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Wedding Planning Timeline Posted on 20 Apr 11:30 , 0 comments

First off, congratulations! You're engaged and the excitement is probably buzzing through your entire body like a million butterflies, amirite?! I get it. I've been there. It's a super exciting time. It's also an extremely stressful time. Your wedding to-do list gets longer and longer as the countdown begins towards your perfect day. 

5 Fun and Simple Winter Baby Shower Ideas Posted on 26 Oct 14:33 , 0 comments

It may be getting cold outside, but we'll help you warm up with these 5 fantastic ideas for hosting a cozy and fun winter baby shower.

1) Super Sweet Hot Chocolate Bar

The best part of the holiday season is putting on your cuddliest clothes and snuggling up to your loved ones with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate to keep you warm.

Spark a bit of nostalgia in your guests and put a fun twist on a childhood winter favorite with a DIY hot chocolate bar!

 

2) Custom Cookies to Match Your Theme

And what goes better with hot cocoa than some yummy cookies?  Wow your guests with a unique spin on the baby shower desert with cookies that are tailor-made to match your winter baby shower theme, like this "Let It Snow" cookie set from Custom Cookies by Jill.

 

3) Show the Joy of the Season with Winter Decorations

Spread the joy of welcoming your "little snowflake" with a winter themed shower decor, like this snowflake garland by Fanciful Chaos.

You can also create DIY winter decorations, such as  baby bottle snowflakes or these faux snow mason jar candleholders.

 

 

4) Perfectly Themed Winter Baby Shower Invitations

Let guests know that your "little snowflake" is on the way with an adorable winter baby shower invitation that will complement your theme and prepare guests for the winter wonderland that you have in store for them.

 

5) Fun and Simple Shower Favors

Show your thanks to guests for attending your shower by sending them home with fond memories of both your baby shower and some of that childhood nostalgia with these sweet and simple DIY baby bottle hot chocolate kits.  

No time to do it yourself? Or not a fan of the "baby bottle" style?  No problem.  There are plenty of pre-made options out there like these from Aunt Haybee's on Etsy.

Want more?  Be sure to check out our winter baby shower ideas Pinterest board, and follow us on Facebook for exclusive offers and giveaways.


8 Adorable Fall Baby Shower Ideas Posted on 22 Oct 10:26 , 2 comments

Autumn is an awesome time of year...we break out the snuggly clothes, the hot chocolate and pumpkin everything!

And with all of the rich, warm colors and flavors it's a great time for a baby shower.

These 8 simple (but creative!) ideas will show you how to take all the things you love about fall, and put them together to throw one beautiful baby shower!

1) Decorative Baby Pumpkins

Place a few of these sleepy, baby pumpkins around your party space. They’re almost cute enough to be swaddled and rocked to sleep!

To create: Simply tie a bow or place a baby hat over the stem, draw on the face, and cut out a small opening to place a pacifier.

 

2) Fall Baby Shower Invitations

Announce your fall-themed baby shower with a beautifully fall inspired invitation. “A little pumpkin is on the way” — and what a perfect way to celebrate it.

 

 

3) Fall Baby Shower Decorations 

These fall leaf candle holders are a pretty, but simple autumn decor idea.  They're also 100 % DIY!  Martha Stewart walks you through how to make gorgeous flaming foliage votive candleholders on her site. 

 

4) Fall Baby Shower Diaper Cake Centerpiece

 

A fall diaper cake is another great idea that can serve as a touch of fall decor, but this one is also useful for the mommy-to-be after the shower.  ReadyMadeDiaperCakes offers an adorable (and affordable) Little Pumpkin diaper cake that will match your fall theme beautifully.

 

5) Fall Baby Shower Table Decor

Have some fun with your table decorations by creating them yourself.  You can core out a pumpkin and place a small container (or tin can) filled with some water in the center. Then simply add some of your favorite fall flower, and voila!

 

6) Matching Fall-Themed Baby Shower Cake

 

 

Many of your local bake shops, or even online retailers can help you create the perfect cake for your autumn baby shower.  

Samantha's Sweets offers this adorable cake that will help you and your guests celebrate the impending arrival of your "little pumpkin" in yummy style.

 

7) Fall Baby Shower Appetizers 

Another great DIY shower idea is homemade snacks!  You can make these cute, pumpkin look-alike deviled eggs by garnishing with paprika and chopped green onions for little stems.

 

8) Fall Baby Shower Favors

Thank your guests for attending your autumn baby shower by sharing some fun (and yummy!) favors.  Simply fill up cute containers with some caramel dip, place an apple on top and wrap everything in cellophane with a ribbon bow to complete this adorable favor.

 

We hope you enjoyed these fab fall baby shower ideas!  For more tips and tricks, be sure to check out our Pinterest boards and follow us on Facebook.


Planning the Perfect Wedding Shower in 4 Simple Steps Posted on 19 Sep 11:23 , 0 comments

Whether you’re the sister or cousin of the bride, a bridesmaid or a colleague, if you’re throwing a bridal shower for the first time, it can be a daunting task!

But have no fear, we’ve put together this simple step-by-step guide for you:

Follow these do’s and don’ts to make sure the bride’s big day is everything she’s dreamed of -- and fun for her friends and family as well.

Theme

Do: Think About What the Bride Would Like

For the bride-to-be, a shower isn’t just a party, it’s a day she will remember forever.  So, it's time get creative!

Think about the bride’s favorite foods and drinks, her personal style, the activities she enjoys, and where she likes to hang out.  

Try to incorporate those things in her shower theme. If she’s a glam girl, plan a “cocktail hour shower” with girlfriends, martinis, and passed appetizers. If she’s a more casual, outdoorsy type, plan a beach picnic instead.

Don’t: Do it Alone

Just because you’ve been deemed shower hostess doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself.

Recruit some co-hostesses by asking your fellow bridesmaids, co-workers, or mutual friends to pitch in. Shared planning will not only spare your pocketbook, but your sanity, too!

For the smoothest division of labor, assign each hostess a different element of the party:

Invites and RSVPs, Menu, Games, Favors and Prizes, and Décor.

Most importantly: Don’t forget to include everyone who’s helping as hostesses on the invitation!

Invitations

Do: Keep the Theme In Mind

Once you have decided on the perfect theme, be sure to incorporate the invites into it, so you can really show the bride how much you care!

Some popular theme wedding shower themes to consider are:

Season (Fall is a beautiful time for a bridal shower!)

Nautical (Always popular, and good for any time of the year)

Classic (Keep things simple with dress or ring related designs)

Glam (Show off the bride's glitzy style with some gold and glitter!)

Don’t: Forget Anyone!

You should ask the bride for her guest list, but before you do, think about whether you want to have a traditional bridal shower, which typically includes all female family members of both the bride and groom, girlfriends, bridesmaids, and sometimes even neighbors and co-workers. If you aren’t sure you want to host the entire clan (and yes, that’s OK), think outside the box and plan something that suits everyone.

Gifts

Do: Include Registry Information

While it’s not typical to include registry info on the wedding invitation, it is perfectly acceptable to have it listed on the shower invitation.

Save guests a step by sending registry info to them right on the invite, which helps to ensure that your beloved bride gets what she really wants.

To avoid any possible confusion, be sure to include the bride-to-be's full name, or even the registry number, if the name is a common one.

Don’t: Forget the Thank You Cards

Here is yet another opportunity to tie in the bride-to-be's theme!

Ordering thank you cards that match the invitations is a nice touch that is sure to please the bride, and show her how much thought and consideration you put into the planning of her shower.

You can also use the thank you envelopes in a raffle to win a prize:

Set up a "raffle table" and have guests fill out their addresses, place them in a bowl (or other container) and they will be entered to win a prize.

It saves the bride-to-be from having to fill out guest addresses during wedding madness, and also helps keep track of who attended in a simple way.  This is a usually much appreciated time-saving tip.

Games

Do: Make it Fun AND Personal!

The most interesting and enjoyable shower games are the ones that not only bring guests together, but also offer the bride a chance to create memories.

A classic and much-loved example is sending recipe cards (don't forget to match your theme!) with the invitations, so guests can share one of their favorite recipes with the bride-to-be.

She can save the cards, and they will give her something to remember the shower by, and cherish for years to come.

Don’t: Overdo It

While games are a necessary element of a bridal shower, unless the bride is a gung-ho competitor, keep them to a minimum. Stick with one or two, skip the ones that don’t have any special meaning, and leave time for the guests to socialize and relax.

Enjoy!

The most important thing about planning a bridal shower is making sure the bride has a happy occasion, thrown by her nearest and dearest, that she will always remember.

In short, make it all about the bride -- but, with these tips in mind, you’ll be sure to make it fun for everyone else, too!

 


Create a Wedding Memory Book in 5 Simple Steps Posted on 7 Sep 18:13 , 0 comments

Congrats on your recent wedding!

Now that the festivities are over, you are left with a million memories, and almost as many wedding cards from family and friends.  What to do with them all?

Wedding cards make wonderful mementos, so you don't want to leave them hidden in the closet.  

That's where this fun and easy DIY project comes in!

Create a Wedding Memory Book by following these 5 simple steps:

Step 1: Find the Perfect Book

 

Look for a 3-ring binder or photo album that is large enough to hold all of your cards.

(Bonus tip: Try and find one that matches your wedding colors for an added "Ohhh" factor!)

 Step 2: Prep the Cards

Line the cards up with the binding rings in your book, and make a light mark with a pencil to show where the holes will need to be made.  

Then grab a pair of quality craft hole punches, and go to town!

Step 3: Don't Leave Out the Little Guys

If you have cards that are too small (or oddly shaped) to fit into the book, simply add a "pocket" page (or envelope with holes punched into the sides), and slip the cards inside.

Step 4: Place Your Cards

 

Once all of the cards are prepped with holes, clip them into your book.

(Bonus Tip: Place your cards in alphabetical order by giver, and you will have an easy way to find a particular memory!) 

Step 5: Final Flourish

Once your book is full of memories, add the date of your wedding (or a meaningful phrase) to the front with a metallic pen or sticker letters.

(Bonus Tip: Use ribbon or scrapbook stickers to add an extra touch of custom class!)

♥ And that's it!  You now have a personalized memento of your wedding day to share with family and friends, as well as enjoying many trips down memory lane. ♥

(Bonus Tip: This project can be used for any special event that you want to commemorate, including birthdays and baby showers!) 

Do you have a fun and simple DIY project that you would like to share with us, or feedback on this project?  We would love to hear from you in the comments section below!

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7 Tips from The Invite Lady: Throwing the Perfect Boys Nautical Baby Shower Posted on 3 Jul 04:50 , 0 comments

Congratulations!  You’re expecting a baby boy, and you are ready to celebrate with your family and friends.  You’ve even decided that you would like to let the world know “Ahoy!  It’s a Boy” with a nautical themed baby shower.  Now comes the hard part, right?  Actually planning the shower.

The good news is, that with these 7 simple steps, you can plan the perfect nautical baby shower for your little man, and you won’t have to break the bank (or your back!) to get it done right.

Personalized Invites - Ahoy!  It's a Boy!

Tip #1: Setting the Mood of the Theme – Personalized Invitations  

You want everyone to know from the start that they are invited to a boys nautical shower, and there is no better way to do that than by setting the tone with a personalized nautical theme invitation!  With dozens of variations on the nautical theme, The Invite Lady has something for everyone. ♥

Tip #2: Continuing the Theme – Nautical Decorations  

Welcome guests to your nautical baby shower with themed decorations, many of which are DIY.  One of our favorite decoration ideas is a chalkboard set up with a welcome from the mommy-to-be and the little man on the way.  Simple, and even reusable for your next event!  You can also carry your nautical theme with simple coordinating bold colored napkins,  or add inexpensive accents like twine around the table cloth corners.

Tip #3: Wow Them With the Food – Nautical YummiesNautical Yummies!

This where the DIY lover can really shine!  There are some fantastic quick and easy ways to integrate your nautical theme into the food you serve to guests.  everything for deviled egg sailboats, to crab croissant sandwiches, or bagels striped with cream cheese to make them look like buoys.  You can find many ways to not only fill your guests up, but really wow them with your creativity.

Custom Ahoy! It's a Boy from Custom Cookies by JillTip #4: The Perfect Cake or Cookies
We can’t forget about dessert!  There are many custom cake and cookie creators online (in fact, we are going to feature some of our favorites in future posts), or there is always your local bakery.  There are many ways to find that perfect nautical theme dessert for guests to enjoy!  Some bakeries like Custom Cookies by Jill will even create matching cookies for ANY theme, and ship them to your door!

 

Make Bringing Diapers a Game for Guests - Nautical Diaper Raffle Tickets

Tip #5: Fun Meets Function – The Diaper Raffle
One of our favorite bits of advice for any baby shower is to host a diaper raffle.  This is always fun for guests, and helps to ensure that the future mommy is stocked with plenty of diapers for her pending arrival!

Tip #6: Leave Them with a Good Taste in Their Mouth! – Nautical Party Favors  

Don’t forget to show your guests your appreciation for attending by having some type of party favor on hand for them.  You can leave them on a table by the front door for guests to take when leaving, or you can “hand deliver” them during the shower.  Favors don’t have to be big (or pricy!), but they should come from the heart, and in this case, from the sea!  This could be something as simple as placing a few Goldfish crackers into a sandwich baggy with a cute matching tag.

Say Thank You with Nautical Themed Style!Tip #7: Say Thank You with Style – Matching Thank You Cards  

And of course, you don’t want to miss out on thanking guests for their gifts!  Show them your gratitude with an adorable matching thank you card.  The extra time and effort that you put in will really show those that you love that you appreciate their thoughtful present!

If you follow these 7 simple steps, you will be sure to host a nautical boys baby shower that will leave your guests happy and glad that they chose to attend. ♥

To help you get started with your shower planning, use coupon code NAUBOY to get 10% of any of The Invite Lady’s nautical baby shower invites for baby boys!

Next time with The Invite Lady…

♥ “How to Plan a Country Chic Wedding Shower on a Budget” ♥

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