I started with a 10 inch paper lantern (on clearance- under $2 each at Target), and attached it to a mason jar with lollipop sticks and hot glue. Next, I glued string around the lantern, and covered the neck of the jar with ribbon. To make the banner, I cut triangles from teal, light blue, and silver glitter cardstock, then glued them to a loooooooong piece of crochet thread.
To make it more hot air balloon-y, I wanted a flame. I bought battery-operated tea lights to put on each mason jar. Looking back, it makes it look a bit like a baby bottle. Whoops! (or maybe that's a good thing for a baby shower??)
I folded about 120 paper airplanes for the tables, and hand-punched cloud confetti from more of that silver glitter paper.
My friend's mom made this sweet diaper cake. Honestly, I don't really understand the whole diaper cake thing, but I must admit this might be the best one I've seen.
On the morning of the shower, I decided I wanted to give a handmade gift. I was so busy with the decorations, that I didn't sew a plushie or design a custom book or anything! Literally 30 minutes before it was time to leave, I painted this hot air balloon (it was loosely based on a painting I saw online....sorry I can no longer find the link!). I then quickly painted the Boston skyline onto a separate piece of watercolor paper, cut it out. and stuck it down.
Luckily Dave was at Target when I had this crazy idea to do a painting, and I was able to catch him before he checked out so he could grab a frame. Once he got home, I popped it in, and drove off to the shower!
We put it on a music stand near the gifts :)
Of course the card had to match the "in the air" theme, so here's what I made:
Hope you have a great night!