Friday, October 16, 2009

Birdies and Babies

Attic Gal Rachelle says:
On Wednesday I threw a surprise baby shower for my friend Shea and her sweet new baby.  The theme was birdies, and it was so fun to do.

This was the first time I didn't hand stamp all my invitations thanks to my brand new My Digital Studio software from Stampin' Up!  I had just received it in the mail when it was time to do the invitations, so I thought I'd give it a try.  HOW FUN!  It was really, really easy to use - very intuitive!  I sat down and created this invite in only about an hour my first time using the program.  It is so fun because it comes pre-loaded with tons of SU! artwork and exclusive colors.  Super fun!  I was in luck because I took photos of Shea's baby a little while ago, so I already had his pictures to put on the invitations.  I just emailed the invitations to everyone, and printed out and sent a few to people that I didn't have email addresses for.  (Sorry, I am pretty excited about my new program, as you can see!)

Since it is finally fall here in the desert I decided to chance it and have the shower outside.  It was a bit warm, but we managed.  For a table cover I used a fun quilt top I found at a garage sale a few weeks ago.  It is from the 30s of 40s and the fabric is so very fun and retro!  It is an unfinished quilt top, but works perfectly as a tablecloth for my big square table.  Also a pitcher of flowers and some little fat green birdies.  I also did the Baby Isaac framed picture on My Digital Studio.  It took me just minutes now that I had the program figured out.  Cute!

The fun thing is, that the images and colors on the software match the stamps, inks, and decorative papers that SU sells, so I was able to make everything to match the invitations exactly.  The BABY pennant banner (see beginning of post) I made for decoration was made with the cutest decorative papers with the same birdies and same colors!

Yummy fruit pizzas (thanks Ann!) and icy lime water worked to cool us all off a bit.  You can't see it from here, but I stamped little birds on branches on the cups and napkins. 

The invitations worked.  We had 20 ladies and the Uncrustables and pre-sliced apples were a hit with the kiddos.

My dear friend Shari made her incredible famous homemade chocolates for the occasion!  Scrumptious!

Using the same stamps and papers I made little picks to go on top of the cupcakes.  Instead of putting the bright sprinkles on top, I rolled the edges in them instead.


As part of her gift, I stamped Shea a bunch of thank you cards.  I meant to have the ladies put their own addresses on the envelopes while they were here, but I forgot.  Oops.

Here is a close up.

For the kids I made fun birdie lollipops (the yummy caramel apple ones - love them!)

The mommies got a little something special too!  I made these little matchboxs with my favorite toy, my SU! Big Shot.

They slide open to reveal four little chocolate nuggets wrapped in the decorative paper.  How cute is that?!?

I even stamped another little birdie on the inside.  I just love details!

What a fun party it was in the middle of the day in the middle of the week!  My friend Shea really was surprised, and everyone had a great time.  Thanks to everyone who helped make it all work!

 (I got a little carried away, I know with all the fun little goodies, but I just couldn't help myself when I have all the matching darling stamps, papers, and now even software at my disposal! More excuse to get creative!)

Have a happy day!


  1. how cute! It almost makes me want to have a baby and move to the desert. Throw me a party!!!! How cute it all looks! Great job!

  2. Very,very cute. Wish I could have been there. GREAT turn-out. Good job girlie!

  3. I'm so glad i looked on here because i always forget you have this linked to your other blog. All the pictures look Great! Your such an awesome party planner! & photographer!