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!

Nathan's 4th Birthday

For his 4th birthday, Nathan wanted to go with a fun robots theme. His mommy, Cari also asked me to make sure we incorporate a lot of orange, Nathan's favorite color. 

Cari is a photographer and was gracious enough to take some great photos from his party. I love how everything turned out!

Food signs... loose screws, spare parts, mega bytes... there was also robot fuel, nuts & bolts, and fuel cells.

Cari wrapped juice boxes in aluminum foil and adhered the robot parts that I designed to each box, turning them into miniature robots.

Nathan's birthday t-shirt!

Favor tags. I love the striped bags!

Pennant banner.

Lastly, we created this fun sign for the front door. In case you didn't know what the password was...

Happiest of birthdays Nathan!!

Amely & Ben

I had a blast working on a bunch of different items for Ben and Amely's September wedding. They got married at a lodge in Heber Valley in the mountains of Utah surrounded by close friends and family. 

Amely wanted to go big when it came to their invitations. She fell in love with these scroll invites and I was happy to create the graphics that were printed on each scroll. In case you're wondering, yes! They were really expensive to mail!

Rather than print a hundred program for guests, we opted to print one giant program that was framed and on display with their guestbook. I scaled this faux chalkboard to 24x36, had it printed at FedEx and we stuck it in a frame we picked up at Michael's. FedEx is my current favorite place to print big stuff since they usually print while I wait.

A number of guests were coming in from out of town and were actually staying at the lodge where the wedding took place. Amely and Ben put together welcome baskets for them and we included this itinerary to let them know the weekend's events.

The back (not pictured) included information about local events and attractions.

This fun door knob sign was also included in the welcome baskets.

Lastly, these are some of the signs that I created and were displayed in different spots throughout the venue on the wedding day.

We printed a handful of the cocktails menus and had them laminated.

They set up a fun photo booth using an iPad on a tripod.

This last sign is my favorite! 

Melissa & Jeff's Baby Shower

I had the pleasure of creating a baby shower invitation for Melissa and Jeff with some really beautiful colors and fonts. Here's the invitation:

Folded tent cards acted as signs for the buffet. The same design could easily work for place cards too.

Favor tags adorned small mason jars filled with sugar scrub. Perfect for the sugar & spice theme.

Lastly, a front door sign welcomed guests to the party.

Alex's Baby Sprinkle

When I was pregnant with my second baby, my mom wanted to throw me a baby shower. I was a little uncomfortable with it... second baby, also a boy. I didn't want friends and family to think I was just asking for more stuff. My mom argued that my boys would be born in completely opposite seasons and were going to be over four years apart, so we likely needed some new clothes and new gear. Plus, my mom loves any excuse to have a party, so who was I to argue?

Being the designer I am, I volun-told my mom that I would come up with the invitations and any other printed items for what we were calling a "sprinkle." Since it was held in February, the odds were good it could rain, so I went with a fun rainy theme. Of course, it was gorgeous that day and in the 70s!

I had a lot of fun with the wording!

For party favors, my mom made a big batch of lemon sugar scrub and put them in half-pint-sized mason jars. I added a circle label to the top.

This is one of my favorite printed items for baby showers these days, a card where guests write down their wishes for the new baby. I have even done one of these for a child's first birthday too!

A few of these little umbrellas decorated the food table.

I printed out a bunch of cards like this so we could play some baby-themed Pictonary. It was hilarious how difficult it was to draw some of these!

I cut out this sign in a cloud shape for the front door.

Lastly, I created some simple thank you cards to send to everyone who came, whether they gave a gift or not.

I felt so blessed to share such a wonderful day with my close friends and family. If you'd like to read more details about the party itself, check out this blog post on Mama Say What?!

Lilah's 1st Birthday

Lilah's mommy Miriam had so much fun with her first birthday party. The theme was "Lilah's Sweet Shoppe" complete with candy stripes and an ice cream buffet!

Check out the fun items we created for the party:

Water bottle labels, complete with a custom nutritional label.

A sign for the front door.

We made a variety of labels and stickers for favors, games and activities that Miriam set up for the kids who attended. Each cup held a clean piping bag that had been stuffed with loofah sponges and bath soaps, mimicking ice cream and frosting.

To end we created a folded thank you card that was blank on the inside. 

Such an awesome party, happy birthday Lilah!