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Happy National Drink Wine Day! As many of you already know, I love custom wine labels! They make for a very personalized and thoughtful gift and they are great for parties! One of my favorite ways to use personalized wine labels is by gifting a bride a groom a year of firsts with a wedding milestone wine basket! We received this at our wedding and we had SO much fun enjoying the different bottles of wine for each new milestone in our marriage! I also love to give a Mommy Milestones wine basket at baby showers for the mommy-to-be and daddy-to-be to enjoy after the baby is born!
Free Printable Wine Labels
While custom wine labels are perfect for these types of occasions, you might want to dress up a wine label without having to order custom labels! Well thanks to FTD by Design, you can wow your party crowd with a custom bottle of wine in just a few minutes! All you need is a printer, double-sided tape, and a bottle of wine! It was super easy and it turned out beautifully!
Visit FTD by Design’s blog post for their super easy instructions and to download their 6 free printable wine bottle labels for special occasions! They are all so adorable, but I think my favorite label has to be the Sip Sip Hooray! It’s hard to read that and not want to cheer! You can apply them directly to the bottle, or print the hanging label that you can easily hang on the bottle! You will never want to show up to a birthday party, dinner party, or family gathering without these show-stopping wine labels dressing up your delicious bottle of wine! If you love these gorgeous Mikasa Cheers Red Wine Glasses as much as I do, they are very affordable and are perfect for a romantic dinner or a party! Cheers!
It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday! I absolutely love hosting a Super Bowl party each year. Well, let’s be honest, I’m pretty much always looking for a reason to host a party. But the Super Bowl is just so much fun! The food, the commercials, the halftime show, and of course, the game! While I personally love football and enjoy the game itself, I know a lot of people who attend our parties each year really don’t care about the game they just like the experience and hanging out with their friends. So this year, I thought it would be fun to have Super Bowl commercial BINGO as a fun game for our guests!
Guests can use markers or candy to keep track of their card during the commercials! I have a first and second place prize for the first two people to get a blackout or who come the closest to getting a BINGO blackout! We went with a bottle of wine and a bottle of whiskey for the prizes, but you can get really creative depending on your crowd! I used 2018 Super Bowl commercials to make these cards extra fun for this year’s game!
I have created 12 different versions of the cards! Click here to download your FREE Super Bowl Commercial BINGO cards for your Super Bowl party! Is your team in the Super Bowl this year?
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I LOVE sangria! If it is on the menu, I’m probably going to order it. The hubs and I had signature cocktails at our wedding and mine was a White Berry Sangria. It was so delicious! I still have people tell me how much they loved my signature cocktail! I love making delicious cocktails for dinner parties, but I really love making them around the holidays. There are just so many delicious flavors and fruits to incorporate and let’s be honest, they just look lovely on serving trays and bar carts. My favorite cocktail to make around the holidays is this apple and cranberry Christmas Sangria! It is so crisp and refreshing and is absolutely lovely in a champagne glass! It takes no time to make and will really impress all of your holiday guests!
Christmas Sangria Ingredients:
2 Green Apples; Chopped
2 Cups of Fresh Cranberries
½ Cup of Granulated Sugar
1 Bunch of Rosemary
1 Bottle of Moscato
1 Bottle of Sparkling Apple Cider
Chop both green apples into small pieces. Add all but a few of the pieces of green apple to the bottom of your drink pitcher. You will use the other pieces for garnish.
Rinse the cranberries in a colander and immediately roll a handful into the sugar. Set aside the sugared cranberries to use for the garnish.
Add all cranberries except the sugared cranberries to the pitcher.
Use a muddler or wooden spoon to crush some of the fruit in the bottom of the pitcher. I crush just a few pieces of fruit, specifically the cranberries, to leave a nice flavor. I like to leave most of the fruit whole because it looks so lovely in the pitcher and in the glass.
Pour in the moscato and the sparkling apple cider. Add rosemary to the top to garnish.
Wet the rim your champagne flutes with a little bit of water and roll in granulated sugar and fill with the Christmas Sangria. Also, can we just take a moment to admire these beautiful Mikasa Cheers Champagne Flutes? I’m in love with this design! I have this design for all of my bar glasses and I love that each glass has its own unique design!
Add a few of the sugared cranberries and apple pieces to the top of the cocktail. Garnish each glass with one piece of rosemary and enjoy!
What’s your favorite holiday cocktail? I’m always looking for new recipes!
Christmas Sangria Cocktail
This delicious holiday cocktail will impress all of your guests!
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I LOVE picking out Christmas presents for my friends and family. However, it can also be very stressful. I want to make sure that I’m gifting something that they will love and probably wouldn’t have purchased on their own. As someone who loves to entertain, I’m always looking for products that will help me present a stunning meal and presentation from start to finish. Even if I’m just having people over for a game night, I want them to love every second! Here is my list of 5 Holiday Gifts for the entertainer in your life!
Copper Chef Pan
For those of you who follow my recipe posts, you probably know how much I LOVE my Copper Chef! It is perfect for weeknights when I’m just cooking for two, but it is also FANTASTIC for making larger amounts of food when I host dinner parties. I purchased the Copper Chef 5-Piece Cookware Set and Copper Copper Chef Induction Cooktop off of Amazon. The 5-Piece set comes with the 9 1/2 inch pan, Glass Lid, Fry Basket, Steam Rack, Square Fry Pan and Recipe Book. I also purchased the Copper Chef Induction Cooktop. The Induction Cooktop is extremely helpful because it keeps your stovetop available to cook other dishes on your stovetop.
The Copper Chef has a stainless steel induction plate on the bottom that allows for fast and even cooking. It is also non-stick, so you don’t have to cook with oil or butter. This makes cleaning the pan a breeze and it is dishwasher safe! It is safe to use on all stovetops and you can even place it in the oven! There are multiple package options available or you can just buy the Copper Chef by itself. I already have several more products from Copper Chef on my Christmas wish list this year. The Copper Chef is an entertainer’s dream! One tip, you might want to give this gift a bit early this year so that they can use it for their holiday entertaining!
iRobot Roomba Vacuum
Oh the Roomba. Where do I even start! Now this gift is on the pricier side, but it is definitely a winner. We received the Roomba as a wedding present and I don’t remember how I kept my floors clean before owning the Roomba. I must give my husband the credit for this one. I was hesitant to even register for this, but I am so glad I did. Yes, it is on the pricier side, but it is TOTALLY worth it! There are multiple versions of the Roomba depending on your specific needs. For example, our Roomba has patented tangle free brushes that prevent pet and human hair from getting stuck and tangled. We don’t have any pets, but I have long hair and this is a lifesaver! You can also program the Roomba to run at certain times on certain days. So basically, you never have to think about vacuuming! You can also purchase an iRobot Virtual Wall Barrier that will keep the Roomba from bumping into certain pieces of furniture or entering a room at all! The Roomba is super gentle when it does bump a wall, so it doesn’t cause any damage, however, even if it lightly bumps our bar car, it could cause our hanging wine glasses to break. The virtual wall prevents the Roomba from getting too close to our bar cart!
Most of the Roombas also come with an app where you can schedule it to run from anywhere! The navigation system helps it maneuver around your furniture and it is low enough that it fits under most pieces of furniture in our home. This was a big deal for me, because let’s be honest, I’m not moving furniture every time I need to vacuum, so without the Roomba it is like waiting to see how much dust has collected under that piece of furniture when we move one day. This really comes in handy for entertaining because I don’t have to spend an hour vacuuming right before company arrives! I just press a button and let the Roomba do its thing while I cook or get myself ready. It honestly feels like we have a housekeeper here every day! I love having the lines in my carpet after the room has been vacuumed! Check out my full review on the Roomba here.
Mikasa Cheers Wine Glasses and Electric Wine Opener
The Mikasa Cheers Wine Glasses are a must for all of my wine lovers out there! First, they are absolutely beautiful and have four different coordinating designs per set. This adds a stylish aspect to the glasses, but it is also very helpful for being able to identify your glass during a dinner party. How many times have you lost track of which glass was yours at a dinner party? I don’t like drinking after other people, so this has always been so annoying to me! With the Mikasa Cheers Wine Glasses, you don’t have to worry! The collection includes multiple styles of glasses, so there is a glass for all of your favorite beverages! For example, I love these Mikasa Cheers Stemless Wine Glass. They are perfect a yummy cocktail or serving a beautiful custard or ice cream for dessert! They also have Mikasa Cheers Martini Glass, Mikasa Cheers Champagne Flutes, and Mikasa Cheers Beer Glasses to satisfy everyone at your party. Several of my friends have told me that they always get so excited to drink out of these glasses when they come over for a dinner party or game night!
Now that you have the perfect glasses, it’s time to open that bottle of wine! Normal corkscrews don’t always work and let’s be honest, they have been known to make you break a sweat and nobody wants that while hosting guest. Let’s not even talk about those embarrassing times the cork broke! This Oster Electric Wine Bottle Opener makes opening a bottle of wine a breeze and also serves as pretty handy party trick! It will open 30 bottles of wine on a single charge and has a stylish charging station that is small and looks great on your countertop or bar! Let one of your guests try it out, it is a great conversation piece! This one is not as expensive and will be a very popular white elephant or secret Santa gift! They also have an Oster Cordless Wine Opener with Chiller combo pack to make opening and chilling a breeze! If you are feeling extra generous, throw in a bottle of wine, too!
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Who doesn’t love the KitchenAid Stand Mixer? It has almost become a kitchen staple or décor piece for your countertop! With so many colors and styles to choose from, you can find the perfect Kitchen Aid Stand Mixers to fit your kitchen! When the hubs and I were registering for our wedding, I made a beeline for the KitchenAid Stand Mixers. I knew the exact color and style I wanted to register for. We decided to go with this KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield In Imperial Grey and I so was thrilled when my amazing team at work purchased this for my work wedding shower!
I’ll be honest, I was a little bit intimidated at first, but it is SO EASY to use and is a lifesaver in the kitchen! It saves me so much time and my hands and arms are so thankful for the break! The KitchenAid Spiralizer Plus Attachment with Peel, Core & Slice is currently on my Christmas list! There are so many different attachments available and to help you create recipes you never thought would be possible! While this is on the pricier side, it is the perfect gift for the chef in your life!
Keurig Coffee Maker
Coffee, iced coffee, tea, hot chocolate, apple cider, you name it, the Keurig Coffee Maker does it all! This is especially wonderful if not everyone in your home loves coffee or tea. That is definitely the case in our home. Jeremy can’t stand coffee! However, he does love hot chocolate, so the Keurig is perfect for both of us! I don’t have to make a full pot of coffee that will go to waste when I’m the only one drinking it! With so many different K-Cup options, there is something for everyone. Keurig also has a The Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System that is definitely on my Christmas list! While this is initially an expensive purchase, think of how much money and time you will save by skipping Starbucks every day! Check out my breakdown of how much I save every year on coffee since switching to a Keurig Coffee Maker !It is also great when you have guests over. If you need a large carafe of coffee for a brunch or dinner party, you can purchase a Keurig Thermal Carafe and brew a large pot. However, if you only have one or two guests, your guests can each pick a different flavor to suit their taste! I also love the K-cup Storage Drawer that goes under your Keurig! It doesn’t take up any extra counter space and it super convenient for having your K-Cups ready to brew!
I’m always looking for new ways to entertain! What are your favorite entertaining products?
I may be biased, but I had the best bachelorette weekend in the history of bachelorette weekends! Over a year later and I still just swoon thinking about how amazing my bridesmaids were and still are! They planned the perfect wine themed bachelorette party and turned it into a full weekend in the beautiful Texas Hill Country!
I had a total of 9 bridesmaids. Some people are still shocked at that number, but all of these ladies are my forever friends and I could not imagine doing life without them! Some of my lovely ladies live out of state and have tiny perfect pumpkins of their own, so they were not able to attend my bachelorette weekend, but they still made sure I felt their love from far away!
I have been in my fair share of weddings and I know how expensive and time consuming they can be. Weddings are so much fun, but they are also a lot of work and money for everyone involved. I told my girls that I would be thrilled with a staycation in our lovely town of Fort Worth, Texas. I just wanted time with my girls. However, one of my bridesmaids had other plans. A few of my other girls had already volunteered to host my showers, so she said she would handle the bachelorette weekend.
She did some research and asked if I would like to go to Fredricksburg, Texas for the weekend. I told her I would love that, but I didn’t want all of my girls having to spend a fortune! She told me that she had already worked it out with the girls and as part of my wedding gift, she would pay for the house for everyone! Part of my gift?! That is like two gifts! I was so excited! A weekend getaway with your besties in beautiful Fredricksburg? Yes, please! I was so excited, I could hardly wait! Here is how my beautiful bridesmaids planned the perfect bachelorette weekend in Fredricksburg, Texas.
The Bachelorette Weekend House
We started the weekend with a road trip to Fredricksburg from Fort Worth. It was so relaxing just driving through the beautiful country with your best friends. It was a great way to start the weekend. When we arrived at the house we were all blown away! We rented the Aqua Door Guest House from The Colored Door Properties in Fredricksburg, Texas.
If you are not familiar with The Colored Door Properties, please get to know these lovely houses and their owners immediately! They have a total of four guest houses: The Aqua Door, The Sapphire Door, The Coral Door, and The Emerald Door. I have only stayed at the Aqua Door, but I have swooned over photos from the other houses and they are all lovely! They each sleep a large number of people making them the perfect houses for a girls’ trip! These owners have seriously thought of everything! We could not get over how perfect everything was!
The Aqua Door is only five blocks from Main Street, the main shopping street in Fredricksburg! So clearly this is a huge plus! The bedrooms are all different themes with beautiful bedding and two of the rooms are divided by a beautiful sliding aqua barn door! The bathrooms have plenty of mirrors and counter space, so we were all able to easily get ready together. The kitchen is huge and has everything you need to cook a giant meal together.
There is a giant chalkboard wall in the kitchen where the owners wrote a special message to us for the weekend. They also had a sound system in the kitchen to play music while you cook. We had so much fun cooking and dancing in that beautiful kitchen! The backyard is absolutely stunning! There is a fire pit with chairs, string lights, a hot tub, and a bar! They even had yard games to play. We had so much fun sitting around that campfire each night and talking late into the evening. This house was made for a bachelorette weekend!
Wine Tastings and Tours
My girls hired Off The Vine Wine Tours to pick us up at the Aqua Door and drive us to Barons Creek Vineyards for a private tour and tasting! Y’all. This was LOVELY! Our driver from Off The Vine Wine Tours was amazing. He came straight to our guest house and was just a call away when we were ready to leave our wine tasting. It was so nice to have a driver for the day so that all of us could just enjoy the wine tastings and not worry about driving home.
Barons Creek Vineyards is stunning! Just stunning! Their property is stunning! Did you catch that? STUNNING! There are private villas at the back of the property that you can rent and they have a beautiful space for weddings and private events. Don’t even get me started on their wine! We all left with a bottle to take home. They also have a beautiful gift shop with so many goodies! Our tour guide was absolutely lovely.
I would highly recommend making a reservation for your tour and tasting! They book up very quickly and you definitely don’t want to miss out on experiencing their beautiful scenery and delicious wine!
You can enjoy their delicious selections of wine in their tasting room for $18 per person or you can schedule a private tasting and tour in one of their four rooms. These prices range from $21 to $25 per person depending on the room. Check out their website for more information on their tasting rooms and pricing.
Barons Creek Vineyards is perfect for a romantic weekend away, a girls’ weekend, or the perfect wedding venue! I highly recommend adding this to your itinerary during your next visit to Fredericksburg! Wishing you could taste their wine now? You can! Well, almost! You can order their wine online and enjoy the taste of Barons Creek Vineyards in your home!
After our morning of tours and tastings, we did a little shopping on Main Street in Fredericksburg. The shops and restaurants are all so lovely! There are so many specialty shops and antique shops going up and down Main Street. We all found something lovely to take home from our weekend away. We only made it down one side of the street before we had to go back to get ready for our dinner reservations. Don’t worry, we went back the next day to finish our weekend with a full day of shopping!
Glitter Themed Night On The Town
When my girls were asking what I wanted from the weekend, I told them that I wanted a classy weekend with a glitter-themed night out. I wanted all of us to wear sequin dresses. I know this sounds silly, but I wanted to do something a little differently than the normal black and white dresses. Being the wonderful friends that they are, they did not disappoint! Everyone looked absolutely stunning! We had dinner on Main at this beutiful restaurant AND store called Vaudville.
The lower level is a delicious bistro, the second level is a showroom, and the third level is their formal restaurant. It was absolutely perfect. We had a delicious dinner and enjoyed several glasses of wine. The atmosphere was stunning and we shopped in their showroom after dinner and walked away with some lovely finds!
Wine Glass Painting
After our beautiful dinner, we went back to the house to paint wine glasses! My girls really stuck to this theme! It was so much fun! They even brought a giant plastic tablecloth to cover the dining room table! We listened to 90’s music, painted our wine glasses, and enjoyed some wine while talking late into the evening.
I honestly could not have asked for a better bachelorette weekend. It was peaceful, relaxing, and so much fun. We laughed until we cried, tried some delicious wine and food, and shopped all day. This was truly the perfect bachelorette weekend. So now, I must end this post with a tribute to my beautiful host! My beautiful bridesmaid and one of my very best friends made this weekend possible. She thought of absolutely everything to make this the perfect bachelorette weekend! I’m raising a glass in my virtual toast, to the classiest host. Cheers to you, Sasha! I love you!
Did you have the perfect bachelorette weekend? Or maybe you hosted a beautiful weekend? I would love to hear your tips and ideas. If you have a blog post, please leave me a comment below so that I can check it out!
Oh how I love sweet babies! I am not a mommy yet, but I absolutely LOVE all of the babies in my life. One of my favorite types of parties to plan is a baby shower. That is such an exciting day for the mommy and daddy-to-be. One of my favorite things to make for a baby shower is the baby door hangers for the hospital door. It is such a beautiful way to welcome the sweet baby into the world and it helps set your door apart from the other doors in the hospital. It also looks fantastic as part of the décor at the baby shower! After the baby is born, just fill in their birthday, time of birth, weight, and height! I removed the sweet baby names in my photos for privacy, but you get the idea. Check out a few baby door hangers below for some inspiration and learn how to make your very own baby door hanger here!
This tutu themed baby door hanger was so fun and SO easy to make! I had never made a tutu before, so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I read this tutorial to give me an idea on how to get started. Once I learned how to tie the tulle around the wreath, it was super easy from there! I just purchased a foam wreath from hobby lobby and covered it with fabric. It turned out tutu cute!
Oh I just love this wreath so much! I will share my full blog post from this shower soon, but as you may have guessed from the wreath, this shower was a floral theme. It was oh so easy to make and it really didn’t cost as much as you might think! I purchased all of my supplies from Hobby Lobby. They put their flowers half off every other week and I just used my 40% off coupon for my supplies that weren’t on sale.
This adorable door hanger was for a precious baby boy! I wanted to do something a little more masculine, so I decided to just stick to a giant letter for his initial. I incorporated the colors of the baby shower and used some wooden dots to add some depth.
I’m always looking for new inspiration! Have you made any hospital door hangers to welcome a sweet new baby in your life?
When the sweet mommy-to-be first said that she wanted a Tropical themed baby shower, I knew I was out of my element. Aside from a Hawaiian luau before my high-school graduation, I had not come close to attempting a tropical themed party! She decided she wanted the focus to be flamingos and pineapples, so I at least could narrow down the focus of my decor! It also helped that her shower was in April and every store buyer had decided that they also loved pineapples and flamingos. I started searching Pinterest for inspiration, as we all do at some point during the day, and I started to get an idea of what I wanted to do. Here are my top tips for hosting a tropical baby shower!
The biggest focal point of the baby shower decor was definitely the tropical balloon arch! This was so much fun to make and was a huge hit! Find everything you need and how to make the balloon arch here!
The Centerpiece! I wanted to make décor for the shower that would also act as a gift. The diaper cake was actually very easy to make and it looked wonderful as the centerpiece for the sign-in table! It was also stuffed with 96 diapers and topped with an adorable stuffed flamingo. Learn how to make this diaper cake here!
I absolutely LOVE the custom door wreaths for the hospital door to welcome visitors to meet the sweet new baby! They look great at the shower and even better on the hospital door! They are also super easy to make. Check out my how to build a tropical themed diaper wreath here!
One of the other hostesses was handling the food and I knew it would be absolutely delicious and adorable! I wanted the plates, napkins, cups, and straws to really make a statement and fit our adorable theme. I really hit the jackpot with Etsy, Amazon, and Target!
Napkins: I found these adorable pineapple napkins on Amazon for $12 for as package of 20! The pink Flamingo napkins came from the Target dollar section and the green and pink flamingo napkins came from Papyrus.
The mommy-to-be got her very own gold pineapple tumbler! I found this at Target and for all of my essential oil lovers, the inside is stainless steel, so you can add your favorite oils to your beverage! I thought this really put the whole tropical theme over the top!
I wanted pineapples incorporated in as many areas as possible! I found some beautiful pineapple vases, but they were crazy expensive! So instead, I cut out a pineapple and spray painted it gold! It really did look lovely with these tropical flowers! I wish I could tell you that I was able to use the pineapple after I cut it out, but it was more like pineapple pulp when I was finished with it. Maybe it will be edible the next time I try to make a vase.
I taped palm leaves to the strings of these 36” balloons to help tie in the Tropical theme. Iove these balloons, but they can be SO expensive! Even after you purchase the balloon, you still have to pay for the helium and most party places charge $15 per balloon! That is just insane! I found a pack of 10 on Amazon for only $13.99! I took them to Kroger’s floral department and the inflated them with helium for only $5 each! I was thrilled! They really make the perfect statement piece!
One of my favorite things about Etsy is how you can customize so many things! I messaged the shop that designed the shower invitations and asked if they could make this guess the date sign to match the invitations and they, of course, were happy create a custom listing! I had it printed at a FedEx Office and purchased a frame at Michaels. This example is an 11×14. I also bought a pineapple stamp from Hobby Lobby and had the guests stamp and initial the day they thought the mommy-to-be would go into labor. This was a great activity and looked great with the décor! Then, the mommy-to-be can display it in the baby’s nursery or use the frame for a different picture.
I love the idea of a guestbook, but if we are being totally honest, most guest books just end up on a bookshelf collecting dust. I found this sweet children’s book on Amazon about Flamingos and decided this would be the perfect guest book. Each guest wrote the baby a sweet note in the book and it looked fantastic on the sign-in table!
One of our closest friends gave us a wine basket for our wedding gift. Each wine bottle represented a milestone we would reach together in our first year of marriage. We are STILL enjoying this beautiful gift. I saw the same idea on Etsy from Lush Label, but for Mommy Milestones. It looked amazing on the gift table and it was a huge hit with the mommy and daddy-to-be. See the full supply list here!
The mommy-to-be found these delicious sand dollar cookies online and thought they would make the perfect favors! I found this recipe from Mamma Miss and they turned out great! I wrapped two in cellophane and tied it with a bow and these adorable favor tags from Peekaboo Chew Prints! I also had these printed at FedEx Office on a heavy cardstock.
When I started planning the overall design for a tropical themed baby shower I was co-hosting, I really wanted a big focal point that guests saw the second they walked through the door. As I was searching Pinterest for inspiration, as we all do at some point during the day, I saw a pin from 100 Layer Cake-Let! They shared a balloon arch that they created for a flamingo themed birthday party. I was instantly obsessed. I saw that they used a balloon arch tutorial from The House That Lars Built. I watched the tutorial twice and felt that I could totally make this happen. I showed it to my husband and let him know that I need him to be my engineer for this project. Being the sweetest husband in the world, he jumped on board.
Since the party was held at the mommy-to-be’s home, I needed to make sure we weren’t going to destroy her wall! Painting her dining room wall was the last project she needed to handle. Since we didn’t really know what we were doing, we built the arch the night before and just prayed that it would stay! After about 2 1/2 hours of the hubs patiently standing on a ladder while listing to my directions, we finished our balloon arch. For our first, try, we were pretty happy with the results! The supply recommendations from The House That Lars Built was super helpful. Here are the materials that we used:
Hangman Products PCR5 Poster & Craft Tape, 5′, Roll, White – We bought this from Amazon for just $7.16. It is amazing! This was all that we used to stick the balloons and the balloon strip to the wall. Not only did it stay up for the shower, it stayed up for 7 DAYS and didn’t take any paint off of the wall! I also have more than half of the roll left to use on my next project.
Glue Dots Craft Roll, Contains 200 ( .5 Inch) Adhesive Craft Dots – We bought these from Amazon as on add-on to my larger order. However, you can find these at Walmart. We paid $3.60 for this as an Amazon add-on. These came in handy for sticking the smaller balloons on top of the larger balloons. We also used these to stick help the plants stay on the balloons.
Balloon Arch Decorating Strip 50ft – I honestly don’t know how we would have done this without the balloon arch decorating strip! It is extremely easy to work with and made designing the shape and final design extremely easy. We purchased from Party City for $9.99 and have a lot left over for our next project!
Balloons – I wanted very specific colors, so I ordered most of my balloons from Amazon. However, I did buy white and pink balloons from Hobby Lobby. I purchased the coral and peach colored balloons from Amazon.
Silk Palm Leaves – I purchased the silk palm leaves from Oriental Trading Company and I bought the smaller tropical leaves in a bunch at Hobby Lobby. Remember, they put their floral 50% off every other week!
36” Giant Latex Balloons in Pink & White – I LOVE the giant 36” balloons but they are so expensive! I found a pack of 10 for only $13.99 on Amazon! I didn’t need 20 36” balloons for this baby shower, but I knew I would use them for future parties and events. I used one of these at the bottom of the arch on each side to have a nice base.
Electric Balloon Pump – Knowing that he would have the very special job of blowing up the balloons, my husband requested this particular piece of equipment and it was BEYOND worth it. We bought it for $24.99 at Party City. He was able to inflate 100 balloons in 40 minutes. He could still breath and his hands weren’t even tired. This was a fantastic investment.
This balloon arch was a huge hit at the baby shower and really tied the whole room together! It took us 3 hours and 10 minutes to inflate the balloons and put up the arch. We spent around $70 on supplies and we still have 18 of the 36” balloons, the electric balloon pump, balloon arch decorating strip, AND the craft tape and glue dots left over. These will come in handy for the next balloon arch!
The hospital door hanger is one of my favorite things to incorporate into the décor for a baby shower. It looks great at the shower, but it looks even better on the hospital door when sweet baby finally arrives! For this example, I used a Tropical theme for my inspiration so that it also matched the baby shower décor. Here is what you need to get started!
Artificial Flowers. I bought my flowers from Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Hobby Lobby puts all floral 50% off every other week and Michaels is always having sales on different flowers. If you can catch them right before a new season, this is a great time for deals on flowers.
Foam Floral Ring. I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby for $4.99 and then used my 40% off coupon. I did later see them online at Dollar Tree for $1. However, you are required to buy a minimum of 4and you will have to pay for shipping. If you know you will eventually use 4, this is definitely the way to go!
Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun. You can find one at any craft store for under $5.
Ribbon. I purchased my ribbon from Hobby Lobby, but you can find ribbon at any craft store.
Wooden Craft Boards. I purchased a package of 4 from Hobby Lobby for $4.99. I knew I would use them eventually and it gave me extras in case I messed up and I definitely did. You will hear about that in step 1.
Adhesive Letters. For this project, I used these beautiful gold chipboard letter stickers from Hobby Lobby. They are very easy to apply and look fantastic against the pink paint. They are normally $4.99 per box, but they were on sale for $2.99 when I purchased them and they are still on sale!
Wooden Initial. I purchased this adorable pineapple initial from Build-A-Cross. They have SO many options and their customer service is phenomenal! They also work with the Ministry Freedom Challenge, a Faith-Based Drug and Alcohol Discipleship Program. I love knowing that they are giving back to their community with the help of proceeds from their products. If you are looking for a very specific wooden monogram or design, this is the place for you! If you just need a simple letter initial, Hobby Lobby has plenty of options.
Paint Brushes. I like to use the foam paint brushes. Michaels carries a set of multiple sizes in their dollar section bins at the front of the store. I purchased this set of 25 foam paint brushes for $5.
Paint. I used bottles of acrylic paint from Hobby Lobby.
Fishing Wire. I will be totally honest here. I might have borrowed mine from my brother and just never gave it back. Sorry, Face. (I call my brother Face.) You can find fishing wire at Walmart or any hobby store.
Step 1: Paint Your Wooden Boards and Initial
I found this adorable pineapple initial from Build-A-Cross. They have SO many options and designs. I would highly recommend checking out their site. Before I ordered the initial, I measured the length of my foam ring to make sure I selected the right size. Paint the initial and the boards you will use to display the name, weight, length, date, and time. I would recommend testing the paint colors you are going to use on the back of one of the boards to make sure they don’t clash with any of the flowers. I had this issue for this example and had to start over with a new board. While you wait for the boards and the initial to dry, move on to step 2!
Step 2: Place your flowers!
Have your hot glue gun on and ready to go. Using the wire cutter, cut the flowers from the stems leaving just enough stem to push into the foam ring. I prefer using several large flowers with smaller flowers as fillers. As you place the flowers, you can easily pull the flowers out and place them in a different spot to finalize the design. I incorporated leaves from the stems throughout to give pops of green. This also went with the tropical theme. If you notice any of the flowers not staying in place, just put a little dab of the hot glue in the hole and then stick the flower back in and hold in place for 10 seconds. Once you have all flowers and leaves in place, hold the wreath upside down just to make sure none of the flowers fall out.
Step 3: Date, Time, Weight, and Length Now that your wooden boards are dry, add the adhesive letters for the time, date, weight, and length. You can also change this to pounds and inches if you prefer. You, of course, won’t know any of this information while you are making the door hanger, so make sure you leave enough room for mommy and daddy to add this information at the hospital. If they have already picked a name, you can add that to the first board. For this example, the mommy and daddy had not decided on the name, so I provided them with a full set of the adhesive stickers to add the name later.
Step 4: Put It All Together!
Now that all of your pieces are done, it is time to put it all together. Take the wooden initial and use fishing wire to attach it to the inside of the ring. I wrapped one piece of fishing wire around the top of the pineapple and looped in around the top part of the wreath. I tied four knots in the fishing wire to make sure it stayed. Repeat this step on your initial at the bottom of the wreath. Once the wooden initial is secure, cut two pieces of ribbon to attach at the bottom of the wreath. These pieces need to be the same length. Using the hot glue gun, attach both pieces of ribbon to the back of the wreath. Before you glue the ribbon, measure the length between the two pieces to make sure you are leaving enough space for the length of the wooden boards. Once both pieces of ribbon are secured on the back of the wreath, glue the wooden board pieces on the ribbon. If there is any additional ribbon hanging below the last board, trim that off with scissors. Cut one more piece of ribbon to use for the top part of the wreath. This will help you store the wreath leading up to the shower and can help it hang from the door hanger if needed. Just make sure you cut enough to make a full bow. For this example, the door hanger allowed us to hang the wreath without the ribbon at the top.
I know what you are thinking, wine bottles for a baby shower gift? How cruel is that? Who gives a gift to the mommy-to-be that she would love to enjoy now, but can’t have for months? But don’t worry, this is one gift that the mommy-to-be won’t mind waiting for! I first saw this when one of my bridesmaids and her husband gave this to my husband and me for our wedding gift. They gave us 10 different wine bottles all labeled for different “firsts” for our marriage. One was for our first holiday, another for our first dinner party, and one for our first anniversary. It was so creative and it really is the gift that keeps on giving! We still have three bottles left to enjoy! I loved this idea so much, that I decided to make this part of the gift for the Tropical themed baby shower I was co-hosting. As I started putting it together, I realized that this would look great as part of the shower décor! This was really fun and it was super easy to make. Here is what you need to get started:
Wooden crate. I bought the wooden crate pictured from Michaels and painted it white. The price of the crate was $10, but I was able to use a 20% off coupon from Michaels.
6 Bottles of Wine. Any bottle of wine will work! I chose a mixture of reds and whites.
Wine Labels from Lush Label. I found these adorable wine labels with poems on Etsy for Mommy Milestones. The poems are sweet and funny and are themed around first experiences after the baby is born. The labels pictured came from Lush Label on Etsy and included six labels: First Mommy Meltdown, Mommy’s First Full Night Sleep, First Mom & Dad Date Night, Mommy Fits in Her Favorite Pants, The First Shopping Temper Tantrum, and Mommy’s First Girls’ Night Out! This shop has multiple designs and themes and they are so easy to apply to your favorite bottles of wine! You can also add these to whiskey bottles for a groomsman gift or champagne bottles for “popping” the question to your bridesmaids!
Flowers. I bought my flowers from Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Hobby Lobby puts all floral 50% off every other week and Michaels is always having sales on different flowers. If you can catch them right before a new season, this is a great time for deals on flowers.
Hot Glue Gun. I would recommend a low temp hot glue gun. I bought mine from Hobby Lobby, but you can find one at any craft store.
Decorative Grass. I happened to make this wine crate around Easter, so I found the Easter grass at Target! However, if you are making this any other time of year, Party City has multiple colors to choose from. For this wine crate, I used seven 2 oz. bags.
Step 1: Applying the wine labels!
The first thing you need to do is get the original wine label off of the wine bottle. The easiest way to do this is to fill your sink with room temperature water and place the bottles in the water. I let mine stay in the water for about 30 minutes and then peel the labels off. If any of the adhesive from the label stays on the bottle, just use a wet paper towel and rub the adhesive off of the bottle. If you don’t have a sink stopper, a large mixing bowl or beverage tin will work as well! Once the labels are off and you have dried the wine bottle completely, place the labels on the wine bottles. I found that it was easiest to apply the labels from left to right. This helped me keep the label from having bubbles once it was applied.
Step 2: Decorating the wine crate!
Once your wine bottles are ready to go, it is time to start decorating your wine crate! This particular wine crate was for a Tropical themed baby shower, but you can easily change the look to fit your theme. Use the glue gun to secure the flowers on leaves on the front of the crate. Once the glue has dried, fill the crate with the decorative grass and arrange your wine bottles. This looks great on the gift table or as a centerpiece for the baby shower. Your mommy-to-be will love you for this gift!