It’s the first post in May and it’s already the 15th? Oops! I guess you can call me busy. Oh yeah.. you already do- 2busybrunettes! (yeah, yeah. Stop rolling your eyes!) Well, let’s see… what have I been busy with? Well there was that baby shower at school I helped host last Thursday, the spa night I threw for our teen girls at church Friday night, my husbands and niece’s birthday celebration this weekend, and wrapping up the year at school. It may not sound like a lot, but just imagine bringing all the right things to the right places at the right times. You know how it is getting yourself out of the house without leaving anything behind! And please don’t imagine the way my house looks after getting ready for all those events!
So what is today’s post about?
The baby shower! And if you couldn’t tell already, the theme was Dr. Seuss. What better theme for a teacher’s baby shower?
Here’s some close-ups of the tables.
Those centerpieces are just butcher paper from the school. I painted Dr. Seuss-like shapes on the paper (trees from The Lorax, bowl from The Cat in the Hat, balloon from Oh, The Places You’ll Go) and cut them out. Then I used library books to create some height, and I borrowed those cute lil characters from other teachers. Oh, and did you know that you can’t find Dr. Seuss party stuff anywhere!? It’s true! At least I couldn’t! So I added to the Dr. Seuss theme by altering the wooden baby blocks (scroll down for more info). I also wrapped the plasticware in napkins and twisted pipe cleaners around them. That was lots of fun! I didn’t have to worry about how they looked, because after all, it’s a Dr. Seuss theme.. and how can you mess up Seuss?
Here are some more shower pictures!
How about those cakes? Well, this being a creativity blog and all, you might think I made them. Think again! The edible cake was from Wal-Mart!! The topper is one of the Christmas ornaments I use on my classroom tree. The diaper cake was made by another teacher at our school. But, she did share with me how she made it, so if you’re interested, here’s the scoop. (Oh yeah, just in case it’s hard to tell from the picture, those are blue table cloths with red and white striped wrapping paper down the center. Like I said, I had to get creative to do Seuss.)
Dr. Seuss Diaper Cake:
1. Start by gathering 3 containers in varying sizes- one for each tier (Large for the bottom, medium for the middle, and small for the top).
2. Roll up the diapers and place around the containers. Use an elastic band to hold them in place.
3. Wrap ribbon around the diapers and glue in place.
4. Cover three cake boards (one for the base, 2 for tiers) in coordinating fabric.
5. Glue the containers to the cake boards.
6. Decorate your cake with a book, rattle, stuffed animal, etc. (This cake has bulletin board cut outs popping out from behind- ordered from the internet).
*To get your decorations to stay in place on the top tier, cut out slits in the top container to stuff the goodies into.
Now for those adorable wooden baby blocks that were tumbling down the books.. I did make those! So if you’re interested in those, here’s the lowdown.
- I used Island Blue (Anita’s Acrylic), Citron Green (American Acrylic), and Orange (Anita’s Acrylic) paint.
- I found that sanding the blocks helped the paint go on better.. go figure!
- Paint your blocks! FYI: I didn’t paint all the blocks. I left some red and some yellow.
- Finding a cheap Dr. Seuss book (yard sale? thrift store?) trace the pictures you would like to use on your blocks.
- Cut out the pictures!
- Paint a thin layer of modge podge over the block. I did this on one of the sides of the block with the picture. I left the number side and the letter side alone.
- Place your Dr. Seuss picture over the picture on the block. I just turned my picture the same direction as theirs. Let dry.
- If you are like me, you will have some edges that are sticking out from the block. Cut those off. Then put another coat of modge podge over the picture.
For my blocks, I typed (using the font, “Mail Ray Stuff”) up Dr. Seuss words (green, eggs, ham, pop, hop, fox, socks, cat, hat, etc.) and printed them on bright blue paper. Then I followed steps 7 & 8 with the words. They looked great without them though. (Ok, I lied. My husband followed steps 7 & 8 for the words! Did I tell you I have the best husband ever? I was getting everything else ready for the shower and he volunteered his precious time. I love him!)
There you go! That’s the Dr. Seuss shower. And in a year, you can be sure I’ll be posting a Dr. Seuss first birthday party. I’ve already been asked to do the decorations!
Oh, the parties you’ll throw!
P.S. Remember that post about removing the labels from containers to reuse them for an Earth Day craft? Well here’s my kiddo’s repurposed creations.
Aren’t they cute? They had a blast making them. We had aliens, monsters, bug holders, clocks, Nerf gun bullet holders, lightning bug catchers, butterflies, and much more!