I like being creative as much as the next girl. The process of creating something beautiful or fun or interesting gives me great satisfaction. But I shall now take a moment to praise the heavens for Pinterest. I mean that literally. True, my boards are filled with projects and recipes that will never see the light of day but they also catalog the many ideas that I’ve actually acted on as well. I love the instant sharing of ideas and trends and thoughts but mostly I love the efficiency of it all. Click, click, there’s an idea at our fingertips complete with a tutorial and patterns and pictures to keep us successful.
This is why I’m singing hallelujah to Pinterest these days. With time filling up, I am working to balance all of the demands that being a woman brings while still trying to create beautiful things. There is simply too much to do. Something has got to give. Therefore, I have no problem lifting ideas off of Pinterest. And it comes with a printable? Thank you!!!! Bam. Done.
Here’s what I’ve been PinLifting lately for a baby shower for our dear friend Amber and her new baby boy, Eli.
1. PRINTABLE BANNER from shanty2chic.
I’m thankful for shanty2chic’s Thankful Banner printables. And then I’m even more thankful that they added every letter (free downloads here) so we could welcome little Eli properly to the party.
2. PAPER MACHE PHRASE from theletteredcottage.
I bet you loved the block letter “Give Thanks” made by just hot gluing paper mache letters together (found them at Hobby Lobby for $2.49 each). I did the same thing for Eli but added a coat of navy blue paint over the whole thing, adding a few touches of light blue on the edges to define them just a bit. Amber got to take home Eli’s name along with the “Welcome” banner to use in the nursery.
3. CARAMEL TOFFEE DIP from iheartnaptime.
This dip sounded pretty good on it’s own but put it in a darling 1/2 pint mason jar with an apple on top and she had me hooked. We piled them on the array of pedestals I made a couple years ago and they became the favors for each guest coming to the shower. Seriously, they make you feel sophisticated and loved all at once. We attached the recipe as the tag because we knew that everyone would ask for it – it’s that yummy. And the apples came from our neighbor’s tree. Luscious.
Note: We bought the jars at Walmart for $3.97 for a set of 4. We used the 42 oz blocks of cream cheese from Costco and filled at least 12 jars from each block. A regular-size bag of brown sugar was just the right amount to add to each block of cream cheese. We measured out 4.5 cups per bag. The toffee bits came already chopped up and we only used one bag for all 24 jars. The thing we had to scour the cupboards for was vanilla – it’s quickly used up when you just have those fairly small bottles in your pantry so plan ahead. Great gift idea and easy for mass production.
4. BEAUTIFUL BOY QUOTE
I copied myself on this one and pulled out a 5×7 version of this artwork I designed for Cole’s room back in the day. Here is a link to my original post and both the girl as well as boy versions. Amber got to take this home, too.
5. WASHI TAPE NAMETAGS & A NOD TO THE SHABBY CHIC FEEL
This one came from me but how can I not be inspired by all of the washi tape ideas floating around? I love using real dishes at parties but didn’t have enough glasses for this crowd. I solved that by mixing my crystal with my glass pieces so it looks like I meant to do it. After adding a strip of washi tape for guests to write their names, the glasses look cohesive with a modern touch of shabby chic. As one guest said, “It’s a great way to be able to use your nice glasses instead of a red Solo cup and a sharpie!”
Note: I used this same trick with my dessert plates because I really wanted to use my blue and white pieces but only had a dozen of them. By mixing clear plates in between, it creates sense of purpose to using a variety of dishware. And yes, those are cloth napkins. They make me feel rich. There, I said it. So I use them as much as possible. They are easy to wash and quick to iron so why not? I wished I had just blue and green but I had to add some red ones in there to get the correct number. By keeping my fall mums as part of the decor, it worked without being matchy-matchy. I’m now watching for some interesting neutral napkins that I can add with any of my other colors to boost the numbers when needed.
The party was a hit – mostly because baby came early so he joined us! It’s great to celebrate with the pregnant lady but how much better is it to pass around little bambino so we can all get our baby fix! Baby Eli hardly made a peep and was the perfect charming gentleman. Thank you for coming, little one.