Gender Neutral Sweet Baby Shower Details

I think it’s about time to wrap up the gender neutral baby shower posts, and what better way to do that than with a post all about the details? After all, it’s all the little details that come together to make an event (or anything, really) something extra special.

Table Decorations

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I used mostly vintage table linens purchased at yard sales. Some of them had stains or tears, but by overlapping and layering them, I was able to hide all of the damaged areas. None of the linens “matched,” but I think they all coordinated together perfectly. Plus, the vintage fabrics lent themselves well to the shower’s sweet baby theme. I believe I only used one linen that I already owned, and it was actually used at the couple’s wedding shower I hosted several years ago. #howsweet

The candle holders in the above photo were so, so simple to make. I purchased the glass candle holders at the Dollar Tree. I considered using them as is, but they were just too plain. I cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit  around the vessel and taped it to the glass. It still looked too plain, so I added the ribbon. (Both the scrapbook paper and ribbon were purchased specifically for the shower.) At this point, I thought it still looked a little too plain, so I tied on the “tweet baby” tags with some ribbon I had on hand. Super simple, super cute.

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I used a lot of different pieces for centerpieces. All of the milk glass vases were found at a yard sale for 50¢ each, and I used parts of a grocery store bouquet for filler. The vases were sprinkled throughout the space. Any paper products, such as the print above or the “tweet baby” tags, were free printables. (Check out my Pinterest board for the printables.) The cute little bird house is actually from Bath and Body Works. It was living in my kitchen, so I pulled it out for the big day. Sometimes shopping your house is a great way to add free decorations for a party.

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All of the table centerpieces were no muss, no fuss placed together on the day of the shower. There was, however, some prep work like assembling the candle holders in the top photo and arranging the flowers in the milk glass vases. The table above has mints housed in some more Dollar Tree candle holders.

All of the flowers used at the shower were purchased at the grocery store the day before the shower. I knew I was taking a risk by not preordering flowers, but the cost savings was totally worth the risk. I think we spent around $15 for all of the flowers. That was a lot of bang for my buck, since I was able to get quite a few arrangements out of two bouquets thanks to the small milk glasses. I sent the potted flowers above home with the mom-to-be as a keepsake from her shower.

Simple Decor, Big Impact

While balloons might not be the cheapest option, they do make a large visual impact. The cheapest price I could find on balloons in my small town was $1 per balloon, which didn’t sound too bad at first. Once I realized I needed 40 balloons to make any sort of impact, the numbers started adding up. However, I still think balloons are a fabulous, somewhat low-cost option.

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We used balloons as markers for our driveway — many shower guests didn’t know which house was ours — along with a simple, inexpensive sign. Do I have any pictures of this? Nope. We tied about 10 balloons to a shepherds hook at the end of our driveway and planted a baby shower yard sign beside it, just in case anyone might be confused.

I had planned to use the rest of the balloons to mark a path to the backyard, but it was way too muddy to have guests traipsing around on the ground. Instead, we had guests enter the front door and we used the balloons as shower decor. I’m so glad it worked out that way, because the balloons can be seen in most of the baby shower photos, and they look adorable. I was able to choose custom colors (turquoise and ivory), which made the balloons even more special.

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I whipped up a few tissue paper pom poms for this shower just like I did for the Pretty in Pink [and zebra] baby shower I hosted earlier this year. These were white with pastel polka dots or stripes, and they were oh so sweet.

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In the background of the above photo you can see one of the Pinterest-inspired projects I made for this event.

Another project I completed for this event turned out absolutely darling. My grandmother and I tackled making bunting for the cradle. We actually made a couple of different sizes of bunting to be used throughout the space, but the small one on the gift cradle ended up being sufficient.

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The bunting couldn’t have been simpler to make. All we did was create a template, pick coordinating fabrics, cut the fabrics by the template, fold over the top and stitch, string on a line. Easy!

Buffet Table

The buffet tables received similar treatments to the other tables: vintage linens, simple flowers and an assortment of decorations. I think having an extra-long, vintage runner was the perfect linking element for these two tables. The ivory linen below was the one we used at the couple’s wedding shower all those years ago.

Baby Shower Buffet Table from BetweenWeekdays.com

To read more about the menu, click here.

Wishes for Baby

The wishes for baby cards were a huge hit with party guests. Below is my Dad and the dad-to-be filling out the wish cards.

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We had so much fun reading all of the wish cards, which was made easier by the sweet display I set up for the completed cards.

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All I did was take a collage frame (from Kirkland’s) and run a ribbon through the decorative loops around the edges of the frame. I hung the frame on the garage door with a wreath hanger. Almost every guests made their way over to read the wish cards.

Below the wish card frame, I had a small table with blank wish cards, a pen, instructions and a few other fun items.

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The feed the piggy bank was another Pinterest-inspired project. I’m not sure how many guests participated in this game, but I made sure there was enough change to at least rattle around a bit. A decorative bird (shopped from my house), and some mints housed in another piece of milk glass rounded out this functional little table.

And that marks the end of the Gender Neutral Sweet Baby Shower. I hope you can take some inspiration from this event. To read more of the posts relating to this shower, click below.

I’m linking up to TDC’s Before and After Party!

Pinterest-Inspired Baby Shower Projects

Last week I shared with you some of what I’ve been pinning for an upcoming baby shower I’m throwing for a pair of dear friends. Today, I want to show you what I’ve been working on.

Feed the Pig

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I just love this idea. I found the white piggy bank at Walmart for $3. I already had the paper and ribbon on hand. I love that the piggy bank is a simple white, because it will easily fit into any nursery’s design.

The piggy bank and whatever collects inside will go home with the parents-to-be at the end of the shower. I may have already added some contents to Sir Piggy.

I first saw inspiration for this project here.

Daddy-to-Be Corsage

I obviously don’t except the soon-to-be dad to wear a floral corsage with billowing ribbons, but I think this version might just suit him

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The adorable baby and stork picture was free clipart I found online. I simply saved it to my computer, opened it in PicMonkey and added the words. Then I added the ribbon and glued it all together. Simple and free!

I first saw inspiration for this project here.

Cast Your Vote Gender Chalkboard

Chalkboards are all over Pinterest, so it’s about time I jumped on board, too!

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Have I mentioned that the gender of the baby is unknown? The parents are hoping to find out the gender before baby is born, but that won’t happen before their shower. This is the closest thing to a game we’ll have for guests, so hopefully they will really enjoy making predictions.

I purchased the chalk board at a yard sale for $2 and added the words with my Silhouette SD. I already had the jars holding the chalk, which I think was around .89¢ for a four pack I’ll let our nephew play with this summer. Once again, this is another inexpensive project ringing in at around $3.

I first saw inspiration for this project here.

Faux Floral Corsage

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Admittedly, I pinned myself for this project, since I knew I wanted to make a corsage similar to the one I made for my Sister-in-Law. The only difference between how I made this one and the zebra corsage is that this corsage does not have a removable hair bow. Since we don’t know the gender of the baby, I didn’t feel that step was necessary. However, the mom-to-be can cut off the ribbons and still use the flower as a pin if she wants to after the shower.

Click here for the full tutorial to make your own corsage.

Framed Onesie Line

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I love this. I think it is simple and beautiful. I also love that I got the frame for FREE at a yard sale. The onesies were around $6 and will go home with the parents at the end of the shower. I’m guessing the parents will get sick of yellow pretty soon, so these are all size newborn.

To make this I cleaned up the ivory frame and stapled ribbon to the inside edge of the frame where the glass would go with a staple gun. The clothespins were each painted turquoise on the sides and backs, and then I Mod Podged strips of paper to the front. I’ll also send home the clothespins with the parents.

This project is similar to the clothespin line I created for my sister-in-law.

I first saw inspiration for this project here.

That’s the round-up of Pinterest-inspired baby shower projects. I’m really pleased with how well all of these turned out. I’m looking forward to sharing more details of the baby shower with you soon! The shower is the first weekend in June, and I’m already well on track to being ready well in advance.

p.s. If you’re interested in any of the baby shower projects I completed for my sister’s-in-law baby shower, click any of the links below.

A Baby Shower Menu 

Drop-In Baby Shower Games

Baby Shower Entertainment for a 5 Year Old

How to Make a TuTu Wreath

How to Make a Baby Shower Corsage

Gifting Baby Shower Decor to Parents to Be

Planning a Baby Shower

I’m linking up to the Pinterest Challenge over at Young House Love and Bower Power. I’m partying at Between Naps on the Porch, Thrifty Decor Chick and Funky Polkadot Giraffe. Join me!

Baby Shower Inspiration

I’m hosting another baby shower soon! This baby shower will be quite different from the Pretty in Pink [and zebra] Baby Shower I hosted back in March. I’m so looking forward to sharing all of the details with you during the next couple of months.

I’ve created a pin board on Pinterest, but I’ve had to make it private in order to conceal all of the details from the mom to be. So, I thought it might be fun to share what I’ve been pinning. (Next week I’ll share what I’ve accomplished from my pinspiration during the Pinterest Challenge.)

I’ve already put together my own “Feed the Pig” piggy bank originally seen here. I absolutely love this idea, and I’m hoping shower guests get a kick out of it, too.

I’ve already utilized several free printables, and the birdie above is one of my favorites! I placed it in a turquoise frame, and it is absolutely precious. I also had the coordinating favor tags printed. I’m thinking about using them in the place of gift cards, and I’m sure I’ll be able to find several other uses for them as well.

I’ve asked a local baker to create the cake above for the shower. The cake will be strawberry and will have matching vanilla cupcakes. Yum! I’ve got come cute things to dress up the cupcakes. However, I still would like to find a pretty cake stand similar to the one above.

I created a onesie line for the Pretty in Pink [and zebra] baby shower, but this baby shower needs a different approach. I love the idea of framing the onesies. I’m happy to report that this project is already well underway.

A big inspiration for this baby shower is mason jars. I think they’re perfect for the expecting parents and the kind of shower I hope to plan for them.

I’ve got a lot in the works for this baby shower, and I can’t wait to show you everything very soon!

Confession: I have a lot of shoes

I’m sure I’m not in the minority with this admission, but I really do have a lot of shoes. I just counted 73 pairs, and I’m sure I missed some in there since there’s no real space in my closet for them. That includes flip flops, sneakers, dress shoes, boots and everything else, including one pair of slippers. That’s a lot of shoes, man.

According to most articles I’ve found online, the average American woman owns less than 20 pairs of shoes, which upgrades me to hoarder status apparently. Unless, all of those women are lying, which I have a strong suspicion they are.

According to a Glamour poll, most women said they had 20 to 40 pairs of shoes. I would have guessed that I had about 50 pairs of shoes, so I’m going to bump this number up to 30 to 50 pairs per the average American woman. Of course, if you factor in the type of woman who reads Glamour, this number still might be a wee bit high.

I have only a couple of pairs that I hang on to for sentimental reasons. For instance, I don’t see myself ever getting rid of my wedding shoes. However, I probably do have a few pairs I can bear to part with. I think.

I’ve never had adequate shoe storage. In our last house, I actually only kept in-season shoes in my closet. The rest were stored in a plastic tote in the garage, which meant I had to switch out shoes with the changing of the seasons.

Our current closet has enough space; it’s just not being properly utilized.

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Most of the shoes are out of my reach up high on that shelf. The ones below pile up, because I can never reach to return them up high. I also have a hanging shoe rack on the back of the closet door, which prevents the door from shutting all the way. Poor travis has all of his shoes crammed into the bottom right corner. Any way you look at it, our current shoe storage is a hot mess. Actually the entire closet is a hot mess, but that’s a story for another day.

So in the interest of saving my sanity, I’ve been looking into new shoe storage solutions.

I love the idea of corralling all of my flip flops into a basket like Chris did over at chriskauffman.blogspot.com.

I’m also digging the shoe tree at The Container Store. I’m not sure if I would actually have enough floor space for this option, though. A girl can dream, right? I just think this would be a smart way of organizing all of the shoes that are worn the most, which for me would be ballet flats.

Over at Hearty-Home, they used a letter tray for flip flops and flats. I think this could get expensive quickly, but you never know where you might find a deal on something like this. If I could score a deal on some organizers, I think it could be perfect storage for all of my most-worn shoes.

I’ve been hanging my boots for about a year now thanks to a tip I saw on Browne Eyed Belle via Pinterest. This helps save a ton of room, but I still like to keep the boxes for some of my nicer boots for out-of-season storage.

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We knew when we bought our blue house that our closet would need a major overhaul. I just didn’t know that it was going to drive me completely crazy in the meantime. We’re holding off a bit longer on reworking our closet, but I think I have a pretty good idea of how to address my shoe storage problems. In the meantime, I’ll be pinning away new organizational ideas on Pinterest.

What clever ways have you found to store shoes? I’d love to know! Also, please tell me I’m not the only one out there with 70+ pairs of shoes.

A Moving Binder

We have to be out of our house November 30, so I’ve got a busy month ahead of me.

I’ve been doing tons of research on how to organize my move, and decided to create a moving binder to keep all the papers and information I’ll need during the next month in one place. So far in the binder I have:

  • A November calendar to keep up in important dates
  • A zippered pouch to hold business cards, pencils, a calculator, etc.
  • Blank paper to list important details
  • An incoming mail log to ensure everyone who sends us mail has our new address
  • A list of the shows we DVR
  • A log of companies I need to call to change our address
  • A list of services to cancel (utilities, trash, etc.)
  • Weekly to-do lists beginning with this week
  • Sheet protectors for papers we need to keep up with

I found a free printable cover for the binder, and I think it makes it look super cute, which means I’m more likely to tote it around with me and use it.

We are so excited about our move, and now I’m even more excited because I know that I’ll stay super organized and on top of my growing to-do lists for the month.

To see some of the other moving resources I’ve found lately, check out my moving board on Pinterest.

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