Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Hospital Labor and Delivery Nurse Treat Bags
With our due date fast approaching, I have been trying to check off the last few items on our ever growing to do list. Yesterday I was able to check off make thank you treat bags for the L and D nurses. My husband is an RN and did his clinical rotation in L and D. He helped pick out the treats to go in the bags. He said their hands get dry after using so much hand sanitizer and soap all day and that any food would also be appreciated.
The bags all include:
Bath and Body Works Hand Cotton Lemonade Lotion (purchased during the semi-annual sale!)
Two Kashi Granola Bars
The note was super easy to make on Photoshop and I just tied it to the bags with curling ribbon. I asked for the bags when I bought the lotion at Bath and Body Works because they are a great size for small gifts. I made three bags, he said there will be only 2-3 primary nurses helping during that time. I might make a basket of candy to stick out in our recovery room for those helping us the rest of the stay. I'll post pics of any of those I make. If you would like a PDF emailed to you with your names inserted in any color you would like, let me know, its super quick to do!
What are your plans or what did you do for your Labor and Delivery nurses to show your appreciation?
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Beach Themed Lilly Pulitzer Baby Shower
This past weekend, my family threw a super fun baby shower for Baby Lilly and myself. I handled all the crafts and decorations for the shower since I haven't had work in a few weeks. I decided to use the same colors and print from the nursery so the decorations could be reused after the shower. So that meant the shower theme was pink and yellow, and based on the Lilly Pulitzer Sailor Valentine print.
The invites I designed on Photoshop using the Lilly print and made matching thank you notes. My friend Sam ordered the invites and matching envelope seals from Vistaprint and I love how they turned out! We also included a cute little card in each invite asking guests to bring a book instead of a card to the shower.
For the shower I decided instead of games, I would have a few activities for guests to do. This included a guess the due date calendar for guests to stamp and a seahorse guest book for them to sign. The guest book I got at a consignment shop near the beach for around $15, it was intended as a wooden cutting board. I spray painted the seahorse pink and added the gold ribbon at the top. It already had a hole for hanging so it was perfect for the wall in the nursery as well. I used a gold paint pen to write the date on the back and for guests to sign. I also included one of our first ultrasound pics on this table in a cute "love at first sight" frame my Mom gave us.
Before picture of the seahorse cutting board
For the guess the due date, I did roughly two weeks before the week of the due date and two weeks after on a piece of scrapbook paper. I found the frame at Michaels and put the glass behind the paper for guests to write on. The stamp I ordered from Etsy in the BlossomStamps shop and was super pleased with the shell design. It was the perfect size for guests to stamp in the box on the calendar and still have room for them to write their name with a sharpie. It was fun to see what dates different people chose. Once she's born, I'll put a heart around the actual birth date and hang the calendar on the wall in the nursery.
The big activity station at the shower was a headband making station. I prepped all the headband parts ahead of time. I made the flowers and bows to go on the headbands, which I will do a separate post on, but they are super easy to make. For the table, I have four hot glue guns plugged in, each with their own glass base to set them on when not in use, and their own mason jar of glue sticks. Each guest picked a flower or bow and added the beads, pearls, feathers, or rhinestones they wanted. Then they took the band and the decorated piece, and glued it together on the seam of the headband using the matching felt piece to attach it all. Once they were done, they wrote their name on the tags I provided and pinned it to the headband. We hung all the headbands on a twine line in the other room for all to see. She now has a full drawer of all kinds of fun headbands to match every outfit possible. Guests of all ages were able to participate in this station and it was really fun and social to sit around and make.
My Mom and I making the first one for Lilly.
We also had a mimosa bar for the shower with three types of juices and fruits. We had champagne for anyone that wanted it, and sparkling grape juice for anyone that was pregnant or didn't drink. I found the cute pink champagne flutes at Party City. Warning on these, the bases didn't want to stick to the flutes so I had to hit each one with a dab of hot glue to ensure they stayed together. Everyone had fun trying different combos of fruit and juice with their mimosas and the little girls at the party thought it was cool using the grown up glasses for theirs.
Food! For the food, my wonderful step-grandmother had the shower catered. There was a wide assortment of delicious food including, meatballs, crab dip, fruit with chocolate mousse, tea sandwiches, ham biscuits, and deviled eggs. I loved how the crab dip was shaped like a fish and decorated with the lemon wedges.
I have to brag on my husband Ben for a bit when it comes to the cake. He worked super hard to make sure I had a cake for the shower that would taste good, look super cute, and feed all 30 something guests. For the cake, he made a strawberry batter layered with homemade buttercream icing. He made three tiers and covered each tier with a layer of buttercream then white fondant icing. The layers were all stacked then, the edges were trimmed in pearl Sixlets that we found at Party City. The topper, I used two of the extra invites glued back to back with toothpicks stuck in between. I used a razor blade to carefully cut out the script L to go on top. Everyone was impressed with his cake skills and it tasted delicious too! He will be making lots more cakes in the future for Lilly's parties, I'm sure!
Decorations were super fun to make! I made a wreath for the door which will also hang on the nursery door. For this I made it the same way I made my other burlap wreaths which you can see here and here. It takes no time and looks great. The L I painted and hot glued on top of the burlap.
For the signs outside the house in the planters, I used a trifold board from the Dollar Tree cut into the various shapes and painted with acrylic. I added ribbon and a dowel rod I had leftover to each so they stuck into the plants. I also tied bows on the light fixtures with ribbon I got for 20 cents a roll at Hancock on clearance after Easter.
The tables were decorated with pink table cloths I ordered online in a pink polyester material. The table runners I made with yellow fabric from Walmart and Heat N Bond ironed edges. The vases on the table were left over from Katie's Beach Themed Bridal Shower and you can see how to make them here. Elaine did the flowers in the vases which made everything look super nice!
Around the house, I hung up two banners with Lilly on it. The one banner was printed out and glued together with card stock. The other banner I used little triangles of chalkboard material I found at Michaels and these awesome Chalkboard pens which I have fallen in love with! You can find these at Michaels in many different colors and they wipe write off with a wet paper towel. I also used these on all the instruction frames set out around the various stations. I will be coming up with things to use these pens on in the future.
I painted an L for the mimosa bar with the Lilly Pulitzer print. This will also be going on the wall in the nursery. The chair I sat in was in our bedroom and I just made the Mom To Be sign to hang on it with some scrapbook paper. The big flower L next to the chair was made out of foam core and tons and tons of fake flowers hot glued all over it. This will sit atop the bookshelf in our nursery. The footstool is the footstool to go with our glider in the nursery and was pink to start out with. I upholstered the lid using hot glue and the Lilly fabric stretched over the top.
I made super cute pins for all the family members to wear! These were super easy to make, I used card stock and ribbon hot glued together. I also hot glued the pin backs on, everyone was super excited to wear theirs.
The favors were super easy to do! I did the candles from Katie's Beach Themed Bridal Shower but in the pink shades to match the shower. They are from Walmart, super inexpensive and I used the Sweet Pea and Rose scents. It took buying out two separate Walmarts to get enough. They go over really well with guests, and look great in a basket on the way out. I used more of the Hancock Fabric Easter ribbon on the basket and glued a shell to the handle.
I had such a fun time at the shower and yes I kept those wedges on the entire time! Crazy right? My feet sure hurt the next day! Baby Lilly was showered with love from everyone who came and those who couldn't that sent love from afar! We couldn't thank everyone enough for making it such an awesome day, now we are just waiting on her arrival! If you liked this shower and the decorations, be sure to check out the Bridal Shower I did two summers ago with the same theme!