Monday, August 22, 2016

Chic Floral Baby Shower Inspo + Tutorial

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Looking for a chic & whimsical baby shower idea that is simple yet memorable? Well, you came to the right place! Today on the blog I'm sharing a little baby shower inspiration {basically what my dream baby shower would look like}, a fun DIY backdrop and a practical gift idea:).
Even though it's been quite some time since I was a first-time mom, I still remember the overwhelming stress of scouring the big box stores in search of the best baby essentials. It can be incredibly difficult to try to decipher through all the products and brands to find the good ones! That's why I love baby showers! Not only are they a fun & exciting time to celebrate mommy-to-be & baby but it's the perfect setting for moms to share their insights on tried and true brands & products their family has loved. 
One of the things I've been gifting lately to my expecting friends are a big box of Huggies Little Snugglers Plus newborn size pack of diapers { these consist of 128 diapers + a 32-count wipes clutch}, I'm a firm believer that you can never have too many of the essentials! 

Plus, these have been on a great deal lately: $5 off with free shipping from (9/1 – 9/25), so I've been stocking up to have on hand to give as gifts. You can get these exclusively at Costco, you can locate your store here, or conveniently order online.
All three of my girls have used Huggies. As a new mom I absolutely loved the color-changing wetness indicator, it's tricky when they're teeny babies because they might not feel super wet even when they are, this definitely helped give me peace of mind that my babies were dry and their skin was clean & healthy.
But back to this cute baby shower! This one was so easy to put together. The only thing that was time consuming was assembling the paper flowers {which I'll talk in depth a little later}. I think the way to go for baby showers is to have a good mix of store bought things & homemade things. This will make it so MUCH easier to plan & host your event {because you won't be exhausted during it}. So, decide where you want your time & energy to go & allocate your time accordingly.
Like take this cake for example...I'm not a pro baker, so I bought this plain frosted cake and garnished it with flowers and chocolate to make it my own. It still took a bit of time but not hours and it turned out great!
I added a little gold glitter to the glass jars to add some cohesiveness to the table & overall look. Simple, but beautiful {in my humble opinion :)}.
I kept the food fairly simple with chocolate covered strawberries, cupcakes, fruit, sandwiches, you could easily add-in a few more appetizers but I wanted to keep things manageable:).
To add a soft & whimsical touch to the table, I simply layered white tulle over a soft pink fabric. Isn't it lovely?
For the backdrop, I simply taped a white fabric & black ribbon to form my stripes and then added my paper flowers.
Alright, are you ready for this super simple flower tutorial? For paper flower you will need 10 pieces of card stock {9 inch x 12 inch}. You'll use 5 sheets to make 5 large petals, 4 sheets to make 5 medium size metals, and 1 sheet to make 4 of the smallest petals.
You'll start by making a cut down the bottom center of the petal. Next you'll add a dollop of glue to the right side of where you made your cut and place the left side over the right {like the picture below}.
 Then start layering them. I put five petals, but you can add as many as you'd like!
  Once you finish with the outer layer, you can get started on the middle one and so on until you have a beautiful flower.
 You'll want to adorn your center with either tissue paper. Simply fold tissue paper in half and make vertical cuts across.
                                        Then tightly wrap and hot glue to flower.
         And that's it! It takes about 5 minutes to assemble each flower. 
Happy crafting!

What is your favorite thing to give moms-to-be {baby clothes, handmade gifts or everyday essentials}?