Entries Tagged as 'showers'

A rustic bridal shower

03.06.15

With my cousin’s wedding coming up in just a few weeks, I wanted to share some adorable photos of her rustic bridal shower. Her super creative bridesmaids decorated perfectly to accentuate her wedding theme.

Tree stump and Mason jar centerpiece for rustic bridal shower or wedding @ohbotherblog

A gorgeous centerpiece, complete with tree stump base and Mason jar vase.

Tree stump cupcake stand for rustic bridal shower or wedding @ohbotherblog

A beautiful tree stump cupcake stand.

Guest Book Jenga for Bridal Shower @ohbotherblog

The bride and groom love hosting Game Nights so all guests signed Jenga Blocks with messages for the couple.

Mason Jar themed bridal shower and wedding @ohbotherblog

Both the wedding and shower invites used the Mason Jar theme.

A home improvement gift set for a Mason Jar themed bridal shower

The shower invite also let guests know that home renovation gifts would be appreciated as the newlyweds work on their new home.

A home improvement gift set for a Mason Jar themed bridal shower

I hopped aboard the Mason Jar theme with my gift, filling a jar with a Home Depot gift card and some pink mini tools for the bride.

Can’t wait to see all the fun rustic details at the wedding!

DIY Party Decorations

19.04.15

GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog

Many of you have asked me, “Meg, how did a moron like you manage to make such cute decorations for GB’s party?” Okay, well you didn’t exactly say it like that, but I know you were thinking it.

If you want the truth, the answer is… glue dots! So here’s how I did it:

Cupcake Picks

DIY cupcake pick decorations @ohbotherblog

I punched my circles–one red and one blue for accent colors, and stuck them together with a magic glue dot.

I then rolled up a glue dot for the back of my little mustache because it wasn’t actually a sticker.

DIY cupcake pick decorations @ohbotherblog

Rolled up a glue dot for the back of the lollipop stick and slapped it onto my paper medallion.

DIY cupcake pick decorations @ohbotherblog

Boom. Done.

DIY cupcake pick decorations @ohbotherblog

(Now you understand why I was able to do this myself).
GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog
Seriously, so easy.

Paper Banner Bunting

DIY paper bunting banner @ohbotherblog

I printed my own scrapbook paper because I couldn’t find patterns I liked in my color scheme, but you could of course use any scrapbook paper you like.

Print out the bunting template and use it as your model. Cut the paper to match the template.

DIY paper bunting banner @ohbotherblog

Pop on some glue dots and attach the pennants to the jute, cut to whatever length you need. Apply as many pennants as you want to each banner.

DIY paper bunting banner @ohbotherblog

 Boom. Done.

GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog

So, like I said, glue dots are clutch. They can make anyone a crafting star.

And that, my friends, is how this moron made decorations for her son’s first birthday party without it being a true Pinterest fail.

starry night bridal shower

07.05.14

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

A few weekends ago, we held a bridal shower for my cousin, Katlyn. Kat is an art teacher and is going to have an amazingly Pinterest-perfect wedding so we knew we had to bring our A-Game with the shower.

We decided to go with a theme of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” as a nod to Kat’s artistic side. As you can see, we went blue and yellow crazy.

The shower was held at the bride’s mom’s house, in her sunroom.

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

We had these amazing Starry Night cupcakes, from Ladybug Baking Company. Look at that icing work!

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

I love having guests fill out envelopes with their addresses for thank you cards at showers—makes things so much easier on the honoree!

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

We had a fun blue and yellow candy table. I’m a bit ashamed to admit that those are all of my apothecary jars, haha.

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

Blue and yellow everywhere.

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

Confession: I hate games. Especially shower games, other than gift BINGO. I like BINGO because it gives guests something to do during the looooong gift-opening sessions.

Confession: I also hate shower favors. Most people leave them behind. It’s usually an unnecessary added expense. 

So to address the favor issue, and the fact that BINGO usually requires a lot of prizes for winners, we instead went with a raffle.

Each bridesmaid created a theme basket—entertaining, spa, pasta, coffee, beach, etc. Every attendee received two raffle tickets at the start of the shower. Whenever someone won BINGO, they received additional tickets.

We put a bag by each prize basket so attendees could put their ticket in to try to win. At the end of the shower, we raffled off the baskets.

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

Little man had to come because we’re pretty much a package deal these days.

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

The beautiful bride (notice the painting in the background, done by one of the bridesmaids at a Painting With a Twist party!)

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

We all even tried to dress to the theme.

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

Also, I made that crazy blue punch you see in the very first photo up there. Basically I just threw a bunch of blue stuff into a punch bowl, but here’s the recipe:

  • 1 bottle Bacardi Hurricane mix (it’s blue!)
  • 1/4 bottle Blue Curaçao
  • 1.5 gallons Hawaiian Punch Berry Blue Typhoon
    • Note: when I make punch, I usually freeze one bottle of the juice to use as ice (regular water ice cubes will dilute the punch!) You can also make ice cubes out of the juice, which is probably smarter because otherwise you have to use a box cutter to cut open the plastic bottle. Yeah, I should probably just do that next time.
  • Pineapple juice to taste, but not so much that it will affect the blue color
  • Pineapple slices to float

It was damn good. And strong.

Such a fun shower!

my great gatsby shower

03.03.14

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

In a super sweet, overwhelming and completely unnecessary move, my family and friends threw me a “sprinkle” yesterday. I’m using “sprinkle” in quotes because this thing was a full-on baby shower. A Great Gatsby-themed baby shower, of course. While I wish they hadn’t gone to all the trouble, I loved it and was so impressed by the effort my mom and mother-in-law had put into the planning.

From playing the Baz Luhrman movie and soundtrack in the background, to feathers and pearls as decoration to guests choosing between wearing headbands, beads or a mustache, they covered all the details.

I mean:

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

(that mirror was my nanny’s <3)

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

They stole my “Hello, Old Sport” sign from the nursery a few days before and I didn’t even notice! Ha!

And then this happened.
Yes, that’s my mother-in-law and my mom.

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

They had me don a headband and feather to fit in with the guests.

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

The cake and cupcakes were gorgeous:

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

My mom was pretty proud of herself for hand-glittering all those letters.

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

 

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

I am not a good cake cutter.
Check out that orb in the photo.
(and yes, that’s a photo of Holden crying in that wall calendar.)

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

Holdy even showed up at the end to join in the fun.

So I’m 37 weeks and I’m now stocked with adorable baby boy clothes and diapers. Let’s do this, little man!

the truth about diaper cakes

09.04.13

Listen up baby-shower-going ladies: I’m sorry to have to be the one to tell you this, but diaper cakes suck.

I know, I know, they are adorable. Yes, they serve as both a centerpiece and a gift. I will admit to having given them as gifts once or twice. Or three times. I may or may not have even written a tutorial on a crappy old blog of mine on how to make a diaper cake.

But after giving birth to my daughter, I learned the truth about diaper cakes: unrolling 100 rubber bands from 100 diapers is the worst. So I beg of you, on behalf of new moms everywhere: enough with the diaper cakes… or, for that matter, anything that requires extensive disassembly, unrolling or untying. I’m looking at you, big ol’ basket made of rolled-up diapers or golf bag made of diapers.

Still insisting on the diaper cake? Here are some no-roll diaper cakes that won’t make the new mom curse your name:

no-roll diaper cakes, folded diaper cakes

Or, you could always just go with one of these jobbies:

Best diaper cake ever - diaper box cake

Slap a bow on there and you’re good to go! If you want to get fancy, you could wrap the boxes in inside-out wrapping paper to make a uniform white cake.

a wine tasting bridal shower

08.04.13

wine bridal shower wine tasting

To celebrate a girlfriend’s 1) upcoming wedding at a winery 2) love of wine, we held a wine-themed/wine tasting bridal shower.

The centerpiece of the shower was the wine tasting table. Each bridesmaid presented her choice of wine with an explanation of the taste and pairings. The cards were held up by corks that had one side cut off to make them flat (which was a real pain in the butt to do). The super cute “Wine Tasting” banner came from Expressions in Design on etsy.

For the bride’s gift, we bridesmaids gifted her with a wine fridge and each gave her a bottle of “our” wine to be opened on special occasions: first house, first baby, first dinner party, first fight, etc.

wine shower cake balls

Instead of cake, we went with cake balls laid out in a bunch of grapes formation.

wine bridal shower wishing well

Guests wrote wishes or advice on slips of paper and put them in the bottle, to be opened on an anniversary (that’s one of their wedding invitations wrapped around the bottle!).

The wine tasting was a great ice breaker and the bride loved it!

a tea party baby shower

06.04.13

tea party baby shower

I attended the cutest baby shower today with a tea party theme. Invitations announced that a “baby is brewing…” We dined on cupcakes, scones and eclairs and drank tea out of adorable mismatched teacups and saucers (that I’m told came from the Salvation Army at 20 cents a piece!) For favors, we received custom Showers of Happiness teabags! It was tea-lightful (that’s right. I said it.)

throw a diaper sprinkle

03.04.13

Diaper Sprinkle Party

For a friend’s second baby, we threw a “Diaper Sprinkle.” This was her second boy, so she was all set on clothes and gear. We divied up diaper sizes (N, 1, 2) alphabetically according to first name (otherwise all of her family members would have been buying the same size!).

Diaper parties are a great idea to celebrate a second (or third, or fourth) baby’s arrival. What young family doesn’t need diapers? Warning: before you try to get all cute and make a diaper cake, check out my post on why they suck.

Here’s some sample invite text:

You’re invited to a Diaper Sprinkle on this day,
to celebrate a second Baby __________ on the way!

They already have lots of baby clothes, [boy] things and baby stuff;
But DIAPERS in all sizes they will need lots and lots of!

To make sure Baby gets dipes of all size,
The first letter of your FIRST name can help you to buy:
A-G: NB
H-L: 1
M-Z: 2

 

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