Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

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Today I’d like to share the photos from the Minnie Mouse birthday party.  I enjoyed preparing for this pink & blue party and was excited to see how everything came together for the party.   Last year, I did a Mickey Mouse party that is the most popular content on the blog.  When preparing for Gwen’s second birthday party I knew Minnie Mouse would be a great theme and I am curious to see Minnie will be as popular as Mickey.   I’ll let you know!

Throughout the photos, I’ll link to the previous posts with more details if you’d like to see how I made something.     On the front door, I welcomed guests with a birthday bow-tique sign.    I tied a bunch of balloons to her high-chair and hung some pom-poms from the ceiling.

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I served an assortment of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse foods with food tent signs for added decoration.

Food List:  Goofy’s Grapes, Clarabelle’s chips & Dip, Donald’s Dogs, Minnie’s Bow-tie Pasta Salad, Minnie’s Strawberry Le-Monade, Daisy’s Garden Vegetables, Pluto’s Pirate Booty, Mickey’s Sweet Mallows, Pete’s Oreos and Gwennie Mouse’s Cookies.  Also served cheddar cheese cut out with a Mickey cookie cutter.

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Delicious strawberry lemonade served in Minnie mason jars with striped black and pink straws.  The kids had small jars and taller ones for the adults.  The lemonade was very tasty with fresh cut strawberries.   Also for adults a splash of Vodka makes it a great afternoon drink!

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Donald’s dogs are made from turkey hotdogs, cut up into small bites and then wrapped with Pillsbury dough.    They turned out yummy and tasted better than the pre-made kind.

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Pirate booty is always a big hit with the kids.  Personally, Clarabelle’s chips & the cheetos were my favorite!

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Chris dipped marshmallows in pink Wilton candy melts and then rolled in pink sprinkles (also Wilton) on the outside.  The Oreo cookies are prepared the same, dipped in the candy met and then pink sprinkles.  The idea came for these from the yummy Fish Marshmallow Pops we had at Gavin’s birthday.    However, the pink sprinkles on the outside didn’t taste good,in my opinion, but the kids did enjoy them.  At least they look beautiful!  I’d recommend trying smaller sprinkles that taste yummy for these to work.  Including something else to balance it out like graham cracker crust or even Oreo crust would make it taste better .

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We served yummy vanilla and chocolate cupcakes.  To get the bright pink color for the frosting I used Wilton icing seen in the Fish Cupcakes.  It’s awesome how many more color options you get with this product.  On top there’s an edible fondant black Minnie silhouette with a cute pink bow, ordered these from Etsy (ClaudiaCupcakeLady).  Then added round sprinkle balls (also Wilton).    Thank you to my awesome cupcake designer Nicole (seen here decorating: owl cupcakes, fish cupcakes, & train cupcakes) she sure creates beautiful creations and is so great with the frosting!

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Ordered two dozen custom Minnie Mouse sugar cookies from Etsy (SugarySweetCookies).  There were number 2’s and also Minnie heads with Gwen’s name on them.  Of all the sugar cookies we’ve gotten for the last three parties, these were the best tasting.    Her designs are beautiful and I hope to have her cookies again.

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Chris made a mini cake with the rest of the mix for the birthday girl.  It was perfect for the candles but too big for her to eat.  She picked at the frosting and then ended up eating a pink cupcake.

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After baking the cupcakes I put them into pink & blue polka dot cupcake liners.  They look so beautiful & colorful because they aren’t stuck to the cupcake like the liner it’s baked with.   Not to mention the added liner makes them look great for photos!

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The kids loved the Minnie piñata.  There are strings hanging from it, each kid takes one, they all pull at one time and the candy falls to the floor.  It was really exciting to open it up and it looked so pretty hanging from the ceiling.

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The dessert table with lots of sweets!!

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The birthday girl’s blue chevron dress and Minnie Mouse polka dot hair clips.   See this post for more info on the dress & hair clips.

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A table with the paper purse favor bags.    Inside the bags there are the DIY Minnie Mouse water bottles & a plush Minnie or Mickey.

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Made a favor sign for the party favors and also displayed the party invite on the table.  We had two bigger Minnie dolls for Gwen & her best friend.

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Hung colorful pom-poms and swirl decorations.  Tied the balloon bunch to her high chair and a few other bunches were around the house.

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Hung the pink & blue Minnie ribbon wreath in the hallway.

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Hung the scalloped birthday banner above the fireplace.

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Made some extra paper bows after the door sign & cut a big Minnie silhouette out to play pin the bow on Minnie.

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You can create & cut the Minnie with the Silhouette Cameo.  I explain how to make the Minnie/Mickey shape in the water bottle post.    After making the shape for the bottles it was easy to enlarge it to 12 inches.   The kids had fun playing this game.

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Happy Birthday Minnie subway art.  It’s fun to mix fonts & colors to create a cute sign.

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Ordered a big Minnie mylar balloon and took it to the party store to have it filled with the rest of the balloons.   The kids loved playing with the life size Minnie balloon.

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Here’s the front side of the chevron dress, the flower & sash are very cute!

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Borrowed a pink polka dot table cloth for the gift table.  Thank you Alita!  Here’s a link to Alita’s Minnie party.

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Hope you enjoyed seeing the photos from the Minnie party!    We certainly enjoyed the Minnie birthday bow-tique!

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Minnie Mouse Favor Bags

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These are the favor bags that I made for the Minnie Mouse birthday party.  I’ve had fun making birthday party favor bags in the past and was excited to try a new technique to create these bags.  This time I made my own bag by using a 3d shape from the Silhouette store.  This is a great way to do it if you have the supplies and would like to use a custom pattern.    It’s also very rewarding to make the entire bag and I loved doing my first 3d shape on the silhouette!

I wanted the the bags to be as large as they could in order to hold a water bottle and a plush Minnie Mouse so I enlarged the cut file on a 12×12 page to the biggest size.  I printed the polka dot pattern from the digital papers I’ve been using for this party and cut out the two pieces.

Here’s what it looked like after I cut the two pieces.  It’s very simple to assemble:  fold on the scored lines and then add glue dots.   I like using glue dots more than glue because it’s instantly dry and you skip the mess.  The glue dots hold very well too and don’t ever come apart. 

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Here’s the finished polka dot purse.  Isn’t it cute?   You can put various party favors inside and it’s the perfect size for little hands to hold. 

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I put small plush Minnie’s inside the bags for the girls.    This is the same Minnie that I used on the ribbon wreath

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The boys got a small Mickey in their bags.  The polka dot bags were a little plain with just the polka dots on the outside.

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I added a scalloped circle and a big number “2” on the front of the purse.    The scalloped circles were left overs from the birthday banner.  I love that I was able to use them again here, it wasn’t planned and I was thrilled they were the right size.  I popped the “2” up with pop dots so that it has dimension.  I also put the Minnie Mouse water bottles inside the purses.   I love how the colorful patterns look next to the black and white polka dot and then the cute Minnie’s peeking out.  Which one is your favorite?  

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Here’s the favor sign that I made to go next to the bags. 

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If you’ve been following my posts this sign may look familiar from the Mickey Mouse party (seen below).   The best part about making digital signs is that you can reuse them over & over.  I already had the hearts and stripes paper printed, that are the two background pieces.  All I had to do was open the file up from the Mickey favor sign, change the yellow & red to pink & blue and then print.  It was so quick to be able to leverage this past sign!    I punched out a circle Minnie from the cupcake digital files that I also used on the Minnie mason jar drinks and added it to the sign.  Easy and quick!   

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Supplies:

  • Purse shape – 3d purse: part 1 and part 2 (silhouette store) by Lori Whitlock 
  • Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Pack – Lane + May Studio (Etsy)
  • Font – Luckiest Guy
  • Cardstock – Bazzil

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Here’s where you can see the Mickey Mouse Birthday Party where this sign was used. 

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This is the welcome sign I made for the front door of the Minnie Mouse Birthday party.  I printed & used the same digital paper seen in the birthday banner and other items.

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I cut out the letters with the silhouette and put them on large squares.  This is the same font used on the banner.  It’s a much smaller size here but still works because it’s a thick style.

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The round Minnie bow silhouettes are from the pattern paper in this digital set.  I punched them out with a small circle punch and then used it as the O’s.

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I made the paper bows with with the silhouette. This is my first time making a cute bow and I love that it’s 3d.  The bow pattern cuts three separate pieces.  It’s easy to assemble, just add some glue and it’s complete.  I also made a set of these bows for the party so that we can play “pin the bow on Minnie.”   I got the idea for the multi-panel rectangle Minnie party sign from the post Melissa did on Bless this Mess.   Thanks for the inspiration and great idea!    I made my sign large because I wanted the bows to be big.  They are 4 1/2 inches from edge to edge and the bottom panel is just about 12 inches wide.

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After the party you can hang the sign on your child’s door.  We’ve been enjoying seeing the colorful party sign on my daughters door.   She talks about the Minnie “Birthday Bow-Tique” every time she passes the party sign.

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Next I’ll share another paper project from the second birthday party.

Supplies:

 

DIY Minnie Subway Art

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For Gwen’s second Minnie birthday party I created a subway art print to celebrate.  I came across a cute Minnie mouse subway print on Etsy and craft-lifted the design to create this subway art piece (thanks for the awesome idea!).  For those of you that don’t want to DIY your print you can always buy one!   After the party you can hang it in a frame in your daughters room so you can enjoy for time to come.

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I have a huge stash of fonts (over 1,000) on my computer and love a project where I can mix & match fonts.  I spent a lot of time selecting the fonts.  Try one and then if it doesn’t work you can select another.  It’s a lot of fun!  I worked on it, took a break and then came back a few times to see it with fresh eyes.  I used the same digital paper you’ve seen in the banner and other pieces.  I used Photoshop essentials to create this print.    If you are looking to download some new fonts, here’s a link to my favorite fonts on Pinterest.

I layered two of the pattern pieces for the background (striped & dots).  When complete I added a piece of blue & black cardstock but the rest of the piece is just one piece of 12×12 white paper.  I incorporated the “bow-tique” theme into the subway art that was first used on the invite.   For the Minnie mouse silhouettes I took the shape from the cupcake topper, removed the words and added the letters on top.  Using the Minnie heads worked well because Gwen’s name has just four letters.

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My favorite font is used is “Cheri” with the cute hearts for the I’s and hearts inside of the O’s.

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This is a super fun project with so many possibilities.   Here’s a link to all the rest of the Minnie Mouse Birthday decorations.   Next up I’ll share more Minnie decorations!

Supplies:

  • Fonts – various
  • Minnie silhouette used for Gwen’s name– digital cupcake toppers from Lane + May Studio (Etsy)
  • Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Pack – Lane + May Studio (Etsy)

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Minnie Mason Jar Drinks

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These are the mason jar drinks that I made for the Minnie Mouse Birthday Party.   They are very easy to make and were a big hit with all the kids & adults.  We served strawberry lemonade in these jars.  The kids had 8 ounce jars and the adults had the larger 12 ounce jars.    The circle emblems are digital cupcake toppers that I got from the same shop as the pattern papers used in the banner.   I have something else planned for top of the birthday cupcakes so these cute circles are perfect to use on the front of the mason jar drinks. 

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I printed the pink & black chevron patterns on 12×12 paper then cut out circles with the silhouette.  I used a hole punch to in the metal lid to add an opening for the straw. I alternated the colors of the chevrons, straws and ribbons to have a mix of the pink/white with the black/white. 

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Here’s how they turned out when all assembled. 

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I made food signs for all the dishes served at the party  I’ll share the full set of food signs in a future post but here’s a sneak peek.  Used the same digital paper seen the banner as the background and cut out the small Minnie shape in the upper right corner with my super small circle punch. 

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Minnie is so cute doing her little dance.   This was a fun (and easy) project to make because I hadn’t done anything like this before.  Hope you get the chance to try making these DIY mason jar drinks for your next event!  The best part is they are reusable, I am planning to use them again next time! 

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Supplies:

  • Quilted Mason Jars – 12 oz. & 8 oz.
  • Paper Drinking Straws (Stylish Stix) – Queen & Co
  • Circle Shape – cut via the Silhouette
  • Font – Luckiest Guy (cut via the Silhouette), size 305pt – search via Bing to find it for download
  • Ribbon – Various pink & black from craft store
  • Hole Punch
  • Circles on front of glasses – digital cupcake toppers from Lane + May Studio (Etsy), Amy customized the colors adding blue to match the digital paper set.   Cut circles with 2 inch circle punch.  Used small glue Dots to adhere cupcake topper to glass.
  • Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Pack – Lane + May Studio (Etsy), printed pink and black chevron patterns onto bazzil cardstock

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Minnie Mouse Birthday Invite

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Today I’d like to show the invitation that I selected for Gwen’s second birthday party.  After seeing how cute Cooper’s Mickey Mouse birthday party was last year I knew I had to do Minnie for Gwen’s second.   I’ve been amazed with how popular the Mickey Mouse party posts are on the blog, I had no idea!  It was really fun to plan a Minnie Mouse party and I even tried a few new things I’ve never made before for this party.  I can’t wait to share it all with you.   A month before Gwen’s birthday I let her start watching a few of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse shows so that she’d get to see Minnie and get to know the characters.  It’s been a big hit and she adores Minnie Mouse.  She loved having a Minnie party and I can’t wait to share with you all the fun things that I created.

I found this photo invite on Etsy (ThinkBeautiful Megan Peeler’s shop) and personalized the colors & phrases for our party.  Gwen has started to love watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and after there are the cute Minnie Mouse Bow-Tique mini-episodes.  Gwen wears a lot of bows in her long hair and I thought it would be cute to have this party be Gwen’s “Birthday Bow-Tique.”

I wanted to do a double sided invite with a pattern & photos on the back.  Think Tiny Prints but this time I did it old school scrapbook style with 3 real (hard copy) photos added to the back side.  The invite is more substantial when mounted on the white cardstock and I wanted to share a few more of the photos so the back was a perfect opportunity.     I sat Gwen on a refinished hot pink bench a coworker gave me to take some photos for the invite.  I had taken a lot of photos but she wasn’t smiling in most of them.  Then her big brother came outside and she flashed the smile I was hoping to see.   I love the main photo.

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These were fairly easy to make and I am pleased with the finished invite.  Here’s how I put it all together.

It’s a 5×7 photo and then I mounted it on a 5.25×7.25 white piece of cardstock that has blue/white stripes printed on the back.  The stripes in this digital paper set were much thicker so I reduced the size so that they’d work on the back of the card.

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I took the Minnie silhouette from the cupcake toppers I purchased from the Etsy shop.  Then cut it out and made a full sheet of just the circle portion removing the blue heart background.  I made the circle 1.25 inches so that I could use my circle puncher to cut them out.

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We sometimes call Gwen “Gwennie” so I thought it would be cute to use “Gwennie Mouse” for the party.

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Supplies:

Photo Invite – Etsy shop ThinkBeautiful

Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Files – I’ll be using these to make many more things for this party (banner, drink signs, food signs, subway art and more!)

  • blue & white digital paper (Etsy – laneandmay)
  • Minnie Mouse silhouette taken from Cupcake Toppers (Etsy – laneandmay)

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  • EK Success Circle Punch 1.25

Chevron Elephant Baby Shower

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Over the last month I’ve shared all of the handmade items for the chevron elephant baby shower and today I’d like to share the photos from the beautiful day.  I’m excited to finally find a moment to get this post out because I’ve wanted to write it for the last month.  We had the shower in early April and then there have been two birthdays (mine and my son’s fish birthday party) in my family since.  We still have one more coming up (Minnie Mouse party) in just another month so I am a busy as a little (crafter) bee these days to get ready for the next party.  Baby Hope will be arriving very soon and so it’s time to share these photos with the exited mommy, daddy & big brother.

Here’s the shower invitation in a frame sitting on the desert table.  Having the invitation on display is a new thing for me and it adds a nice touch to the décor to have it on display.  We hung the circle garland banner above the dessert table & also along the large windows that overlook the water.  We made them in three different heights to fit the various spaces.

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We served coffee & tea in the reusable Starbucks cups with the handmade felt sleeves.  Guests took their cup & felt sleeve home to use again.

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Here’s the table of sweet delights.  I am really happy with how it turned out, I’ve never had such a fancy table arrangement and had fun taking all the photos.  I used a plastic table cloth from the party store, love how easy it was to make the table look polished and also very inexpensive.  Picked up the wooden stamps (spelling out HOPE) at Michael’s Craft store and thought they’d be perfect to put on display at the shower to announce the baby’s name.  I made the blue stand that the elephant is sitting on by gluing a vase & plate together and then spray painting it.  I’ll share some photos from that project later.  Having one serving piece that’s not white on the table makes the table look much more interesting.

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The mother requested that we serve her favorite sweet delights.  The doughnuts are from old fashioned with pink frosting & sprinkles, from Top Pot.  They are the best ever old fashioned.  The cupcakes are raspberry macaroon & vanilla as I gave a sneak peek of the treats in the cupcake topper post.  You can see the food tent signs, cupcake toppers and water bottle labels that I shared earlier.  I am happy with how the toppers look in the cupcakes, my favorite part was making the blue chevron pattern as the third one in the set.

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We hung the pennant flag welcome baby hope banner in front of the large windows along with the circle garland banner.

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We planned a few light & fun games and so these three chevron plush elephants were perfect for the prizes!    I love how the two-toned red one matches the chevron pattern exactly from the invite.    I found these on Etsy from Kelsey Bang.  They are good sized plush (at 7×5) and perfect to sit on a bookshelf or bed.  I am thinking about getting for my little girl too.

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Here are the recipients of the cute elephants.    The third one is the momma-to-be who can give the pink & white chevron elephant to baby Hope.  This is a great way for her to always remember this special shower.

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Here are the two shower games we played.  The Animal one was from Bump Smitten and the other was a cute one with moments from Tara’s childhood.

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Here are Michelle’s sweet handmade felt elephants.  I hung them from some branches with little wooden clothes pins.  Got this idea from Shawna who hung Owls from trees at my baby shower.

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Guests left notes with tips, wishes & advice for the expectant mother.  These notes can be put into a book with all the photos from the shower or even in the baby book.   I got the Wishing Tree idea from Elizabeth’s elephant shower that was featured on Hostess with the Mostess Blog.   Her yellow mod elephant shower was so cute and I loved all the details.   The baby game was also from this shower, she offers all of the paper pieces from her shower as a printable so you can recreate very easily.    I planned to hang the wishes from the tree too but it didn’t work because the branches on the tree weren’t as spread out as they would have needed to be.  Since the elephants were hanging from the tree it didn’t matter though.

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It was a beautiful baby shower to welcome the new baby girl.  I had such a great time making all the preparations & hosting with Michelle.

Cute little baby bump!

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All the extra cupcakes went home with guests in to-go cupcake boxes.   Yummy!!

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If you’d like to see how I made the things seen at the shower you can see the rest of the posts here.    Welcome Baby Hope!!