My cousin and I teamed up to throw a baby shower for one of my younger sisters (2 of my sisters are expecting, weird!). Since her husband is a mechanic, she's been wanting to do a tool theme for the baby, so we decided to run with that for the shower. The theme was a mix between tools and construction, but it worked out wonderfully. We were restricted in space and funds, but I think it all pulled together quite well and we all had a good time (and that's what counts). I shot some before pictures of the set up, but the next few days I'll go into a little more detail on some of the individual items/ideas.
Construction Signs around the house (i.e. Drop Your Load, Work Zone, Dig In) at key locations.
A Clothesline for decoration
A diaper cake
Painted Nesting Boxes
A station where guests could design their own quilt square (rather than have a guest book)
A sign in station
|"Drop Your Load" for the gift table and "Sign In" for the name tags (Your name and your relation to the baby) and to address a pre-enveloped thank you card.|
|The gift table.|
|"Daddy's Diaper ToolBelt" including gloves, goggles, nose/mouth masks, diapers, and butt paste (that's the brand name).|
|Guests were asked to make themselves a name tag with their name and relation to the baby, and then to write their name and address onto the envelope. The envelopes contained blank thank you cards that the mother-to-be could fill out.|
|The clothesline and the bear with a tie.|
|My cousin made this awesome boy's diaper cake...I think she did a great job! She also had a chalkboard, so we drew a picture just for the shower. The truck cut out you see on the chalk container came from the Dollar Tree.|
|The chair for the Mother-to-Be, designated as being "Double Capacity"|
|Since space was cramped in the main room, we set up ironing boards and supplies in the kitchen/dining room for the guests to make their own quilt squares for the baby.|
|The Dirt Cake.|
|"Dip Ahead" for the 7-layer dip, and "Dig In" for the food. Mmmmm. We had 7-layer dip and chips, cut fruit and cream cheese dip. No-Bake Cookies, Dirt Cake, and Sherbet Punch.|
|The lower clothesline slowly filled up with completed quilt squares.|
|Em's Diaper Cake.|
This was a huge success, and somehow we managed to keep it a surprise from Carolyn. Keep watch over the next week and I'll post up more details of some of the things we did/made.