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To say I was excited to enter the Tomkat Challenge http://www.thetomkatstudio.com/owlbabyshower/ would be an understatement, since I’ve always loved all things Tomkat when I came across their website about 3 years ago. Choosing the printable package I wanted to showcase for this challenge was the hard part, so many gorgeous designs to choose from, but I finally chose the “Owl design package” as I love the versatility of this design. I asked one of the designers to custom change the colour for me to yellow and aqua with a touch of grey as I wanted to create a gender neutral baby shower that was both bright, funky and unique.
I loved how this design turned out and incorporated the gorgeous colours and owl motif throughout the baby shower design process, without going overboard.
The Baby shower invites were encased in plain white CD boxes that I found in the Dollar shop for 50 cents each, which I jazzed up with some paper doilies and bright yellow ribbon. If you have to send yours via the post think about making or buying some hessian fabric pouches/pockets to slip your invites in to, this creates a bit of intrigue for the recipient.
To keep my budget in line I decided to make most of the dessert treats myself as well as buying most of my props and furniture 2nd hand from Op shops and Ebay giving some items a lick of paint to tie in with my theme. The main dessert buffet table had treats such as mini choc nests (mini cheesecake in a handmade choc nest and topped with sugar eggs), passionfruit and vanilla macarons, Oreo and lemon pops and Peach and banana smoothie. For the cupcakes instead of using the Tomkat cupcake topper design as a cardstock topper I opted to have the Tomkat design printed on edible wafer paper and made some fondant toppers for the cupcakes instead. I also opted to have the owl shaped gingerbread cookies displayed separately in mini aqua birdcages hanging from a white decoupaged birch tree instead of just placing them on plates. The owl cookies was a real hit amongst the guests and provided a focal point on the favours table. Each adult guest took home some handmade Robins egg soaps (Shea Butter Soap) in an egg carton instead of the customary sweet favour treat while the children took home some homemade owl shaped cookies.
For the adults handmade egg shaped soaps in an egg crate. For the children Owll cookies.
What People Ate
The main dessert buffet table had treats such as mini choc nests (mini cheesecake in a handmade choc nest and topped with sugar eggs), passionfruit and vanilla macarons, Oreo and lemon pops.
What People Drank
Peach and banana smoothie.