Friday, August 24, 2012

About to Pop Baby Shower Part 2: The Invitations


This is Part 2 of a series that I am writing about the Baby Shower that I hosted for my sister.  Click Here for Part 1

The Invitations
If you've been reading this blog for any of the other parties that I've thrown, you know that I am big on invitations.  I think that invitations should set the tone for the party, and that they make the first impression of the gathering.  I am very picky when I am selecting a design for an invitation... so I usually end up creating them myself.  This time was no different.  

I had seen several cute About to Pop invitations on Pinterest, but none of them really spoke to me.  I knew that I wanted to use a bright, fun, girly color scheme, and that I wanted to use polka dots.  For this party, I started picking the plates.  I found these great polka dot plates from Polka Dot Market and knew that those would be the basis of the color scheme.  Next, I had to decide how I wanted to translate that into an invitation. 

Many of the invitations that I'd seen had a silhouette of a pregnant woman on them, and I thought that was cute.  I also wanted to incorporate that some how.  I needed to come up with an invitation that had a mix of everything that I wanted, including fun fonts for the wording. First, I headed over to RGB Stock, which is where I get a lot of images from, and found this scrapbook page that included polka dots, a cute cloud and stripe across the bottom.  However, it needed to be changed a little to fit with the color scheme.  RGB Stock's terms allow for manipulation, so I was good to go.  I opened up Paint.net (the free photo editing software that I use) and got to work.  

I found fun fonts from dafont.com.  I used Mixtape Mike and Pop Up. I also used Arial Rounded Bold, which is on most computers.  

I was so pleased with the result: 


I had them printed at my local FedEx Office on 10 pt Gloss Cover Cardstock so that they would be nice and thick and glossy.  I loved the way they turned out.  I mailed them in white envelopes, but to fancy it up a bit, I typed the addresses in the cloud image above and printed on labels, so that the envelope and the invitation were a nice matching set. 


Thanks for reading!  More posts to come!  I had so much fun planning this shower and executing it all, there's no way I could fit everything into one post. 

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

About to Pop Baby Shower Part 1: Theme Devleopment


Today, I am beginning a series about the baby shower that I threw for my sister a few weeks ago.  The theme was "Stephanie is About to Pop!" I've seen a lot of these baby showers on Pinterest, and that is where I got much of the inspiration for ideas.  I took ideas and made them my own to fit the shower.  I am really proud of how everything turned out... I did everything from the invitations to all of the food.  I wanted to blog about all of the details, so I decided to split up the posts to make sure that everything was covered. Check back this week to get all of the details.  I will be sharing everything... where I purchased everything, the printables I used... everything! 

Theme Development: 
I wrestled with the idea of even throwing my sister a shower for a long time.  Typically, you get one baby shower, for your first child.  I had already thrown her an awesome shower for Parker. However, that shower was huge.  It was at our church, and around 100 people were invited.  I wanted to do something smaller, more intimate, more fun.  I decided that I was going to give her a small shower, at her house, and only invite about 25 of her closest friends and family. 

Since I've been on Pinterest, I've seen lots of baby shower ideas.  However, the one that kept pulling me in was the "She's About to Pop" theme.  I had seen it several different ways - incorporating food and games and decor.  I had to decide which I was going to do.  I knew that we were going to play games at this shower, so I decided that everything should have a "pop" theme - games, favors, food, etc.  I quickly made a Pin Board and started gathering ideas. 

Over the next couple of days, I will detailing everything.  Look for posts on: 
The Decorations
The Food
The Games and Prizes


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