safari inspired baby shower

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Many of our birthday themes are also very popular as baby shower ideas. One of my personal favorites is our safari.  Think about decorating with animal cookie placecards, plush animals as centerpeices, even these fun pillows to spruce up your seating and then later repurposed into the baby’s nursery. 

And you can’t forget about the cake, there are a ton of ideas. This one from SweetRoxy’s blog is adorable. Happy planning!

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DIY plush owl

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For a photo shoot of our owl couple baby shower decor, I recently made a few plush owls… perfect for birthday party favors or as gifts for the little one that is soon to arrive. And the best part, you could even make these as a “no sew” project! Mine are sewn, but I’m just saying… you don’t have to. A little fabric glue and you’re in!

So here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 coordinating fabrics (owl body and wings)
  • coordinating felt (eyes and nose)
  • batting
  • owl body template (to ensure that both sides are equal, print the template out and trace it side by side on wax paper)

And here are the super easy steps:

  1. Cut out the owl body from one fabric and the wings (just the bottom corners of your owl body) from a coordinating fabric. Sew the wings to the body.
  2. Cut out the eyes from coordinating felt; we did two sizes and layered the circles. Sew the eyes in place.
  3. Cut out a diamond shape nose from felt. Sew the nose in place.
  4. Place the front and back of the owl facing each other. Sew the owl body together (inside out) with a 1/4″ seam all the way around, leaving the bottom open.
  5. Turn your owl right side out. You may need to use a pencil to poke the ears out.
  6. Stuff the owl with batting and close the bottom of the owl with a needle and thread… or fabric glue. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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I was Googling {it’s now a verb!} around and came across a very fun picture of a pirate birthday party. I clicked to see more and realized it was our table decor, pirate ship, gable favor boxes (can’t take credit for the fun stickers) and polka dot & stripe black candles.  It’s rare that we get to see what magic moms put together when they buy our supplies and I have to admit I giggled a little. I still love love love that moms like our designs and decor enough to want it for their little ones. Anyway, I digress! Here is the beautiful pirate birthday party for two twin boys from the erinandaaron.com blog.

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She crafted this wonderful door hanger to greet her guests and this beautiful birthday party banner. {Great work mom!}

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As I mentioned, the party was for twins so they not only had this beautiful cake for guests, but they made it very special and had individual cakes for the boys. {There are our candles!}

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And what’s a party without games. Love the walk the plank! And check out the treasure hunt. If you like what you see here you need to visit erinandaaron.com to read all the wonderful details and resources.

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DIY train centerpiece

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This is a very smart choo choo train birthday table from Little Shindigs. The train itself appears to be made of tin storage boxes, craft paper, ribbon, silver cupcake papers and tissue or cotton coming out the smoke stack. Very cool! And the table runner brings it all together. You could make one very quickly from green, black and gray felt (buy the green off the bolt at the fabric store so you don’t have to piece it) and fabric glue.

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And don’t you love these favors: little suitcases filled with goodies and conductor caps!

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butterfly cakes

We girls love our butterflies and done correctly they can be both whimsy, like our “butterflies” custom invitation and decor, and elegant, like our “blossoms” custom invitation and decor. In honor of both styles, I went in search of the perfect cakes.

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I really love these first two. Both are super simple and come with step-by-step instructions. Yep, you got it. The first one from BrightIdeas.com is M&Ms! All I can say is yum! The second, from BettyCrocker.com, is very smart. I love the use of the candy stick for the body and the jelly bean embellishments.

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The first thing that comes to mind for this second group from NickyGrant.com is… stunning. I really like the simplicity of these. You’ll need a steady hand with fondant, but the butterflies could easily be pulled off with a food safe version of floral wire and cloth butterflies from the craft store. Just beautiful and perfect with our “blossoms” invitation for a baby shower, bridal shower, or big girl birthday {wink}.

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bee is for baby

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I absolutely love this beautiful baby shower concept from Lollipop Events & Designs and I’ve paired it with our bugs & butterflies custom invitation and thank you card

The yellow, gray and white color palette is both modern and crisp. They used everything from lemon candies to exotic sunflowers and bright mums to layered fabrics to pull this gorgous table together. The Lolli Ladies give all the details and some great DIY tips, including how they made the individual coconut bee cakes, so make sure and read their original post. Love it!!

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creative cookie favors

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I just recently ran across the Flour Pot. They offer a wide array of beautifully decorated cookies for birthday parties, baby showers and bridal showers. These caught my eye since I’m in the process of planning a deep sea splash bash for my oldest.

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And these are such a beautiful way to ask wedding guests to save the date or to ask someone to be your bridesmaid. They even offer beautiful little boxes and ship them direct.

The other thing I like about these images is that if you are a baker you can get lots of inspiration from their sugar work. Enjoy!

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ready, set, go! cakes

I’ve been giving a great deal of thought to the development of new birthday party themes and in doing so I browse the web for inspiration. I’m not saying that we’re going to develop a theme for you race fans out there… just yet anyway… but I thought you would still enjoy a little sweet inspiration. Here are my favorite race car cakes and cupcakes.

I love that this one from LynnInTokyo because it cuts out significant fondant work by using toys. (I just suggest washing them well before setting them on your cake. Brand new doesn’t mean clean!)

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This one from Treasures and Tiaras uses such wonderful colors. The red, black and white combo cupcakes make a great centerpiece.

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And last, but not least, I really liked that this one from Ratutek used cupcakes to make a track. Although the cars are fondant, the grass is easily accomplished with the right icing tip and the track is just black and white icing.

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Happy baking!

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mad hatter tea party

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I won’t lie to you, this Alice in Wonderland mad hatter tea party took some serious effort by Donna at Party Wishes, but I think you’ll agree that the outcome was well worth it.

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She had her hands full from making the croquet game complete with 4′ tall croquet wickets (out of 1/4″ plywood, painted both sides, supported by 1×1″ pieces of wood with rebar drilled into the bottoms), stuffed flamingo covered mallets and hedgehog balls (4″ styrofoam balls covered in paper and Mod Podge) to hand painting massive tea cups (from the L.A. Flower Mart) to setting a bright and beautiful table.

So creative and so well executed.

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back to school centerpiece

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Whether you’re planning a back to school bash, a teacher’s lunch or you just want to make their first day of school breakfast special, this centerpiece idea from Little Ant Design is really adorable… and quite economical! She used pencils (molded around can food items), placemat size chalkboards, rulers, composition notebooks, apples and flash cards to pull off the theme and she did a beautiful job. I also love the idea of stenciling on glass vases with chalkboard paint. Very smart! {wink}

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