Saturday, June 25, 2011

Krista's Baby Shower


rista's Baby Shower

My mom and I hosted a baby shower for my friend Krista.  I met Krista growing up at my home church in Richmond.  We became good friends through the small group that we were both in during high school.  My mom and I invited all of the small group members, as well as their mothers to this shower.  My group had not been all together since we all graduated, so it was a really special time to catch up with one another.  

My mom and I had a lot of fun throughout the whole shower process.  We started by making the invitations for the shower.  Each of them were unique.

We used stamps and stamp pads, tools that cut special edges and corners, and coordinating paper, along with the usual fare of scissors, glue, and pencils.  Our front stamp said, "Happy Pregnancy" with a round-bellied dress on a hanger, as you can see below.

After we had sent the invitations, we started planning the party.  We each made some decorations.  I made the bunting to hang from the entry way of my parents' house and to welcome everyone.  The mom and dad-to-be named the baby Kassie.  We were able to incorporate that throughout the decorations and the party.

Another paper craft we did was to make some paper diapers to hang with tiny, colored clothespins.  I got this idea from my friend Kat at Danielle's shower.

We also had a prayer/message tree, where the guests could write messages to expecting family.  My mom and I used hot glue to decorate the branch we foraged from the back yard with little coral flowers.  The messages are attached with little, calla lily, bendable flowers.  (We got the flowers and the bendable flowers from Michael's.  They came in a bunch, and we just cut them off of/out of their bunch.  That really stretched money!  It was only a dollar for each bunch.)  The branch is sitting in a vase filled with marble rocks to stabilize it upright.  The bunny was holding the directions and the basket for the attaching flowers.

The completed tree was really special to send home with Krista.  We also had a small stuffed-animal tea party as a center piece for one of the tables.   

Since daisies were one of Krista's wedding flowers, we incorporated them in our decorations.  We had small jars each filled with colored water.  The daisies looked very cute in the different shaped and colored jars!

It seems I missed taking a picture of the food and cupcakes.  I was able to use my cupcake tree to display the cupcakes.  I just made chocolate cupcakes from a box mix, and we iced them with Ukrop's white, butter-cream, icing.  If you're a Richmonder, you know how good the food from the Ukrop's bakery is.  Another nice aspect of the shower was that we were also able to reuse a lot of things we had made or purchased for my wedding.  We used glass marbles, table clothes, and serving trays.

It was really fun to plan and execute a shower with my mom.  We had a lot of fun making most everything, and I think it all flowed together.  I know it was special to me to get to reunite with close friends from high-school, and I think everyone enjoyed it, too.

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