Michal's teacher is expecting a baby this summer. We recently had a baby shower for her and it was so sweet. The shower was a surprise although I'm quite sure she knew exactly what was happening! (A group of six- and seven-year olds are not the best secret-keepers.)
I made three banners, cupcake toppers and a diaper cake for the shower. I'm really excited about how they all turned out.
I found an absolutely-darling children's poetry book with vintage-looking animal illustrations at our Good Will store for .59! I thought it was appropriate to use a book and the one I found was nice and gender neutral since she doesn't know if she's having a girl or boy. I made the first banner by choosing 12 pages from the book that I thought had pretty full-page illustrations. I trimmed the sides of the pages and notched the bottoms, punched holes in the corners and then tied them together with turquoise and pink and white polka dot ribbons.
I made the second banner by punching dozens and dozens of two-inch circles out of the nursery rhyme book and various patterned papers. I then sandwiched turquoise ribbon between two circles and lined them all up to make a string of circles. This was actually my favorite of the three banners I made. It was just completely whimsical and fun and looked like a string of giant beads. It was also fun to look at the illustrations on the circles. I especially liked two of them that had parts of the inscription that was written in the front of the book on them. The book had originally been given to a boy by his aunt and uncle and included the wish that he would just not read the poems in the book but also memorize some of them. It had been given to him more than 25 years earlier and it made me wonder if he ever did memorize any of the poems.
The third banner, strung on turquoise ribbon, was made of cut-out letters that spelled out C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S. I made it with the same papers that I used for many of the circles.
Next I made cupcake toppers by punching more two-inch circles and sandwiching a long toothpick in between two of them. I just loved the animals in the book and the kids loved them too.
Lastly, I figured out how to make a diaper cake. I saw lots of them online that said you should roll the diapers and use a pile of rubber bands to hold them together but I just didn't like how those cakes looked. Plus, I didn't want to ruin the diapers. I eventually found instructions for a "boutique diaper cake" and it was super easy to make and didn't require a single rubber band. I topped the cake with a floppy white bunny holding a mini version of the circle banner. The little circle banner was just darling because I was able to punch out some little, tiny details from the book to make it.
For the shower each of the kids in the class wrote their advice about taking care of a baby for their teacher. One of the moms bound all of their advice into a book. They each read their advice to her at the shower and it was absolutely priceless!
After listening to the kid's book, their teacher opened her gifts, they played traditional shower games and then everyone ate cupcakes.
It really was a darling shower!