Thursday, August 2, 2012

Baby Shower Fun and Eco Friendly Tips

A close friend is having her 2nd baby, which happens to be her first girl.  We threw a baby shower for her this past weekend and incorporated some green ideas (we couldn't help it) and it turned out great!  We also got our craft on with some Pinterest inspired ideas.

We decided since it was a smaller affair (12 people), we could use real plates, china to be specific, as well as real silverware.  Not only does this cut down on waste and energy since everything has to be hand washed, but it just makes the table look so gosh darn pretty.  We had a cute display set up on our table, with some simple decorations.

(Hand washing tip-fill your sink up with a few inches of soapy water.  Scrape all food scraps in your compost bin or trash can and sponge off any remaining residue.  Rinse plates off and towel dry.  By not putting your dishes in the sink all at once and then filling it with water you will save A LOT of water!)

For our decor, we used a regular table cloth with a piece of pink tulle to serve as the runner (you can get this at any fabric/craft store for a few bucks).  We also used some small votive candles, plain letters that spell out BABY (placed underneath the tulle to make it look like they were colored), and we grabbed a bag or two of baby decor from the local party store (cute duckies and pink safety pins).

We also created this cute baby fruit display, inspired from this Pinterest Post, as our crowning jewel.
For a picture tutorial on how to make this click here.

For the party/game room, we kept it simple with this diaper cake centerpiece.  Making it with ecofriendly diapers, like Nurtured By Nature, also puts a great green spin on the party.  The cake was topped off with some precious pink socks, headbands, spoons, a pacifier, and some BabyGanics diaper cream and a fake flower.  Since we aim to be green and healthy, we made sure none of these products contained any BPA and the diaper cream stated that it is "Hypoallergenic, Fragrance Free, Pediatrician & Dermatologist Tested," and contains "NO Parabens, NO Sulfates, NO Phthalates, and NO Toxins," which we feel is important.  For details on how to make the diaper cake click here.

Before opening presents, we played a few games, such as Name that Nursery Rhyme, Baby Bingo, and the Unique Celebrity Baby Name Matching Game.  The winners received eco friendly gifts-soy based candles from Mrs. Meyers or Burt's Bees Milk and Honey Lotion.

After everyone had eaten and the games had been played, the many gorgeously girlie presents were opened and the future mama of two now has some serious pink in her life.

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