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11.05.2014

"in the air" baby shower

One of my closest friends is having a baby this month!! A few weeks ago we threw her a baby shower.  The theme of her nursery is "up in the air," so we went with the same for the shower.  I volunteered myself for centerpiece duty, and here's what I made:


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!



29 comments:

  1. CUTEST centerpiece! ADORE the hot air balloon idea and design!!! Has Martha or Gwyneth called you yet? Well, they totally should!

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  2. This is the sweetest center piece ever, Jen! And the painting is amazing. Uh, and in 30 minutes? WOW!!! I'm sure your friend will treasure it :)

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  3. You did such a good job with the decorations! Love the balloons and the little paper airplanes, and the painting is fantastic!

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  4. The centerpieces are adorable and I love your painting! I need a Rzasa original hanging on my wall!

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  5. Totally love the entire concept of this baby shower. The hot air balloon centerpiece is a master stroke and so is your painting! Love your card, too! Thank you so much for sharing these ideas with us. :)

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  6. Hot air balloon is amazing!! Love the theme so much!

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  7. I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E! SOOOO clever & adorable. Also, your painting is awesome.

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  8. The center piece is adorable and so is your customized gift and card :)

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  9. Such cute centerpieces and the card and painting are so classy. I bet your friend was thrilled!

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  11. What size paper lanterns did you use?
    wbrown01@pnc.edu

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  12. I love this! doing it for my sister's baby shower. Just found the lanterns at target!! Thanks for such a cute idea!

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  13. What size lantern did you use? Tiffanyf22@yahoo.com

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  14. What size lanterns did you use?:)

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  15. I love this. What size paper lanterns did you use. My daughter wants me to make these for her baby shower.

    Michele

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    1. My email address is savagemich@gmail.com

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  16. How long are the lollipop sticks that you used?

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  17. I am making these for my daughter's baby shower this Sunday. Did you only use 2 lollipop sticks? That was study enough? How did you attach it to the mason jar? I'm trying to attach it to the sides of the top of the mason jar with hot glue but I don't think its going to hold. Ugh I wish I would have asked these questions sooner. Thanking you in advance. mariacascione@hotmail.com

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  18. Lovely centerpieces and the painting is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your creativity; I've got some great ideas for my son's next birthday.

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  19. Ugh, I bought all the materials to make these and I'm really struggling with how to attach the sticks to the lantern. Could you please explain? I would really appreciate it!

    tay.roberts03@gmail.com

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    1. Did you ever hear back about how to attach the strings?? If so can you share what you found I m having the same problem.

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  20. How did you attach the string to the mason jar? What size or length sticks did you use?
    Goldensmile10218@gmail.com

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  21. How did you attach the string to the mason jar? What size or length sticks did you use? Also where did you get the netting to put around it? Thanks!
    eam.lees822@gmail.com

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  22. I bought the 11.75 lollipop stick. How did you attach the sticks to the lantern and the jars?. Could you please explain? Thanks
    Nguyenviv@gmail.com

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  23. Really loved the cute themes and teal green colour of baby shower. My brother is planning first birthday party for his daughter at one of the mesmerizing Venues in San Francisco next month. Will suggest him same colored theme and decorations in this post.

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