Happy Monday everyone! I’m sorry I’ve been a bit AWOL on the posting front lately. I’ve had a few exciting new developments in the career-corner of my life in the past few weeks, and have definitely been a busy bee getting everything sorted and settled. But fear not, I love being able to stay crafty and creative, so the blog updates will continue (although perhaps at a less-than-rapid pace!). Thanks for your patience! 🙂
Today’s post is what I like to call a “mini-DIY” post: instead of presenting one DIY project and going through step-by-step to the finished product, this post will give some more general tips and inspiration for how you can create a similar look to the one I created for your next party!
Recently, one of my closest cousins was expecting her first baby, and my mom, sister and I decided we would throw her a baby shower. My sister and I had just gotten back from a 6-week trip to Australia and had about a week and a half to plan and produce a party worthy of celebrating someone we had always thought of as a third sister. Our cousin loves the colour combination of blue and brown, and really likes decor themes that use owls and woodland creatures as accents; this led us to decide to plan the party decor around an Owl-theme, with a blue-and-brown colour scheme.
With not a lot of time to plan the party, but a tremendous desire to make sure it was something that she would find super special, we decided to make sure the theme was present at the party by using brown and blue decor (ie. blue, brown and white streamers and balloons) and a few key Owl-themed accent pieces: a scrapbook-paper Owl party banner, Owl-cookie-topped cupcakes, and a Woodland centre-piece. Take a look through the following pictures to see the results!
“It’s A Boy!” Owl Party Banner
Although party banners aren’t necessary, I always find they make parties really special by giving the decor a focal-point that places attention on the reason everyone is gathered for the party! Whether you use bunting or lettering written across a large sheet of paper, having the focus of the party exclaimed in words above the guests’ heads really can make the event look well-planned.
For the baby shower, I went to Michael’s and different party-supply stores looking for a “It’s A Boy!” banner, but couldn’t find anything I loved, or that fit the party theme or colour scheme. So after looking at different inspirations online, I pulled out my scrapbooking paper and got to work. I created a template for the shape of each “hanging tag” by drawing on with cardboard until I was happy with the shape, then used the template to cut out enough “tags” for each of the letters, plus an extra four to put cute little owls on. I cut out slightly smaller tags from a coordinating colour in the same shape to glue to the larger pieces and create a layered look.
To create the lettering, I used Microsoft Word to find a font I liked, and printed out the sentence “It’s A Boy” in a very large font size, then cut out the letters to use as templates on cute scrapbooking paper. I traced and cut out the letters (with help from my wonderful friends- it takes a long time!) and glued each one onto a “hanging tag”.
Finally, I used different colours of scrapbooking paper to collage together 4 little owls onto the last four “hanging tags”. I hole-punched each of the tags, and strung them on a ribbon, then hung the banner between the double-doors in my living room. My cousin loved the banner, and at the end of the party, took it home to put away as a keepsake.
I think the Owl cupcakes were my personal favourite part of the party’s decor! Fun to make, fun to look at, and a lot of fun to eat! I always find cupcakes are a great dessert for large parties, because you don’t have to worry about cutting the cake or handing out plates and forks. They are also so simple to make!
I couldn’t find any owl or woodland-creature themed cupcake toppers anywhere, so I decided I would try and make my own. After searching high and low (probably went to every kitchen store in the city!) I bought a miniature owl-shaped cookie cutter. With the help of two of my very crafty friends (including our guest blogger, Marina!) we made a batch of owl-shaped sugar cookies, then used royal icing (in shades of brown and orange) to “paint” icing on to the cookies and make them look like the cute little owls you see above! We had found little sugar-paste “eyeball” sprinkles at Michaels (Wilton brand) and used them to give the owls a wide-eyed stare.
We let them dry overnight, and then the next day (the day of the party) I made a batch of vanilla cupcakes iced with blue icing, and then put a little owl cookie on each as a “topper”. They were such a hit at the party!
The finger-food at the party was served buffet style, with guests making their way down the table and filling their plates, so I knew I had to have a really fun centre-piece to pull the food table together with the theme of the party.
With owls being such a huge trend over the past few years, it was relatively easy to find owl figurines (I snapped up the ones in the picture at a Japanese dollar store for only $2 each… super cute!) There’s something about owls and pussy-willows that seem to go together for me (maybe it’s that nursery rhyme about the owl and the pussy-cat?) so I picked up a few branches of fuzzy pussy-willow at a local flower shop, and put them in a clear vase. I picked some foliage from my own yard, then put all the pieces together on the table, using books and boxes placed under the table cloth to create different heights within the centre-piece.
The outcome was really cute, and the ceramic owls made a cute keepsake for my cousin to take home at the end of the party.
Overall, I had a lot of fun planning and throwing this baby shower- party planning is really an activity that lets you explore your creativity! I hope you found some inspiration in today’s post- I think any of these ideas could be easily adapted for a number of different party occasions (ie. a child’s birthday) and you could easily use a different animal or object to change the theme (ie. engagement ring cookie cutter or foxes instead of owls).
As always, if you have any feedback or comments, I would love to hear from you in the comments! Thank you for reading and enjoy the rest of your week!
xo Urbanista At Home