Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Baby Shower Essentials!

Of course I called myself the "creative director" when my mom and I decided to throw a baby shower for one of my besties. It's her 5th baby but 1st boy - so we just had to do it big. Along with my creative ideas, my mom's help, and the baby daddy's money I knew this shower would be a hit. Right away I decided to go with a light blue and brown color to incorporate it being a baby boy and to have a touch of elegance. My friend is a beautiful, classy, Italian mama and she deserved the best.

And because I wanted this baby shower to stand out from others, I wanted to do everything myself. I wanted hand made centerpieces, decorations, and favors. Here is how it went down...

{CENTER PIECES}

We found these cute little latch jars at The Dollar Tree so I got 8 of them for the guest tabled. Then I found two different sized ribbons at Micheal's. I hot glued the thicker ribbon around the jar, then tied the little ribbon in a bow before gluing it, then stuck on a little sticker decal.


We got these tall glass vases at The Dollar Tree. "Oh It's a Boy" ribbon at Micheal's. Again, hot glued both ribbons around the glass and filled each center piece with chocolate covered pretzels. 



{ DIAPER CAKE }

I used a small package of infant diapers, used ribbon to wrap around each tier. What you don't see is that in the diaper cake on the bottom is a package of wipes! Around the top tier of the cake are onesies, and then I used glass binkies and plastic rattles to decorate empty spots. We used a Monkey as theme for the baby shower so of course I had to stick a stuffed animal on top, along with a white wooden "G" that I got at Micheal's because the baby's name is Gianni. 


{ THE CAKE }

My mom ordered the cake. The funny story with this, is that morning when she went to pick it up. They had the little monkey in a pink dress and it said "Gianna" so my mom had to sit there and wait while they made a whole nother cake!!!! This one came out perfect though. 


{ FOR THE KIDS }

 We got a monkey pinata and stuffed it with lollipops and other candy. And we had a lucky find at K-Mart. We found all their Valentine's Day candy was only ten cents a piece, so we bought ten dollars worth and set up a candy table as well.What you cant see is that we also had glass jars filled with m&ms, skittles, and more!


{ WINNER GIFTS & FAVORS }

At every baby shower there are games. We had a "guess the presents" BINGO game with 4 winners. 

#1 Blue candles and incense
#2 Picture frame and candle set
#3 Bath and body wash set
#4 Candles & Body spray

The favors were made by hand. We dipped pretzel sticks in white and blue chocolate, and then dipped marsh mellows in chocolate and sprinkled blue sugar crystals on top. Delicious!!!
Tucked them in a cute little plastic cover and tied with a blue bow.


 
 

{ THE FOOD }

We had miscellaneous sandwiches, chips, and salads.
But to top the sandwiches I got cute little blue "BABY" cupcake toppers from Micheal's and stuck them in as many pieces as I could. It added a creative touch, which was nice.



{ THE VENUE }

We rented the Sons of Italy, located in our home town- down town. There were ten tables set up. My friend who works at Taylor Rental was able to borrow all cloth table cloths and napkins. The kids helped us decorate. We also hung some paper lanterns through out the venue to dress it up :)



{ THE MAMA'S CHAIR & GIFTS }

My friend was also able to get us a deal on renting this white wicker chair. We decorated it with balloons, tooling, and some pretty blue flowers. We also had a DJ for the day and tons of presents!!


{ PICTURES FROM THAT DAY }

The mommy and daddy to be, Tricia and Mike

Mama bear to be!
  
One big & happy family - Kayla, Libby, Taleah, mommy, Ava, and Daddy.

Best friends forever - Melissa, my mom, me, Lauren, Manda, Tricia, Michelle, Kerry, Shelly, Joannie. This is about 15-20 years of friendship...

Needless to say, the shower was a blast. Everyone had a great time. All the kids ran around like crazy. Tricia and Mike got a ton of presents which included a bassinet from  my mother, along with a humongous hand made basket of wash clothes, blankets, and bibs. I made a big, gorgeous, baby boy basket with a ton of cute clothes, our friends went all out and this baby is not gonna need for nothing! I am really glad that I was able to be a part of this shower. Her kids have been in my life since they were born, one of them even carrying my name as her middle name, Taleah Felicity. So this family means alot to me and I cant wait to welcome baby Gianni <3

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