***Warning*** There are lots & lots of pictures. You know a picture is worth a thousand words!
I'll start with the desserts & candy bar which were set up in the dining room because you walk through that room to get to the great room. I bought the lanterns at Party City. I had grand ideas of making my own tissue paper pom-poms but ran out of time because I like to procrastinate like that. But these were awesome & more "boy-ish" anyway than pom-poms would have been...don't ya think? I made the garland out of scrapbook paper & ribbon.
I had a couple of the glass jars and purchased the rest from Home Goods & TJ Maxx.
I made a sign for the candy bar out of scrapbook paper & printed a label using Microsoft word on my computer...nothing fancy...as I don't have any fancy label makers...yet ;)
I also made labels and attached them to plain white bags for guests to take their treats home in. Got the idea for those labels here. I decided to go with the colors from the invitation & mix in some classic toys rather than going with a "theme" shower. And I was thrilled to find a shower with the same invitation as I had used. I had already found the coordinating scrapbook paper at Michaels, so I used many of the ideas I found on this blog..
Those cute labels were used on each of the jars to identify what was in them. Just in case you didn't realize those were M&M's...lol!
I made my own cupcakes. They may not look perfect but they are my sister's favorite flavor!
I asked that guests send me a baby picture of themselves prior to the shower to participate in this game. It was fun trying to figure out who matched which baby picture. I got that fabulous huge bulletin board in Home Goods. You'll probably see it in a future post in my daughters room.
I wanted to incorporate a plane as that is the theme of her nursery. I had the most difficult time finding a plane then came across this little guy in the dollar section at Target. So, I bought 2 of them.
We kept the drinks simple a few flavors of soda, water & I made white sangria...which was delicious!
The food table was set up over the pool table. My cousin made bruschetta....yummy!!!
More yummy food pictures...loved the tomato & fresh mozzarella kabobs. My aunt made harvest chicken salad on croissants that was delish!!
Can't ignore the cute decor. I made labels for all the food. Those Dr. Seuss books were a gift from my kids to their new baby cousin. They each wrote a note on the inside cover of the book they gave Baby P.
More adorable decorations. I ordered the blocks from Amazon. I got them as a gift for my oldest child & all 3 kids played with them. They are great...mine are still in perfect condition. Hope Baby P enjoys them just as much! The sock monkey & little wagon are also from Amazon.
I found this awesome idea for a mad lib style advice card here. Guests filled out the cards at the shower then I slipped them into a small scrapbook for my sister & her husband.
Another great idea I found here. A welcome sign for the front door. I printed out the letters using microsoft word on my pc then bought some thin fabric and traced the letters onto the fabric. I used thin sharpies to color in the letters to coordinate with the colors of the shower theme. Hung it on a dowel I bought at Micheals with some ribbon.
I couldn't have pulled it off without the help of my family. Thanks girls!!
I had a great time planning this shower! I hope you can find some inspiration for your next party. There are tons of ideas out there! A few of the guests actually asked me if I could plan a party for them. Too bad they live 9 hours away from me. But that got me thinking about how much I love planning, coordinating and executing these ideas...hmmmm could this be a new hobby or dare I say career path?! I'll have to show you some of the things we did for my sister's bridal shower & wedding and let you decide. ;)