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We focused on their “A Star Is Born” theme. You will notice that this theme focuses on Hollywood, red carpets, sunglasses, boas. My ideas continued from there. I wanted to mimic many of these items in other areas of the party. As the guests arrived inside the house, I wanted to have something different grab their eye. I purchased black letters and hung them on the wall. (My husband was thrilled that I added more nail holes into the wall!) I added a bright yellow star onto one of the letters as well. I like to bring in subtle detail into as many areas as I can. In the end, it is all these little touches that pull together the entire look and feel of a party. The letters were hung beneath an open window ledge that I decorated. In the window ledge, I had 2 handmade centerpieces, a large, full black feather boa, the invitation and a pair of sunglasses. I loved the idea of displaying the invitation at the party itself. I actually stuck 2 invitations together so that set up was complete from either side of the window. Take a look here for more info: http://blog.candlesandfavors.com/122191794
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What People Ate
Let’s face it, when it comes to party, everyone loves the food and treats! For this party, I wanted to have bit size foods. You could peruse your local grocery store for tasty appetizers, hand make them or a combination of both. I provided mini turkey burgers on Hawaiian rolls, Spring Rolls, Mushroom Caps, pineapple chunks, parmesan pups, star shaped crackers (I randomly found them at the store one day!) with a garlic, cheese spread & pastry puffs. To add additional height to my table, I used my stackable dishes to raise some of the appetizers and place others directly on the table. I made little tags to label each food out of scrapbook paper that mimicked the theme. I also used my scrapbook star punch to make a bunch of little star shaped confetti in the same goldenrod yellow that I used throughout the party. I used black table cloths on the tables as well as behind the Oscar statue’s
What People Drank
For drinks I found a non- alcoholic margarita recipe and named it a “Mamarita”. I served apple cider as well. In addition to non-alcoholic drinks, you could add the spiked version for all the non pregnant guests! For the Mamarita, I used a strawberry recipe so that the drink would be red and match the color scheme. I bought a fine red colored sugar to dip the rims of the glasses in. At the last minute, I also added a yellow lemon wedge to bring in some yellow coloring. Another way I chose to incorporate the Candles & Favors themes was by using the water bottle tags. I set the drink table up on the opposite side of the open window so that the feather boa set up could serve as decoration above the table on this side of the window as well. I added a small clapboard for an additional touch.
For dessert, I decided on cupcakes. I used the cupcake wrappers that match the theme for these. I made gold stars out of gumpaste to place on top of each individual cupcake. In order to complete the cupcakes, I knew that I would need black frosting. (Brown wouldn’t match and would send me over the edge! Plus, the black frosting dyes your guests teeth as an added prank!) Keep in mind when frosting cupcakes, using a piping bag and tip can alter the appearance of a cupcake and make them look even better! Another option I had considered was doing a star shaped cake but I am really happy with how these treats turned out.
Activities / Games
Of course, no baby shower is complete without GAMES! Candles & Favors did an incredible job of creating stationary for me with the games printed on them. So CUTE! I came up with three games for the guests to play. The first one was titled, “What’s In A Name?” I listed the names of celebrities on one side and on the opposite side the crazy names they had come up with for their child. The idea was to match the celeb to the unique baby name. The second game was “Movie Title Mix-Up.” I thought of movie titles with the word baby or movies about babies and then I scrambled their titles. The last game was “Lights, Camera, Action.” This is where the guests wrote their guess for the baby’s arrival, weight, length, gender. I purchased a few award trophies for the winners.
I used boxes from Candles & Favors and the party favor was hand sanitizer. The other favor was handmade cookies. I purchased a movie camera shaped cookie cutter and frosted the cookies with black royal icing. I made a separate mini star cookie and attached it on top of the camera cookie after I had frosted it yellow. I had recently discovered the stack cookie concept and really loved how it turned out! I added a tag that read, “Thank you for celebrating our little star!”