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A Magenta and Gold Baby Sprinkle

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently had the pleasure of planning a good friend’s baby shower. This is Amy’s second child, so technically this is a baby sprinkle. I teamed up with Christina of the Crooked Twig, and we had a blast feeding off each other’s creativity. I focused on food and decorations, while Christina did invites, graphic design, and activities. We both did a little bit of everything though. Christina pitched in with decor and food, and I added some input on activities. It was a great collaboration.

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

The first decision that we made was color. Christina suggested magenta since powder pink is WAY overused for baby girls. Magenta would be an exciting twist while still looking girly. I suggested gold since everything goes with gold, and honestly, I’m just obsessed with it. And thus became our magenta and gold color scheme. We accented these colors with touches of coral and ivory. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I always use secondary accent colors. I just think they make for a more sophisticated color scheme.

For decorations, in many of my past events, I would use tissue paper pom poms as the main decorative element. Well I got tired of making them and I wanted to try something new this time. I decided to do a balloon garland with streamer tendrils hanging off of it. It feels really fresh to me and those clean circles of color look so bold and fun. Not to mention it was just way easier to put together than those pom poms. We were also lucky that Amy has such a beautifully designed kitchen. The clean whites with marble (actually quartz) made a perfect backdrop for these bright colors.

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - Balloon Garland - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

Forked flags as banners and cake toppers were incorporated throughout as well.

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

After cutting the forked ends out of the little flags, I had all these little triangles of scrap paper left over. It made for some really awesome confetti!

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

Also, this was my first attempt at making butter cream from scratch. I tried to keep it less sugary and added rose water for a light floral flavor. I was actually shocked that it was successful since I pretty much never bake. Gold foil paper cup cake cups add to the color scheme.

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

The floral arrangements were DIYed from inexpensive bodega flowers.

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

I just love it when food matches the decor at events like these. I tried my best to pick out foods that would match, but magenta doesn’t really happen naturally all that often. I made a beet salad and purple cabbage coleslaw, but all the fruit and berries ended up looking more red.

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

Christina made these AMAZING Vietnamese pork meat balls and I have to remember to bug her for the recipe sometime.

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

Our drink station had the party favors that I talked about in my last post. We made mocktails that could be spiked with champagne (and that match the colors scheme!) My only complaint is that the paper straws started to disintegrate in the liquid after using them for a little while. I really wish they made wax coated or plastic straws that were as cute.

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

We also tried to insert a “sprinkle” theme into the party. We had a rain cloud guest book which was framed at the end of the night. We also made a pom pom rain cloud that decorated the area where the guests dropped off their gifts. It wasn’t intentional, but looking back, the balloon garland with the hanging streamers almost look raincloud-esque too! As our “head of graphic design and party identity,” Christina made all of the signage that you see in the photos below (including the design for the Kidecals stickers on the party favor jars). Its no wonder she has her own paper goods shop! PS, aren’t Christina’s diaper babies the most adorable things you’ve ever seen?

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

And what would a shower be without shower games?

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - Measure mommy's belly game - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

My favorite activity was the bib and hat decorating station. Christina taught us all a great cheater method for “screen printing.” If you cut a shape into freezer paper, you can iron it onto the fabric (shiny side down) and use it as a stencil! Just apply screen printing ink then peel off the stencil.

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - Bib decorating station - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - Bib decorating station - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

A Magenta and Gold Baby Shower - Bib decorating station - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

Fun was had by all! I’m very proud of how well this baby sprinkle came together =)

Sneak Peek: Amy’s Baby Sprinkle Party Favors! >>Sponsored Post<<

About a week and a half ago, I had the honor of planning my good friend Amy’s baby shower. I’ll post more details in my next post along with lots of fun photos.

But for now, I want to give a shout out to kidecals.com who generously provided us with these great waterproof labels for our sippy jar party favors! Kidecals has a great selection of durable, waterproof labels that are washing machine and dishwasher safe! They even have chalk board stickers for your kitchen accessories. There are tons of designs to choose from and many can be personalized. I’m not a mom, but I can imagine this being a great resource for any mother who would want to keep track of her kid’s things (clothing, toys, lunch box)

DIY Ball Jar Party Favors with Daisy Lids! Great for serving drinks while entertaining - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

Dishwasher safe stickers by Kidecals - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

DIY Ball Jar Party Favors! Great for serving drinks while entertaining - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

The stickers were applied to the sides of 12oz quilted ball jars which make perfect drinking glasses. We also bought these nifty daisy cut jar lids as paper straw holders. The lids fit any standards sized jar opening.

DIY Ball Jar Party Favors with Daisy Lids! Great for serving drinks while entertaining - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

It was a great, inexpensive party favor, and classed up the whole event since we didn’t have to use paper cups for drinks. They were a big hit with all the guests! I happily took mine home and still use it as a drinking glass. I just love the retro look of the quilted jar too.

DIY Ball Jar Party Favors with Daisy Lids! Great for serving drinks while entertaining - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

DIY Ball Jar Party Favors with Daisy Lids! Great for serving drinks while entertaining - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

Another big thanks to Kidecals! Those stickers were just the finishing touch we needed!

 

 

New Item at the Etsy Shop!

I made a batch of wedding ties recently and decided to make a few extra for the cherbertshop on etsy (and one for Joe too.) Check it out here!

New Item at the Etsy Shop! - >> joeandcheryl.com <<

And stay tuned, I’ll be talking about those wedding ties along with a tutorial for a DIY kid’s bow tie very soon.