It’s easier than it looks….
I had the supreme honor of throwing my Goddaughter’s birthday slumber party last weekend and although I stressed about it, it was much easier than I thought, but involved a few details that I think made it special for her.
My two go-to-places for cute stuff were Oriental Trading & Target.
Target’s Dollar Bin
The pink and white popcorn boxes and white wicker baskets all came from straight for the dollar bins (so did the Capri sun juices, mini waters, granola bars – but not from the dollar bin).
For an activity, I stopped by Target’s arts and crafts section and picked up these initial letters for every girl planning to attend the party. They also have a great paint selection (cute colors, small bottles) and brush sets there — making it easy for one stope shopping.
For goodie bags and paper goods, I ordered everything from Oriental Trading. Here’s the anatomy of the goodie bags.
For design sake I laid everything out on the cake table and the birthday girl gave the out as her guests were packing to go home the next day.
I also ordered those little popcorn boxes from Oriental Trading so the girls could grab snacks whenever they wanted without having to worry about napkins.
It takes a little work to get a good favor done…
Pinterest was my source for baby shower favor ideas, especially once the mom-to-be had come up with her theme. My friend, and the soon to be mommy, actually created a private board that we could use to pin and share ideas. I highly recommend it. Based on the boards, I came up with a concept and design for her baby shower and started sourcing the favors.
Sometimes the hardest part about DIY is finding sources. It look a while but I was finally able to pin down a few (pun intended). Take what you need (trust me – finding mason jars sounds easier than it is).
Once the favors are done, then it’s a matter of displaying them to their best advantage. In this case the cake table was great! But I’ve seen (and placed) favors at place settings or at a special table by the door so that guests could take one as they leave. One hostess went from table to table and handed them out to each guests in thanks for their attendance. So my suggestion is that you do whatever works – no wrong answers here!
Favors make the party…
After all they are the gifts that guests take away from the event as a memory. For bridal showers they are especially important as the shower often sets the stage for the big day.
Here are some of my go to spots for favors (and more)…