Monday, August 17, 2015

Jayme's Carnival Baby Shower

I am so excited to finally get to share all of the details of my sister's carnival-themed baby shower we recently hosted for her!! My little sister, Jayme, is expecting her first child in September. We can hardly wait for Easton to get here!! Before she knew the sex of her baby, we started scouring Pinterest for ideas on different themes. One of the themes we were most drawn to was a super girly pink and gold glitter carnival themed shower. At the time, Jayme was convinced she was having a girl so we decided the pink carnival theme was it! Well wouldn't you know it...her next sonogram revealed that she would in fact be having a BOY! We decided to stick with the carnival theme but changed our color scheme to red, navy, aqua and gold. Here are all of the details of the special day we celebrated for Jayme and Baby Easton...
One of the hardest decisions I had while planning the shower was choosing an invitation that would immediately set the carnival theme. I wanted it to be fun and whimsical, but not too childish. I had a vision in my head, I just needed to find the invitation that matched my vision. Then I stumbled across SweetBeeDesignShoppe and knew I had found exactly what I was looking for! Tori was so easy to work with and was more than happy to make a few tweaks in her design to create the exact invitation I was hoping for. She even made matching inserts for the invitations to request that the guests bring a book instead of a card. I love this new trend in baby showers!! Such a great idea to help build a library that mommy and baby will get to enjoy for years to come.
This fun sign greeted guests at the front door. I designed the sign on and had an oversized poster printed at Walgreens. I was so excited when I found the vintage elephant graphic image on The Graphics Fairy website because it matched the invitations perfectly! The whimsical red frame was found at Hobby Lobby and I added gold glitter stickers to make it even more fun.
In the front entrance, I set up a sign-in table for guests as they entered. My sister is decorating Easton's nursery in a vintage baseball theme, so instead of a guest book, we set up a basket of baseballs and asked everyone to "autograph" a baseball and add a special message to the "Future Baseball Star".
In the chaos of setting up the day of the shower, I completely forgot to get a picture of our "Fortune Teller" table. I'm so mad at myself!! I had created this sign with a vintage palm reading image and the table was decorated with this ceramic hand that I found at Home Goods. There was a small antique German tin treasure chest filled with fortune teller fish that everyone had fun reading their fortunes with. I also had a prediction sheet on this table for all of the guests to play fortune teller themselves and predict when the baby will be born, how much he will weigh, how long Jayme will be in labor, etc.
I'm not a big fan of shower games, so I thought it would be a fun idea to have some type of craft available for everyone to do instead. I had seen the idea of decorating onesies on Pinterest and thought this would be perfect! I was inspired by a blog post by The Ragged Wren who had hosted a circus themed baby shower. She used a vintage suitcase for all of the onesies and I just loved the idea! I found a cute red suitcase at a local thrift shop and filled it with a variety of onesies, bibs and burp cloths.
I purchased the pre-made iron-on appliques from Love Dove Baby Designs on Etsy. The guests chose their design and then picked an item to apply it to. There were irons set up on each end of the onesie station.
The guests had a great time creating a fun keepsake for Jayme and Baby Easton, and when their creations were complete they were all hung from a clothesline strung across the windows.
Each of the guest tables were decorated with ivory table cloths, navy table runners and a different carnival themed centerpiece for each table. I created all of the centerpieces from a mixture of old and new tin boxes, milk glass vases, styrofoam covered in paper and ribbon, popcorn boxes, and gold spray painted plastic elephants and lions. I think this was definitely my favorite crafting project! I had so much fun creating each one.
We decided to go with plastic plates and silverware but wanted it to have a little bit of a fancy feel. I found these gold striped plates at Smarty Had a Party as well as the gold cutlery, navy pintuck table runners and navy cloth napkins. The scalloped aqua plates were ordered from Party City.
In the center of each place setting we included an advice card for the guests to share their wisdom with the mommy-to-be. These were also created on Picmonkey with the coordinating elephant graphic. This website was a life saver for me while planning this shower. I highly recommend it!
It wouldn't be a carnival shower without carnival food, so our menu for the day included hot dogs and sliders with all the fixings, potato salad, fruit cups, popcorn, peanuts, whirly pop shaped sugar cookies, sprinkle topped cupcakes, churro cheesecake, "fried" oreos and mini churro bites.
The dessert table was topped off with a sparkly gold sequin tablecloth and a marquee letter E for Easton!
Jayme received so many wonderful gifts from her amazing friends and family! Her smile says it all! Isn't she the cutest?!
After opening gifts, the guests had fun taking photos in our "photo booth" area. The backdrop was created from fabric strips that I hand cut and tied to a curtain rod. This was such a time consuming project that if I had to do over again I would definitely purchase instead of make! Haha! We had a few props for the guests to use in their photos. My favorite was the aqua frame with red curtains that Jayme and her fellow expecting friend Amy used to frame their adorable baby bumps!
As the guests left, we had a selection of party favors to choose from...cotton candy, animal cookies and cracker jacks. A cool little tidbit...the cotton candy was hung from the bed spring of the crib my sister slept in as a baby!
It was a fantastic day full of celebrations for my baby sister! Now Easton just needs to hurry up and get here because he has lots of people ready to love him!!
A special thank you to our mom, Dorothy, who was such a huge help with the crafting projects and running around gathering supplies and decorations. My 13 year old daughter, Shelby, was my right-hand girl and was there every step of the way dealing with my psycho party planning hysteria and helping out any way she could.(And I'm still apologizing for not getting a picture of her at the shower). Also thank you so much to my fellow hostesses Mary Ellen and Patricia and my Aunt Linda and Aunt Geraldine who were there working like crazy to set everything up for the big day! Couldn't have done it without y'all!

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