The baby shower took place at The Coop in Studio City and was catered by Artisan Cheese Gallery. Since the shower was also benefiting Celebrate the Military Child a number of vendors generously donated financially as well as with products like car seats, strollers, high chairs, and toys. I wanted to keep costs as low as possible so I browsed the aisles of my local Dollar Tree to find some things that would work for decorations. I ended up with centerpieces for the tables that were less than $4 each which I think looked great on the tables. Faith & I took a field trip to my local Party City and found brown plates and gold napkins and cups as well as favors for the kids that were less than $2.00 each. We were pretty pleased with ourselves.
I surprised Christie Lynn & John by creating a four page passport for them and their guests. I have asked Christie Lynn & John to send me a little message for their guests but wouldn’t tell her why I needed it. She tried to get Faith to tell her but she wasn’t budging! Inside were the messages from Christie Lynn, John, & their daughter, Abby, a message from Celebrate the Military Child, passport information about Baby Fortson, history of CtheMC, an Animals & Their Babies game, Help Name the Baby Game using Christie & John, a place for a keepsake photo, and on the back the list of vendors who donated. In each passport I placed a Wishes for Baby Fortson card that guests filled out as a memento for their baby boy.
The souvenir stand was created with limbo sticks, two cardboard boxes, two vases, and rocks from the Dollar Tree. The limbo sticks were purchased at Party City but the other items were from Dollar Tree. I cut the bottom off of the boxes and cut a slit in the tops of the boxes for the pole to go into. The bamboo covering the box was paper I printed using a bamboo graphic. The vases and rocks were used to anchor the poles and keep them in place. I cut out vellum tropical leaves with my Silhouette Cameo and placed them at the base of the poles to add color and to hide the “hole”.
Favors were donated by my best friend, Beth Brancale, who is an Independent Consultant for NYR Organic. If you haven’t tried this product I promise you will love it. It’s all natural, organic, great smelling, and just all around good for you! They have a full line of beauty products for women, men, and children and would be perfect for holiday gifts…hint hint hint. Give Beth a ring and she can tell you all about it. You can also check out her site.
The animal facts posters were placed around various tables at the party. I didn’t take a picture of the backside but I created the “easel” by cutting a strip of cardstock, folding it at the top and bottom, and sticking it to the back of the poster. I will create a quick tutorial and put it on my blog. It’s a very inexpensive way to make your tabletop posters stand up.
This Cargo Hold box was made with an empty diaper box, brown wrapping paper from the Dollar Tree, and letters I created with my Silhouette. The vases that I used throughout the party were also created with items from the Dollar Tree. I wanted something that would be inexpensive and give some height.
The cupcakes were created by my friend Vanessa of Heavenly Layers. They were not only beautiful but they tasted fantastic!
Some pictures from the set up outside…
I loved being a part of this Wild Adventure!
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Favors donated by Beth Brancale, Independent Consultant NYR Organic
Cupcakes donated by Heavenly Layers
Venue: The Coop LA in Studio City