December 1, 2011

"Cute As A Button" Baby Shower

You may remember these "Cute As A Button" baby shower invites that I posted about here as a sneak peak into my contribution to my best friend's baby shower that her mother and I planned.

This is my best friend, Mallory, and I when we were both still in college about 5 years ago.

This is one of my favorite pictures of us. :o)

{She and her husband own and operate a new photography business called J & M Expressions. They do wonderful work, so if you're in the New York/Pennsylvania area and you're looking for a photographer for any event or occasion, you should check them out!}

The shower was this past weekend and everything went great, so I wanted to fill you in on the "crafty" goodies I contributed.

Let's start with the cupcakes...

They weren't my best work, as far as I'm concerned, but Mallory loved them. To make the button toppers, I just frosted little, round shortbread cookies and used green Nerds candy as the "button holes."

I made that awesome stand too.

I just spray primed and painted two metal stove burner covers and a candle stick (both from Dollar Tree) and glued them together using E600. It held 14 cupcakes, so I'd definitely love to make one a little bigger to hold more, but it worked well for this party.

I was in charge of all of the "whimsical" decorations, so I thought this button bouquet was perfect for this theme. I had seen a few versions of them on Pinterest, so the idea wasn't originally mine, but I don't have a specific source to cite here. But feel free to check out my Pin Boards if you're interested!

I bought all of the buttons from Oriental Trading for super cheap. They were only $6.25 for one pound of buttons, so I got about 1600 buttons for under 15 bucks. The K-ster helped me pick the buttons for each flower, which was a huge help since it prevented me from lingering over color combinations so I could just focus on assembling flowers.

This was my first ever attempt at putting together a set of buntings...

And here they are hung at the party...

I can't wait until I can finally get myself a Silhouette Cameo so that making these will be faster and easier. I cut each flag AND letter by hand. It took me forever. I love the results, but the Silhouette would have come in handy here.

If you've read my post about my new sister-in-law's bridal shower, you know that I'm not that into shower games. Fortunately, neither are Mallory or her mother. Mallory requested this instead...

Each party guest filled one out and signed it for Mallory to put in the baby's scrapbook. There were a few that were really touching (okay, really touching...I cried) so she plans to frame them for the nursery. I designed these using my word processing program. They were actually super easy.

I love making diaper cakes. I've made quite a few of them for friends and family having babies, so I had to make one for Mallory, too. She and her husband are planning to use Seventh Generation brand diapers (they're chlorine free...hence the reason they have a beige color). And the results...

This was the first time I used the paper filler between each tier and I kind of like how it gives the cake a bit of fullness that my previous diaper cakes didn't have. I'm pretty sure I'll be trying it again with my next cake.

As a final touch, I wanted to do something fun for the three of us (Mallory, her mother, and myself), so I thought these button bracelets would be cute...

These were so easy. The first one took a bit of time, but once I had figured out a good system, the others were finished in no time. The K-ster had to have one too, of course. Hers is the purple and pink bracelet.

This one ended up being mine. I had no idea what any of us would be wearing, but I happened to choose the color combination of each bracelet perfectly. Mallory wore the bright bracelet and her mother wore the black and white bracelet. Mallory wore her bracelet to work (she is currently working as a substitute teacher) and the kids loved it!

That was everything I did for the actual party. Everything else was part of her gift. Like this button monogram (once again, currently being spotted all over Pinterest) done in light blue and burnt orange (the nursery colors).

She had requested this a few months ago, and was super excited to get it.

Such a cute baby bump, huh?

When I saw this Stencil Alphabet Art that Destri made over at The Mother Huddle, I knew I had to do one for Daniel's nursery.

What do you think of mine? Destri used fabric for her letters, but I actually used scrap booking paper and loved the results just as much. It took me awhile to find a stencil that was the right size and had the entire alphabet on the same stencil (as I said, small town and not many places to shop). I eventually found one on my first ever trip to Hobby Lobby (yes, my first ever...I'm now in love).

I also made her car seat canopy like the one I made my friend Kim a couple of weeks ago.

I love that fabric. It's so bright and fun.

I lined this one with corduroy instead of fleece, mostly because the local Joann's didn't have a fleece that matched the fabric, but it ended up adding a nice touch to this one.

I also made her a diaper pouch using the same fabrics. I like how the corduroy looks here.

And stuffed it with a travel wipe container, a couple of diapers, and a tube of diaper cream.

And after all of that, I was wiped out. Now, on to Christmas crafting!
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  1. What a darling shower - I love the button idea! I am going to have to remember that. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Congratulations! Having a baby is definitely the happiest moment in marriage life.

  3. What a wonderful job you did! I love the diaper pouch idea. It's so handy.

  4. So many cute ideas! Especially loving the button cupcakes and banners. I'm your newest follower :) would love it if you'd stop by ours too!

  5. Oh! I love love your alphabet art! The bright colors made it pop. Thanks so much for sharing! If you get a chance, add it to our flickr pool:)

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