Monday, March 18, 2013

DIY Party Ideas: Ready To POP Baby Shower-Part I

Two weeks ago I packed up all my crafty goodies and headed 'home' to Milwaukee to throw my sister Amy a baby shower! My sister is due April 16th and having a "Lucy"! Yep, it's a GIRL!

Some of you might be thinking, where is the PINK? When Amy found out she was having a girl, she was beyond excited, but still didn't want everything PINK. She would like more kids in the future and would like to reuse things if possible.

The baby shower theme was "She's ready to POP!" 
When is comes to throwing a great party you need 3 things:
  • Great decorations
  • Great food
  • Great friends & family
If you haven't been to a party store lately, it is crazy the amount of decorations you can get! They have one of everything you'd ever need, but at a hefty price! That is where being crafty comes into play! Simple DIY decorations is the way to go. Here are a few simple ideas...

What is a baby shower without a diaper cake? This one was made by my sister Andrea. Using some recycled teal and green burlap ribbon and a little hot glue, she made a big bow for the top. With the scraps she covered a cardboard L for Lucy. Each tier of the diaper cake is held together with a single strip of green and teal chevron ribbon.

No bells and whistles here, just a simple and classic diaper cake with a POP of color.
We put the diaper cake at the front entrance table so it was the first thing people saw when they came in. We added a photo of the couple for a personal touch!

Next up, table decor.

My sister Amy has very rustic taste with a clean modern twist. She loves using elements of nature in her decor. For the tables we used old recycled mason jars (from mom's dusty basement storage room, thanks ma!) and covered them with burlap an hemp cord. We added green Daisies and Button Mums for a touch of green and then a Baby's Breath as a filler. We ended up using 4 bouquets of flowers from the local grocery store which cost about $20. We kept the jars very simple and they turned out great!

We ran out of brown burlap so the last two jars we covered in the colored hemp cord. We placed these on the fireplace mantle.

For the tables, we used clean crisp white plastic table cloths and to add a "POP" of color I added circle confetti I cut out using my Cricut Expression Machine and the Auto-fill feature. If you missed that post, see it here.

Each place setting had a small circle soy candle favor. We ordered candle supplies in bulk and made these from scratch! We used a soy wax and various colors an scents. My favorite was the bright green pear scented one (seen here). Using 4 pieces of coordinating scrapbook paper and a large 2" circle punch, I cut out paper circles and glued them to the lids.

The next idea is my favorite! Keeping with the POP theme we decided to made mini POPcorn bags!

For the sign I cut out a 5x5 piece of teal cardstock and embossed the bottom with my Cuttlebug Machine and Spots & Dots embossing folder. I added a layer of green paper and lined the top and bottom with Candi Dot Embellishments! Using my letter stamps from the Fancy Pants Doodles & Things Stamp Set, I stamped out POPCORN (Please take one).
The flying popcorn and popcorn box on the sign was all done by hand. I cut out the popcorn shapes using a mustard yellow cardstock and then inked the edges with my Chocolate Megan Elizabeth Ink Edgerz! I popped them off of the page using Pop Dots and added added white stitching detail to make it fly (w/ White Gel Pen)!
For the POPcorn bags I used teal and green large polka dot treat bags that I found at the party store.(10 for $.99 - SCORE!) I designed the logo for the stickers in Adobe Illustrator and made them about 2" diameter. Using Silhouette Printable White Sticker Paper, I printed a few sheets and punched them out with my 2" Circle Paper Punch. We placed the treat bags in recycled clementine orange crates. I am a huge fan of recycling and these crates were just PERFECT!

I am sorry to cut this short, but this post is getting quite long! I have a lot more to share but am going to stop for today. I will share the rest of the ideas from the shower later this week so stay tuned! I hope you love the ideas so far and are making metal notes for your next party!



  1. Gorgeous shower idea's, the popcorn bags and the little message on them and the nappy stack looks great.
    Kim xXx

  2. Love the colors & your ideas!
    My favorite so far is definitely the bags of popcorn with the circles - the circle message tags holding each bag closed came out great!

    Yeah for Square1 - it's an awsome product!


  3. Everything looks great!