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If you subscribe to this blog or follow us on social media, you know that Lindsey had her baby! We are so happy to welcome Baby Emily to our family. I haven't had a lot of chance to enjoy her because I have been down sick for the past few days. I am starting to feel better and I can hardly wait to get over there and cuddle her again.
In the meantime, I realized that I never told you about the baby shower Lindsey's MIL Joanne and I threw for her back in November. The holidays hit, and I saved it for later. Since Emily is here, now seems like the perfect time to talk about the shower.
Since Joanne had to travel from CA, we felt it was easiest to have the shower right at Lindsey's house. It turned out perfectly because we didn't have to pack up and haul the gifts away in a car. We just put them down in the nursery!
I sent out the invitations. LIndsey asked people to give her addresses on Facebook so I would know who to send to. A few people didn't give me their addresses in time. Sorry!
Here is a tip when designing your own invitations, Make them fit on postcard sized photo paper! The paper is glossy and looks nice and they are easy to print from home! I like to use Google Draw to design things like that.
We used a storybook theme for the baby shower. On each invitation we asked for a storybook instead of a card and those who did that would be put into a drawing for a prize. We also did a thank you drawing for people who brought diapers.
Lindsey's favorite children's book is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. She is using that as her theme in her nursery with colors and decor. I used a silhouette of one of the monsters and framed a picture for the room. I had seen it done somewhere and it was easy to design on Google Draw.
To decorate the refreshment table and to use in Emily's room later, Joanne did a project that I think is to die for. She found a used copy of Where the Wild Things Are and used it to decoupage the art work onto the letters of Emily's name.
We had a lot of good food, and we played a couple of games at the party. Joanne hit the jackpot at a thrift store she frequents and found a boxful of plastic pacifiers on ribbons. She picked them up for a song. We gave one to each guest as they arrived and told them that if they heard anyone use the word baby they could take away their necklace. (I always lose that game immediately.)
Another game we played was a spin off from Scattergories that we called Scatter Baby! You can download the double sheet below. We used the babies initials on the blank lines and gave everyone 2 minutes to fill in the blanks. Then we would start with whoever had the most filled in and had them read what they thought of. If anyone had a match, then they had to cross it off. Whoever ended up with the most ideas not crossed off won the game. It is a lot of fun if you remind everyone to think out of the box. Let me tell you, you had to think out of the box with Emily's initials. We used E G because her name is Emily Grace. Or you could use the first and last names.
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The shower went very well and Emily received many beautiful gifts! Fun was had by all. Now that she is here and using the gifts, we are all so appreciative of the love that was shown to her and her mother. We hope you can use some of these ideas at your next baby shower! For more ideas, check out past posts about baby showers here and here.
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Hey, Alicia here with another party post. I kind of took a hiatus with the party posts because we have moved to a much smaller place that has made it a bit more difficult to party. Fortunately, we have settled in and I can get back to partying all the time (or until the baby comes).
Halloween is coming up faster than we may realize. So, for this month we decided to help you get a head start on your Halloween party plans by suggesting the 5 Things You Need for a Halloween Party!
Scary, sweet or quirky costumes are a must! Be sure to include this on your invitations so your guests are not unsure of what you expect. I personally love the creative costumes people come up with. You could encourage people to dress up by including a costume contest with a prize.
It might be nice to have some easy things like animal ears/tails, vampire teeth, makeup, etc available for guests who couldn’t come up with a costume or show up costumeless. Dollar Tree has lots of costume accessories that make it easy to keep your costume stash stocked up!
If you’re still struggling to come up with a costume idea stay tuned later this month and season because we’ve got some fun costume ideas in the works!
What would Halloween be without binging on your favorite sweet snacks? Besides the obvious choice of your favorite store bought candies (I love Reese’s Cups), some homemade treats can also make your party special. Check out our Halloween Brownie Bombs, Halloween Gingerbread Men, and Dipped Chocolates. The Dipped Chocolates are from an Easter tutorial, but can be decorated for Halloween in a similar manner as the Brownie Bombs!
As the weather will be cooler by Halloween (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) it’s the perfect time to make some Hot Coco Bombs and have them available for your guests to enjoy. Find the link to the booklet here. It won’t be available for free for very much longer so grab it before it’s gone!
Some other drinks to include:
Have cute little signs by your drinks so your guests can know they aren’t just drinking plain punch.
My mom has also got some more yummy drinks in the works, so be sure to come back if these spooky drinks don’t tickle your fancy.
Whether you are doing a spooky party or a fun Halloween party (perhaps a kids party) decorations are a must. Dollar Tree has decorations for both types of parties. My mom recently bought this cute hanging pumpkin sign to decorate her home for Halloween. I, on the other hand, bought some spider webs and a giant spider to decorate my home. They also had skeletons, bats, witches and more to decorate with. In both cute and scary varieties. It’s a great place to stock up on decorations without breaking the bank.
An assortment of the spooky decorations available at Dollar Tree!
Inside her chalkboard pumpkins would work great for either a spooky or friendly Halloween party. Paint little chalkboard pumpkins to be the signs for your treats and beverages!
An assortment of cute Halloween Party Decorations from Dollar Tree!
Maybe it’s because my husband is a sound guy, but I feel music is so important to set the tone of a party. It’s great to have something playing in the background. We belong to Amazon Prime and it makes it super easy to get the perfect party music. When you belong to Amazon Prime you get access to Prime Music which comes with premade playlists at no extra cost to you. Some great Halloween playlists I’ve found on Prime music are Kids Halloween party music, Halloween Party Music, & Halloween Dance Party. They also have playlists that have Haunted House sounds and Creepy Horror Music Scores.
Surely whatever kind of music you are looking for to set the mood of your party, you can find it on Amazon.
Some classic songs I think are perfect for a party are:
So, there you go! The 5 things that you must consider when planning a Halloween Party! Dollar Tree is the perfect resource to stay in your budget, plus DIY always adds to the fun! So have fun with it and get planning YOUR epic party! Don’t forget to let us know how it goes!
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As you know, from past posts, I am one happy grandma! Grandbabies #8 & #9 are on their way this year. Lindsey and Alicia are both having girls! That will help even up our count right now of 5 boys and 2 girls.
Alicia is due in September. Her first little baby boy was delivered at 32 weeks and had to spend some time in the NICU. We are hoping that she makes it all of the way to September with this baby girl.
Since Alicia lives in California, and not far away from most of my side of the family, I am thinking a shower with family may be in order to welcome the new baby. Planning a shower from long distance can be tricky, but Beau-coup is a great place to start finding what I need to throw a great baby shower! All of my photos and colored links are clickable and will take to you to the site where you can order them or shop the site for any of your party needs.
Owl Party Supplies: When I saw the adorable owl themed items that Beau-coup has to offer, I knew it was the theme I had to use! To begin with, they have this adorable complete Party Kit that has almost everything you need to get the party started!
The Party Kit includes:
I think the menu/place cards, would be great to label the foods on the table, or to label other games or items throughout the party! If you want something other than an owl theme, this kit also comes in 14 other themes! They are all adorable!
Since the kit comes with Cupcake Wrappers/Toppers, I thought a small owl shaped cake, like the one I did in a past post, surrounded by cupcakes. Of course, I would change the colors to match the baby shower theme! Anyway, cake and food means that we need plates! I didn't find specific owl plates on Beau-coup, but I did find some adorable plates that I think would be terrific for our theme.
For cups, I will probably use a simple clear plastic with a pretty pink punch to add color to the day. I may use the stickers from the kit to decorate the cups or plates. I haven't decided.
Or, I could use these labels to fit the theme. I could purchase plain white or pink note cards and make my own invitations with these printable labels.
These labels are customize-able to different colors, shapes and sizes. They also come in many other themes. Also, these labels would have so many other applications for the shower, such as labeling favors or gifts. The kit up above also comes with stickers, so you could use those, these, or both! You can never have enough stickers!
Owl Themed Party Favors: A shower is always better when there are favors for the guests to take home. I love little boxes filled with candies or some other little gift. Look at these!
Owl Themed Game: A lot of people don't like shower games. I don't mind them because I have a game playing, competitive nature. So does my family, so since this is a family party, games are a must! I recently attended a baby shower that played a similar game to this and everyone love it because It was played as you watched the mama open her gifts, which made that part of the shower a lot more fun for everyone, instead of just the usual oohs and ahhs! Beau-coup has made it into an Owl Bingo Game.
Owl Themed Gifts: We have all seen cute gifts made out of diapers, so believe it or not, I have even seen owls made out of diapers, with an owl bib on the front as well. There are so many cute things, that as the host and the grandma I could give to Alicia that would also add to the Owl theme of the shower. There is one adorable thing on Beau-coup's site that I think would be a great gift and centerpiece! And since Alicia lives in the cooler climate of northern California, this would be perfect for her baby! Take a look!
With Beau-coup's help, I think that this Owl themed Party should come together nicely! Now all I have to do is let my sister know that we are having a party at her house! (I am sure she will be thrilled!) I will let you know how it goes! In the meantime, if you have any other great Owl party ideas, please let me know!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to nearly nine and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Read more about us here!
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