Monday, August 29, 2016

Cakes, Cakes, Cakes...and more cakes...

Another hobby that fascinates me is cake decorating.  You just can't go wrong when it's crafty -- and edible!!!! 

Below are a few pics of cakes I've made over the past few years...I'm self-taught and far, far, far from perfect, but I try...and, to me, that's what counts. 
























Star Wars Themed Baby Shower

In 2015, my daughter-in-law, Laurel, was also pregnant...and she is a huge Star Wars fan.  I have never watched or followed anything Star Wars related...lol.  So, I had to be a quick learn to help Laurel have a fun and fabulous baby shower.

First, Laurel wanted a costume...so I had to get my sewing machine out and go to work in making her a tunic and all the pieces to go with her costume. 








I had to make my grandson, Luke Sampson, a Star Wars themed crochet blanket...
 ...and a football cocoon set since he was arriving in the middle of football season...
...and what's a baby shower without R2D2...
...or Yoda...lol

The wreath for the front door was super cute...

Here is a pic of my two sons and daughters-in-law...

And, of course, there had to be fun moments...



....and eating...

I have a lot more pics but the above pics were the ones I had readily available.  Even with a VERY limited knowledge of Star Wars I was still able to make table decor, balloon creations, a diaper cake and an all-around, well-themed party decor items.  So, I hope this post will encourage you not to limit your thinking or abilities.  With a little gumption, you can create a fun-themed baby shower for the special lady in your life....Laurel thoroughly enjoyed herself...and making mommy-to-be happy is what it's all about.  Blessings....

Nautical-themed Baby Shower

In 2015, I had the pleasure of hosting my daughter-in-law's, Brooke, baby shower.  She wanted a "Nautical" themed party.  Well, in addition to crocheting, I like doing balloon creations, tabletop decor, corsages, facial creams, and just a little bit of everything.  Crafting is so much fun and so, so, so much cheaper than buying everything that is needed to host a successful party.

Let me just start off by saying that I worked for several months on the party decor items.  It probably could've been done quicker but if you have a busy schedule, like most of us do today, then starting early and giving yourself enough time to make everything will make for a smoother, more stress-free, party.

I really loved my "balloon" Sailor that greeted guests at the entrance.  Isn't he so cute?




I made the balloon anchor with pvc pipe.


I used 2 window air conditioner unit boxes to make the boat.  I think this was the most popular and most photographed, kids and adults, alike...lol.

















Including homemade gifts as a table decor items serves double duty...





















We had to make masks for the photo prop boat area...

And, of course, corsages for the mommy-to-be and daddy-to-be...

Games, prizes, and more...












The wreath, diaper cake and gift area...




And a thank-you for everyone who attended...





This was so much fun.  The colors were bright and vibrant and the mood was just a happy, jolly one...I hope this post may inspire you to host a nautical-themed baby shower.