One of my dearest pals, Erin, from Carosello recently had a precious baby boy. Since she moved away from Tulsa last year, we didn’t get a chance to see her before Emerson was born, so rather than a shower in anticipation of her little fellow, we put together a handmade baby shower as a welcome to world party for him.
You know how I love to throw a party, and I wanted to share a few snippets of my party preparations here on the blog. I was on a really tight budget for this party, so I used a lot of things that I already had around. Sourcing from my home and shops is always a big plus when I’m trying not to spend too much. Also, the husband and I spent the morning of the party driving around Tulsa foraging for flowers, which was one of the most fun things I’ve done in a long time. I’m pretty sure this is going to be a new weekend habit.
A few days before the shower, I started gathering some styling props and making a few little decor items. First step was obviously to make some Fringey Streamer Garland from Jordan’s tutorial out of some sheets of crepe paper that I had around the studio. I also cut some felt letters to make a sweet little Emerson banner that Erin could keep. I just glued the letters onto a colorful piece of leather. Easy-peasy and hung over a gold foil fringe backdrop that I snagged on Amazon.
I wanted handmade favors and browsed Pinterest forever, but settled on making something that I carry in the shop. Pocket mirrors! I made these black, white, and gold, to match the theme of the party. I actually cut the black and white geometric prints out of a book of old knitting patterns and then hand drew the gold hearts on them. I wrapped them up in tissue paper and attached nametags with baker’s twine.
To style the table, I layered tea towels, crepe paper, florals, and treats on the tables. The black and white polka dot pieces were pieces of the gift boxes from AltSummit that I chopped up because they were pretty. See, hoarding lovely things pays off!
I brought over all of my succulents from the shop to add to the summer feel of the party and put some pretty candies in mason jars for everyone to snack on. Since it was a mid-afternoon party, I kept the food simple; a lemoncello cake, berries, and sparkling lemonade. I’ll share my ridiculously easy “recipe” below. I also always like to have a pitcher with ice water and this time I added some berries for a little flavor and because they’re just so pretty.
Here’s the recipe for the Quick Afternoon Punch that I made, as well as a quick list of what to gather, what to make, and what to purchase for you to use as a starting point for planning an easy afternoon shower or gathering. Click through for the free Afternoon Party download.
I wish I had photos of everyone at the party, but I always get sidetracked and forget about that part. I promise, we had fun. Enjoy your parties!
Last Friday, we hosted our 5th Tulsa Etsy Craft Party at my little handmade shop. Here are a few shots from our previous parties. What a sweet community of makers we have here in Tulsa.
The 2014 Etsy Craft Party theme was “Recapture: Bring new meaning to your photographs”, so we incorporated photographs into each of the projects. We embroidered on photos, made photo coaster tiles, pinback buttons with photos, and a stamped photo stand.
My mom picked up these antique cardboard frames at an estate sale earlier in the week and we thought they’d make really fun favors for the party. Some of them had handwriting from the owner, listing names and years, and although these were from the estate of someone else, the penmanship looked identical to my own grandma’s letters and notes, which made them special to me. Hopefully they will be for their new owners as well.
I can’t have a party anymore without fresh flowers, so I put some at each project station and gave them away as some of the door prizes at the end of the night.
We had a spot for everyone to drop off business cards to and also created a “let’s be friends” board, where each attendee could list their name, email address, website, and links to all social media. We’re compiling the list and sending it out to everyone this week so everyone can go fan/friend/like/rss and connect with the other attendees.
I’m pretty obsessed with this easy photo stand project and will post a DIY tutorial soon, although it’s easy enough that you barely even need instruction. I made a few, some with initials of people I like as little gifts, and a few for the shop that spell out MADE. I think I might make some more of these to use as signs around the shop or at craft show booths. I adore the #mydadisrad one that a creative lady came up with at the party.
I’m not gonna lie, it was a *rough* day. My little shop got robbed that afternoon and rather than all those last minute party prep things, I was dealing with trying to recover our stolen money and police. That’s a post for another day though… The party went really well and it’s always inspiring to meet new makers! We had lots of lovely ladies join us at the party and we gave out lots of fun prizes from the shop. I want to give a public thank you to Holly from Hollyrocks and Briana from Bifftastica for helping lead the projects and for always being so supportive of these crafty events.
We’ve had lots of requests for more craft parties and we are working on plans for another one soon for those crafty Tulsa folk. What kind of projects would interest you?
I’ve been busily working away in my studio for the past couple of days and things are progressing nicely. So many things were just tossed in there during the busy winter months and I’m finally clearing out all of the non art/craft related things and making a space where I can actually get some work done. My Christmas gifts from my lovely husband were mostly related to studio organization, so soon I’ll be hanging my pegboards and getting the rest of things where they belong in the coming days.
In other news, I’ll be organizing Tulsa’s Swap O Rama Rama. It will take place on March 21st at the Collective. More details to come soon.. I leave you with a photo from the Swap-O-Rama-Rama that Tara and I participated in last spring in OKC.