Marissa wanted frilly, lacy, pink-y loveliness as the theme, and so that's what we did!
Marissa and I got together and laughed hysterically- as we usually do- while we designed the invitations. We were able to make them entirely out of what we had on hand already. :-) The pink part is a sleeve which the invitation slides out of. The umbrellas, clouds, and hearts were cut using my Silhouette machine. I designed the text part of the invitation in Inkscape.
If you are going to ask people to RSVP, it is a good idea to not only include your phone number, but also your email address- some people (including myself) don't like to call. We also created a facebook event. Hey, we just figured that the easier it was (and more ways there were) to RSVP, the better response we would get.
I had read about an idea of a "mother blessing shower" in one of my favorite new books (The Gift of Giving Life- seriously an amazing book; I would say that reading it, along with their blog for the past two years has changed my life and the way I think about motherhood- I'm not paid to say that, it's just true. Go check it out; you won't be disappointed, even if you just read through the archives of some of the positive birth stories). I was charmed with the idea that while it is great- and really fun- to focus on the baby, a shower is also a great opportunity to celebrate motherhood. So, taking the suggestion from the book, in our announcement we invited people to bring a blessing or good thought for Marissa and a bead or charm to represent it, which would be put on a charm bracelet for Marissa to wear and feel happy vibes! ;)
|This was a blank paper we included in the invitation for people to bring their written good wishes on.|
The shower was fun (I really enjoyed seeing people I haven't had the pleasure of visiting with for many years in some cases) and lovely of course. We used pieces from our mom's wedding china to hold flowers and candy. My mom also had a great collection of crystal and glass serving dishes, and glass snack sets which she inherited from her mother. I had picked up mini- chalkboards from the craft store recently, and those were fun to use, along with ribbons, and tons of tissue paper that we turned into flowers and pom-poms.
Here's the cute pregnant mama... I wonder why I couldn't get her to look at the camera?!
Something else we did that I have seen done at other showers is pass around a basket of blank envelopes for people to address to themselves to make it that much easier for Marissa to send out her thank-you notes. (Whoops, don't have a picture of that one, but you can use your imagination...)
A few nights ago, Marissa and I got together, and we added jump rings to all the charms, and attached them on to a bracelet that we made. I think it is adorable, if a bit crowded- but you can never have too many blessings, right?! Some of the charms were meant for the baby some day, so ultimately, a few charms will be removed and it won't be quite so crowded.
Here's what it looks like on. Artsy, unique, lovely, and a reminder of all the love, blessings, and good wishes from friends and family!
As a gesture of gratitude/ favor of sorts for those who attended, we made about 30 of these crocheted friendship bracelets with a bead in the middle. The idea was that people would grab one as they walked out the door, but of course we forgot until half of the people were already gone. :P Oops. Maybe they will go out in some of the thank you notes.
We definitely had fun with this baby shower, and I really liked the "mother blessing" part. It seems appropriate to me that this portion could be done for any mother- regardless of how many babies she has had, or if she needed an actual "shower" for the baby. Honoring motherhood and womanhood is always a good move in my book! Tell me what you think in the comments!