Style tips for your baby shower…cute prizes that do double duty

I personally do not believe games are a must for baby showers, however I know a lot of people love them, and a lot of mums-to-be request some form of a game at their event.  Games can also help to relax the mood where you have a number of people who do not know each other.  Here at catherine and grace we think a quick game is a good game as they retain the interest of everyone (even those corporate types, of which I was one in a previous life(!), who have never been to a baby shower before).
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Make it a little more exciting with little prizes for the winners (or losers) of each game.  It is inevitable that you will have people at your shower with young children and people with grown-up children or no children at all.  Catering to everyone can be difficult, however it is important to make everyone feel equally part of the fun.  For prizes for baby shower games, we like to use items predominately used by parents, and attach a little tag explaining how they are actually super useful for those single in the city as well (or anything in between).
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Baby shower prizes
The prizes used for a recent baby shower we styled were:
Baby powder
For baby: an essential during nappy changes.
For babes: a great substitute when your dry shampoo runs out just as you are leaving for a hot date!
Baby oil
For baby: keeps your little one’s skin silky smooth.
For babes: You too can have silky smooth skin (perhaps with a massage as well)…why let the babies have all the fun
Little people’s socks
For baby: to keep those little toes warm
For babes: a brilliant iPhone or iPod protector
Let me know any other baby items for which there is a great “grown-up” person use!
xx catherine and grace

 

Tips for your baby shower…name those guests!

Name tags are a great idea for baby showers or any other event where guests may not know each other.  It also prevents awkward missteps when people have met only a few times.  However, there is the age-old dilemma of how to attach those name tags without creating a pin hole on your favourite day dress – something I loathe!
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We used a strip of Hollywood Tape, essentially a fabric friendly double-sided sticky tape, and attached one side of the tape to the back of the tag (step one).  Each guest peeled off the protective strip from the back of their name tag which was covering the other sticky side of the tape (step two), to reveal the sticky tape which then meant the name tag could be placed directly on the guests clothes (step three).  As Hollywood Tape is designed to go on clothes without ruining them it will be safe for all but the most delicate of fabrics.  Hollywood Tape is available at their online store and many other retailers, including Myer.
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If using Hollywood Tape to affix guests’ name tags, I recommend:
  • keeping a small decorative pail or vase to act as a bin to collect the peeled off protective backing from the sticky strip; and
  • having spare strips of Hollywood Tape on hand incase name tags fall off.
xx catherine and grace
The details:
* Double sided tape – Hollywood Tape , available at their online store and many other retailers, including Myer.

 

Style tips for your wedding…a common thread

Using the one coloured ribbon across various facets of your styling can bring the theme together and ensure the day is cohesive from the first moment the guests spy the bridesmaids, until the final farewell.  We used a silk grosgrain ribbon in various widths on the Order of Service booklets, menu cards/place cards, favours, lolly bar, buckets of flat footwear, cake and the cake knife.  The bride wore a custom belt made with a thick style of the ribbon and one of her bridesmaids used a slightly thinner version for a relaxed bow style tie above her pregnant belly.  The florist also used the ribbon to secure the bouquets, corsages and buttonholes.  We even tied a beautiful bow on the bride’s parents’ gorgeous lab, Elli!
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Using a muted tone for the central theme ribbon enabled it to be used all over the wedding without overwhelming the guests with a saturation of colour.   If you want to start the theme even earlier, you could use the same ribbon on your save the date cards, invites and any other pre-wedding stationery the guests will receive (instructions, maps, registry information).
xx catherine and grace
The details:
* Order of Service covers, menu cards, dance floor sign (as well as invites, envelopes & RSVP cards) – Papier D’Amour
* Order of Service inserts, seating plan,  lolly bar  &photo table signage, and the favour tags – catherine and grace
* All ribbon – silk grosgrain – Papier D’Amour
* Favours (for girls only) – small stones handbag holders, Wedding Bling
* Acrylic frames (for table numbers and various signage) – Wedding Bling
* Lolly jars – various.  Similar styles available from Domayne
* Flowers & all vases – Floreat Floral
* Round mirrors & tealights on tables – provided by The Deckhouse
* Cake – Faye Cahill
* Thongs (flip-flops) – Target
* Plastic thong buckets – Howards Storage World
* Purple feather bolero – Lisa Ho

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