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party inspiration: baby shower

Almost all of the photographers I know–myself, included!–are avid DIY-ers and like to create as much as they like to photograph the creations of others. I recently hosted a baby shower for a dear friend and her soon-to-be-here little girl. Perhaps it can be a little inspiration, if you have a similar event to host in the future!

I decorated entirely with tissue paper pompoms, made following this Martha Stewart how-to. In addition to full sheets of tissue paper, as the tutorial shows, I cut the paper into increasingly smaller squares to make varying sizes, including teensy ones for the cake (I just wrapped the wire around a toothpick to make them stand up).

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Guests each filled out a card of “Wishes for Baby,” that we then gave to the mother. I made these based on the one created by Melisa of The Lil Bee blog (the original link where I found it is broken, but I was able to find a photo of her original creation here). If you’d like the file, send me a note and I’ll pass it along!

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Then, since this little lady will be this mama’s fourth and she requested no gifts, we made hairbows for her to have for the baby. I purchased some pre-made flowers and other pretties to put on headbands and hairclips, and those who wanted to get a little more crafty made bows according to this tutorial. People seemed to have a great time, and them mom-to-be ended up with a whole bag full of bows for her baby.

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Lastly, favors were candles in candle holders that I had wrapped in matching ribbon, so that, when we hear that she goes into labor, everyone could light their candle and send a thought or a prayer her way.

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Thanks, Kassie, for allowing me to host a time to honor you and baby Jayla–we can’t wait to meet her!

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