Also known as a baby shower! A really good friend of mine is having a baby in 5 weeks. I offered to throw her a shower with the help of her mom. It was held at my house (for my convenience with my kiddos). I loved making the invites using picnik.com:
I also got to make a diaper cake and another pair of baby booties from Amy Butler's Little Stitches book. This time the booties are made with the extra blue suede cloth from the lining of Hero's elephant hood. I loved the I-made-the-baby-blue-suede-shoes joke.
The party favors were also a lot of fun to make and so cute, using washed out baby food jars. I knew I was saving them for a reason! The lids were made into magnets, and that's what all the green M&M's where for. (Tutorial to come.)
After decorating, I had a moment of "is this going overboard?". But after looking at the pictures, it wasn't as overwhelming as I thought.
I took advice from my sister and used crepe paper for an awesome but inexpensive effect.
I made a robot garland (tutorial from Made by Rae) and put it everywhere! There's so much of it, and I didn't want to throw it away, so after the shower, I moved it into my kids' room. It goes around their entire room and I still have more. . .
I love the look of these pom-poms I made using this tutorial. It was so fast. 16 sheets of tissue paper, small wire, 10 minutes, and I had 2 pretty accents for above the gift table.
My favorite part of the planning was that I didn't have to worry about the food. Shelly's mom and I both thought we were getting the better end of the deal when we decided to split the duties with her in charge of the food and me hosting. This is my tiny table loaded with her pretty serving dishes and delicious spread.
And if you aren't drooling now, you must be crazy!
The party was fun and I still have the crepe paper and pom-poms hanging from the ceiling. They might end up staying for a while...
Congrats, Shelly, on your impending parasite!