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.
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.