Amanda & Danny's Baby Shower

Amanda and Danny are expecting their first baby! To celebrate they had a co-ed baby shower that included elements from Star Wars, Harry Potter and Dr. Who. I was thrilled to create some printed elements for the party.

Custom invitation:

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*Address and phone numbers have been changed to protect privacy.

*Address and phone numbers have been changed to protect privacy.

Can you spot all of the references from the three different fandoms? Elder Wand, owl & baby drawing, Marauder’s Map footprints, and chapter stars from Harry Potter. Doctor Who quote and Tardis, fonts, light sabre, and Chewbaca’s bandolier from Star Wars. The background also features Gryffindor and Ravenclaw house scarves and a scarf from Dr. Who. Amanda had the invitations printed with Snapfish.

I created a pennant banner with a fun, space background.

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Some of the pennants had elements from the themes. This one had the Ford Anglia from Harry Potter. One also had Dr. Who’s Tardis, and others had a Millennium Falcon and an Tie fighter from Star Wars.

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I created these favor tags too.

Star Wars, Harry Potter, Dr. Who Baby Shower

For the front door I created this fun welcome sign. It includes lots of elements from the invitation.

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Congrats to you both and I can’t wait to meet your little boy!

Jackie & Michael's Baby Shower

Jackie and Michael had a super fun, camping-themed baby shower with Jackie's family and friends. But before that shower, they had one with Michael's family and friends at his mom's home. It was low key and really casual, and they didn't want to do any specific theme, but they still wanted to send an invitation. 

Here's what we created for the shindig:

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It's a straightforward design that is similar to the Panda baby shower invitations, I created a while back. It's a fun invite that I can create with lots of different color combinations. I may add it to my Etsy shop later this month.  

That isn't their real address.

That isn't their real address.

Jackie & Michael's Camping Baby Shower

My sister, Jackie is pregnant with her first baby I was thrilled to get to plan a baby shower for her along with our mom and our friend Joanna. Jackie and my brother-in-law, Michael wanted a coed baby shower and we took a little time brainstorming ideas for a theme. We decided on a camping theme, but there were a few stipulations. The lumberjack theme is popular right now, but none of us wanted to go that route. So no fake beards, no buffalo plaid, just simple camping with a few "tactical" elements thrown in for Michael. It was pretty hard to figure out, but we managed to sneak in a few.

For the invitation I reworked a birthday invitation I created last year (I'll get it up on the blog someday). 

The insert included where to find their registry and rsvp information.

Never fear, the email address and URL have been changed to protect privacy.

Never fear, the email address and URL have been changed to protect privacy.

I had these printed at Office Depot and I mailed them in Clover envelopes from Paper Source. I actually had most of this stuff printed with Office Depot. It was really easy to upload the files to their website and pick them up from my local store within an hour. I was even able to specify that some be printed onto card stock and some not. It was really, really convenient! 

We started with a sign for the front door (this is the only item where I wasn't thrilled with the print quality):

For the shower itself, my sister was adamant that it be a brunch because she loves breakfast food. So we had donuts, bagels, fruit salad, and an egg/sausage/hashbrown/cheese concoction that our mom has been making for years that she calls "Mountain Woman Breakfast." I made food signs for all of these, including the mimosa bar. 

We also had a big basket full of "s'mores mix" which is a mixture of chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and Golden Grahams cereal. I don't know why I forgot to take a photo of it!

For table decor, the city my parents live in cleared away some fallen trees and left the wood slices out, free firewood for residents. Score!! We already had a few old lanterns and then we found these little plastic canteens on Oriental Trading. I created a new sticker for them by printing onto full sheet sticker paper. Voile!!

For a favor, we packed up some fixins for s'mores for everyone to take home. I couldn't decide between the two favor tag designs, so I printed some of each. Cello bags and twine came from Amazon.

We also had a station for folks to build their own trail mix. We called it G.O.R.P. when I was a kid, which stands for "good ole raisins and peanuts." Metal buckets and scoops are from Amazon.

To add a "tactical" element to the party, we had the materials and instructions set up so guests could make their own paracord keychain. 

It was only $1.49 to get each page of instructions laminated at Office Depot. Well worth it!

I created some fun signs for a few spots throughout the party venue. This one is my favorite:

Notice the pregnant mama in a few of these?

Bathrooms too!

Wishes for Baby. I love making these for baby showers and first birthdays! I can only imagine that the parents love to read them a year, five years, or more down the road.

We played a rousing round of The Price is Right and guessed the pricing on a bunch of baby items. Considering how much of these things I've bought in recent years, I kind of hoped I'd do better on this!

I'm really proud of how this trio of onesies turned out. I had created three camping-themed designs and I wanted to screen print them onto a few onesies. I wanted navy blue, dark green, and charcoal gray and I wanted them to all be heathered in texture. Apparently that's really not easy to find and definitely not very affordable. Getting them screen printed with my custom design was going to cost between $20 and $27 each. It was simply more than I was willing to spend. One of these days I'll be able to buy a Silhouette Cameo and do it myself, but not today.

I already had these three onesies in plain white. Since I've been dabbling in fabric dyeing, I blended some colors together to get these three. The green and brown onesies were dyed solid and then I added the designs with fabric paint. The space onesie was done with a method called ice dyeing. I wrote up the details on how I did it here. 

We also had a fun obstacle course that involved walking through Legos, changing a diaper, and assembling a breast pump; all for time!

It turned out to be a really relaxed and fun baby shower and I hope my sister and brother-in-law had as much fun as I had. Love you guys!

Melissa & Patrick's Baby Shower

As if there weren't enough bicycles throughout the decor and printed items at Melissa and Patrick's wedding, we took it a step further with their baby shower, and even added a bike trailer.

We took the same two bicycles that I used on their wedding invitations and I added silhouettes of the two of them riding the bikes and a baby trailer. The result was a super fun design theme for their baby shower and gender reveal.

These were printed at their local Office Depot and they purchased Papaya envelopes from Paper Source.

For this baby shower, we had signs ALL over! First was a sign on the front door of the venue:

They had Burt's Bees lip balm as a party favor, so it made it fun to add the "what will it bee" schtick throughout, but without doing a full-on bumblebee theme.

Guests were encouraged to mark their guesses on the board for the gender of the baby. I guessed girl, but was really second-guessing myself. Even on a chalkboard that was printed on paper, it served well as a real chalkboard.

Guests were also encouraged to fill out a card leaving their wishes for baby. I LOVE these for a wonderful keepsake for both the parents and the baby.

Rather than have a guestbook, we did this thumbprint tree instead. This is the same tree I created for Patrick and Melissa's wedding, including the two bicycles leaning against the tree trunk. I flipped it around and added a tricycle and the Dr Seuss quote. It's one of my all-time favorite quotes:

Today you are you, and that's truer than true.
There is no one alive who is youer than you.

This was such a FUN sign to make. We looked up as many gender-predicting folk tales that we could find and asked Melissa to do all of them. I love the mix of results. 

Melissa and Patrick created a series of games and deemed them the Baby Shower Olympics. Events included guessing a baby item by feel only, Blindfolded Diaper Changing, Pin the Sperm on the Egg, Bottle Chugging, and a test on the pregnancy duration for multiple animals. 

Participants kept track of their own points with the scoresheets we created and the top three winners won a gold, silver, or bronze "medal" that Patrick made by glueing a bottle nipple to a medal and spraying it with metallic paint. 

The mimosa bar just made the day that much more fun. By the way, POG mixed with champagne is a stellar combination (POG = passion fruit, orange and guava juice)!

This was such a fun and entertaining baby shower, and I really love how Patrick and Melissa made a huge effort to make it a fun event for both men and women among their friends and family. Just like their wedding, their baby shower was truly a reflection of their personalities. Congratulations!!

Lindsey & Tyler's Baby Shower

Lindsey's BFF Carrie contacted me thru Etsy wanting to customize a cootie catcher as an invitation for the baby shower she was helping plan. The shower was to have a travel theme with lots of maps and globes as part of the decor. Unfold and you can read the details for the shower.

Carrie folded each cootie catcher and then placed them into cupcake boxes to be mailed. I LOVE how these turned out!!

Sara & Michael's Baby Shower

Sara and Michael were welcoming their first baby with a fun baby shower shared with friends and family. Sara picked a color scheme and wanted the invitations to have a storybook/library feel to them. We immediately thought of the library pocket cards that used to be in library books and the ideas took off from there. 

Funny enough, our kids will never know and understand what those library pockets were for!

The front of the invitation mimicked a page from a storybook. 

Flipping the invitation over revealed a pocket and the faux library card. It included important dates in their history along with rsvp and registry information. I used the Plum card stock from Paper Source to make the pockets.

The back of the library card contained a map to the baby shower venue.

In lieu of address labels, I was able to rig my printer to print directly onto the white envelopes. The front lists some of Michael and Sara's favorite book titles.

I LOVE how these turned out! Congrats guys!!

Cari's Baby Shower

My dear friend Cari is pregnant with her second baby and our friend Bonnie wanted to throw her a grand baby shower. I was thrilled to get to create the invitations and printed items for the big day. 

The color scheme was gold with lots of different purples and we were going with a vintage fairytale theme. I had so much fun creating these!!

Using card stock from Paper Source in their Plum color, I created simple pocketfolds that displayed the invitation and held the two inserts. I layered a metallic gold, vine-y ribbon on top of some purple satin ribbon and a couple pieces of card stock to hold the pocketfold closed. Both ribbons were purchased at JoAnn's.  

I backed the invitation with a mat using Stardream Antique Gold paper, also from Paper Source. I had everything printed at my local Office Depot. I have been really happy with the print quality from my local store. 

The two inserts:

This time I didn't want to do address labels, so I printed addresses directly onto the Antique Gold envelopes with my laser printer. 

At the shower, a simple welcome sign sat on an easel at the doorway.

Bonnie stained a couple dozen onesies and set up a decorating station. It was so fun!

Here's the onesie I decorated; my first time "painting" with a bleach pen!

I printed out a few quotes from famous fairytales or authors that we framed and displayed on the tables.

A "wishes for baby" card was at each place setting and Bonnie collected them to be made into a book for Cari. 

This shower was such a treat to work on! I'm working on publishing a more detailed post about the party itself on Mama Say What?! I'll add the link here once it's up.

Congrats Cari!!

Panda Themed Baby Shower

I created this baby shower invitation for a client a while back and I loved it so much I decided to expand on it and add it to my Etsy shop as a whole downloadable package. Here's a link to the listing: Panda Baby Shower

All of the files are writable PDF files, so you as the customer can fill in the information as it applies to the baby shower you're hosting.

Here's what's included:

All of the text can be edited on the invitation except the top three lines. Because of the nature of writable PDF files, you cannot change the alignment, size, color or font. 

This package comes with two options when it comes to an invitation insert. One is simple with just registry information. The second includes verbiage for a diaper raffle AND registry information. You can print whichever one you'd like.

Water bottle label and a "wishes for baby" card.

Place cards can also be used as food labels for a buffet and napkin rings can also be wrapped around candles or vases for extra decoration.

Favor tags can be printed onto adhesive paper and made into stickers or they can be printed onto card stock with a hole punched at the top for a more traditional favor tag. Thank you cards are designed to be printed as folded cards that are blank on the inside.

The last item is this card that lets guests take a guess on baby's birthdate and other fun stats. This can be a fun keepsake for new parents.

I am planning to add this same baby shower package but with this aqua and lime green color scheme too, stay tuned!!