DIY baby shower…

Two weeks ago I was able to be a part of an incredible baby shower!! My friend Heather is due in May with her first baby and I was lucky enough to be asked to be in charge of some of the decorating and DIY stations of the event.


I wanted to share some of the ideas to inspire you and yours when planning your next party. Of course working at a place like Pins & Needles, doesn’t hurt when it comes to inspiration! In fact, a few months back Rachel went to a baby shower and helped the guests create the cutest little onesies! You can check them out here. I decided to do the same.

A task like this does require a little prep work…before the party I picked out all of the fabrics and ironed on an adhesive that we sell at the shop called heat & bond. This stuff is just the greatest! Next I cut the fabrics into about 60 squares. We set up an iron, some fabric markers, pinking shears, and simple instructions and that was that.  The table pretty much ran itself!


With so many great fabrics here at Pins & Needles, it was hard to choose just one, or even five, so I didn’t! After all there were 60 guests and each one deserved a unique design. I could not have been more impressed with the results. 


These ladies were up to the creative challenge. Each guest cut out from a stencil, or in most cases from their very own drawing and ironed on appliques to 30 onesies and 30 bibs!


The station was one of the many hits of the party! It was such a pleasure to watch each woman hold up their finished products.


In addition to that Heather had seen some bunting/garlands on etsy that she wanted to use for decorations. She sent me the pictures and the color scheme and I went on the hunt for the perfect fabrics. Again, working at a fabric store was a huge advantage; I didn’t have to look very far! In the end I used a lot of Riley Blake chevrons, and Michael Miller polka dots.


Heather wanted one long runner for the dessert table and 3 buntings. Well, I got completely carried away, in addition to the runner I made about 9 garlands and a cake topper.


I couldn’t help myself! Making garland/bunting is addicting and pretty simple actually if you have the right tools.  I used pinking sheers to cut triangles from a stencil and then sewed them to different ribbons. For the cake topper I added some old scrabble tiles for letters, one of my signature personal touches.


My decorations would have been nothing without the beautiful desserts that filled the table made by Heather’s talented sister Gina.


Friends and family also made the food and helped with the set up. Lucky for everyone our good friend Megan is a photographer and was able to capture the beauty of this special day. It is truly amazing what can come together with the help and creativity of friends!


Baby G is already surrounded by so much love.  We just can’t wait to meet him.

Here’s hoping your next event if full of fabrics, fun, and friends!


XOXO -Lauren

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