For the love of Pink! It's a Girl! Pink Giraffe Baby Shower

Posted by rene.bross on 9. March 2012 08:57

We are so excited to share these photos of our Pink Giraffe Baby Shower! Taking inspiration from our Pink Giraffe Invitation, the dessert table is darling in soft pinks, white and a touch of golden yellow. Sweet treats abound with white and pink Jelly Bellies, salt water taffy, strawberry whoppers, delicious vanilla cupcakes, pink rock candy, pink popcorn, pink lemonade with sugared mason jars and the cutest baby giraffe cookies complete with pink spots. To be kind on the wallet, the beautiful glass apothacary jars were assembled with glass items found at the local Good Will store with these DIY instructions. The tissue pom poms were so fun to make with these easy instructions. We also want to share our delicious vanilla buttercream frosting recipe which was originally found here, but we adapted it a bit to have enough to frost cupcakes with a very generous swirl of frosting and so it's not too sticky sweet. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed taking them!

Photos by Rene' Bross
Pink Giraffe Party Invitation is also available as a DIY Printable Invitation on our sister site Party Monkey
Party Printables pictured above will be available soon on our sister site: Party Monkey

Best Buttercream Frosting Recipe
yields a generous amount of frosting for 20-24 cupcakes (depending on how generous you are)

Ingredients
1 cup butter - room temperature or softened in microwave for 10 sec at 90% power, then 7 sec on 90% power
1 cup Crisco (regular or butter flavored for extra buttery flavored frosting)
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
5-6 cups confectioners’ sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)

Preparation
In a large bowl, cream butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Add salt, vanilla, confectioners’ sugar. Beat well.

Note
This will make a thick frosting perfect for piping those beautiful swirls shown above. If you need a little thinner frosting, add a little mile to make desired consistency.

 

Lions, Tigers and….Monkeys? Oh My!

Posted by rene.bross on 9. February 2012 20:25

Throwing a baby shower in the near future?  How about kicking it up a notch from the basic blue and pink themes to a whole jungle of possibilities?  Throwing a baby shower can include a bit of monkey business by making a jungle themed cake or cupcakes.  Let loose with party decorations that make your guests feel like they’ve stepped over to the wild side.  What mother-to-be wouldn’t love to celebrate the birth of her new ‘monkey’ in style?  Our jungle and monkey themed baby shower announcements will leave other hosts green with envy with our eco-friendly stationary.  Check out our coordinating birth announcements, thank-you cards and address labels to complete the look.  Go bananas and love it!

Photo credits- clockwise from upper left: Monkey Love Baby Shower Invitation from My Good Greetings; Monkey Diaper Cake from Etsy; Chocolate Banana Bites Recipe; Monkey Cupcakes from Cakes by Becky; Banana bread recipe from ForTheLoveOfCooking.net; M&M Favor Labels

Little Pumpkin Baby Shower Ideas!

Posted by rene.bross on 9. September 2011 09:35

Fall is almost here and if you are in the midst of planning a baby shower this time of year, there's nothing cuter than the Little Pumpkin Baby Shower theme. Decorations are as easy as a fall breeze, with pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and various fall colors are readily available. Gather some colorful fall leaves, Gerber daisys, candles and ribbons to complete a fabulous table scape. Mini pumpkins make perfect placecard holders and bottles of orange crush add additional color. We hope these photos inspire your Pumpkin Baby Shower!

Photo credits clockwise from upper left: Little Pumpkin Baby Shower Invitation from My Good Greetings; Mason Jars: Ideas by Krista; Tablescape: Wedding Planning Institute; Baby Pumpkin Hat: Special Baby Shower Gifts; Little Pumpkin Cake: Cake Central; Pumpkin Cake Pops: Goodness Gracious; Little Pumpkin Ribbons: Baby Shower Decorations

Eco Friendly Green Baby Shower Ideas

Posted by rene.bross on 24. June 2011 08:46

Introducing your newborn to an eco-friendly lifestyle starts well before they are actually born. And hosting a green baby shower doesn't have to be daunting. It can actually be very fun and creative with many fun decorating ideas drawn from mother earth. Start with a party invitation printed on 100% recycled paper with 100% recycled envelopes such as the Eco Friendly Garden Shower Invite from My Good Greetings. Be sure to add a note asking guests to forego traditional gift wrap.

Think as green as possible for party decorations utilizing recycled papers and greenery from the yard. Forget the disposable plates and utensils and break out your good china instead. Don't have a china set? Don't worry, think about borrowing pieces from friends or other hosts. Mix and matched china can make a unique and beautiful tablescape. Use potted flowers as table decorations and then give them away as party favors. Tree sapplings potted in reusable glass jars with a name tag make for great place settings and each guest can plant them later in babies name. Sachets of burlap tied with raffia and filled with wildflower seeds also make great favors. Encourage cloth diapers as gifts or collect donations for a month or two of diaper service.

Buy local produce and ingredients as much as possible. A visit to your local farmer's market may inspire more green ideas as well. Be sure to talk with the vendors- they often have wonderful ideas. And when the festivities are over be sure to recycle as much as possible and compost the food scraps. Set up easy to spot recycle bins for guests to use. We hope the following collage board inspires your next green party event. Be sure to read the photo credits which will lead to more wonderful ideas.

Photo Credits clockwise from upper left: Diaper Cake: A Birdie Told Me, Eco Friendly Garden Baby Shower Invitation: My Good Greetings, Green Cupcakes: Baby Shower Food, Footprint Hand-held Fan with Seed Circle: Good Day Asheville, Mason Jar Greenery: Hey Now Whoa Now

Little Ladybug Baby Shower Party Ideas

Posted by rene.bross on 8. April 2011 21:09

If there's a little lovebug on the way and pink and baby blue are too mundane, celebrate with the bright colors of a Little Ladybug Baby Shower. Bring on the smiles when bright red, yellow and green colors are brought together on a beautiful tablescape. Fill small buckets or planters with long green grasses or moss and add fresh or silk gerber daisies for easy flower arrangements. Create little ladybugs out of red and black felt and place around the table and onto the flower arrangements.  Little white boxes with a silk daisy and little ladybug on top make sweet favor boxes when filled with candy such as red and white m&ms. Fresh strawberries with chocolate dip match the color scheme perfectly. If hosting your ladybug party outdoors in a garden setting, purchase real live ladybugs and have your guests release them into the garden as a natural and organic pesticide. Enjoy these photos as inspiration for your own Ladybug Baby Shower or Ladybug Birthday Party!

Photo credits clockwise from top left: Little Ladybug Baby Shower Invitation: My Good Greetings, Daisy Favor boxes: New York-Newport Wedding blog, Gerber Daisies: Hostess with the Mostess, Ladybug Tablescape: Tyson's Corner, Ladybug Cupcakes: The Cupcake Blog, Ladybug Cake: Katy's Cakes

Weekly Baby Shower Palatte - Yellow and Green Onesie Baby Shower

Posted by rene.bross on 29. March 2011 21:15

A very popular baby shower theme is the Onesie Baby Shower. If the mommy-to-be is leaving babies gender a surprise, a good color scheme is bright yellow and green. This theme lends itself very well to an outdoor or patio shower- think daffodils and green grass with yellow and green pendants hanging in the spring breeze. Here are some photos for inspiration. Enjoy!

 

Credits: from top left clockwise:  Lemonade: Bradley.and.Diondra, Hanging Onesies: Bambootique.Wordpress.com, Diaper Wreath: Crafts and Sutch, Onesie Cookies: Mermaid Sweets, Tablescape with Pendants: Babies, Paper and Song, Green and Yellow Candy Jars, Yellow Baby Bottle Glasses:  Design Dazzle, Onesie Baby Shower Invitation: My Good Greetings

Furoshiki –How to Green your Gift Wrapping- Beautifully!

Posted by rene.bross on 23. March 2011 09:36

One trend we’re seeing more and more on our customized shower invitations at My Good Greetings is the request for unwrapped gifts or eco-friendly gift wrapping. I always wonder if those party guests who are eco-friendly challenged stumble over this request. It may seem awkward and abrupt to bring an unwrapped toaster and toss it on the gift table. And let's face it-- gift wrap can be so pretty. There’s something very exciting about seeing a table full of beautifully wrapped presents. But at the end of the day- it really is a complete waste of paper and trees.

One solution is Furoshiki- gift wrapping with a Japanese wrapping cloth. Charissa at TheGiftedBlog.com shares some beautiful samples of this beautiful Japanese art of gift wrapping. She also offers step-by-step instructions on how to create some beautiful wrap designs. Japanese wrapping cloths can be purchased, but if they are hard to find in your area, I’m thinking a beautiful scarf or large square of fabric- edges finished- would do the trick as well. A square tablecloth might work well for a larger gift and the best part- the wrap becomes an additional present—no wrapping waste!

Namitha in India also gives a very detailed instructions and tips on her blog Ephemera Studio


photo: TheGiftedBlog

Baby Shower Invitation SALE continues at My Good Greetings

Posted by rene.bross on 13. March 2011 09:27

Due to popular demand we have decided to extend our Baby Shower Invitation SALE one more week! Get 20% OFF your Baby Shower Invitation order with coupon code: GREENSHOWER. Offer is for new orders only and may not be combined with any other offer. Sale ends 3/20/11 at midnight. If you need something more custom or help personalizing the text on your Baby Shower Invitations, just click our live chat button or give us a call at 1-800-658-1547. We're always happy to help! Shop Baby Shower Invitations today!

Flower Power Your Shower!

Posted by Rene.Bross on 16. July 2009 09:38

In my internet travels today, I found these darling little delicate tissue paper flowers from Zakka Life via Petite Planet and instructions on how to make them. I can't wait to make some myself, but I also thought these would be so pretty as baby (or bridal) shower decorations. Easy, inexpensive to make and oh so CUTE! They would be the perfect match for an "It's a Girl!" baby shower. Check out the easy to follow tutorial here.