Miss Mélange
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Last week I went up to Santa Cruz to throw my lovely sister-in-law, Katherine, a baby shower. Because I was planning it from San Diego, I didn’t buy (or even plan) much until I went up there. I had a general idea for how I wanted the party to look/feel, but it’s hard to do much when you’re flying there! As soon as my mom picked me up from the airport we headed straight to Michaels (craft store, not a random dude’s house), where we bought most of the party stuff. I wanted to buy things that would have the biggest impact for little money, so we stuck with similar colors (blues and pastels) so everything would look cohesive.

Décor These goblets were some that my mom and Katherine actually bought for my bridal shower at the dollar store. We’ve used them now for several parties (including my wedding!) So it was definitely worth the purchase. It makes the event seem a little fancier. I also bought packages of paper straws for only $2 each and set them out before everyone arrived. Wedding Vows Header_0014 Next was decorating the space. I wanted it to be colorful and have a bit of whimsy, so I decided to go with making TONS of poofs. It took me awhile, but it was worth the effort! I bought the tissue paper at the dollar store as well (It was 3x as expensive at Michaels!). I made the clouds simply by taping up a bunch of white tissue paper poofs, then adding strings of light blue yarn with different colored paper raindrops stapled to it. Then I added poofs all of over the room…no place was safe from me “poofing” it. DSC02720 DSC02719 DSC02705


One game we played was blindfolded diapering. We collected “babies” that would fit the diapers, and then we blindfolded the volunteers. Whoever could diaper three stuffed animals first won. We kept doing rounds until everyone who wanted to play got a turn. I don’t have pictures of it, but we also played a baby shower version of Pictionary. I wrote out 50 words that related to pregnancy, birth and babies and we split everyone into two teams. We did five rounds for each team and whichever team guessed the most words won. Wedding Vows Header_0015 DSC02712 For one of the activities we had everyone write something on the back of a diaper and then hang it up on a little clothesline without letting Katherine see. She chose the one she thought was funniest and then that person won a prize :) Wedding Vows Header_0017 For prizes, my mom and I found an awesome sale bin at Michaels where everything was only 50 cents! It was super cute stuff, though. We got nail files, journals, notepads, pens and stationary sets. Because they were so cheap, we could afford to pass out a bunch of prizes.  DSC02751 Food

For the food we wanted to keep it as simple as possible while still having delicious home cooked food that people would love. My mom and I had fun taking out all of her prettiest serving dishes, which along with the goblets made everything feel special. DSC02724 We served Caprese salad skewers, spinach dip with crackers and veggies, our family’s “famous” cranberry meatballs, watermelon, and strawberries with homemade whipped cream. My grandma made two amazing bundt cakes (we requested our favorite ones) and they were a huge hit with everyone! The menu was so easy, but it was perfect for what we were going for. DSC02725 DSC02743 DSC02744 DSC02745 Guest Book and Favors DSC02704 For the guest book I bought a children’s book that I thought was fitting, and had everyone sign it on whichever page they wanted. I love that it’s something Carson can actually flip through and see sweet things written to him from all the people he loves. DSC02783 DSC02768 For favors we wanted to do something cute that people wouldn’t just throw away, but again, it had to be affordable. We found super cute notecards in packs of ten for $2, so I mixed them up, gave everyone two notecards, and tied a bow around them. It turned out to be about 40 cents a favor! We could handle that. Plus it’s something people can actually use :) Wedding Vows Header_0016 Last but not least, I wanted to do something for Katherine so she felt special. I decided to make her a flower crown! It was easier than I thought, and I’ll do a tutorial soon. I bought two bouquets of flowers (only about $20 total) and made it from mixing those. I still had enough flowers to make the bouquet you saw above. She absolutely loved it, and she looked so pretty we decided to do a mini photo shoot. DSC02795 DSC02796 DSC02804 Wedding Vows Header_0018 I’m sneaking my hair in here because it’s my new easy hairdo obsession. I was so busy setting up for the party I hardly had time to do my hair, but I thought this still looked polished and fancy. It only takes me about 5 minutes! DSC02733 DSC02805 We had such a fun time and from what I could tell Katherine really enjoyed herself! My mom and I had a blast getting ready for all of it, too. Do you have any party tips that help keep things affordable? I love entertaining, so I’m always happy to find ways to keep the costs down so I can do it more often! Hope you have an amazing day!

xo, Emily

1 Comment on {How to}: Throw a Baby Shower & Not Break Your Budget!

  1. Kate @ The Kate Keeper
    June 12, 2014 at 11:47 am (4 years ago)

    Everything looks great! Thrift stores and dollar stores are so good for party planning. You would think that your cute party favors and decor came from PaperSource or some other expensive paper store. Great job, Emily! I’m looking forward to the flower crown tutorial.


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