I will try to get more photos of the event up soon. Some technical difficulties right now.
We celebrated the anticipated arrival of Anna Pauketat a couple weeks ago with her mother, April, and brother, Jayman at the church. Amy and I were the decor committee and we used April's french toile nursery theme. Amy had put together a beautiful 12x12 scrapbook using papers April had picked out. We took those papers and went crazy.
Tag Book: I don't have pics of this yet, but we made about 50 tags that were placed around the tables for guests to write little notes to April or Anna giving advise and wishing them well.
Centerpieces: I made photocopies of some ad babies from the turn-of-the-century ephemera I have, enlarged them and used them as the basis for the centerpieces at the tables. I also collected some shabby chic metal candleholders and vases. I spray painted them and added tea-stained roses to the mix. We just added more candlelight with votives from the church.
Cupcake picks: Melissa made red velvet cupcakes that were absolutely delicious. Because I had so many extra do0-dads left over from the tags, I made little collages and glued them to sandwich picks and we stuck them in the cupcakes. I'm probably going to reuse these and make more to sell.
Banner: About 30 minutes before the shower Amy and I were inspired to throw together a "Baby" banner. Amy just printed out the letters and we added some of our papers and froufrous and viola! a banner. It was may inspiration for the pennant banner I made the following week. See future post.
Diaper Cake: The piece-de-resistance (spelling is French . . . ) that I made from 70 diapers, a bottle of lotion a small bottle and cranberry toile fabric I found at Walmart for $2 a yard. I used more baby pictures and tea stained roses. We set it with the scrapbook on the gift table. It was a great focal point.
I also did the games and I think everyone had a really enjoyable time. The food was great. The conversation was interesting.
Now, we're just really looking forward to meeting Anna.