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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It's time for a Baby Shower!
When the whole family enjoys skiing and the baby is due in January, you MUST have a snow shower, right?  Of course! Take a look.

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Snow Party for a Baby Shower




Church Baby Shower for a Baby Boy

The shower took place at our church. I used long folding tables and placed dividers covered with gray tablecloths behind them.
Light blue and gray balloons as well as a snowy garland was hung near the top.White foam snowflakes 
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Baby Shower Decor
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Mini silver tinsel trees and mini flocked trees 
(affiliate links) lined the tables.  Silver cake stands elevated the trees. A few glittery snowflakes on stands were set about, as well as fluffy snow, blue, white & silver ornaments and sparkly ribbon.
I also added these amazing soft snowballs. They are so fun for decorating and for playing with!

I did add a bit of real cedar greenery that was cut off from our tree. I LOVE having a cedar tree in our front yard!
Snow Party decorations

Some ladies in the church helped with fruit platters and treats. A few of the items were labeled to go with the theme, such as...
Baby Shower treats
Baby Shower treats

Baby Shower treats

Baby Shower treats

Baby Shower treats

I was really hoping to find some white cotton candy, but never did. I thought cups of it would have been the cutest 'snow drifts'!  Next time!
If you've read my blog before, you'll recognize the donut hole tree.
I've made them for a few parties (like my brother's donut party and my daughter's Favorite Things party.) A stryofoam cone 
(aff link), covered in plastic wrap and donut holes stuck in the cone with toothpicks. It's always a showstopper!
Baby Shower treats

On one side of the room I set up a 'diaper writing table'. This was a great activity for guests to do as they arrived.

Diaper Activity at baby shower.

Diaper Activity at baby shower.
Diaper Activity at baby shower.
Diaper Activity at baby shower.
Diaper Activity at baby shower.

Large galvanized buckets (affiliate links) held the diapers. One bucket labeled, Diapers, the other bucket labeled, Finished Diapers.
Guests were to take a marker and write an encouraging or humorous note on the front of a diaper, for the mom to read as she changes her baby.

Diaper Activity at baby shower.

Diaper Activity at baby shower.
Diaper Activity at baby shower.

After the ladies had wrote on diapers and had treats and drinks, we had a short devotion from our Youth and Family Pastor. She prayed over the mom and talked about what a joy it is to be a 'boy mom'. She also brought out an interesting scripture found in 2 Timothy 1:5 which encourages all moms and grandmas to pass on our 'sincere faith' to our children, just like Timothy's mom and grandmother did for him.

After the devotion we played the Left Right Game. 
A paper sack filled with 4 chocolate kisses was stapled closed and given to each woman in the circle.  Three of those bags had a winner ticket in them.



I wrote this Left Right Story last Mother's Day. I tweaked it just a bit, so it would work well with the shower.
Every time I said the word, 'Right', the ladies would pass their sacks to the right. Every time I said the word, 'Left', they passed their sacks to the left.
Lots of laughing and fun. When the story was over, the ladies opened their bags. Winners received blue gloves.


On the other side of the room was the gift table. Some church ladies donated money towards a group gift of diapers.

5 minute Diaper Cake

I made a diaper cake to go on the gift table--it's a 'cheater version' of a diaper cake. It's made with no rolled diapers...because no one has time for that! I may add a post with directions later, we'll see?
Everyone thought the cake was adorable. The puppy on top is a little gift for the baby's big sister.


Baby Boy Diaper Cake

And of course, every party has to have a photo shoot! For the backdrop I used a white sheet and light blue foam snowflakes. Skiing props made the pictures extra fun!  I found these chalkboard speech bubbles at Target last year, but here is a similar one.

Snow and ski themed photo shoot.
Snow and ski themed photo shoot.

Snow Themed photo shoot.

Snow and ski themed photo shoot.Snow and ski themed photo shoot.
Baby boy photo shoot.

Congratulations, Leslie!
Baby shower





Here's another shower...
FROG Shower




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Monday, November 20, 2017


Step by step directions to make Candy Turkey Necklaces.


It's time for another turkey craft! 
I don't know why crafting up turkeys are so much fun?  Could it be because they're so silly looking?  It may have something to do with their crazy wattle?  Or their weird shape?  Or all their feathers?  Who knows? 
These little candy turkeys can be worn as necklaces, or just sitting at each place setting on your Thanksgiving table.  They're very similar to the bat necklaces I made for Halloween. Remember?

Make Your Own Bat Necklaces
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Making a Candy Turkey Necklace

Step by step directions to make Candy Turkey Necklaces.
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Supplies needed to make Candy Turkey Necklaces:
-small storage containers (from the Dollar Store or online- click here.)
-googly eyes
-hot glue
-black cording, ribbon or string
-colored fun foam in red, yellow and orange
-red ric-rac or red ribbon
-scissors
-Crop-o-dile or a very, very strong hole punch
-M&M's (or other small candies) 



Step by step directions to make Candy Turkey Necklaces.

First, using a hot glue gun, glue on two wiggly eyes to the container. 



Step by step directions to make Candy Turkey Necklaces.

Next, cut a small triangle out of the orange fun foam and a small piece of the red ric-rac.  Hot glue the nose and wattle in place.


Step by step directions to make Candy Turkey Necklaces.

Using this template- click here, cut out three fun foam feathers, one of each color.


Step by step directions to make Candy Turkey Necklaces.

Make tiny little cuts around the feathers.

Step by step directions to make Candy Turkey Necklaces.


Glue feathers onto the back of the container.  Place hot glue on each feather, before sticking on the next one.

Step by step directions to make Candy Turkey Necklaces.

Using a Cropodile tool, punch a hole over the dot. (This is my favorite crafting tool, ever! It punches holes through anything!Using ribbon, string or black cording, measure out about 30-33 inches.
Thread both ends into the hole of the lid, and tie a knot.
Tie a few knots to keep the cording from pulling through. I tied three knots right on top of each other.
Trim the ends.


Step by step directions to make Candy Turkey Necklaces.
Pull off any hot glue threads that are left.
Step by step directions to make Candy Turkey Necklaces.

Happy Thanksgiving!






Check out these turkey ideas, too!

Popcorn Turkey Cups

Make turkey cup favors for Thanksgiving.






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Wednesday, November 15, 2017



It's almost Turkey Time! Are you ready to celebrate Thanksgiving?
Guests invited?
Food planned? 
Bought the bird?
Table decorated? 

Make turkey cup favors for Thanksgiving.

Want to add in a little fun?  Maybe you'll want to make these cute little turkey cup favors for your feast?  Filled with popcorn, they give guests the perfect little snack, as they wait for Grandpa to pass the gravy!  Of course they could be filled with other little treats as well.  These turkeys come together...much, much quicker than cooking the bird in the oven!


Make turkey favors for your Thanksgiving table.
Supplies Needed:
Kraft colored cups or snack bowls.  (I used 8.6oz snack bowls.)
Wiggle eyes- big size (2 per cup)
1 small piece of orange fun foam
Feathers--  about 5-6 feathers per cup
Red pom pom ribbon (I found this at Target.)
Scissors
Hot glue gun

Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.
1)  Hot glue the eyes on the cup, touching each other.


Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.
It's kind of fun to have all the eyes looking at you!!

Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.
2) Using a small piece of orange fun foam, cut a small triangle and hot glue it on, under the eyes.





Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.
3) Cut a small piece of pom pom ribbon and glue it on next to the beak.


Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.
4) Hot glue feathers to the back of the cup.


Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.
5) Trim off any ends that hang over the bottom edge of the cup with scissors.

Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.


6)  Add popcorn or another treat to the cup.

Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.

These turkeys don't have to watch you eat on Thanksgiving Day, instead, gift them to friends and neighbors.  Simply place popcorn treat in a bag and tie with twine.


Turkey craft for Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Gobble, Gobble!




Here's some more turkey ideas for you:

Turkey Tags



Candy Turkey Favors


Turkey Washi Tape Sacks


Turkey Cookie Pops
 



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