At my "day" job a work colleague is having a baby, and it is tradition that we have a baby shower at work. I have made it my tradition to put together what I call a "binky basket." I call it that because each basket I make for baby showers I attend contains a binky (pacifier). However, binky baskets have a theme to them as well. After talking to new moms, the most common thing I heard is that they received a lot of clothes for their newborn, and then had to go out and buy clothes within the first month because their babies were growing out of the newborn clothes. I decided it would be beneficial for new moms to have the "little stuff" on hand that they may not think about until they need it (medicine, soap, lotion, powder, etc.) The theme of this basket was "Bath Time." I filled it with shampoo/bath wash, baby lotion, diaper rash cream, a rubber ducky that changes color if the water is to hot, a binky that dispenses medication, and two more binkys. Another theme I have used is a "Baby Ouchey Basket." This one I filled with a baby thermometer, a nose aspirator, baby Tylenol, teething rings, and baby ice packs. I love putting these together, so if you need any ideas feel free to email me.
My grandma turned 90 this month and we all wanted a big bash for her! At 90 she has amazing energy and LOVES to dance. I hope I am like her when I turn 90. She also insisted on having her party at the VFW, where her and my grandpa have been active members for well over 50 years. The problem... the VFW was a blank space and needed a lot of work to add some "flair." Good thing my mom and I love decorating for parties and we were up for the challenge. Just by adding a few simple items to the table it made a huge difference. First, we found clear glass votives at: Target, World Market, and Jo-Ann Fabrics, each store sold the votives $.99. We had flameless battery operated votive candles to put in each glass holder. We found the battery operated votives at Portery Barn and got a great deal on them during their holiday sale. The clear votive holders and candles were nice enough, but I love adding embellishments. At Jo-Ann Fabrics we found adhesive pearl gems. The sheet was about $10.00, and we had more than enough to decorate 50 votives with plenty to spare. Word of caution, the pearls don't just pull off perfectly, they are meant to cut so you have to work them a little too avoid to much of the adhesive square from showing. Next, my mom had the great idea of putting different pictures of my grandma at every table, and also a sheet full of facts from 1921 (the year my grandma was born). Instead of buying expensive photo frames we found acrylic frames (5x7 and 4x6) at Target. We then added crystals and floral decals to decorate the frames. We didn't make them all the same--remember to have fun when decorating for parties, and that not everything has to match. I actually thought this would be a great idea for wedding rehearsal dinners. You can have pictures of the couple at every table, and facts about the years they were born. They make great conversation pieces, and trust me people will walk around at the various tables to look at pictures. You can incorporate childhood pictures, as well as pictures of the couple together. This is a cost saving way to decorate. Simple decorations go a long way!
As I commented on my last post I absolutely LOVE wrapping gifts, probably more than buying them. I could spend hours in paper stores, looking at beautiful cards, wrapping paper and ribbons. However, I must say that I come by it honestly, my mom is the exact same way. Being the proud mother that she is, she couldn't wait to show off her daughters hangers at a baby shower she attended. She wrapped the gifts in fun pink paper, and attached the hangers with delicate sheer ribbon. The mom-to-be was more excited about the hangers than what was in the box. I thought it was a fun way to present a gift, and added a little "bling" to the package.