Continuing my mini-series of posts on projects for my friend’s baby shower…
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As guests arrived to the baby shower, we encouraged them to paint some onesies for the new baby. I think this was a fun way to get people mingling. I will always aver that people best get to know each other and talk if they have something to do with their hands (or are eating together, ha!).
I prepared about 12 onesies with freezer-paper stencils that I designed and cut using my Silhouette SD. I had them on our dining room table along with foam brushes, fabric paint, and sections cut from a styrofoam egg carton to act as little paint “palettes.”
I made a variety of stencil shapes; some were cut files I’ve acquired specifically for the Silhouette, others were cut based on dingbat fonts, and others were a combination of fonts and dingbats. (I love that the Silhouette cuts any true-type fonts!!) Since my friend’s baby is due in December, I decided to make five 0-3 month sized onesies with Christmas designs (look familiar? they’re like the ones we made for our daughter!)
The rest of the onesies were 6-9 month size. I chose designs that were neutral, since my friend won’t know whether she’s having a boy or girl until the baby is born!
We also had a few games. We first had people guess the mom-to-be’s belly size by cutting lengths of ribbon. The person with the closest length won!
The second game was played with the photo garland that hung as a decoration on the mantel. I collected baby photos of the mom- and dad-to-be, as well as the baby’s grandparents and converted them all to the same sepia tone (so that coloration wouldn’t give any hints!). Guests did their best to guess who was who! I made a little card in PSE for everyone to write down their guesses. They are decorated with the little animal images I extracted from the nursery decor for the invitation.
Finally, we played baby gift Bingo. I recolored some printable baby Bingo cards I found online in PSE to match the shower theme and again used the extracted animals to decorate them.