6. Twinkle, Twinkle… 

 

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder who you are?

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, what a gift from God you are!

My friend is having her first baby! She told me she liked the twinkle little star theme for the boy nursery and Pinterest overflowed with ideas for the shower. For such a simplistic and classic theme, the possibilities and suggestions where overwhelming and I constantly had to pare down. It was a lot of fun! Especially since this was the first big project I got to do with the new Cricut Explore Air machine my husband gave to me for Christmas. It was also the first baby shower I have coordinated and I was blessed to have two other ladies contribute help with food, activities, star shaped sugar cookies and borrowed items. Team work is the secret to life.

Thanks to my friend, Michael, I have lovely photos to share with you.

The shower was hosted as a brunch with a oodles of help from my partners in this venture. This is the menu we came up with: parfait cups, pancake bites, egg and sausage casseroles, donut holes, bacon, coffee cake, virgin mimosa’s, water and coffee. Brunch is such an ideal time because there are a slew of fun and easy food options.

Being a co-ed shower, we played Baby Jeopardy (guys versus girls) as well as Blind Folded Diaper Challenge where all the guys compete to get an infant diaper on a balloon, blind folded, without popping it. Both games induced a lot of laughs and fun competition! Another wonderful activity, provided by a friend, was Encouragement Cards. Everyone was handed a card and pen and we all got a moment to write a word of encouragement to the new parents. The cards will be mailed out over the course of a few weeks after the baby is born. I hadn’t heard of this before but it is such a thoughtful idea.

In place of a guest book, I hand painted a small canvas night sky in water colors. Then printed out small stars from my Cricut machine which guests would sign with their names.

We also had a diaper raffle to encourage guests to bring a pack of diapers to get the parents stocked up for the first month. Each package of diapers earned a ticket for the drawing. Target and Walmart carry unique and inexpensive games that make great prizes for raffles.

I had a lot of fun making simple Thank You cards for the new Momma. Now that I have seen what my Cricut machine can do, I can’t wait to make some for myself. The envelopes were placed next to the canvas for anyone to write their name and address on, saving one more step for the new parents in writing their thank you notes later on. I wish this idea was common around the time of my wedding six years ago!

I was truly tickled with the game prizes, as seen bellow. This Pinterest link inspired the mason jar shower kits with the tag “From the Jordan’s Shower to Yours!” Cute, huh? The travel section at Target carries great mini bath products for men and women. I don’t have a photo of it but I made a few for men too with Axes deodorant, Dove shampoo and shaving cream. The jars came from my hoard of glass bottles, of course; and I spray painted the lids.

I hope you enjoy the photos and get inspired. Feel free to ask questions! For instructions on the diaper cake, I followed a couple different posts from other handy bloggers but this one by Alli Crafts was the most helpful for the base, click here. The navy pouf at the top of my diaper cake is actually a Swaddle Me bunched up and half stuffed down the middle of the display.

My “How-To” video of the Twinkle Little Star Mobile

To see more of my favorite baby shower inspirations, see my Party Planning board here on Pinterest.

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