So, for the last couple of weeks, we have been busy organizing a surprise baby shower for our very special friend, Kerstin, who is due to pop in just a few weeks!
As the party was to take place in her OWN home, in their currently-being-converted loft space, it took second-to-none secrecy skills to pull it off. The amount we have been sneaking around, I feel like I am ready for a career in the secret service. Off to yoga, my dear? Going to see your mum? Enter a team of 8 to transform this building site into beautiful!
Before I show you the finished result, however, here is a look at just some of the items that we have been busy crafting for this special event.
Firstly, while Simon and I were on some of our snowy walks during the last couple of weeks, we picked up these super cool branches which seemed to be covered in teeny tiny pine cones, that had been blown down in some of the storms. I found out later that the tree is an ‘Erle – Alder, in English’. I then sprayed them with gold Spray and Sparkle glitter varnish to give them a sparkle. Our colour scheme was pink, mint, and gold.
Then, using my Gemini machine, I used some dies to cut out prams, onesies, and vests, layered them up, and hung them on the branches with pegs. We also made some mini paper chains to hang on them.
Next up, we spray painted some wine bottles gold, dabbled some with white primer, and decopatched the others. We then decorated them with some bows that I made from paper, ribbons, and lace, and made them into candle holders.
Here is a close up of the bows. We also used them to decorate other parts of the venue.
This is my awesome friend, Kerry. We used to work together when I was living back in England in an arts and crafts shop. I’m lucky enough that she is now living here, just around the corner from me, which means we are able to get up to all sorts of mischief (like planning surprise parties). Anyway, she spent a good couple of hours ‘sorting’ my ribbon box, and at the end of it, this brilliant decoration popped out!
We also decorated the tables with battery operated fairy lights, pink wrapped chocolates, gold and white doilies, candles, and some heart shaped confetti that I made with a punch.
The main highlight of our decorating scheme was the pom poms, which we hung over the tables.
Of course, it wouldn’t have been complete without some accessories for our lovely Kerstin to wear, so she received a floral crown (see previous tutorial here), and both herself and her marvelous husband received badges of honour!
The badges were simply made with some die cut and stamped circles, tissue paper frills, ribbons made of back-to-back washi tape, and the back was secured with felt.
No baby shower is complete without a few activities and games – I think balance is important here. A few things to add interest – but not too many that it becomes tiresome for the other guests.
I made a guest book canvas, where each guest had to sign their name on a die cut balloon, which will then be glued to the canvas, where little Humphrey will hold them in a cute bunch.
I also made a time capsule, where each guest filled in a small letter to the baby, which will be opened on her 18th birthday.
We gathered baby photos of most of the guests, and Kerstin had to figure out who was who (excuse the photo quality, but it was getting dark).
No baby shower is complete without the classic ‘What’s in your baby’s nappy?’ game!
We are very lucky to have another very talented friend, Vroni, who made this brilliant cake for Kerstin! I love those little shoes!
And here it is – the finished decoration! I was SO happy with how it turned out!
To finish off, here are a few photos from the day!
This is where most of the group turned up at Kerstin’s doorstep to surprise her – they had been hiding around the corner at the bus stop! Unfortunately I didn’t see that part, as Kerry and I were busy putting on the finishing touches in the loft!
That’s it for today!