Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Baby Shower Recap - THEME does NOT mean Elmo or Clowns!

Ok. So I am a blogcrastonator. The child in the previous Baby Shower invitation post is now a college junior.

But my event hints are still timely. Using the invitation as our theme, here are some party highlights.

The shower was in a building with many doors so I made one sign to denote the door and one to mark the parking lot. I used the stamp from the invitation, then enlarged it on the photocopier. Unless you are a top-of-the-line colorer, I suggest coloring your image after enlarging it rather than before. I used a full 12x12 sheet of the invitation cardstock for the background, assembled with clear contact paper for weatherability. A vital must-do in the Midwest. The "post" is half a curtain rod purchased from the dollar store. Metal rods slip over each other so there is a fine metal point on the ground side; no fears of frozen ground. The wall bracket on the top allows for festive ribbons to be easily tied on. As this is from the dollar store, I do not recommend it for tornado-like conditions.

Each of the interior doors had a wreath. This was cuter "live" than photographed. The ribbon is blue and white gingham.

Each table had a white paper cloth for economics. The tables were then topped with a blue gingham table runner (buy the fabric on sale, take pinking shears to "finish" the edges). I floated blue hydrangeas.

Prizes - plain white kraft bags with the carriage stamp on each of them.

Favors - so cute! Chocolate making is not as easy as one might think so ignore the little edges where I overfilled the mold.

These little touches tied the entire event together. And adding some "highlight" items greatly reduces your overall cost. For example, the fabric for the runners was $8.00. But it allowed for us to use plain tableware versus printed. A napkin is a napkin is a napkin, but solid colors are half the cost of printed. We saved $12 on plates alone. White table cloths are 1/3 of the price of colors, etc.

Happy Party! My next shower will be pink! Details to follow.


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