We are having a dreary, rainy day here in Tennessee, so naturally I’ve been wasting time on Pinterest. During a search for a housewarming gift, a project of mine popped up (See number 9 below)! This exciting find led me on a hunt to find my post popular posts on Pinterest.
Also known as: All the loot the expectant parents took home!
You may have surmised by now that the expectant parents took home quite a bit just from shower decorations and shower games alone. I thought it would be fun to share what the parents left with from us and a few other memorable gifts, as well.
Of course, I sent the hot pink and black tutu wreath I crafted home with the expecting parents. My sister-in-law said she would hang it on the nursery door. I’m so happy to know that my new niece will have a reminder of us every time she enters her nursery.
I also gave the tissue paper pom poms I crafted to the expecting parents. I’m not sure if they’ll use them in the nursery, but I sure hope they do. Since infants spend so much time looking up, I think baby Addyson would enjoy seeing them for at least her first few months.
I also sent home all 64 socks (and the decorative booties and the zebra notepad) from the sock guessing game. Since the expectant father guessed the exact number of socks, he also took home the door prize: “What To Expect When You’re Expecting.” Lucky thing.
The parents also took home the completed Wishes for Baby cards. I hope they’ll put them in a photo album or something to look back on. I also sent them with several blank cards that they can ask other family members who were unable to attend the shower to fill out.
They took home all of the onesies from the onesie line. Some were newborn and others went up to 6 months. I also sent the clothespins I dressed up with some paint and scrapbook paper.
On that table, you’ll also notice a picture frame with a ultrasound picture. I added the zebra mat (it was just scrapbook paper) and added the baby’s name to the picture. I think it was one of the expectant mom’s favorite shower decor items. Also on that table is a newborn headband and the thank you card envelopes guests filled out; both of which the parents took home. On the mantle is a framed baby shower invitation, which I also sent home. Since I have the digital file, I don’t think I need a hard copy.
There was another newborn headband hiding out on the beverage table that I also sent home as a gift.
Of course, the baby shower corsage I crafted went home with them. I was pleased that the expectant mom wore it for the entire length of the shower. She was also pretty excited that it transitions to a bow for the baby later.
You’ll notice in the picture above that the gift table behind the expectant mom was very full of gifts! Three of them were from us. One of the gifts was the activity basket I put together for our nephew. It provided quite a bit of entertainment for him during the shower.
I also couldn’t help but buy a couple of gifts to wrap up for the gift table. The first was a hot pink and zebra Carter’s diaper bag that I found at Ross. I thought it would be the perfect size for quick trips.
The last gift from us was a pair of adorable bibs I found at Babies R Us.
Here’s a few of the other sweet gifts the expectant parents took home with them:
I’m happy that we were able to provide them with this shower and all of the gifts. But, most of all, I’m happy that we were able to celebrate this special time together as one family. (I’m also thankful that they took most of the baby shower decor items home with them! This made clean up a breeze!)
This post marks the last of the baby shower posts for my sister-in-law. Luckily my “brother” is expecting his first later this year, so I’ll be throwing him a shower this summer! Oh yeah!
Want to look back at all of the hot pink and zebra baby shower goodness? Click any of the links below for all the details for my sister’s-in-law baby shower.
I know tutu wreaths are nothing new in the blogosphere, but I still think they’re pretty cute. When I first started thinking about baby shower decor I knew I wanted some sort of wreath I could hang at my house for the shower that could then go home for the baby’s nursery, which is decorated in hot pink and zebra. A tutu wreath seemed like a perfect fit.
Straw Wreath Form
Tulle (I used 86 yards)
1. Cover the wreath form with felt. I like to cut the felt in strips and then wrap it around the form securing the pieces with straight pins. Be sure to cut the felt narrow enough so that it doesn’t bunch as you go around the wreath form.
2. Cut the tulle to size. I used a piece of a cardboard box to ensure all of my pieces were the same. I simply wrapped the tulle around the cardboard and then cut one end of it. This ensured all of the tulle strips were the same size, which happened to be double the length of cardboard since I only made one cut.
3. After I had all of my pieces cut to size, I began adding them to my wreath form. I found that the simplest way to accomplish this was by finding the middle of the strip of tulle, folding it around the wreath form, then pulling the ends through tight and tying a knot to hold it in place. It sounds more complicated than it actually is.
4. After you finish with one color, alternate to your next color. I chose to use two colors, but you could certainly use more or only one. Totally up to you. I decided to not try to keep all the bands of color the same exact length, but to, instead, make a somewhat random pattern. If you want to keep the bands of color the same, I would recommend using a ruler rather than counting knots. I found that nine knots in pink didn’t match nine knots in black, and even my next set of nine pink knots didn’t match the first. I like random.
5. Finally, you’ll end up with a completely-covered wreath form! I decided to crinkle the tulle up a bit to make it look more like a little girl’s tutu, but you could totally straighten them out for longer tulle strips.
I’m making a lot of progress on my baby shower to-do list! Here’s my progress so far:
- Finish decorating, renovating, painting, unpacking, etc. our house. This is a priority No.1. Not all of the rooms have to be perfect, but the main areas of the house need to be presentable.
Plan a menu— See here.
- Coordinate pet sitters for the day of.
Craft a corsage for the guest of honor. Buy paper plates, cups, utensils, napkins.
- Purchase food.
Ask mother-in-law to help. Purchase balloonsfor outdoor decor and to alert friends and family where we live since this will be the first time most people have been to our house. Rent or DIY table linens. Rent/borrow extra tables. Rent/Purchase ice bucket and scoop.Don’t forget to buy ice on the day of the shower!
- DIY/Purchase decor. I’ve got some cute ideas! This is very nearly done.
- Do I have enough serving dishes for food? Rent/borrow/purchase extras, if needed.
Order invitations. Ask grandparents to address and mail out. Plan and coordinate games. I don’t want to do the typical baby shower games, so I’m thinking door prizes instead. Purchase favors.This is done! I bought these cuties and can’t wait for them to arrive. Decorate favor display stand.
Want to read more posts about the baby shower? Click any link below to read more!