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.

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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!

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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!

HAPPY CRAFTING!

XOXO -Lauren

1 Comment to DIY baby shower…

  1. aunt monik's Gravatar aunt monik
    March 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Love it, once again a wonderful thing. Love the Scrabble pieces that you
    incorporated into the design. I also recvd a package in the mail toady and
    LOVE ,LOVE, LOVE !!!!!! my necklace. Thank you so much, keep up the good work

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