Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ashley & Ryan's Baby Shower

At work this week, we held a baby shower for Ashley & Ryan. The parents-to-be are both co-workers of mine and also happen to be fans of the blog!

By coincidence, I've been on a baby shower craft kick lately. Like so many of my crafting obsessions, it was spurred on by a picture I saw on Pinterest.


I decided I HAD to decorate Ashley & Ryan's baby shower. HAD TO! I contacted our "Unofficial Office Shower Coordinator" Natasha and asked, "Can I decorate?" She said, "Please do!!!"

I knew what I wanted to do, and much to my surprise, it ended up being even better than I imagined. That doesn't really happen often. Usually, I end up apologizing. "It looked so much better in my mind." My world in my brain is gorgeous and always perfectly decorated.

Ashley & Ryan are having a girl, so naturally, everything was done in white and shades of pink.


I ended up ordering the tissue paper pom-poms from Amazon because I couldn't find them in town. I know how to make my own now, but honestly, I'd sooner buy them.

After hot gluing the clouds on a piece of dollar store foam board, I punched holes in the board and tied 13 strings from it. I glued my Silhouette-cut rain drops to the strings randomly. It didn't take as long as you'd expect. I tied metal beads to the ends of the strings to give them some weight. Honestly, not sure if it was necessary, but I did it anyway.


Mini banner!!!! My new favorite thing! I stuck the poles into two vases that I used at Diana's wedding reception and filled to the top with patio stone. It held the sticks nicely. I was thrilled that the Noga's took the banner with them after the shower. 

I was also determined to make a diaper cake! There's a story behind that...

Once upon a time, a childless couple went to BJ's to buy diapers. This was no ordinary childless couple. These were "special" people who chose to be childless. [Insert dramatic music here.] They were determined to be childless to the point that they get physically sick when even thinking about children. Seriously, people, they don't really care for anyone under the age of thirty*.

* Exceptions: Chapmans, Malteses, my masseuse's ADORABLE daughter, 2 out of 3 nephews, Max circa 2013, Abby-Dabby-Doo, and Pam's favorite son.

But the wife was determined to make a baby-shower-themed diaper-based decoration! So Mr. and Mrs. Baby-NOT headed to BJ's for diapers.

Husband:  This is the diaper aisle.
Wife:  The boxes are numbered. 1, 2, 3, 4... Is that the age of the baby?
Husband:  I don't know.
Wife:  There's weight on these. 10 to 12 pounds. Is that the diaper capacity? Do babies really shit that much??
Husband:  I think that's the weight of the baby.
Wife:  Oh. There's more stuff over here. 
Husband:  Those are baby wipes.
Wife:  You gotta wipe them too? Gross. Little bastards can't do anything for themselves.
Husband:  Just pick something.
At this point the husband is leaving the aisle. Left alone, the wife can be quite unpredictable.
Wife:  HOW MUCH DO YOU WEIGH?!?! I DON'T THINK THEY HAVE ANYTHING IN YOUR SIZE!!!
The husband, who is totally used to this by now, continues walking... shaking his head.

So, the clueless wife picks up size 2 and proceeds to look for the beer and snack aisle. Because when you don't have offspring counting on you to wipe their ass, you can pretty much be as irresponsible as you want!

Two hours later...

WHY THE HELL AREN'T THE DIAPERS WHITE?! THE PACKAGE DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT BLUE AND YELLOW AND GREEN DOTS!!! THEY'RE *BLEEP*ING WITH MY DECOR DESIGN!!!!!

Some white and pink glitter ribbons later...

I'M SO DONE WITH THESE *BLEEP*ING DIAPERS!!!

The end.
(...of the story, any way.)

Tuesday night, Drew and I snuck into work to setup for the shower.
This is how it looked setup in the conference room, except brighter. My phone's camera sucks.


My favorite post-setup comments:

Maryann - I stood up close to the raindrops and blew at them to watch them move!
(She mimicked the action to show me. How cute!)

Natasha - If Heidi's having a girl, I want that cloud!!!
(All yours, sweetheart!)

Me to Bonny - I wonder if those diapers would fit my cat.

Everyone was very complimentary about the decorations, especially Ashley & Ryan. I don't normally make things for the recognition, but it's still always nice when people like my work. This was a case in which I really wanted to make some decorations and there just happened to be a party that needed some. I decided to do this with six days notice. Very short time-frame for me. When people request crafted items, I get anxiety if I don't have at least a month's notice. That's just me though. And even if I bitch and spazz through the entire process, when I get done, I'm always happy with the results. And usually, so is the recipient, which makes it all worthwhile in the end.

Of course, if anyone from work wants something for a shower in the future, keep in mind that you're getting whatever I'm in the mood to do. It might be steampunk, or pirates, or Halloween!!!

~Steph