girly chalkboard baby shower

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

I successfully threw another surprise baby shower last weekend! This time it was for my sister in law, Anna. She’s due with her second baby, a girl, in the middle of March. She is PSYCHED to have a girl after having a boy for her first child and having many boys in her family. So I knew I had to go pink for her shower. I mixed in some gold accents and chalkboard printables which I loved the look of! It took some finagling between me and my brother to get her to our house, but it worked out and she was so shocked! Her mom had come down from Oregon and didn’t let on! Her Grandma was able to come down too and they loved surprising her-it was so fun!

Ok, on with the show!

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

I decorated our gift central/kitchen table (leaves removed and sides folded down-so handy!) with some tassels, mini carnations in some awesome bubble glass vases/cups and some printable in frames I already had in my house.

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

I found some cute girly quotes and made up a few printables-which I have for you to download FREE here.

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

This one’s my favorite. It reminds me of all my girls-but especially Charlotte.

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

 awwww…

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

I kept the desserts simple since it was a small party-about 12 of us I think?

I hung up a ruffled shower curtain (affiliate link) for the backdrop and layered a white tablecloth (affiliate link) and gold fabric over my buffet table.

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

I made some delish raspberry swirl cupcakes (my second time making them already!) from the One Sweet Cupcake recipe book. (affiliate link) Which my sister Joanna edited-woot woot! shout out-she’s a big time book editor ya’ll! well, for a few more months until she has her baby.

(planning her baby shower already…. lol! I bribed her to come out to Cali for a visit with a baby shower)

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

I also made some strawberry swirl fudge…which…you can’t see the swirl part of. You’ll just have to trust me guys. FRUIT because some peoples are healthy.

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

Made up a matching banner (also available to download for FREE!!) yay! Just cut them out-then I used some gold washi tape to tape them to some white yarn.

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

and MORE downloads-some favor bag toppers! I made some super cute and easy bow shaped sugar cookies and packaged them up in cellophane bags (affiliate link) for favors.

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

For our party activity, I created a table with tons of bows, flowers, felt, ribbon, buttons, clips, elastic ETC for some baby bow making! grey chalkboard found here (affiliate link)

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

Most of the materials came from my fabulous sponsor, The Ribbon Retreat! They outfitted me with bows, ribbon, flowers, headbands, elastic-you name it they had it for bow making.

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

I had a few glue guns warmed up and we went crazy! You can see some of the finished headbands etc in the gold basket below-cute huh?

I also had my Go baby cutter (affiliate link) out and some instructions for my felt flowers printed out.

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

I made these “handmade for you by:” cards for people to clip their clips to-just made two slits in the middle. I didn’t think about tags for the headbands but we got creative and tied or clipped the cards to them.

And of course-I have those for you to download in a few color ways here!

I found a fun game to play where you write down baby (girl or boy) names for each letter of the alphabet. I was just going to have it be a race and whoever got the most won, but my friend Cassy suggested we filled in the names, untimed, and then called out our names and if we had the same name as another person, we both  crossed it off-and the one with the most names won! It was really fun and gave Anna some ideas for names as well!

FREE printable for that game-BOY and GIRL versions, here!

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

A few more pieces of decor-I made this chalkboard art with a fun definition of girl on it. The font I used is CURLZ and this method works the best for me!

Rory and my dad noted that it was missing a few definitions like “you never know what they really mean” and  “wee bit crazy”.

thanks, guys.

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

My mom brought over the blessing gown that she made for her granddaughters to use if they choose and it made the perfect display item for over the fireplace. All of my girls have worn it and my mom embroiders their names on the lining after their wear it. She made it from her wedding dress…..!

Anyways there you have it! We all had a great time I think, especially surprising Anna! I love giving (and getting for that matter) a good surprise!!

Comments

  1. Gorgeous Jess:) I think you could earn a living preparing gorgeous parties for people!!!

  2. What a beautiful baby shower! Your sister in law is a very lucky lady :)

  3. Wow! The story of the blessing gown is so emotive, I love all the details about it! And the shower itself, gorgeous! You sure know how to make a party!

  4. What a beautiful shower! It looks great, just like all the parties you throw. The bow station is such a cute idea!

    The blessing gown is amazing, such a wonderful heirloom.

  5. Absolutely beautiful Jess! It seems like awhile since I have seen a party from you. (And yes I see every post! :) It must have been fun to step away from the machine for a bit and be creative in other ways. The ribbon cookies are perfection and I love your use of chalkboard throughout. Perfection as usual!

  6. oh i love the theme! you did an awesome job, as usual. :)

  7. This is the cutest thing I have EVER seen. Can I move in next door to you and be your neighbor?! (okay, maybe that sounded weird…too much?!)

  8. thats so beautiful!! What fantastic ideas! I bet everyone had loads of fun! It all looks so great. I LOVE the name on the lining idea!
    Jessica

  9. So I’m in the midst of planning a baby girl shower (first party I’ve ever thrown!) for my sister-in-law… I have 90% of the decorations done/bought and now I wish I could change EVERYTHING. I love this! The chalkboard theme is darling, and I love the make-a-bow station.
    The baby gown…. love it. Love that each grandbaby can use it, and that their names get embroidered inside. =)

  10. No way, you have multiple glue guns that you warm up for parties?!!! You are so hilariously crafty and awesome! LOVE it.

  11. Lovely attention to detail! The bow station is such a sweet idea!

  12. I threw a gender-uknown-bee-themed shower this weekend and used your banner, well, just the “sweet baby” part. It was lovely and so perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Jennifer O. says:

    This is adorable! I love how it’s pink and girly but not TOO PINK. Maybe the chalkboard helps calm it down. And the bow making station is a great idea.

  14. You are the best! Love it all!

  15. I love this! Do you have the thank you bag tags in blue? I’m throwing a baby boy shower and thought those would be perfect t o go on favors. I’m using your baby boy name game too! Thanks!

  16. Stephanie says:

    I would LOVE to do this for my sisters upcoming sprinkle shower. How many bows did you have? Not sure how many to get! Any help would be appreciated :)

    • I think I grabbed 20-30 bows or flowers, and then I had felt to make some too.

      • Stephanie says:

        Thank you so much for replying Jess!!!! Last question! sorry hahaha Did you precut your elastic? Or did you put the baby head measurements out?

        • I think I put a chart out with measurements for different ages-I found it by googling baby headband elastic lengths or something like that! :)

  17. Cynthia says:

    Hi Jess:

    I downloaded the thank you tags and the pink on them prints out beige. It seems as though it is a default setting of some sort. The Baby name game prints out the pink. Also, the chalkboard sayings download prints the saying with the heart in beige instead of pink as well. Let me know if it is a setting.

    Thanks so much!

    • It’s a computer screen/printer thing….they can look different from printer to printer. I should learn how to calibrate it or something! Sorry!

  18. Anna lance says:

    It was such a wonderful shower! I was so surprised and thrilled! I loved all the beautiful decorations and yummy treats. It was a wonderful memory I’ll always cherish.

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