Since we don't know if the baby is going to be a boy or a girl, we kept a neutral color palette of Spring Moss and Lemon Tart. When we started planning the shower, Baby Button Bits had just been released at Papertrey Ink and I knew it would be perfect to use for the invitations. Brianna has a special thing for bees and so that image along with the "welcome, little baby bee" sentiment was perfect. Once I had the invitation designed, my friend Michelle came over to help with the assembly line of putting everything together. I tried to keep everything simple and sweet.
Instead of a button for the bee body, I punched a 5/8" circle from the yellow print in the Pretty Pastels patterned paper collection and covered it with an epoxy dome sticker. It added just the right detail and I didn't have to worry about buttons going through the mail. For the pocket insert with all of the shower details, I typed everything up on the computer and brought it to my local copy center to have it copied on to the Papertrey Ink white cardstock - my printer doesn't handle the Papertrey Ink cardstock and it is so inexpensive to do copies like this. I literally paid less than $1 to get what I needed.
For favors, we filled trendy tubes with pastel m&m's. I think they put these out a week before the shower which was perfect timing! I stamped more bees and then used a 1 3/4" circle punch paired with the super jumbo scallop circle punch to create these little baby bee tags for the favors. I made extra tags and we tied them to plants that we gave away as door prizes and to the top of our diaper cake...
We displayed our diaper cake on a pretty white cake stand on a table near the food. Aren't the polka dot diapers the cutest? Michelle found them at Target! Rustic Jute button twine and Lemon Tart grosgrain ribbon are holding the cake all together.
Finally, I put together an 8x8 scrapbook for Brianna to remember the day and for friends and family to share congratulations and advice for the new baby. I used an album from American Crafts and personalized it a bit by putting one of the baby bee tags in the front window along with some buttons tied with 1/8" white silk ribbon. I tied a length of Lemon Tart satin ribbon along the spine and added another button to the bow center.
With the invitations, I sent out blank cards for writing the congratulations and advice on. At the shower we just slipped them into the pages that I had made up before the shower. I did a layout that could easily be turned depending on which way people wrote onto the cards. I will securely attach them and add photos from the day along with a few other details before I give it back to Brianna for her to keep.
We had the shower this past weekend and it was such a wonderful day. There's nothing better than celebrating a new baby and a good friend. Now we all wait to officially welcome that new little someone who will be arriving in not too long!
You might notice that I really kept my supplies simple to put everything together. Using the same few stamps, paper colors, and elements on a project like this really pulls everything together. Don't feel like you need to overdo it and use tons of product. Keep it simple!
Brianna's Baby Shower
stamps: Baby Button Bits, Polka Dot Basics II (Papertrey Ink)
ink: Fresh Snow, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
cardstock: kraft, white, Spring Moss, Lemon Tart, Pretty Pastels (Papertrey Ink)
other: Lemon Tart & Spring Moss ribbons & buttons, 1/8" white silk ribbon, Rustic Jute button twine, small scallop border die, large trendy tubes (Papertrey Ink), epoxy dome stickers, 1 3/4" circle punch, 5/8" circle punch (EK Success), super jumbo scallop circle punch (Marvy), corner chomper (We R Memory Makers), brown fabric 8x8 ring album (American Crafts), diapers (Target), pastel m&ms