Saturday, January 7, 2012

Feather her nest!!!

Today was a fun day! My sweet friend Katie is pregnant with ther third child and due any minute now. Myself and four friends who love Katie to pieces put together this darling bird themed shower to celebrate the newest member of her family.


We had a great group of Katie's friends from all over and family over to celebrate Emily and "feather her nest". :)


Lots of pictures here... You ready?

Ok, here we go..

Before you do anything you best be signin' in to wish baby Emily some sweet sentiments. :)



















Ok, now that you've signed in we can move forward. ;) Isn't this the cutest dang "E" you've ever seen? I hate to brag, but its not often that I see the letter E and say "awwwwwww", but after I made this I whispered a long one. ;) This was one of many DIY projects from this party. Easy peezy...just get yerself a paper mache letter from the craft store and wrap it in yarn...round and round and round until you're done. I embellished with felt birds and felt roses. I'm sure there is a tutorial online somewhere...I just kinda winged it, but I think it turned out pretty cute. (shower decorations/baby nursery decor afterwards...gotta love those two-fer deals!)

First up, the dessert table (naturally).




The cake...























Mom and Dad above and sister and brother (as little baby chicks) on the bottom tier...

Sugar cookies covered in a layer of buttercream and then topped off with marshmallow fondant. Check out Paula Deen's recpie for Cookie Dough Truffles. Oh my goodness, if you love cookie dough, well, you'll love these!!! (there wasn't a crumb of a truffle left in the house after this party)























These pom pom cupcake toppers were another DIY project. Found the tutorial here. Check it out!









Aren't these butterscotch bird nests the cutest!?! Fellow co-host Allison made them and they were sooo yummy. (anything butterscotch is two thumbs up in my book!)





















Another little DIY project (I told you there's a lot of DIY in this party). This wreath was so cute and fun to make and will make a great decoration for Emily's nursery room door. Big thank you to my Cricut machine for cutting out the the letters and thank you to all the wooden doll tutorials I found all over the internet for this one. :)


























For drinks we served pink lemonade in mason jars and of course, bottled water. Are you loving the fabric labels? I used left over fabric from the dessert table (which by the way was $1.50/yard at Walmart!!!...these labels practically paid ME to decorate the water). I just love how I justify all these little expenses...hehe












The food was so yummy!!! The other girls hosting were in charge of food and boy did they do a great job!!! The shower was at 2:00 so we decided to stick to a lite menu which included chicken salad (two types...curry and tarragon), fruit kabobs, a couple veggie dips, spinach dip, cucumber sandwiches and the yummiest cowboy caviar dip ever. These friends of mine are some gooooood cooks!!!!! :) I'm literally sitting here eating leftovers (the most delicious chicken salad sandwhich) as I type. (thats right, you should all be super jealous right about now) ;)























Never been a big fan of veggies, but how pretty do these look!?!?!

(almost makes you want to eat them doesn't it) almost





CRAFT TIME!!!

Yes, I realize this is an adult party, but whatever, crafts are good for adults too!!!

We set up a clippe making station so that each guest could make a little hair clip for baby Emily.



I created little instructions for each "step" to help guide everyone through the clippe making process. I put out ribbon and clips and each guest covered their own clip w/ their ribbon of choice. Then they chose an embellishement to make it pretty. There were buttons, bows, fabric flowers and more.










Nothing screams baby shower more than a picture of a bunch of ladies making baby bows! ;)

After food and bow making we sat down to play a quick game of memory (baby themed). This game was so much fun to play. I found the idea and instructions to make the game here. Erica and Ashly did a great job putting it all together for us. And of course, the girls made me get my goofy butt up in front of everyone to lead the game.
The basic idea of the game is a matching game...when you get a match you get a candy prize based on the match you made. For example...when you find the match to "contractions" you get a box of Whoppers. Epidural match gets the candy Lifesavers. I think you get the idea. Head over here for more candy ideas if you want to recreate!!!




























When all the crafts, games and presents were finished I made the mommy to be (who really wants her baby to be born soon) as well as all her guests do 25 jumping jacks and 4 running laps around the house. (kidding!!...just wanted to get your attention, make sure you're still reading)
Each guest was sent home with a little treat for their birds at home.
These little bird seed ornament favors were not only cute, but totally inexpensive AND useful!! Our poor birds outside need all the food they can get in these harsh winter months (wait, wasn't the high today is in the 60s? Whatever...not everyone lives in Atlanta.). Go here for if you'd like to make some for yourself.



And last but not least, all the hostesses with the mama to be.
Happy baby shower Emily!!!
We can't wait to meet you little lady!!!

34 comments:

  1. Oh My Word, I just found your blog and you are AMAZING!!! My first thought is, "when do you sleep????"

    Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas and creations!

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  2. Kate I am still looking through the pictures and feel like I missed so many details while I was there - thank you for the MOST amazing day, you girls all outdid yourselves and I can't believe what an amazing celebration we had for baby Emily, I LOVED every minute of the party and am still overwhelmed by it all - in the best way - YOU my friend are amazing!

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  3. Gorgeous party!! I love all the details! Those painted mason jar lids just might be the best idea since sliced bread! How did you put the hole in the lid for the straw?

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  4. What a fantastic shower! I love everything about it! This will definitely be added to my Pinterest boards just in case I need it in the near future. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Wow. Glory from Glorious treats...my hero. Lol. Can't believe you have set your eyes on my blog! Seriously, my hero....may as well be Brangelina commenting. Lol The holes were just punched with a screw driver and a hammer. ;). No glamorous answer there. ;)

    Thank u all for the wonderful compliments.

    And sweet Katie, anything for you!,,,

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  6. Kate- Haha, you're so sweet! Thanks for the ego boost! =) This is such an adorable party, I'm sure your guests and the mommy-to-be felt very special! Thanks for the info about the jar lids. I was a little worried about if that would make sharp edges on the inside of the lid... although I guess people aren't really touching it. Well, I'm sure you'll be seeing this idea on my site at some point and I'll be sure to credit you! Hugs! XX

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  7. I am just a blogger buddy of Katie's I have been following her since she was pregnant with her girlies. You did a PHENOMINAL job on all the crafts and the whole theme was adorable. She is lucky to have you as a friend!!! I think I am going to have to try those butterscotch nests for Easter! I am with you on the Butterscotch like! :)
    I can't wait to see Emily photos with the WHOLE family!!

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  8. Hi Kate! I am a friend of Jenny Tribuzio and I constantly follow your blog. I love to bake and do cakes/pops/cupcakes. I have you to thank for a lot of inspiration. I was wondering if you could tell me what tip you used to frost the strawberry cupcakes. Thanks!

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  9. Thanks all! Amy, I used the Wilton 1M tip. :)

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  10. Kate! This is so precious. I was admiring this sweet shower at Kara's blog and then I realized it was yours! Xoxo - Vicki

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  11. THIS IS THE CUTEST BABY SHOWER IDEA. I do have one questions, how did you punch the hole in the mason jar lids?

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  12. Did you punch it with a whole punch? I am trying to do this same thing and can't figure out how to punch the wholes in the lids. HELP!

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  13. All I can say is WOW. You've got some serious party planning skills! I'm working on a baby shower for my SIL, and since it's her first baby, it has to be over the top, lol! Great ideas on your site, so thanks a gazillion! Btw, what's the font you used on the 'Thank' part of the thank you treats? Thanks!

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  14. Can I get your step by step directions for the clippe project. Thanks!

    amber.gail05@yahoo.com

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  15. Where did you find the bird cookie cutter for the favors?

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  16. Is there anyway you could give me an idea how you made the nest on that darling cake? I am trying to make a nest like yours and just cant get it to work. I am using chocolate fondant what did you use?
    Thanks so much!

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  17. I love everything about this shower!!!!! My daughter and I are hosting a baby shower very soon. I love the picket fence shelf, where did you find the shelf?

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  18. I love the mason jars I was wondering what did you use to paint the lids?

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  19. Any chance I could get step by step directions for the hair bows too? I'm throwing my SIL a shower & would love to do that for her :) janettascakery@yahoo.com - Thanks!

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  20. I would love a copy of the directions also, please and thank you!
    simsjjeh@comcast.net

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  21. OMG there are SO many cute ideas here!!!! My nursery is bird-themed, so my sister is throwing me a bird-themed shower. I have to send her this link!!

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  22. sorry, but can you send me the detailed instructions for the hair clippes? Also, where did you buy the bows? or did you make them yourself?
    amandacdavis@yahoo.com

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  23. i am just seeing this for the first time. this baby shower was so cute its to die for. i would also love the detailed instructions for the hair clippes also. love love love love this site. melmorales18@yahoo.com

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  24. hair clips are adorable! i'm throwing a shower in a few weeks and think this would be so fun if we can pull it off, any details you can share would be appreciated. corkerysusan@yahoo.com. Thank you!!

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  25. love this shower, did you use a punch for the bird food labels? Also where did you get the fence shelf

    Rachelwheelerrealtor@gmail.com

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  26. Wow you Did an Amazing Job I am very Inpressed. I was woundering if you could please email me the Recipe for the Butterscotch Bird Nests??? My email is amandawilkes25@gmail.com Thanks so much

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  27. I love the craft that you put together!! Are you able to post the instructions or email them to me at linnjadewu at gmail? If not, it looks like you used double sided tape and I'm wondering how well that worked? Thank you for sharing this,

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  28. You did an amazing job! I know you've been asked this before, but do you mind sharing instructions for the hair clip station? Can you let me know where you got the embellishments? We are organizing a shower for my best friend and she just loves this idea. My email is jdiazmartinez@gmail.com if you have the time to email me any websites/links you found helpful. Thanks so much!

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  29. Can you please send me the step by step instructions that for the clippes? I LOVE this idea, much better than making onesies! :)

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  30. Hello!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! I pinned this a while back and just rediscovered it!!! The color scheme is amazing! Could you please tell me how you punhecd the holes in the lids? I tried my husband's drill on lids and it didn't work out so well......... shannon.blanton@hotmail.com

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  31. Sorry to bother you, but I really love how you did this shower. I am doing a bird theme baby shower for my twin and really love this idea. Can you please tell me how you created the signs for the hair clip station. If you don't mind, you can email me at shellne18@yahoo.com.

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  32. Hi, I was wondering how you spray painted the lids of the mason jars. Did you have to use a special primer or something or just straight up paint? Thanks so much!

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