Sunday, April 21, 2013

Star Wars Baby Shower

Over the last couple months, I have been planning a co-hosted *SURPRISE* Star Wars themed baby shower for a dear friend. It all finally came to fruition last weekend and I have been dying to share it with you.
I took on the role of making the invitations and the decorations and I couldn't be more excited! I wasn't quite sure where to start though, so I began my research where everybody does... Google. LOL! I came across THIS DIAPER CAKE, THIS TABLE SCAPE(I especially loved the wall art behind the table), THESE INVITATIONSTHESE SOAP FAVORS, and THESE FONTS.
 Armed with all those things, I began my crafting.
I started with the invitations. I really love the light saber invites(linked above) and I just HAD to create my own version of them. It was just too cool to pass up. So I enlisted my local (and Facebook) friends to help me collect enough paper towel tubes to get the job done. The invitation list was a little over 30 ladies so I needed a lot of help! I bought some American Crafts POW glitter paper, in Cricket and some vellum from Paper Issues. ** It took about 17 sheets of the POW to make 34-35 invitations. I used my Star Wars fonts to create the written part of the invitation and printed it on the vellum. **To keep the ink from smearing, I sprayed all my vellum(after printing) with a matte spray sealant like THIS. I cut down all my cardstock, glitter paper, and vellum and started an assembly line with my co-host. It took several hours of crafting and chatting to get them all done. This is what they looked like...

I apologize for the poor cell phone photos of the invite, I apparently didn't get a better photo with my camera before mailing them all out. Also, be warned that mailing a tube can be quite costly!
After the invites were all mailed I needed to get started on the other stuff! I had never made a diaper cake before, so I searched how to make them and I came across THIS BLOG. I love how she put the Lego planets on dowel rods to stand them up. So I used that idea and the above diaper cake as my starting point... and this is how my very first diaper cake turned out...

I watched  a couple You Tube videos on how to construct the cake, it took almost a whole case of size 2 diapers. Each diaper was rolled up and secured with a rubber band, then the whole sections were secured with a large rubber band. I stuck some dowel rods down through all of the layers to help it all stay put, then I wrapped each layer with ribbons. The Yoda, Darth Vader and the planets are all just stuck on top of dowel rods to keep them in place and the R2D2 and Chewbacca are safety pinned to the ribbon. The Lego sets came with a long stand that I just tucked inbetween the layers. Nothing was glued or pinned to the diapers because I wanted the new mom to be able to take it all apart and use the diapers.  I sprinkled a bit of confetti on the platter to finish it all off. It ended up looking a bit like outer space, which was a nice surprise.
 For the wall behind the table, I created this vinyl decal using the Boba Fonts(linked above) and my Silhouette Cameo.

And for on top of the table, I made a banner and more vinyl for the candy jars...

and my co-host ordered a custom cake topper for the cake...

 I also used my Star Wars fonts to create the signs and tags for the favors and the guessing game...

I did not take the time to photograph the onsie table, but I had also cut out a bunch of iron-ons with my Cameo, and the guests had the opportunity to decorate onsies for the baby. Mama really loved all the onsies made by her family and friends.
Our surprise went off without a hitch, the guests had a great time(the new mama, too), and I am still hearing from the guests, how much they loved the shower. So I guess it was worth all the work. ;)
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a great day!
See you soon!