Fall Baby Shower

Another baby shower that I helped with last fall was a fall themed shower.  I used my Cricut a lot this time with the Flower Shoppe cartridge (one of my favorites) and made little flowers to set around in our fall-ish color scheme:  plum, bronze, teal, brown, lite pink, and cream.  We just did a few simple printed games for this shower and again I didn’t have to do food (in case you didn’t notice, it is my least favorite part of party planning).
Sarah's shower3RThe invitation.

WP_20130927_002Paper flower wreath for the front door.

WP_20130928_002Banner made with light and dark brown burlap strips and a variety of different ribbons and lace throughout.

DSCN2518Centerpiece (mini hay bales, flowers, acorns and leaf cutouts)

DSCN2517  The food made by my friend was totally amazing and gourmet!  YUM!

DSCN2519 DSCN2520 DSCN2521 DSCN2524 I had 2 party favors for the guest (mostly because I wasn’t sure if my caramel apples would turn out ok, but they ended up pretty yummy afterall.)

DSCN2525    WP_20130928_004The little fall candles were from Bath and Body works and they even wrapped them all up for me and everything!

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Outer Space Baby Shower

A few months ago, I hosted an Outer Space baby shower for a friend and her baby boy.  Thanks to my friend Liz, I didn’t have to do much with the food, so I got to focus on my favorite things:  the decorations, games and favors!  Here are the pictures with descriptions below them:

deirdre_invite_proofEThe invitation created in Adobe Illustrator

IMG_3639This is a foam wreath, covered with white tulle.  Then I cut out the rocket, star, and banner with my cricut and just pinned it onto the foam and added a ribbon to hang it.

IMG_3642Here is another banner made from my Cricut.

IMG_3648Here, I printed out different planets and cut them out.  You can use a glue stick on the picture side of the paper and paste them to the bottom of a clear plate to go with the theme of the party.

IMG_3647 The food and cut out stars scattered around.

IMG_3645I bought these whirly decorations of Amazon.

IMG_3644More cut out stars strung and displayed around.

IMG_3643  Fun baby shower Memory game.  Instructions HERE

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The favors were popcorn balls with a little blue food coloring!

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Girl baby shower

One more baby shower from a long time ago.  It was nothing fancy and I just have a few pictures from this one.  I will just post some pictures.  🙂

Invitations  I had to hand cut these… in my pre-Cricut days.
 

This topiary was given to the new mommy for the nursery.  The flowers are paper and they were made from my Cuttlebug die cut machine.

This fruit bowl wasn’t easy to do, but I love how it turned out!

Guess the baby game!
These were another gift to the momma-to-be.  I had everyone put their addresses on envelopes and gave her these thank you cards for easy baby shower thank you notes!

5-year old Hello Kitty party

After a half year off, birthday season has come once again.  So, to start things off, Nora decided she would like a Hello Kitty party this year.  I love Hello Kitty, so it was a fun party to plan and relatively easy. 
First off were the invitations:

I bought the Hello Kitty cartridge for my Cricut die cut machine to make these and headed to Ben Franklin to get the cute papers.  For the inside, my super easy trick to adding the words is to print them out on Avery clear full sheet labels found at an office supply store… I love this stuff!  Then you can just cut it to the shape you want and stick it on exactly were you want it.

For the decorations:  I made some more Hello Kitty wall decor from my Cricut and put them all over the walls along with printing off some larger Hello Kitty faces and Daniel (the boy Hello Kitty) because there were boys coming to the party. 

The printed Hello Kitties are a little trickier… since you can’t find large images online with supercrisp edges, I usually find some that I like and “trace” them in Adobe Illustrator (which is a designer’s program that can create images that look crisp and sharp no matter how big or small you stretch stretch them).  (Note: I didn’t make the poster)
I also had the girls go around the house on a Hello Kitty treasure hunt to find little things for decorations like stuffed dolls, books, etc.  And then I bought the licensed plates/cups/table cover, etc. 

For the games:  I did 3 games, plus a pinata.  As we were waiting for more guests to arrive, my wonderful helper and husband, Dave, had the kids in a circle and played “hot potato” using a ball of yarn as the “potato”.  The kids were having fun just tossing it around really fast that we never did end up using the music (we picked the DisneyMania rock version of “We are Siamese” from Lady and the Tramp).  The second game was pin the bow on the Hello Kitty (bought this one).  For the third game, while the kids were eating, I hid a bunch of mice around the room and then had them all get on their hands and knees like Kitties and hunt for the mice.  🙂  They were pretty freaky looking mice too… I was thankful to find them in the Halloween section of the party store.  The pinata was a pull-string one (and it actually worked this time!!) and we filled with candy (of course), stickers, and silly bands!

Food:  This was a pretty easy one this time… only required about a half hour or so of prep time before the party.. it was awesome!  Mini pizzas (English muffins with a little pizza sauce and cheese and baked until the cheese melts), Papa Murphy’s pizza for the adults, strawberry (PINK!) gogurt, strawberries and apples cut up into a little fruit salad, caesar salad for the adults.  Drinks: PINK raspberry lemonaide, Pink strawberry milk or water.  This time we had all the kids sit down at the table and dished up in the kitchen and handed all the kids their plate (was a lot easier than having them all go through a line).  I forgot to take a picture when the food was out, but here are the before pictures:

The cake was from Fred Meyer:  white with white whipped frosting and german chocolate in the middle… it was SUPER yummy!

For the party favors, when the guests first game, they got either a flower clippie for their hair or bow ties for the boys (but the boys didn’t really want to wear them, oh well).  I made the flowers out of pink and yellow Sculpey (with 2 holes in the middle of the flower) and baked them, then used pipe cleaner to add them to silver barretts.  As the guests were leaving, they got a bag with the rest of the favors:  I found some 100 piece puzzles for a really good price at Michaels (Hello Kitty or Princesses for the girls and Toy Story, Cars, etc for the boys), glow bracelets, and for the girls, Hello Kitty lip gloss (Target) and for the boys, a couple sports $1 items.

 

 And that’s about it!  Happy birthday Nora!!