Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Creative Baby Shower


My sweet friend Shauna had a baby a couple of months ago, and another friend of ours and I teamed up to throw her a baby shower.  I just love baby showers, especially for little girlies!  I also love it when the decor from a baby shower can live on as decor in the new baby's room!  So before going to town on decorations for the shower, I consulted with Shauna about the colors of her new nursery and knew that she was using purple and baby blue, so away we went!



The big tissue paper pom-poms are the same ones that are everywhere these days -- I'm partial to this Martha Steward tutorial, if you aren't familiar with them yet.  I made the light blue orbs with regular white chinese party lanterns, which I covered with blue crepe paper.  I gave it a ruffled effect by hot gluing every few inches and folding and tucking as I went along.  I would add a dab of hot glue, fold the paper, and press the fold into the hot glue.  I'm sorry if that's not very clear -- I had all these pictures for you for a tutorial and they apparently never made it off my camera and have disappeared.  But it's pretty simple to do and not even too time-consuming -- I'd say each lantern took about a half-hour or so.


I also added these crepe paper rosettes, glued back to back on fishing line, and book page garlands saved from my Grandpa's 80th birthday, to give a pretty chandelier look over the table.



But the creative part of the shower had everything to do with the activity we chose.  Shauna is very artistic and creative, and we wanted to do something fun and different for her shower.  We decided that instead of traditional baby shower games, we'd get wood blocks and have everyone paint a block for the baby to play with.  I just covered my kitchen table with the kids' art paper (off the big IKEA roll), then put out paints and brushes and the blocks, in apothecary jars because that just makes everything fancier. The activity was a hit at the shower, and the blocks turned out delightful!


There's just something about a baby shower that gives you permission to be as girly and frilly as you could wish, isn't there?  Love it.  And I'm just starting to plan a shower for my little sister in April, and I can't wait to show you what we do for that one!


Oh, and just one last thing.  Our friend Sarah made this absolutely adorable diaper cake to go along with the shower.  Isn't it so sweet?  I know she makes them to sell as well, so if you're interested in contacting her just give me a holler!




7 comments:

Design Lily said...

so cute...love the tissue pom poms and the make-your-own block idea! So cute!

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow, what a unique baby shower. That creative aerial display is out of this world and what a great idea are the block, not to speak of the beautiful diaper cake.
Hugs
Desire

Carrie said...

Wonderful Tomi! I can't wait to see what you come up with for Emily's shower.

Tonya said...

Beautiful! And I love the idea of making personalized blocks for baby at the shower! So cool! and cute!! Thanks for sharing.

Margaret Olson said...

What kind of wood and paint did you use that's baby safe? My friend really wants to so this but I don't know specifics. Thanks!!!!

Margaret Olson said...

What kind of wood and paint did you use that's baby safe? My friend really wants to so this but I don't know specifics. Thanks!!!!

Margaret Olson said...

What kind of wood and paint did you use that's baby safe? My friend really wants to so this but I don't know specifics. Thanks!!!!