Friday, February 27, 2009

DIY Baby Shower Inspiration


Recently, I threw a baby shower for a dear friend -- while low-key and low on cost, it was HIGH on style. In response to a reader request (yes, that's you Jen), I decided it was a perfect time to share some ideas that won't break the bank.

PICK A THEME: For this shower, the mama-to-be was lucky enough to have the last name 'Angel'. For her little boy on the way, I thought there was nothing more appropo for this Brooklyn jetsetting mom than to make her a Hell's Angels - I mean, Harley Davidson - inspired shower. So, I enlisted the help of a graphic designer friend to make a logo for "Baby Boy Angel" that we printed on labels and applied it to the cups (who says plastic isn't chic), favor boxes, and the centerpieces.

GROCERY STORE FLOWERS: You need not spend a fortune on flowers. The trick to grocery store flowers is choosing a single bloom and a single color. Carnations are my favorite for this strategy: they are cheap, cheap, but when packed together in square glass vases or galvanized buckets (I bought these for $5 a piece at the local hardware/landscaping store), they look anything but flimsy. Tulips and spider mums are also great, economical choices. I did these in hot pink for a bridal shower.

GET CRAFTY: My favorite trick is the "wrapping paper runner". I did not invent it, but I certainly introduce it at all my kids' parties and impromptu showers/dinners. For an 8 foot table, it usually takes one-to-two regular rolls of paper (make sure it's a thick paper stock so it doesn't rip). Cut it straight down the center vertically, and secure it to a paper or plastic tablecloth with double-sided tape. Redstamp.com is an amazing source for chic wrapping paper.

THE POWER OF PLASTIC: Do not underestimate the power of plastic goods. Yes, they're not exactly "green" (but you can find disposable eco-friendly party supplies at plumparty.com). But they are good on the bottomline. The trick is to pick a color and pay attention to shapes. Party City and Party Fair carry a myriad of colors, and I LOVE this turquoise.

Other inspiring themes? Cravings shower (I did Pickles N Ice Cream); Bubble Bath Brunch (with Rubber Duckie placecards, wash cloth napkins, and clear crystal balls on a tray for a centerpiece); or, Candyland with apothecary jars filled with candy in a color that doubles as centerpiece AND favor.

5 comments:

mgladden1 said...

Very chic Amy! Love it! Now...you must post some great kids birthday party themes!!! Hint, hint...

Anonymous said...

Brides, friends, and family who are looking to shop for their own and/or their friends’ weddings, here is a great idea…Complete your place settings and table top registry while donating to charity!

God’s Love We Deliver will receive 10% of all Bloomingdale’s Table Top sales on Wednesday March 18th (in the 59th Street store).

In addition, please stop by and participate in the silent auction by bidding on one of the Wedgewood designer table top displays. Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Wedgewood, Bloomingdale’s will be displaying place settings from: Vera Wang, Jasper Conran, Barbara Barry, Lord Wedgwood, Monique Lhuillier, Tricia Foley, and Charolette Moss.

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Elliott Broidy said...

the flower centerpiece is beautiful