Owl Themed Baby Shower

My oldest niece Haven is now one and she is the apple of everyone's eye, but I'll rewind the clock a bit to show you all the baby shower that we threw for my sister last summer! First, the invitations...

Basically as soon as my sister told us she was expecting she said she wanted to have an owl themed nursery. My mom found the idea for this somewhere online, and she did all of the heavy lifting so I give full credit to her! My mom used to inspiration photo and then hand drew a template and then worked her magic to program it into the Cricut. That definitely made things a lot easier! For the most part, the construction of the card is the same as the inspiriation photo. We definitely took some creative liberties with the patterns, colors and details and made these our own!

To take up that problematic blank wall I talked about in my post about Christmas 2011, I made a display using Stormi's ultrasound photos from throughout her pregnancy framed by scrapbook paper cut to look like lace on the Cricut. Of course it isn't a baby shower without streamers! I used pink, green and white to make this full wall decoration. My other contribution was the Personalized Onesie Making Station! I heard about this in a magazine and it was definitely a hit with the shower guests, especially me! I think I made 6 onesies that day...

To make this "BABY" sign, I just made oversized Cricut letters in coordinating scrapbook paper patterns (I used Storybook font), glued the letters to white scrapbook paper and then taped the whole thing directly to the glass of the existing frames we had hanging on the wall. (I actually covered up my siblings and my senior pictures, it worked out well that there are four of us!)

My favorite one! ^

Stormi and my brother-in-law Chris had just graduated from seminary, so I made Haven this onesie to wear to church and be "super holy" We also had a basket of newborn diapers to write funny messages on. I'm sure Stormi enjoyed the laughs during her stressful first weeks as a mother!

For other decorations, we took advantage of the cricut and made little families of owls to hang and display around the house and I got some fresh flowers in coordinating colors.

The crowning gem of the party decorations was this amazing baby shower "cake" that my mother made out of receiving blankets, burp cloths and other baby themed items!

Above the chair where Stormi opened her gifts, we hung a vintage 1960's umbrella that we happened to have in coordinating colors. I thought it was a sweet touch!

Stormi really enjoyed her shower!

Vintage Green Glass Christmas Centerpiece

Christmas is another holiday that my mom has bequeathed me all decorating duties! Here you can see the champagne table runner and plates I bought for Thanksgiving mixed with some other things I found around my parents house.

I used a striped red tablecloth from holidays past to layer with the lattice/morroccan print Champagne table runner. I thought this was a cool mix of patterns and the sheen definitely gave the table a glamorous touch! I found these awesome green champagne flutes in my mom's cupboard and accented the table runner with two simple crystal candle holders that my mom has had for ages.

To bring in the Christmas Green, I went around the house gathering old (and new) green glass bottles. My dad is kind of a collector of basically anything old and cool looking. Our whole mudroom looks like a mixture of Cracker Barrell and a country flea market. There is everything from old liscence plates, to pitchforks and old tools hanging on the walls. There's a shelf that lines the perimeter of the room above door height, and that's where he keeps a lot of the cool stuff I use for decorating. My mom is also a crafter, so I perused her ribbon collection until I found the perfect red and white ribbon to "tie" (haha) my color scheme together. As a finishing touch, I went outside and clipped branches from our holly bush for some fresh greenery.

This is my lovely sister, Frankie (left) and her friends modeling in front of my other project-a Christmas Card Wall "Wreath" Display, that I made just using blue painters tape (to protect the wall) and taping all the christmas cards sent to my parents in a wreath pattern. I think it turned out pretty well, and it definitely worked to dress up the enormous blank wall in the dining room that my mom just hasn't found the right art for. I also lined the glass doors of our wooden hutch with a beautiful red and white damask wrapping paper, but I couldn't find a picture of that...I'll have to keep looking.

Decorating Our Thanksgiving Table

One of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving is that my mom has pretty much given up asking me to help cook. It's not that I don't like to cook, I'm actually trying to get better at it. It's just a very high pressure situation on Turkey Day when there is 4-5 people in the kitchen trying to cook. This year I contributed by defrosting the sweet corn we had frozen during the summer. Other than that, my only other Thanksgiving responsibility is decorating! This year was even more fun because my mom let me go shopping for a few things...

First the table runner and the candle holders I got at Ross. It's one of my favorite places to shop for decorations, because they usually have nice stuff and a good price. I chose the Champagne colored table runner because I could picture it going with many different color schemes on many different holidays. The lattice/moroccan style pattern gives it a nice texture and sheen and is also a pretty classic pattern that is really trending right now. I thought the candle holders were great because they have more of a fall/winter theme than anything specific to Thanksgiving. My mom doesn't let me go shopping for her very often, so I wanted to get things with versatility. Speaking of versatility, the cream table cloth and red runner on the table in the front were bought a few Christmases ago, but fit nicely with the color scheme of the dining room.

My biggest purchase were the plates, and I think I scored a home run. My mom has beautiful china that was handed down to her from my great grandmother that we usually use on special occasions. But, the pattern on these is a white and pink dogwood with gold rims--pretty limiting as far as color schemes go. My mom is not a plain white plate kind of person, but after seeing what I've done with my white plates in table settings, she wanted to give it a try. I found these amazing Pfaltzgraff Basket Weave pattern plates at Christmas Tree Shops for 1.99 each! They are simple, but the basket weave design on the rims give them just enough texture to make them special. (My next assignment for shopping for my mom is to find awesome sets of patterned salad plates so she has options for holidays, dinner parties, birthdays, etc!) As sort of a place card/activity, I cut out 4 different types of cardstock leaves to place in the center of the plates.

For the activity part of the leaves, I asked everyone to write one thing that they are thankful for on their leaf, and then place their leaves inside of an awesome turkey shaped basket (2.99 at Christmas Tree Shops) for us to share after the meal. I don't think I have any pictures of the basket from our Thanksgiving, but it looks just like this:

After dinner, we followed with another family tradition: shooting clay birds!