Even though it’s the middle of December, and I could be posting Christmas-y things (even though I haven’t really had time to work on any!), I’m going to continue my series of posts on baby shower projects!
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For the baby shower I threw for my dear friend, there were two main areas of decoration: the kitchen, where we had the food and beverages, and the living room (mantel), where we were for the games and the gift opening.
My friend’s nursery theme is baby jungle animals, and she suggested that I use that as the theme for the shower, too. I thought the little animals in the border print (which you can see across the middle of the mantel) were so cute! Like I mentioned in my post about the digital invitation, I extracted the giraffe, tiger, monkey, and elephant from some images of the nursery wall decal set. For the shower decorations, I took it one step further and created paper-piecing cut files in my Silhouette software!
I used one of each animal in the baby photo banner that hung from the mantel. (We used this banner for a game during the shower! I’ll write about it in a later post.) I printed the green gingham print paper from the Chelle’s Creations “Precious” digital mini-kit (same kit as used for the digi invitation) on matte photo paper as a background for the animals.
And as my gift, I also framed a giraffe and a tiger for my friend to hang in the baby’s nursery (I will be making a monogram for the baby’s first name to hang in the middle). But for the shower, I propped them up on the mantel as decorations.
You can also see in the above two photos that I made some larger paper-pieced animals as additional decorations!
In the kitchen, I got to use some Pinterest ideas that I’ve been itching to try! From the kitchen light over our island, I hung tissue paper pompoms made with two shades of green tissue. I also stitched together pink hearts (cut with my trusty Silhouette!) into a garland, which I hung in varying lengths between the pompoms.
(By the way, the grandmas of the new baby did a fantastic job providing pretty much all of the refreshments for the shower– thank you!! There was even more food on the kitchen table, including a delicious homemade gluten-free cake, which is not shown in these photos.)
Finally, I had a little area on the kitchen counter where guests could “sign” a fingerprint guestbook. I adapted an idea from a pin I saw, and I hand-drew some jungle leaves as a border on some plain white cardstock. In the center of the paper, I lightly drew a grid in pencil. Each guest chose an ink color and stamped their finger in a space in the grid, then used a black fine-tip marker to turn the print into an animal. They each signed their name under their print.
I had a sheet of ideas next to the guestbook, an extra sheet of paper for practice, and wipes for finger-clean-up! The resulting “guestbook” turned out super-cute, I think! It was in this area of the kitchen that guests also picked up their name tags and favors (molded chocolates beautifully made by my friend’s mom-in-law). I’ll have a future post about the tags.
I gave all of the decorations that I made to the guest of honor so that she could use any/all of them to add to the decorations in the baby’s nursery!