I designed and co-hosted a budget-friendly "sprinkle" at my house for my little sister who is expecting her second little boy.
When my sister went shopping for crib bedding her 4 year old immediately pointed out baby dinosaur themed bedding which made my sister's heart melt so that's what she went with. For the shower I chose aqua and orange from the colors on the bedding.
The coral color was used with the orange to keep the decor a tad more feminine. My sister might have 1 boy and 1 on the way but she's as girlie as it gets so we didn't want it to be to masculine.
Since this is her second child we threw her a "sprinkle" and going along with that theme I used circles to imply rain and/or dessert sprinkles.
clean, modern, contemporary, shabby chic, DIY
Invitation: I designed the invitations myself and purchased "Pool" and "Papaya" envelopes from Paper Source (I couldn't decide between the 2 so half the guests were sent 1 color and the rest received the other)
Pom poms: DIY (yarn)
Pinwheels: DIY (paper + dowel rods)
Garland: The dots were cut from various papers. The majority of them are from a large tablet of 12x12 paper I found on clearance at Michaels that was full of colorful printed papers, I used the oranges and blues. I also bought some sheets of paper from Paper Source that matched the invitation envelopes. In addition, I cut some smaller 1" dots from paper samples I had lying around my office.
Game boards: I did a search for shower games online and recreated a custom cohesive design for them. The clipboards were cut from a large cardboard display board I bought at Target. I glued paper to the back and added binder clips.
Pencils: My mom found "It's a Boy" pencils but wanted something more so she bought tiny binkies, drilled holes in the pencils, and attached the binkies to them.
Diaper cake + Giraffe: My mom made the adorable diaper cake as well as a giraffe made from baby diapers, socks, and wash cloths.
Table signs + Print: I designed the table signs, thank you tags, straw flags, and cupcake toppers.
Paper straws: I wish I could remember where I got the straws from. I ordered them a while ago for another party and had plenty left over.
Slideshow: Using photos from my sister's 1st pregnancy, baby photos of her son, and maternity photos from her current pregnancy, my husband set up a slideshow to run on the tv throughout the shower. (It was a big hit!)
Favors: The favors were hand-sewn key fobs by my oh-so-talented mother.
Food: I made aqua and white cakeballs. My mom prepared everything else.
Photography: (shower and maternity photos) Lauren Armstrong Photography
I really liked the table signs but I think all the dots strung around the 1st floor were my favorite.
When you are working with other people on a shower (or event) stick to your guns about colors. If you're a stickler (like me) then aqua blue and light blue are not the same thing. If you choose lime green for your color don't let someone else say, "ok, I found these hunter green plates I'm going to buy." It's a nice gesture and people want to help but if you are looking for an overall cohesive design I recommend providing swatches to contributors. :)