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A large group of crafts and decorations with a theme, like a baby shower, 1st birthday, etc.

Baby’s 1st Birthday Party

The party finally happened! I was prepping for months and it was lovely. C and the guests had a good time. No food ran out and there was little extra (except soda, dear lord, so much!). Everything looked as good as it could and C loved looking at the pictures of herself around the house … a lot. Are all babies this level of narcissist?

So, here are the pictures …

Animals in party hats (yes, animals with a capital A).

CP - Party Animals

The decorations, including the animals in hats and my normal Christmas stuff. One of the main decorations was photographs of my daughter through the last year: First Holidays, How She Grows, Many a First, Funny Baby, and Glamor Shots. I haven’t been able to take them down. She loves them and so do her father and I 🙂 For the wreath, my inspirations et al are here. The arrangement used inspirations from near everywhere and I actually did not use a base model. Very odd for me

 PC - Decorations

More decorations and the party! My two main “Pinterest-y” things: a hot chocolate bar and “mushrooms” made of half a cherry tomato and a bit of mozzarella. Both were huge hits. Yay Pinterest! The banner was inspired by a class I taught at Michaels back in October. It was a free class and I helped a woman adjust it to her needs, so it was even easier to adjust to mine.

CP - The Party

While not really crafty, how can I not the first cupcake pictures? I guess it was a little crafty, since I found the chocolate buttercream frosting recipe on Pinterest. She loves chocolate, hence licking of the tray (she hadn’t done that before).

CP - Cupcake

It was a lovely party, I’m happy it went well, and I do not want to do that for at least another year.

Here is a list of supplies and where I bought/found them:

Animals in Party Hats: Beanie Boos/Babies from Michaels and Diddams; ornament/pinecone/rough animals from Cost Plus-World Market; felt and pompoms for the hats from Michaels. Photo titles: stickers from Michaels, paper from Stampin’ Up. Large 1 arrangement supplies from Michaels (old vase covered in ribbon, Christmas stems, wood 1 painted in Martha Stewart Acrylic True Gold, floral foam). Banner: paper from Stampin’ Up, stickers and jute from Michaels. Felt crown: felt and pearls from Michaels, headband from my collection of unused headbands.

Birds in hats from Target. Pictures ordered from Shutterfly. Hot chocolate bar: all from Cost Plus-World Market.


1st Birthday Party: A Preview

My daughter turned one this week. Bigger deal for me than her, but we all know that about first birthdays. I’ve been planning and prepping for her party for months and the big day is tomorrow! I am not one to go professional or Martha Stewart, but I’ve enjoyed the crafting and arranging process. All the decorations are up, other than the banner, and just the food needs to be bought/prepared/arranged on table.

Here is a preview of the party decor with a theme of Woodland Animals:

Party Preview

Animals in party hats! Woohoo!

More to come.

A Baseball Playing Dinosaur Baby Shower

My friend (S.) is pregnant and fairly new to the country. They don’t really throw showers in Germany, so another German friend of hers (A.) and I worked out one for her with both traditional and non-traditional elements. As a side note, I have never thrown a baby shower and have been to very few.

Traditional: food (and lots of it), decorations, a game, wishes for the baby and parents

Non-Traditional: Baseball and Dinosaurs theme, only one game, no baby or blue/pink decorations, both men and women in attendance

A. took on the food. I love decorating for holidays and parties, so I took this part and all crafting bits on myself. Below is the scrapbook set-up with a request for wishes and ideas on how to present them. Project Life cards (I once had the idea to scrapbook and then I rediscovered Shutterfly for photo books) for writing those wishes, stickers, pens, etc. The strings you see are holding balloons to the the dinosaur jars full of jelly beans. A. did an amazing job on the food and you can see one of my hanging, non-crafted decorations.

People writing things for the baby and parents.

Dinosaur with Jelly Beans Give Away


I didn’t take pictures of the game, but it was a card deck with all the letters of the alphabet and some cards that said boy or girl. S. would pick a letter and a gender from the deck and the guests would have 1 minutes to write as many names as they could think of with those limitations.

I had a lot of fun decorating, but even more fun creating the gifts (some of which were also decorations). A. gave me Onsies that were leftovers from the last baby shower she threw. She said that the people at that party weren’t much interested in decorating them, so asked if I would like to. But of course! I had a few pre-made stencils, though only used one, and made the other two from online images and sticker paper. Do NOT use sticker paper on cloth for stencils. It took me longer to get the sticker off than to create and paint. At least they turned out nice. S. loves owls and Doctor Who, so those two were easy to figure out, and why not a squirrel, eh?

A. gave me onsies and I had fun. (Side note: don't use sticker paper for a stencil. So hard to get those last bits off!)

I made these for selfish purposes. I’ve been wanting to try this technique since I first saw it on Pinterest and now I had an excuse! Front side has the words used commonly in German and the back side has the English (American, Mommy and Daddy).

Mama and Papa Mugs

The actual present and card are below. The is the absolute best wrapping job I’ve ever done, so I had to take a picture. I didn’t mean for the colors to match; that just happened.

Seriously the best wrapping I have ever done on a present. Ever.

I made similar blocks before my daughter was born, but with a shimmery white background, rounded corner numbers, no baseball paper, and in English rather than German.

Age Blocks

I learned this one at my Bridal Shower: the hosts give the shower-e (?) a set of Thank You Cards, so they don’t have to buy them or much think about anything but writing. These were fun and easy to make.

Thank You Cards

So, I got my supplies from all over the place, including Amazon, Michaels, Etsy shops, Stampin’ Up, and probably somewhere else. Leave a comment if you would like to know where a specific product came from or how something was made.

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