Sunday, August 21, 2011

Carni Baby!!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of throwing a baby shower (with the help of my SIL, Lia) in honor of my other SIL, Emily. :) We had a great time...right up until a HUMUNGO windstorm showed up and started ripping everything down including huge branches from the tree. And even then...we had a blast running around trying to take everything down and go inside. It was the quickest clean-up in the history of baby showers, I'm sure. :) The theme was "Vintage carnival" and I wish I had a never-ending party budget but alas...all good things must come to an end. :) I wish that I could have bought that cool vintage-looking popcorn machine and rented that Cotton Candy maker and then added that cool golden raffle-spinner to the tab.  Arial Dancers and Flame eaters would've been great too...ya know...IF there was no budget.
These pictures are in no particular order...because I hate  am not fond of Blogger's picture-loading method and I find it extremely frustrating to put them all in order. :)
Let's start with the invites, shall we?? These were done by my wonderfully gracious and super-oober talented sister, Crystal Carlson with This is the the version that I sent to the photo shop in a 5x7 then cut in half and mailed as "tickets" for the carnival. So fun.

Black Forest Cupcakes

My Kiddos loved the Photo Booth. I found this amazingly perfect red & creme ticking stripe fabric at Wal-Mart of all places. I just got 2 yards of fabric, stretched it over and staple-gunned it to some extra plywood that my hubby hubby is so awesome that he actually stretched and tapled it FOR me. Aren't you jelous of my hubby??

Black Forest Cake. I went rustic because I wanted that 'Vintage' feel. The sign was made by digging this piece of wood that I already had from an earlier craft that never got finished out of my craft stuff. It was actually already painted the colors that I wanted so I simply printed a font off my computer, cut them out and glued them to the sign. I also grabbed some gold paint that I had in my craft stash and roughly outlined the letters then added flourishes around the edges.

This is my SIL's backyard. it was a great size and location. We used lots of ladder-back chairs and the photo booth is just around the corner. It's hard to see all of the mason jars in the picture but they really did make an impact in person.

Bubble Gum everywhere. I loved the color that they provided. They were put in baby jars's a baby shower. :)

I was so thrilled when I found these popcorn bags at my local Kitchen supply store.

Me with the Lady of the Hour. Love her. K, so this is NOT a flattering picture of me but it was so fun taking it! :)


Photo Booth Props: Hats, clown noses, paper mustaches & bow ties on skewers, chalkboard, chalk.

"Guess the Girth" booth. A new twist on an age-old baby shower game. The same process for the "Tickets" sign at the Dessert Table was basically repeated for this sign except that I had to start from scratch. I had my hubby cut the sign out of MDF then I found leftover paint in the colors that I needed (just a lucky coincidence) and painted away.  Then I attatched the paper letters and added some gold detail.

I wanted the games to be baby-inspired. My Lizzy came up with this one. It was a hoot. I got these beautiful wooden spools from my local Electrical Supply store. I offered to pay for them but they just gave them to me. :)

Aaaaand...back to the food. Caramel Apples...need I say more? It's been way too long since I've had one. I picked the smallest apples that I could find then found these corn skewers in the produce section at Wal-Mart. They were so cute. I made them simple and rustic to go with the vintage theme. 

Loved the dark glass bottles. In retrospect, this would've been a good opportunity to put a lovely little clever message to the little peanut on here instead of just the boring "Old Fashioned Root Beer".  Everything is better in retrospect. :)

The dessert table minus the Churros. They were still in the oven.

Again with no Churros but now you can see the banner. ;)

Can't do "Carnival" without doing Nachos. I know it's not "dessert" but it is "yummy". ;)

Oh look the Churros made it. :) They should have been put in a cute container but oh well. The guests were eating by now and the light was getting bad.

Makes you hungry, huh? I totally want another Churro right now.

"Ambiance Lighting" :) Just Mason Jars that I wired and hung from the fence with tea lights from the dollar store!

I just added this picture because it was funny. ;) Don't's just root beer.


My sweet niece made these plus a pretty blue on for me. Super fun.

We invited these boys to the party to help us eat the food and to provide us some entertainment. ;)

This was what the party looked like after we all ran for cover from the wind storm. :)


Unknown said...

WOW! Amazing.. love everything!

Stopping by to to visit and to say HI! Have a great MONDAY! :)

Anonymous said...

Again, why do you have to live so far away? :) This is fabulous! Looked like so much fun. I might need some tips on the chalkboard paint! And we're doing a photo booth too, but with a different kind of background. Love how it turned out!!

Heidi said...

WOW!! bethany! You can throw me a baby shower any day!! Love it all. Well done :)

Nicole said...

Amazing!!! You continue to amaze me! xoxo

Brittany said...

oh my goodness! all the details are just perfect! i will definitely have to remember this for future parties

Lizzy said...

Only you could put together such a beautiful party with so many amazing details! Your creativity (and energy) amaze me. Wish we could have been there!

everyday katie said...

This is FANTASTIC! Great job! You have such a talent for this.

Unknown said...

Hey I have a question I am going to play the dipper changing game at my daughters baby shower I was just wonder do u time how long they r changing the doll and how do u pick a win