to i just strung it through the holes and had no problem. the other one i ran out of ribbon to weave it through the whole thing, so i poked the ribbon through one side and tied a knot, then poked the other end of the ribbon through the next banner piece and tied a knot. unfortunately my holes were bigger than my knots, but securing with a piece of tape on the back did the trick. make sense?

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    Rachel Slagle says:

    makes perfect sense :) thanks!

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