Aqua + Orange Baby Sprinkle

  • hand-sewn key fob favors1/19
  • invitation2/19
  • game3/19
  • decor + food table4/19
  • thank you tags5/19
  • garland6/19
  • game7/19
  • poms8/19
  • paper straws9/19
  • cupcakes10/19
  • cake balls11/19
  • table sign12/19
  • decor13/19
  • diaper giraffe14/19
  • sign detail15/19
  • decor16/19
  • pencils17/19
  • game boards18/19
  • decor19/19

A Project For

Baby Mason

Age

Due April 30, 2012

Location

Pennsylvania

Description

I designed and co-hosted a budget-friendly "sprinkle" at my house for my little sister who is expecting her second little boy.

Design Inspiration

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.

Decorating Style

clean, modern, contemporary, shabby chic, DIY

Project Details

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

Favorite Items

I really liked the table signs but I think all the dots strung around the 1st floor were my favorite.

Advice

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. :)

24 Comments

  1. 1

    I like that you used yarn for your pompoms. Tissue or paper pompoms are getting to be too common and ordinary these days (although I am not saying they’re ugly).

  2. 2

    CreativeCrumbs,

    Thanks! The yarn was less expensive and was much more versatile then the tissue.

  3. 3

    I love all of the DIY elements and color combination.

  4. 4

    That diaper/socks/wash cloth giraffe is so cute! Does your mom have a DIY guide for this?

  5. 5

    Florence Amber,

    Glad you like it! She purchased the instructions from this website: http://diaperzoo.com

  6. 6

    Nicely done Lauren! So excited for all of you, and to be a GREAT Aunt again. Wish we could get down there again soon.
    Love to all!

    CreativeCrumbs,

  7. 7

    Hi Lauren, love this shower! how did you make the cute little cupcake toppers?
    thanks!

  8. 8

    love the colors!

  9. 9

    kim,

    Thanks Kim! The cupcake toppers are made from toothpicks and various paper cut using a 1″ circle punch with double-sided tape. It was very simple. The circles with type I designed and the patterned papers are from Michaels.

  10. 10

    Your cupcakes look fabulous! Do you have a recipe you can share?

  11. 11

    Where did you get the frame for mommy’s cravings? Love these!

  12. 12

    Stacy,

    The white frames were $1 a piece from ikea!

  13. 13

    Dawn,

    I do not have a recipe for the cupcakes but I know they were red velvet!

  14. 14

    Do you still have the template for the game cards, i.e. B is for belly? Or where can I get them? Thx!

  15. 15
    avatar RM@ Love2Decorate Blog

    I adore this party decor. Simple, clean and attractive.

  16. 16

    Where did you get the cards that go along with the yarn to measure the belly?

  17. 20

    do you sell the designs for the invitations you’ve created? I LOVE the aqua and orange design! Thanks for these amazing posts!

  18. 21

    I love the invitation design. Is it customizable and printable for purchase? Please say yes!

  19. 24

    Obviously this post is quite old but still very beautiful. I am interested the B is for Belly and D is for Daddy cards. Are these available for purchase?

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