This is somewhat of a throwback post, but I was (and am) so proud of these decorations I wanted to share. These are my go-to decorations for most events nowadays and this was the first time I had ever made them. Now I can’t stop making them because they are so simple.
One of my good friends was having her first baby and I threw her a shower. The colors she used in her baby room were yellow, orange, and grey. Of course, I used those colors for her shower decorations.
Baby Shower Banner
I used a DCWV Paper Stack called Lemon Flower for my paper. These are really quite cheap if you wait for them to go on sale. They’re often 40% off whenever the craft stores are having sales on scrap booking supplies. My go-tos Joann Fabrics and Michael’s have coupons every week too, so you can most likely get a stack of 50 sheets for $10. My only complaint is that they’re not double sided (I know…picky picky). It was easy enough cut out a triangle for a template and trace away. I was able to find a pack of pre-cut letters at Dollar Tree for the banner. Next I hole punched each corner to string a length of twine through all of them. Command Hooks are my best friend, I always keep a bunch on hand for hanging temporary decorations.
Tissue Poofs (or Pom-Poms)
I made lots of tissue poofs. I followed my nemesis’s tutorial. Again, check out Dollar Tree, you’d be surprised at the variety of wrapping materials. Make sure to look at your square footage though. If you’re really looking for a bargain, the price per square foot may be cheaper at another store. I used ribbon and Command Hooks to hang them from the ceiling. These have a potential to make a big impact if you make a lot of them. Still wishing I had made more!
I bought different orange and yellow fat quarters (if you don’t speak fabric, a fat quarter is a pre-cut 18”x22” rectangle of fabric that you can buy at most fabric stores) and made some bunting. They looked very nice in front of the window and across the table. Plus, she took home the bunting afterwards to use in the nursery. These are simple to make if you have a sewing machine (or a hot glue gun) and I will post a more in depth tutorial at a later date.
I also made a paper garland, which isn’t terribly visible in this picture. I used a Fiskars circle lever punch to get 2″ circles and attached them to yellow and grey ribbons with double sided tape. Nowadays I use my sewing machine for that as well. Look for a tutorial soon!
Instead of shower games (which can be sometimes embarrassing and always silly), I set up a group craft project. I got plain onesies (which was surprisingly difficult to find gender neutral ones, as the baby’s gender was a secret). I put out the cotton fabrics I had accumulated, including some fat quarters I bought for the occasion, and everyone cut out shapes to decorate a onesie of their choice! It was fun and baby got some more clothes out of it. More Command Hooks and twine and we were able to display our finished work. It was a lot of fun, and mommy had onesies to remember each of us while home with baby.
What I did ask everyone to do was guess when the baby would be born and how much he/she would weigh. I assembled prizes for each to be given out after the baby was born. Wouldn’t you know, two people were right on the money with their guesses.
The favors, which I do not have pictures of, were adorable (if I say so myself). The shower was in June, so I was able to find miniature terracotta pots at Dollar Tree (4 for $1!). I put a yellow or orange marigold in each of them.
Food & Atmosphere
My friend loves Disney, so I picked up some old Disney soundtrack records at Half Price Books to make it festive. We had a chili spread that was inspired by this. Of course, theirs was much lovelier than mine. #partygoals, amiright? We kept it simple with chili (and fixings like sour cream and cheese), chips, cookies, and cake.
I look forward to sharing more party ideas with you in the future! Look out for tutorials for decorations soon.