I would like begin my first post by sharing my baby shower planning experience. Anyways, this was my first time planning a party. I’ve actually never put together any parties that required at least some sort of planning. Everything was more of “let’s make this happen” without much thought. Oh dear, let me just tell you; it was beyond stressful. (Sigh…) We almost wanted to quit, but we persevered! I don’t think I want to throw another party for a while. Though, I don’t want to discouraged anyone because of how overwhelming planning a party can be. It may seem like a big task to tackle but end results are really worth all the hassle. I just hope that my experience can potentially help out or inspire anyone that is planning to throw their next party.
My sister and I began planning this party one month in advance before the actual event. We dedicated a lot of our time into this party. (Our heart, pride, and soul!) We must have stopped by a few different stores every week because we didn’t have a solid plan. Once we reach a decision of what we wanted to put together, things slowly started to fall into place. Since I’m the creative one in the family, I was given the majority of the “labor intensive” task. My sister was in charge of the goody bags, prizes, and placing the order for cake and food. Her fiancé funded the party and was in charge of the games.
The first thing on my list was to make the invitations. I couldn’t find any pre-made templates that looked exactly the way I envisioned so I decided to make the baby diaper templates completely from scratch. They were drawn up in a program called Cad. The invitations had to be revised many times before I was satisfied with the final results. The final touches had to be done manually. The tedious part was cutting them all, especially the scalloped tops. I also had to come up with a creative idea that would work opening up the invitations but still keeping it simple. My sister kept on nagging me to finish them. I did manage to get them out in a timely manner.
Next, I began working on the banner for the baby’s name. This project was more straightforward than the invitations because it didn’t require exact measurements for every side. I drew up the circles, scalloped circles, and all of the letters freehand. The letters were a bit tricky because I had to gauge what size they needed to be in order for them to snugly fit into the scalloped circles. Cutting out the shapes was a bit of a repetitive task. The letters required a bit more precision. The easy part was binding the shapes together. I just had to decide what I should use to pull the banner together as a whole.
One other small project we decided on was to make something cute for the utensils to sit in. We bought pink and white napkins that we decide to fold into bow shapes. I was uncertain if I should use the pink or white napkins. I figured that white would be a better option since that would provide more contrast against all the pink. After I folded all of the necessary supply, I proceeded to make the chevron patterned strips on Photoshop that would later be placed in the middle of each bow. The strips were printed on glossy finish paper.
The last crafty project I had to do was to create a picture that would later be placed in the baby’s nursery room. (Just for memories.) I decided to go with a baby elephant because I thought that it was a good representation of a new baby girl’s arrival and plus they’re adorable! I drew it by freehand and had my sister help me cut circles out of patterned paper; which are suppose to look like balloons. The family members are suppose to write down their blessings for the baby inside the circles. Once I got the outline of the elephant drawn out, I started to fill it up with color. I just had to figure out the placement of the circles.
The day before the baby shower, I arrived at my sister’s house in the morning to prepare for the big day. My foster mom also came down from North Carolina to help us. The first thing on my list was to add the final touches to all of the projects I did previously. Once that was out of the way, I started hanging up the décor on the ceiling where we planned to have our dessert table. I also had to figure out how we were going to set the table that we planned to have our guests eat on. We decided that we would cut out the pink table cover into heart shapes. I drew up the heart shapes, cut them out, and taped them onto the white cover that we had already placed on the table. Then, I proceeded to set the table.
Meanwhile, I had my youngest sister help make the chocolate covered pretzels and strawberries. Though, her effort was appreciated, she seemed like she didn’t want to be there and kind of rushed the job. So I had to finish the rest and make the ones that would be displayed on the dessert table. My mom helped clean along the way. She also set up the popcorn station. (Big thank you to her!) It took us the whole day to get it all figured out.
Finally, the big day has arrived! I was running on 4 hours of broken sleep but I didn’t realize how tired I was because so much adrenaline was going through my veins! I prepared for the day and was ready for it to begin. My sister’s fiance picked me up. We stopped by the store to pick up the cake. Everybody was starting feel a bit frantic to say the least. I guess they need me. (Aww…) I got there later than I had originally planned. As soon as I was there, I immediately began setting up the dessert table and photographed all of our precious work before our guests arrived.
After the party, I felt so relieved. All of this weight that we put upon ourselves has been lifted off. My sister’s fiance did an impeccable performance on the games. I was quite impressed that the majority of our guests showed up. The final product turned out more beautiful than I had anticipated. The best part of it all; we actually enjoyed ourselves after all the sweat and tears. Our effort was definitely rewarded. I received a few compliments. (*Blushes) I didn’t think I was capable of all the things I pulled together. Sometimes, you end up surprising yourself. Never set limits; you can achieve whatever your heart desires.
Thank to everyone that help contribute to the party; whether it was big or small. All of your effort was very much appreciated! It help lift off some of our load. Many of our ideas were inspired by Pinterest. Most of the supplies that we bought were either from the Dollar Tree, Micheal’s, or Wal-Mart.
A few things that I would like to suggest to anyone that is planning a party: 1) Have a solid plan of what you want to achieve before making your purchases; this will save you a ton of time, so you don’t end up visiting the store a million times like we had to. 2) Give yourself a decent time frame to plan before the actual day; this way you won’t feel rushed when the time is getting near 3) Include at least 3 games; like we did (We included Baby Jeopardy, Dirty Diaper, and Guess the Baby Food.) or your guest may feel obligated to stay longer than they may want. Lastly, don’t forget to photograph all of your hard work! Good luck and enjoy!
Just in case you’re wondering, we did provide hot foods for our guest. We served baked ziti, eggrolls, meatballs, potato salad, sausages, stuffed shells, and among other things that the guest brought.