Little Man baby shower …

… for Finnley.
When I asked my best friend to come along on the “Snap! adventure” she wasn’t even pregnant. Fast forward to our trip and well, guess who was over 6 months pregnant?? So, I took advantage of her being back on her ‘home turf’ {where *almost* all of her family and *almost* all of best friends live, eh-hem} and added a ‘baby shower’ to her trip agenda. 
I’m so glad this worked out. Of course, without the help of three wonderful co-hosts {Kelly, Bethany & Stacie}, it probably would not have happened {the night after we got back from Snap!}.
** Party Planning Tip #1 ~ Co-Host Parties/Showers whenever possible. **
We had a little shower planning date at Starbucks {I also highly recommend a ‘planning date’ at Starbucks on a Monday} and brought together several ideas/pins/baby shower posts into a ‘Little Man, Sprinkled with Love’ shower.
So … here goes … 


A Little Man ‘sprinkled with love’ Baby Shower::
Invitation~
The invitation design needed to be simple and quick as I only had a few days to get these out to give guests a little bit of notice. I went to Pinterest and Etsy searching for a {free} printable option but couldn’t find quite what I was looking for. Then I saw this invitation and new that was it! Now, my design is *almost* a direct copy, but here is the thing … I am crediting the original design, ellieoh designs {and think that her fee is very reasonable for a custom invitation you can print at home {however, given my design background, I also knew I could create this in a short amount of time with my access to/knowlege of Adobe Illustrator} … I will not share a how-to as I think that is a big infringement on the original designer’s creative property.
Invitations were printed on my home printer and then cut and mounted on kraft cardstock.
** Party Planning Tip #2 ~ an actual invitation sets the tone of a party/shower. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive to be classy and meaningful. ** 
Decor~
  • Lime Green & Aqua Blue {sensing a theme from my Book Worm Party??}
** Party Planning Tip #3 ~ re-use party supplies whenever possible. **
  • Paper Chain {Kelly}
  • Name Bunting {Kelly}
  • Paper Mache “F” {Kelly}
  • Bow Tie Bunting
  • “Sprinkles” Bunting {paper circles punched and stitched together}
  • Streamers, paper lanterns and balloons {not pictured}

Fabric bow-tie bunting was made using this tutorial as a guide. I modified the sizes mentioned for a smaller sized bow-tie. The  bow-ties were sewn and then the ‘center’ of them attached using hot glue. I hand stitched them together as suggested. I also created a bow-tie pin for the mama-to-be and grandmas.

Food~

Beverage~

  • “Aqua” Punch & Lime/Cucumber/Mint Water

Tiny Details~

  • Mini Bow-Ties used on mason jar wraps and cupcake picks created on my Silhouette using this download. I reduced the design down {reduce all pieces at the same time so they work together} so that the {what I thought was the back piece} of the bow-tie was about  2.75 in length. Kelly showed up with her cute bunting using the same design and I realized that I hadn’t really put them together ‘as intended’ … oh well!
  • Mason Jar Wraps:: Created by cutting a piece of kraft cardstock .75×8. I then added one of the mini bow-ties to the center and wrapped and glued them to the jars. The strip of cardstock created the perfect spot for guests to write their name.
  • Cupcake Picks:: Created using the same mini bow-ties and simply gluing them to ‘fancy’ toothpicks.
** Party Planning Tip #4 ~ if cutting and assembling very small things on the Silhouette for your party … I highly recommend using 3M’s Quick Dry Adhesive. **
My “Ideas for parties” board can be found here. Enjoy!
Me & Jessie, Finn’s Mama
The BEAUTIFUL afghan that Bethany {one of the co-hosts} made for Finn. She has quite the reputation for gifting friends with these amazing works of art. I keep telling her she needs to open an online shop.


 A very special group of gals … we’ve all known each other for over 20 years!!

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Comments

  1. I adore all of those little bow ties! Can’t think of anything cuter for a little man!

  2. That was a fun little party! We make a good team…as long as there’s no selling involved :)

  3. You girls are just the best!! I absolutely adored my shower. You all out did yourselves!! I am so very blessed to have girls with 20 + years of friendship to share in our joy! Loves to you!

  4. You girls are just the best!! I absolutely adored my shower. You all out did yourselves!! I am so very blessed to have girls with 20 + years of friendship to share in our joy! Loves to you!

  5. Amanda says:

    What a fun night celebrating a very beautiful momma!

  6. That was such a fabulous baby shower! Finnley and his mama deserved it in all its splendor!

  7. OMGosh! That bow tie theme is adorable. My favorite part is the little bunting. So sweet.

  8. It was so fun! And someday I’ll open a shop, when I’m done gifting all the crochet goodness 😉

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