Construction Baby Shower

My lovely little sister was pregnant with her 3rd baby, and she didn’t find out what she was having.  I’m a planner, so I think she did it just to annoy me.  (You know how sisters can be.  ha ha)

She and her hubby already had 2 beautiful daughters, and when I say beautiful, I mean BEAUTIFUL, not to mention smart and fun.  So, having another daughter would have been wonderful.  But, they kinda wanted a boy, and SURPRISE!  That’s what they got!  :)

My brother-in-law is a diesel mechanic and they decided that they liked that name… Diesel!  I *love* it!  It’s unique and so masculine.  I don’t think it would work with every occupation.  For instance, my husband is a chemical engineer, and I don’t think that would fly.  Nor would photographer or blogger.  Oooooh… unless I named a little boy Canon.  Now that’s kinda cool.  But, I’m not pregnant, nor do I plan to be, so I digress.

We planned to go up to see the new addition after my daughter got out of school for the summer, which luckily was right after he was scheduled to arrive.  Not knowing at the time whether he was a boy, we decided to go with our gut and we started planning a shower.  (If little baby Diesel would have been a girl, they didn’t want a shower because it was their 3rd and they already had everything girly that they would need).  We decided on a caterpillar theme, but not like a cute little green caterpillar.  We went with a CATERPILLAR shower, as in CAT tractors and big trucks, etc.  I know black and bright yellow aren’t the typical baby shower colors, but it worked for this theme, and turned out pretty cute!  *  construction baby shower * construction baby shower

I used my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo to make the “Diesel” banner and the “re-fuel here” signs.  I also used it to make some vinyl trucks to decorate the walls.  But, my favorite part was the onesie decorating station.  I bought a bunch of white onesies in various sizes, and then I cut out various designs on heat transfer vinyl.  Each design was cut out and put at the onesie decorating station with an iron.  Each attendee got to choose their favorite design and iron it on to the front and/or the back of the onesie.  (I made special “CAUTION” ones for the butt.  ha ha!)  *  baby shower iron-on onesie station using Silhouette Cameo * baby shower iron-on onesie station using Silhouette Cameo



Baby Shower

Don’t you just love babies?  I know I do.  That’s why I was so excited when I found out a friend of mine was having a sweet baby boy, just 6 months after the arrival of my bundle of joy.  Now, this particular friend and her husband and my husband and I (along with one other couple) have season tickets to the Texans.  (Since we’re big fans, just don’t mention to me if you’re thinking to yourself “what are the Texans?”)

{Okay, okay.  If you’re not a fan, I guess I should tell you that they are Houston’s NFL football team.}

We’ve known this particular couple for years. (No need to know exactly how many… but suffice it to say that we’ve known them since before my daughter was born and she’s 8.)  No, that can’t be right. Crap.  It is right.  Man am I getting old.  Anyhoo… we all get together early on Sunday mornings in the fall for worship at a little place called the Reliant Center.  Yes, we are truly big fans.  My friend even decided to do her baby boy’s room in a Texans theme.  (It is super cute, btw!)  So, the shower theme came to us pretty easily.  HA!

Unfortunately, while there is a lot of NFL merchandise out there, there really isn’t a line of baby shower products.  (Hey NFL peeps… I think you’re missing out in this area, because I’ve talked to numerous other ladies who have also done showers with an NFL theme.)  You can find paper plates and party supplies, but while they are great for a superbowl party, we were trying to keep the shower from getting too cheesy, and keeping it tasteful for us girly girls.

So, we chose the team colors (red, blue and white) for the color scheme.  But, to simplify it a bit, I chose to go mostly navy and white with hints of red.  (I considered going red and white with hints of navy, but I had recently done my own baby’s room and happened to have some navy and white polka dot fabric left over.  So, that made that decision easy.  Showers can really add up, so any time you can use what you have, go for it! * Houston Texans Baby Shower

I had made a trip to Goodwill to donate some household items, and then stopped into the store. I was excited to find a good selection of glass punch bowls and cups. I found one set that had just the cups and no bowl, but it had 16 (yes, sixteen!) cups. Score! (Ha ha… had to say that since we’ve been talking football.) Anyway, I have a punch server that I had gotten at a Southern Living / Willow House party years ago, so all I needed was the cups. I was excited because I felt like the glass cups added a little class to a shower that could have easily gone cheesy in a heartbeat.

I created the “poofs” hung above the table after seeing inspiration on pinterest.  (Gosh I ♥ pinterest!!!)

I ordered customized M&M’s with the Houston Texans logo and in the team colors.  They can be a bit expensive, especially with shipping, so I just used them in small containers to try to stretch them.  But they were super cute!  Who knew they had M&Ms for sports teams?

I found the arrow chalkboard yard sign at a little boutique and I love it.  I use it all the time… for holidays in the pot up by our front door, or any time we have a get-together so people know where the party’s at.  Don’t look too closely at my “artwork” on there.  Hey… I tried.  hee hee

I created my own invitations, address labels and shower games using various digital scrapbooking supplies I found online or created myself.  I’ll try to do some tutorials for you soon, for those of you new to photoshop.  ;-)