Throwing a baby shower? Perhaps for the very first time? Throwing a baby shower can be stressful--they're a lot of work. What I think is always the most stressful part of throwing a baby shower, however, is finding a theme! It's hard to know how to decorate and how to make it extra special for the new mom-to-be. Well guess what? We just took the most stressful part of the shower and handled it for you! We've designed this adorable "bumblebee" themed baby shower that is perfect for whether your new mommy is expecting a baby girl or a baby boy. The "bumblebee" baby shower theme includes everything you can possibly imagine--invitations, party favors, bottle labels, silverware pouches, banners--even the pattern for an easy baby quilt that you can make as an adorable shower gift! So no more stressing, because we have you taken care of! Simply click here and you can download all of this and much more and print it out in either pink or blue so that you can throw a shower that will really cause a "buzz". Hope you enjoy!
. Its time for a "Ghouls Night Out". Get your friends together and use these bags as party favors or as a party invite. Guarantee that everyone will want to come to your party. Also perfect for throwing a kid's party or just give them to your kids and neighbors for fun. This packet comes with all instructions and patterns. The packet has four different pattern options with a different saying on each including one option that is blank. Download this free party favor HERE at
Rev up the excitement for your next bridal shower with this "Little Bride" Shower invitation. I made these adorable invitations for my youngest daughter's bridal shower, and they were a huge hit! You can print two to a page which makes these easy to print and inexpensive to make. For more fun, be sure to check out our matching "Little Bride" party favors and our great bridal match game to keep your guests entertained all shower long. You can download this free packet HERE at Parties and Patterns. Check out our BLOG for more fun ideas, patterns and recipes.
Free Printable Gift Tags - "Summertime"These are great for birthday gifts, thank-you gifts or special occassion gifts. All you need to do is to download, print, cut and attach. You can also embellish the gift tags with real buttons, rick-rack, ribbon etc. You can download the free printable pdf gift tags HEREat Parties and Patterns. Also check out our blogfor other ideas.
I found these cute vellum wrappers at Michael's, and they served as additional inspiration for the rest of the party. I loved how they complimented the intricate, almost doily like corners of the invite. I tucked different Tazo tea bags in the wrappers, laid them on a tray, and they served as the tea source for the party, as well as favors when guests left.
Because I have a standard to smallish size buffet, I used cake stands to stack the tea cups and saucers (we were expecting about 20 guests). I added more height by preparing 2 whimsical flowers arrangements (a tad Alice, if you must). We mixed and match silver and gold china to add to the charm of the party.
For the table, I used a hemp taupe runner from Williams Sonoma, vellum flowers scattered on the runner, and silver and gold toned serving trays. The flowers were beautiful, fluffy white hydrangeas. I made food menu cards, and added to the "vintage jewel" theme by adding scrap booking brads I found on sale at Target to the left corner of each menu card.
The food was lovely. We kept our menu simple and classic: tea sandwiches (chicken salad and pimento), crudites, assorted cheeses and crisps, assorted fruits, chocolate covered strawberries, miniature cherry topped cheesecakes, and show-stopping cupcakes from Gigi's.
Starched linen luncheon napkins, "mix and match" silver and gold china, and sterling silver salad forks added an additional polish to the event.
I kept the color scheme consistent throughout my house - creams, taupes, and touches of silver, gold, and black. In the living room (where the guests congregated to visit, eat, and watch the bride-to-be open her gifts), I used more hydrangea, doily-esque scrapbook paper on the coffee table, and I made a pennant to hang over the fireplace. I also made a matching pennant that hung over the doorway to the living room, but I don't have a picture of it.
In the back of the living room, we set up a small gift table for guests to drop their gifts as they arrived. I found the premade "Best Wishes" banner at Michaels (a Martha Stewart find), and hung that above the table. You can't tell from the pictures, but I took the backs off of a couple of the jewel scrapbooking brads and glued them to push pins. When I hung the banner on the wall, the jeweled pins finished off the look.
I had a field day with the flowers. Rachel's Flower Shop is a delightful florist in Memphis, and on Saturdays from 4-5, she has a "happy hour" where all the cut flowers are buy one, get one free. I much prefer using a florist as my source for flowers, because they always have a better selection, funkier finds, and there is just something so invigorating about being surrounded by all the beauty. Plus, while I was there, she made me a simple orchid corsage (at my last minute request) for the guest of honor to wear on her special day. Here are some photos of the arrangements. I was quite proud of my nonprofessional attempts at flower arranging. Obviously, trained florists could do much, much better, but I was going for the "straight from the garden" look, and I think I achieved it.
All in all, we had a lovely time, and the bride gushed over every detail. I think she felt special, which is truly the ultimate goal of any shower, bridal or baby. We are all so very happy for her, as she begins this new chapter in her life. I hope she will look back on this day as a happy memory, surrounded by friends and family who love her.
Share the love this Valentine’s season by giving a "My Love Is On The Line" Gift Bag to party guests, friends, neighbors and loved ones. This downloadable packet is full of goodies. Included are simple instructions for the gift bag along with printable candy bar wrappers, candy bag labels, gift tags and valentine’s card and envelope. The FREE download of this Valentine Gift Bag Packet is foundHERE at Parties and Patterns.
I haven't talked much about what is going on in my current professional life on EventLucky, so forgive me if this a bit awkward. The board of the arts non profit that I run decided to close after nearly 20 years. I had a wonderful experience with this organization and am part of wrapping the organization up. Many of the teaching artist had taught with the organization for over 5 years, and the last time I saw many of them was when I made the announcement in June. It was hard on all of us.
So as I signed the final paperwork, I thought that we should have an opportunity to say good bye to the organization from a cheers rather than tears. So I found a restaurant that could host us in their cool space with a cocktail hour and a 3-course dinner. I chose Almond, in the flatiron district.
I invited current and recent staff and the board members. Since I wanted them to take RSVPs seriously, I sent out invitations via mail.
I found these great fill-in invitations at Kate's Paperie.
Can you see what it says here on the bottom?
I wanted to have a theme around the idea of this organization being the seed of many blooms-- whether that is kids we reached or the careers of these artists.
And of course, I closed the envelope with my washi tape.
Finally, it was time for the dinner! I put together little favors, using a blooming paper found on etsy in the organizations colors fromPulpArt. I tied them to a tulip, really working the theme. The restaurant took care of everything else.
Everyone had a really time--- and it was so nice to see my old team. Hopefully it won't be the last time!