Blooming Baby Shower Favors

My very good friend Marni’s baby shower was today so I can finally share these with you!

40+ people RSVPed to this shower so I needed to find something easy to make (and that wouldn’t break the bank!) for favors.

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I started with bags of Gladiolus bulbs, white paper sacks, Easter grass and some little cards I printed out giving each guest instructions on how to plant and care for their bulbs.

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First I opened up a bunch of bags and set them out on my buffet.

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Then I put some Easter grass in each one.

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And dropped in three bulbs.

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Then I punched holes in each paper and bag and tied them up with ribbon.

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I love them!  They were a little cumbersome to travel with but overall I think they worked out really well!

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Lime and Navy Baby Shower

My good friend Shiloh (who I’ll probably refer to as Dale, as that’s what I call her) is having a baby boy in December.  When we planned for her party to be in October I thought, “that’s so far away!  I’m sure the house will be ready by then!”  The good news is the house was no longer a construction zone but I would have liked to have had time to hang pictures (and curtains!)

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I knew I wanted to decorate with baby clothes so I started looking at local kids’ resale stores in June and scored all the clothes you see hanging around for under $20!

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I had visions of hanging them across the arch in the living room but NOTHING sticks to plaster!  Tape wouldn’t stick and tacks bent without making a mark!  So I made weird little hangers from pipe cleaners I had around and hung them off every hook and handle I could find!

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Tulle and tissue paper poufs (thanks Pinterest!) were a cheap (I spent under $10 for all the supplies) way to move the colors around the house and made clean up much easier!  Streamers are cute but a huge pain to take down! (I’m not lazy, just house tired!)

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I love these paper straws more than any normal person should!

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I was afraid that balloons on my mailbox would pop (there are a lot of jagged edges) so I went and got a $3 pumpkin from the grocery store, tied the balloons to the stem and set in on the front steps!

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Looking at his picture makes me think I should have made more food.  I never know how much to get and while I love having leftovers, I’m just one person!  If I buy food expecting 30 people and only 10 come that’s A LOT of leftovers for me to get through!  I made the chicken salad and the olive cheese bread (from The Pioneer Woman) but let the store do all the other work for me.  (PS-make the olive cheese bread, it’s AMAZING!)  Store bought rolls, salsas and hummus, chips and crackers and a bowl of pickles came together fast and the veggies and ranch (and the unpictured cheesecake stuffed strawberries that will haunt my dreams!) were brought by sweet Kristel.

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The cake was made by our friend Stacey and it was delicious!  My favorite was the sweet little shoes on top though!

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The best part was I had everything cleaned up quickly (little girls playing with the balloons helped!) and Dale and I did the dishes while she waited for her husband to come pick her up.

I’m hosting Bunko at my house on Wednesday and then I should be done with parties for a little while (unless anyone else needs a baby shower! 🙂 )

-A