Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Baby Shower

Sorry for the repost - even after doing this for a year I still have technical blogging issues!
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I recently had the opportunity to help throw a shower for a friend who is expecting a baby girl. I have two little boys who I love and adore, but it was an absolute blast being surrounded by nothing but pink while planning this event! Here are some of the items I made for the shower.

The Invitation

I stumbled across an adorable design for an invitation while surfing the web. This is the version that I made...


You can find the directions to make the invitation pictured above here. Unfortunately, shortly after I made the invitation I realized that they're pretty labor-intensive and that I would never finish all of them on time. So, I decided to tweak the design a little without sacrificing the cuteness. Instead of making the onesie out of cardstock, I cut the shape out using scrapbook paper and attached it to a folded card. Much easier!



The Favor

I once again turned to the web for inspiration for the shower favors and one of my favorite bloggers did not disappoint. Bakerella, who comes up with some of the most amazing baked goods I've ever seen, created a gift of dry cookie mix for a friend - here is her post. I thought this would make a great shower favor, so I simply added a nipple and a ribbon on top of the jar to make it look like a baby bottle...


Bakerella graciously included printable baking instructions in her post - I printed them on clear label paper and attached it on the back of the bottle. Also, per her post, I used smooth Ball canning jars that have a two-piece cover: a flat metal lid, covered by a screw-on ring. To secure the nipple, place it on top of the metal lid and then put the screw-on ring over it - no adhesive required!



The Decor

Due to a limited budget, I decided to make the decorations for the shower. I hung banners made out of various colors of pink scrapbook paper around the room. To make the banner, first cut out a triangle in the scrapbook paper. Then you can either adhere a string to the back of the triangles, or punch 2 holes at the top of each triangle and thread a string through the holes.


I also made tissue paper pom poms that were hung down the center of the room over the dining table. These are super easy to make and inexpensive - here are the directions.


To decorate the walls, I made a baby carriage holding the new arrival (again inspired by the web) out of foam paper. Stay tuned for more information related to this design coming soon!


I also made an enlarged version of the invitation onesie to hang on the wall. Who knew you could buy mega-sized snaps!


I could see each of these designs easily being adapted for a boy shower or a unisex shower, so I hope they help if you're looking for ideas!





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34 comments:

Shellz said...

Kristen,
How cute and adorable!!!!!!!

Kristin said...

Great ideas! I love the invitations, what a great idea.

Tini Posh said...

Love all the ideas! So adorable!!

Hatter and Hare Events said...

Thanks for the love! I can't wait to throw another one!!

Laurie Downey said...

Super cute ideas...I have a baby shower coming up...thanks for the help!

Ladybird Ln said...

What a fun baby shower, I love the baby carriage, and the pennants are darling! I found you at the CSI project, thanks for sharing!

www.ladybirdln.com

Wendys Hat said...

So creative! What a great idea!

Tony said...

The celebration of baby shower is a time of great joy for all the family of the pregnant woman and unborn child, and to make this celebration a success must be planned in advance by the best friend of the mother or herself.

Anonymous said...

Can I ask what size canning jar you used? And where you bought them? I'm looking to make 50 of them. Thanks!

Hatter and Hare Events said...

Hey there! I used a quart size smooth Ball Jar that I bought from Hobby Lobby - here's the link to their site:
http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/ball-smooth-jar-924019/

By the way, they frequently have half off sales so hopefully you can catch a deal. Hope this helps!

kelly said...

Hey, I'm currently stationed in Germany, trying to plan a baby shower via internet for my sister in law in the states. LOL. So it's hard for me to go to the store, touch, feel and see for myself the sizes of things. I saw your post regarding the canning jars at hobby lobby, thank you so much for that. Can I ask what size or type nipples or where you bought the nipples.. I should be looking for. Thank you for your help! Trying to make 60 of these with Lemon sugar scrub for a pink lemonade baby shower.

Hatter and Hare Events said...

Hi Kelly - Wow, I bow down to your long-distance event planning skills!

Because the lid on the Ball jars are so wide, I used a wide nipple made by Evenflo that measures 4x2x2 inches. I found a whole bunch on sale at a discount store (Big Lots), but you can also order them from Amazon - here's the link:
http://www.amazon.com/Evenflo-Elan-Slow-Silicone-Nipple/dp/B000RFCOX4

I hope this helps. Good luck with your shower...I absolutely adore the theme!

Snob on aBudget said...

Love your ideas and how threw an very cute shower for not too much money.

Benae said...

What a perfect baby shower! I'm saving this post for future shower planning. Thanks for all the great ideas.

Patti said...

I LOVE these idea & I know I will be planning a few baby showers this year so I will be using these ideas

Anonymous said...

Just curious could this recipe be cut in half and put into a 16oz bottle instead of the mason jar?

Hatter and Hare Events said...

Great question! Unfortunately I am not a baker, so I have no idea how the cookies would come out if the recipe were cut in half. Sorry - I wish I could help :o(

Unknown said...

Can you tell me what kind of baby bottle nipples you used on the ball jars? I can't seen to find any that large. Thank you.

Hatter and Hare Events said...

Hi Unknown -

Because the lid on the Ball jars are so wide, I used a wide nipple made by Evenflo that measures 4x2x2 inches. I found a whole bunch on sale at a discount store (Big Lots), but you can also order them from Amazon - here's the link:
http://www.amazon.com/Evenflo-Elan-Slow-Silicone-Nipple/dp/B000RFCOX4

I hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

I found this adorable idea last minute. (As in the day before my sisters baby shower! lol)
I couldn't find any smooth canning jars in my po-dunk town. I also didnt realize that I wuld have to order nipples to fit the lids, so I had to glue those on.( The nipples I found were barely too small.)
But they still looked so cute even with the embossed jars!

Anonymous said...

Where can I find the recipe that was used for the very cute mason Jar recipes

Hatter and Hare Events said...

Anonymous - The cookie recipe was created by an amazing baker who goes by the name Bakerella. Here is a link to her site where you can find the recipe:

http://www.bakerella.com/mix-things-up/

Anonymous said...

In your original invitation, did you use patterned cardstock or did you stamp? If patterened, do you recall where you got it from? And if stamped, what technique did you use to make the design? Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

I found smooth canning jars at walmart there not by Ball but there the exact same thing. They sell them in boxes of 12 for only 7 dollars

Chloe said...

Hi Kristin,

Where can I find the design of the baby carriage? It is ADORABLE!!

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Michelle Robinson said...

What a beautiful post!
My friend will soon have a baby shower and was asking me for ideas for baby shower decorations and I think I'll refer this post. So lovely.

Cheers xxxx
Mich

Anonymous said...

I love this and i am doing it for my sister baby shower and i wanted to know what bottle nipples did you use? thanks

Sara Ohm said...

Can I ask where you found the pink m&m's? That's the only thing I can't find! Thanks!

Kristin Harrison said...

Hi Sara -

I actually found the pink M&Ms at Walmart. If you can't find them there I know you can order M&Ms in any color on their website: http://www.mymms.com/

Hope this helps!

Gina said...

Awesome ideas!

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Wendy29 said...

I'm going to be planning a baby shower. I loved the mason jar baby bottle. Can you tell me where you found the jars and what size and how big the mouths are on the jars.? Also the nipples how big? Thank you any help you can give me. Wendy

 

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