I recently had the honor of designing my God-Daughter’s Baby Shower. She and her husband decided they did not want to know what the sex of the baby was and was going to do the nursery in grey and white with elephants so that when the baby was born they could add a color that matched the babies personality. WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!
My mind immediately went to work and below is what we did. I’ve included a brief tutorial on each item if you would like to try on your own. If you have any questions or are interested in my assistance in Baby Shower favors/centerpieces/design please use the Contact Form at the bottom of the page or contact me by email at email@example.com
I hope you enjoy these ideas as much as I loved making them!
Guests were greeted with the Cake Table. No I did not make the cake! A baker I am not! But the flower Mason jar I did (more info below). I found this GREAT print by a wonderful woman in England on Etsy and you can find her work by clicking here. She re-sized it to what I wanted and I downloaded it within 24 hours! Printed it on Shutterfly on card stock 11×17 and once the additional color for the room is selected I will have it matted and framed for Mom & Dad to hang in their babies room.
I guess I should step back and show you the invitation 🙂 Using a printer first print your invitations on white card stock. Then cut. I used my Cricut but you could create a stencil and cut with scissors. Increasing the size a bit the back layer was cut in grey. The elephant was a stamp that I embossed the Elephant on and became the reoccurring feature in some of the other decorations tying it all together.
The centerpieces were simple mason jars painted with grey or white chalk paint. Once dry, using a piece of sandpaper “scratch” them. There is no pattern to doing it. Just randomly scratch area’s to give it a rustic look and feel. I sealed the jars with a clear matte spray sealer, but also did warn guests who won these as prizes not submerge them in water!!
The same process used for the invitations was used here to create a two layer plant stick to insert in the top. Once the shapes were cut and the elephant embossed, I ‘taped’ a floral wire on the back of one of the polka dotted papers.
What I don’t show here is there is a backside that says “Welcome Baby”. So you are actually cutting two of the grey polka dotted papers and two white. Gluing them together with the floral wire hidden in between.
The jars were finished off with grey and white fabric tie. Don’t cut the fabric…rip it! It gives the fabric a more worn/casual look. Of course you could cut it if you wanted or even use pinking shears.
At each place setting were two cards, one grey, one white with a cloths pin and the favor. You can see an example of the grey mason jar also here.
One card read, “Advice for Mom” and the other “Note to Baby”. Everyone filled out a card and then the cards were placed into a photo album leaving. The cards were cut to 4×6 and the photo album had 4 slots per page. That way after the baby is born Mom can take a picture of the baby with the person who wrote the notes and insert it as a keepsake 🙂
The favors were small mason jars found at Michael’s, filled with honey roasted peanuts. Tied tag and again the grey ribbon around it and whola! Favor.
Easy addition to anything!! Those all too new craze paper straws! Find them in the color theme you are using, throw them in a nice glass next to where drinks are being served. A great ‘little’ added touch but very noticable! These were grey and white striped and there were also yes, you guessed it grey and white polka dot.
A custom banner is ALWAYS a great decoration plus a great keepsake for the Mom-to-Be. This banner was made with wood shapes purchased again at Michael’s. Painted with the same chalk paint used for the centerpieces. I cut the letters from vinyl using again my Cricut, then applying a coat of ModPodge then sealer. Hung with jute, once the ‘baby’ is born and name is given I will make a new one with his or her name.
Another to-be personalized item is this growth chart measuring a total of 5 feet. Once baby is born adding the name and the first measurement! I cannot WAIT to finish this!!! Interested in one? Email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
The following are random shots of the shower, how we set up and the present table.
I hope you found some ideas or inspiration when planning your Baby Shower! If you are looking for someone to create your theme and decorations please use the Contact Form below or email me directly to discuss.