Monday, January 27, 2014
Sharing some creative stuff
One thing that I have learned through all my volunteering is how much I love to plan an event. They are alot of work, but I really love the planning! And the decorating....I get to be creative for a purpose. Actually, I would love to do event planning as a job....which is what I just applied for.... but we will see what happens.
So for today, I present to you a baby shower that I helped host for my work friend, D. D is so super sweet and always goes out of her way for people. D is having twin boys and has been waiting so long for this. I loved being able to do this for her. Additionally, I wanted to give her the shower that I really never had (that is another story....). Lest you think this was about me....this was all about her. But I loved knowing that this shower was at least thoughtful, and given from a genuine place.
And as a bonus....I get to cuddle babies and have none of the responsibility!
There were three of us (me, plus M1 and M2) who took on the task (and shared the expense). The shower was held at M1's, so it was more cozy. D really didn't want a BIG shower, as her family was throwing her one that was destined to be out of control. In total, we invited 16 people (including ourselves and the Mommy to Be), and 11 came.
The three of us got together in November and went over our thoughts on everything, and came up with a plan. The plan ended up changing along the way here and there, but 2 of the 3 of us are planners, and the 3rd is just neurotic about stuff....so it worked. The theme was "Two Peas in a Pod."
I made the invitations myself, and was very happy with how they came out. It is printed vellum layered over printed card stock. And tied together with a flat bow.
The other girls stated they were not crafty...so by default I became the decorations person. I knew I wanted to make a diaper cake, and I found a diaper bouquet picture as well. Not that I had ever made any of them...but hey, I craft....I will figure it out. Now that I have made them, I love them! I will say that the cost of them can get up there if you are not careful. If I ever have the opportunity to do it again, I think I will make one to give as my gift...not just to add to the decor.
I bought a big box of diapers, and was able to make 2 cakes (two babies, two cakes!) and the bouquet. Before I decorated the layers, I just had the layers stacked all together to save space, and man, I would have LOVED to have kept it that way. It just looked too cool. But I am happy with how the two cakes came out.
The bouquet was a learning experience. It is ok. Not thrilled with it, but it isn't bad.
We knew we wanted to make a banner as well, so I played around with the size of things until I found a good combination of triangles, then cut and glued it all. Sticking with the theme, I spelled it all out and used the same graphic from the invitations to use as spacers.
Pom poms are about as cheap as cheap gets when it comes to decor. It is tissue paper and curling ribbon. I highly recommend them if you are going for "bang for the buck." Of course this event was being held in M1's home, so our decorating was limited around her furnishings and what she was willing to do to her home! I don't have a good picture....but there is a pom pom in the picture below.
D is not a shower games kind of girl. She would not have enjoyed having toilet paper around her belly to see how many squares it takes. Nor would she want to eat baby food and guess the flavor or any of the other games that are typical. So we kept it low key.
We did Guess the Birthday...and the winner without going over will get a small token prize.
And we decorated onesies. I really wanted to do 2 onesies per guest (2 babies....), and as the mom of twins, I am very aware of the tendency for people to see twins as a unit, vs individual people. But M2 was complaining about it, so we did 1 onesie per guest.
M1 made alot of the food. She figured it was her house, so it was easier than transporting stuff. M2 also made some food. I made a salad (since I did all the other stuff). We had a few guests offer to bring items, so that helped us out.
One girl offered to bring the cake. I had to let my perfectionism go on this one. I said "sure! Thank you so much!" I wanted a cake that matched the theme, but I had to let it go.
The favors turned into a big drama due to the weather. We ordered custom cookies, and they were shipped right when a big storm hit the mid-west! The ended up coming a day late, so we handed them out a little late. This is a stock picture of them from the Etsy shop, to protect the name of the Mommy to Be!
Everything came together, and it was so much fun to do! I can't wait to meet Bippity and Boppity (D isn't sharing names until they arrive....so that is what I call them). D seemed to enjoy everything, so I consider it a success!!!