Rustic Baby Shower for a Little Lady

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I recently made decorations for a party that I could not attend, as I did with Erin’s Graduation. This time, it was for a baby shower being held at the home of the grandparents-to-be. The parents, Becky and Zack, would both be attending, so although they are having a little girl I knew I didn’t want to make the decorations overly feminine. I chose a rustic floral theme for the couple, who I know love nature and the outdoors.

Because all the decorations needed to be portable and easily set up, I went with a lot of light-weight items that would make a big impact.

(Note- Pictures courtesy of my friend CC)

Congratulations banner made from burlap and painted letters.

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(My favorite item!) A mobile wrapped with juniper berries and hung with origami paper leaves.

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Wishes for Baby cards made with card stock and ribbon. The little leaf photo album is great to hold the cards once the guests write their messages!

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I made these bottle wraps using burlap, ribbon and the juniper berries from the mobile. They are tied to the bottle with ribbon!

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And, finally, some cheerful tassel garland made with tissue paper. (I spy a picture of little Luna love!)

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Congratulations to the parents-to-be!

French Bistro Themed 25th Birthday Party

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It was an honor and a privilege to decorate a French Bistro themed 25th birthday party for my lovely roommate, Jill. She studied abroad in France and misses it terribly, so we decided that this year we’d bring a little bit of Paris to our apartment in Boston. Allons-y!

First and foremost, we needed to invite people to the soirée. I decided to take the traditional chalkboard signs that are iconic to French bistros and use them throughout the party, starting with the invitations.

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I’ll try to let the pictures do most of the talking, since there are a bunch!

I didn’t have any actual chalkboards, so I made my own lookalikes by painting canvases black and using a chalkboard paint pen to decorate them.

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I propped up my homemade wine charm favors and picture frame guest book on a wine crate.

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I made a Happy Birthday banner (in French!) using card stock and the chalkboard paint pen.

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If you haven’t had a kir, you really should! We had trouble finding crème de cassis, but we made do.

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Oh, and did I mention I made some custom wine labels? This is a great way to make inexpensive wine look special!

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The last thing I want to do the day after a party is wash 30 wine glasses, so I got these plastic party glasses and put labels on them.

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Wine, bread, cheese, dessert. All you need for a great French themed party.

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Empty wine bottles make excellent vases/candle holders!

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Close-up of Jill’s favorite French cookies, Le Petit Ecolier!

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It was a great party for a great girl. Here’s to many more!

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Graduation Party Decorations, To-Go

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When my friend Jill asked me to make decorations for her sister Erin’s college graduation party, I was thrilled. The only problem was that I couldn’t attend- I had a wedding the same day! My challenge was to make decorations that would make a big impact, but that were also portable and easy to set up by Jill and her family. Challenge accepted!

I focused on decorations that would add color and festivity to the main party area, the food table. I decided on four main decorations: a banner, hanging paper poms, mini pom cupcake toppers, and appetizer flags.

Erin’s school colors were white and gold, and her favorite color is blue, so I used those three colors as my palette (I cheated a bit by using yellow instead of gold). For the banner, I liked the idea of having tassels hanging from the letters, which I created using strips of tissue paper.

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For the letters, I made accordion circles with colored paper and freehand-cut the letters.

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I used yellow, white and blue tissue paper for the large paper poms, and blue tissue paper for the pom cupcake toppers.

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I kept everything flat for traveling, and then Jill and her mom fluffed everything up for the party. Huge thanks to Jill for taking these pictures of everything set up!

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I was so happy to contribute to Erin’s day from afar. Congrats again, Erin!