I am not certain why I chose to run the event when I did as it was time intensive, not to mention my sister and I threw a baby shower in the mist of it. And not just a small one. And we were on quite the tight budget so we made everything. It was actually quite a lot of fun working on something with my sister - who is THE ultimate party planner. But I have to say, my decorations and cake turned out great, too.
A few other decorations. The cupcakes were a big hit. I made them from onesies and some washcloths and burp cloths I had sewed. The remaining cloths were bundled into lollipops. I love that nearly all the decorations were things we could leave for the expectant mom to use for the baby. Very little to throw away.
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Here is the diaper cake I made. It actually caused me visceral pain to purchase diapers. I haven't bought disposable diapers in over a year but I did make sure I used chlorine free. I did give the expectant mom a couple of BumGenius Deluxe diapers. Her husband is greatly opposed to using cloth (maybe from the perceived ick factor) but I told her to give them a try and at least she would have them for photos. Nothing stands out to me more in a cute baby photo than a paper/plastic diaper. (Post about this coming soon!)
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Another story about the cake. T Rex was with me when we purchased the ducks for the top of the cake. After that, he would repeat multiple times a day pointing to the ducks, "These are for Baby T". The evening prior to the shower I went over and set up all the decorations and then came home to frost the cake. I arrived home late, but T Rex was still awake in his bed waiting for me. As I sneaked into his room and snuggled next to him he whispered into my ear, "Have you put Baby T's ducks on the cake yet?". It was the sweetest thing.
Now to take a big deep breath or sigh of relief since the shower was hugely successful and the blog event is complete. Time to work on a couple more papers before I wrap up this semester of school and have a nice long vacation.
I do have to give a great big thank you to my heart song, T Rex Dad. He held down the fort while I sewed, decorated, baked, cooked, and suffered a melt down or two. I could not have done it without you.
Have you ever had a large event to pull off on a shoestring budget? How did it go? Alternatively, do you find you sometimes schedule everything at once leaving for a period of stress?