Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Baby Shower: Cute As A Button

My friend Christine is having a baby girl (after having two boys), so a shower dripping in pink was the only option.

I went with "Cute as a Button" as my theme.

Wanna know how to save money and still pull off a super cute party?

Before I begin, I have two things to say:

1) I am not an expert party planner. That title goes to Lindsey. Frankly, I learned all these tricks from going to enough of her parties. I'm just passing it along. Doing my part, you know.

2) STEP AWAY FROM THE PARTY AISLE. Put down the crepe streamers. Don't even *look* at the latex balloons. And if you even so much as glance at the matching plate/cup/napkin sets, I will reach through this computer screen right. now. Don't think I won't turn this car around...

Oh wait...

First, keep in mind what holiday/season it is. Trying to throw a lavender party in the middle of December can prove to be a challenge. Valentine's Day was only 2 weeks before the shower, so I decided on pink/red/white...but NO hearts. I wanted to take advantage of all the pink/red decor in stores (and on clearance on February 15th!), but I didn't want to confuse the shower for a Valentine's Day party.

A banner strung on red grosgrain. (I own a Cricut...if you don't, find a friend who does and borrow it).

Another money saver is to use fresh flowers wherever you can. It adds lots of color, and it's always festive and nicer looking than those weird honeycomb centerpieces you buy at party stores. I always go to Costco for my flowers. You get a ton for cheap.

Scour your house for things you can re-use. I already owned this runner and I have a few boxes of mason jars for stuff like this. Some grosgrain ribbon and a big pink button hot glued on adds some detail.

Don't spend a ton of money on paper napkins. Buy solid napkins in a coordinating color and then stamp them. Michael's sells a bunch of stamps for $1 and it only takes a minute. Ideally, I will one day bite the bullet and just buy a big bunch of white cloth napkins. Keep in mind that the fewer paper products you have, the nicer your party will look AND the cheaper it will be.

Again, mason jars as cups in lieu of matchy paper cups. Pink straws bring in more color.

Remember how I said to scour your house?...notice the red pitcher? Perfect. Also, make it a point to incorporate your party colors into your food and drink. It just adds one more level of detail to your decor. Without succumbing to balloons and streamers.

Invest in plain white serving dishes. White is key. That way, you can use them for any party and any color scheme. And when I say invest, what I actually mean is buy random white pieces whenever you come across them on clearance. I have good luck at Kohl's. The "runner" you see there? Just four rolls of ribbon strung across a white tablecloth and some extra buttons sprinkled along. Speaking of tablecloths...do me a favor and promise yourself to never buy those icky plastic ones please. "Invest" in 3 or 4 white tablecloths. Use them over and over.

Um, I pretty much hate streamers. Unless you can come up with a fun and funky way to use them, don't do it. I usually make Martha Stewart's Tissue Pom Poms, but I feel like I've used those the last few parties I've done and I was tired of it. So, this time I cut a bunch of pink/white/red circles, taped them to thread, and then hung them from the ceiling.

Throw parties as a team if you can. You know all those people who call and ask if they can help? And you know how you always say "oh no, I'm fine!" Knock it off. Accept the help. You get no brownie points in heaven for throwing showers solo.

In this case, Kate and Ruth were in charge of food for the shower. I knew Joy owned these cake stands (because I covet them everytime I go to her house), so I borrowed them.

Feel free to raid your friends' houses too. Well, that is, if your friends have good taste. If they don't, please refrain.

White blank notecards stamped in pink. Set stuff like this out. Again, might as well take advantage of the detail.

I paid Joy to look this happy. That, or she's packing a flask of something...and I don't think it's Sunny D. ;)
I only include this because it makes me laugh. Poor Jill looks like she's a bit afraid of being dropped.

Here is Kate holding Jill...who incidentally looks more like Kate's daughter than mine.

Did you really go out and buy new dresses for your girls just so that they matched the party????!!!

I plead the fifth.

Thanks to: Kate, Ruth, Dori, Debbi, Joy, Lindsey I., & Laurie for all your help!


Mommy Laity said...

Yay! Thank you for the pictures. It looks like it was a lot of fun. I'm so sad I missed it. But now I feel like I was there at least a little. =)

P.S. Thank you so much for the little note!

joy said...

You suck! That's a horrible picture of me. But, at least you think I have good enough taste to borrow my white cake stands. The flask thing you said...no comment.

Joanie said...

Love it! I'm giggling because My house still has balloons and streamers up from the girls' birthday. But they're little and it made for a special frou-frou look. I appreciate how you gave us the low-down on how to make such a darling party look so easy. You know what they say about olympians - the trick is in making it look easy. We know there's real work involved!

Lillian said...

Thank you for posting these pictures. I know Christine and she is a special lady who deserved a beautiful baby shower. She must have been tickled pink!! I only wish I could have been there also to share in her joy in person. Great work!!

Brianna Heldt said...

How fun! But where are the pictures of the guest of honor, mama-to-be Christine? :)

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

How cute! Love all your tips. ;) I'll have to keep in mind to stamp napkins like that, because it's super cute and waaay more special than buying patterned napkins.

Sugar Plum Invitations said...

Wow... Joy looks so happy.. but then again she's always happy. Too cute J, I always love your running commentary!!

Betsy said...

Great party. You amaze with your party talents. The funny part is that you make it look so easy. DO not repeat, do not have your talent. I will be checking in with you to pick your brain when I am throwing a party.

Joyful Weddings and Events said...

Cute! Great job Jeanette!

Rachel Slagle said...

love this theme - super cute! i totally agree about about white serving dishes... i have several and am slowly adding more. and i love my mason jars for parties :)

Shannon said...

Hi! My name is Shannon (I am a friend of Jenny and Kate). Today I announce that I am a lurker of your blog no more! I had concocted a sugar sharp, witty introduction email to you from me and when I decided to finally send it, I didn't have your email address anymore. Genius. :)

So anyway, I am in the midst of planning a party for my little who turns one at the end of the month and all of your party ideas are so fab, I simply had to tell you that I will be recreating them all!

Well, all that to say I love your blog and have prayed for your family on many, many occasions. You guys are great. :)

Anonymous said...

Not sure what I should feel more offended by- not being invited, or not having my house raided for good ideas...
Looks like a good time was had by all (at least, the ones who were invited...)

Jeannett said...

Look Penny, we've tried to be subtle about it before, but I guess I have no choice to be more blunt now. You aren't one of Us. You aren't cool enough, hip enough and darn it, you're just not good enough. ;)

It was IN THE CHURCH DIRECTORY. Hello???!!! EVERYONE was invited. Seems to me that the real problem here is that you don't read.

(love ya, wish you woulda come!)

grace said...

wow. I wish I had that party planning talent!

Michelley! said...

i found your blog through joy's hope, and i can't get enough! love your humor; your tell-it-like-it-is wit. and those precious girls of your's are too cute! now, i was perusing your older posts, and saw that you wanted a print from etsy for christmas. you hinted to your hubby to get it for ya, but in case he didn't, i thought i would let you know that it is on SALE!


(yeah, crazy long web address. just like my crazy long comment.)

anywho, thanks for sharing!

Mama Mote said...

I would loved to have been there. Miss you guys. Great job, Jeannett!! Looks very inviting and looks like everyone had fun. Congrats to Christine.