Recently, hubby Henry and I held a ballerina-themed baby shower for baby Evangeline, who will be here very soon! Two years ago, we held an airplane-themed baby shower for our son, Henry, Jr. I’ll post about that baby shower at a later date, but for now, let’s focus on the little princess who’s about to grace us with her presence.
We held the party in March of this year… And then we had another one in April… In Ecuador! We hosted the first baby shower and my in-laws hosted the second. We recycled many of the decorations from the first party.
Here are the invites I made for the Ecuador baby shower using the tutu concept found on Pinterest (my new best-friend!).
So back to DIY-ing, something I love to do. So first, I made the banner. Using my trusty Cricut Expresion machine, I cut out the scalloped-edged rectangles for the banner. I also cut out the letters and then went to work adhering one over the other. I hole-punched the tops of each banner rectangle and then added pink string. Next came the little tutus. These were so much fun to make! I found a video on YouTube that shows you how to make ballerina tutus out of string, tulle, and nothing more! No glue, no tape, no sewing! Easy Peasy! I used this same concept on the table skirt for the party, but that’s later on.
So for the mini-tutus, I tied pink string around a little plant stand that had four legs. Then I went to work alternating three different tulle colors around the string. I used pink, white, and gray, the party colors. Intertwining each piece of tulle on the string was super easy. Before I knew it, I had my four ballerina tutus done. Using miniature clothes pins, I adhered each tutu onto the banner string and voila! My banner was done!
Here’s another view of the banner, with me!
The Tutu Table Skirt
The tutu table skirt was THE most time-consuming project I’ve ever done! And back-breaking too! Mostly because I had to bend over a bit to intertwine each piece of tulle onto the string. Using the same technique found on the YouTube video, I began the arduous task of making the tulle skirt for the cake table. I ended up using almost 300 yards of white, gray, and pink tulle. Good thing I ordered the gray (the description said silver but it looked more grayish) and “shocking” pink tulle (I had a bit of light pink left over from a previous project, but I went ahead and bought the shocking pink. Good thing I did!).
I bought all my three tulle colors including seven others from this place I had heard of online called The Tulle Shop. The tulle was cheaper than Amazon and prior to shipping charges, each roll of 6-inch wide tulle at 100 yards came out to about $1.80. With shipping, each roll came out to about $3.00. Still much cheaper than Amazon’s $6.00 price tag.
As I worked on the tulle skirt, I wondered how in the world it was going to stay up. The ribbon I used as a base was kept on with tape but it kept coming off (baby Henry was the culprit on that one!). Luckily, the girl that made the YouTube video on the tulle table skirt, also made a Part 2 that tells you how to get the tulle skirt to stay on. A hot glue gun! I applied hot glue on small sections of the plastic tablecloth and then went about holding the skirt to the glue until it dried. It worked like magic and until this day, the skirt has not fallen off!
For the souvenirs/ party favors I bought two sets of pink baby bottles from Oriental Trading and then filled them up with little pink chocolates from Party City. Using some white lace and two different types of pink beading, I decorated the baby bottles, added a tag and ribbon and presto! Souvenirs were done! I did the same for the souvenirs in Ecuador except they didn’t have just pink candies, they were assorted colors. But they came out just as cute as my U.S. favors!
So in addition to all these decorations, I also made some baby bottle garland and some scalloped heart-shaped garland in pink, white and gray but I did not take pictures of these decorations so I can’t show them to you, but they came out cute as well. What I can show you are some more pictures of both parties! Nevermind! I just found pictures of the other decorations!
The U.S. Party
The Ecuador Party!