Guide: Planning a Baby Shower

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The Invites:

I recently had the privilege of planning a baby shower for one of my best friends. I started first by picking the invitations. Etsy was a great resource for this. I fell in love with puppy gingham invitations and used that as the inspiration for the rest of the party. The ones I found were 'print your own' and I used Walmart's print services for this. They were able to print both the front and the back of the invites perfectly. 

The Decor:

For the decor, I did a mixture of making and purchasing from Etsy. My favorite thing to make was the sparkling juice bottles. I used Pinterest to get some inspiration for them. They were fairly simple to do.
  1. I purchased sparkling grape juice from Kroger
  2. To remove the labels, I alternated between hot water and goo-gone
  3. For painting, started with a white base using a spray paint primer
  4. I then sealed this with modge podge
  5. Now it is ready for the design, for two of them I sketched them out and then painted using craft paint and for the leopard print, I just did free hand
  6. After the paint has dried for a day I sealed with a layer of modge podge
  7. I ordered custom labels on Etsy here and added them once the modge podge was dry
I also loved making the photo booth. I couldn't believe places online charge $300+ for them! I browsed around YouTube videos until I found how to make them myself and it was super simple. You start by purchasing the cheap craft tablecloths found at places like Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and the dollar store. I then cut these into 2" wide strips. Then you loop them all on to three layers of string and hang! 

To make the diaper tower, I found a tutorial via Pinterest and purchased the gingham ribbon on Amazon.

I also purchased a lot of the decor on Etsy such as the bowtie toothpicks here, the banner here, and other miscellaneous things not pictured.

The Food:

For the food I used Sam's Club and Publix as well as asking a couple family members to bring some they would enjoy. I loved the idea of the popcorn bags for 'ready to pop!' so I purchased the gingham cellophane bags on Etsy here and tied them with white bows I found online. 

The cookies are from a local bakery called Two Smart Cookies. I called and told them what I was looking for and they were able to make it happen!

To go along with the sparkling grape juice, I found plastic champagne glasses at Target and put cotton candy in them. I thought it would be too sweet, but I actually really loved it. 

The gingham plates and napkins were also from a local store called Emily McCarthy. I was so excited that they had plates and napkins to match the theme! Those can be found here and the small blue plates were from here.

The Giftbags:

The brown paper giftbags were purchased at Target. I made the baby bottle, but purchasing empty mini-bottles from Hobby Lobby and ordering the hard candy from amazon. I then purchased these gingham bowties to tie around the top. I purchased the bowtie soaps here and the blue candy was purchased at Hobby Lobby.

This was so much fun to plan and I hope this helps give you guys a little inspiration!

Coffee Date No. 4

Sunday, November 14, 2021

I realized I am a little behind on my coffee dates so these are a little bit out of order, however here are some of my favorite things from the last month or so. I have been loving fall in Savannah with all of the pumpkins and flower decor. I hope you guys enjoy!

Sometimes after work, my husband and I go for walks around downtown. In October, we stumbled across this gorgeous house.

A photo from one of my coffee dates with my friend Chelsea. This was such a fun day. I started the day with this coffee date, then went to another friend's house to work on some projects, and ended the day playing board games with my family.

Just another photo of Savannah showing off for the fall. 

We tried a new restaurant called Ardsley Station. I really enjoyed their food. I tried the duck and their coffee and was really impressed with the flavor. I loved the interior of the restaurant as well. They
utilized the space and large windows well. I definitely recommend trying this restaurant if you are ever in the area.
The beautiful and iconic Forsyth Park fountain. On one of our walks, we saw a couple getting married here in the evening light. They timed it perfectly because it had just stopped raining 😅. I didn't photograph, them but I caught the fountain. 
Here I am on one of our more recent coffee dates. It felt so cold that day I couldn't believe it. I had found this sweater recently. It is supposedly vintage and was quite warm, so I will definitely be wearing it a lot this winter. 
A quick snap of our view from the coffee shop. We definitely had the best view in the house.

This is one of the best parts of Savannah in my opinion. Between River Street and Bay Street there are a bunch of historic buildings and bridges. Underneath the bridges are old stone roads and staircases. It can be hard to capture in a photo, but it is one of the coolest parts of the city.

Until next time, 

Christmas Ornaments

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The holidays are upon us, so I wanted to share with you guys some Christmas tree details. We decided to start collecting vintage looking glass ornaments for our tree. So far, these are the ones we have. I would like to add a few each year relating to special events that happen throughout the year. 

Above are the links to the ones we currently have. This year I want to get this Cheese Balls ornament because my husband is obsessed with those giant cheese balls containers for when we go camping (healthy, I know). Currently it is sold out, but I am hoping they will restock. I also love this Low Country Boil ornament since we had a low country boil at our wedding. This French Press ornament is also adorable and since I drink A TON of coffee every day, it is only appropriate. I also put this Pink Camper ornament on my wish list this year since we camp so much. And last, but not least this Feline ornament in honor of our little cat.

The best way to find ornaments like this is to search for blown glass "x" ornament and then peruse some of the different stores that come up. I have also found some of them via Instagram posts.

I hope you are all as excited as I am for the holiday season!

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