Baseball Themed Birthday Party

For my nephew’s 1st birthday, my sister and I threw a baseball themed birthday party.  There were a few other small children in attendance for the big bash, but this party was mainly for the adults and of course to get a few cute pics of the birthday boy shoving cake in his face.

 Most of the decorations were, with no surprise, DIY.  Just as explained in the Rock N Roll themed Baby Shower post, having a main table as the focal point is very effective and appealing.

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The photo above represents the main attraction table. 

  • Banner (Party City)
  •  Cupcake Stand (DIY)
  • Poster Collage (DIY/Walmart)
  • Quote game for the adults
  • Baseball for guests to sign with a message for the little slugger

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My sister had a fun idea for the adults.  She typed and printed quotes from different baseball movies and attached onto different patterned cardstock.  She simply taped these quotes on top of framed photos around the kitchen and living area.  She provided a little “quiz” sheet on clipboards; the adults wrote their answers on their quiz.  Later in the party, the answers were revealed and the winner received a little prize. 

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The cupcakes were homemade and the toppers were photos of the birthday boy on one side, with his “stats” on the other side. 

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On oversized baseball posters on the kitchen wall, we wrote what was being served at the “Concession Stand”.  Basically just a quick menu of the food at the party.

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In the entrance of the house, we had a little table setup for the kiddies; there were traditional birthday hats, goodie bags, and little games they could play.

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I hope this helped spark some ideas for you.  While this theme is baseball, these ideas can be translated for any type of themed party.

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Repurpose Your Old Clothes – Baby Blanket

I love babies and it seems like everyone is having them.  We have done a few baby projects in the past.  This one is just as cute but I love that it is super sentimental.  This blanket is about taking some piece of clothing from someone special and creating something for your baby to hold tight to.  I chose a soft, old sweater of mine that had a few holes in it and a pretty, silk shirt that I accidentally melted (Read the tag before ironing).  When I actually have a child, I will be hitting up my Dad and Grandfathers for some old shirts to turn into extra special burp cloths (I will post a DIY for those later) and blankets.

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You will need:

  • old shirt (keep in mind they will want to be soft since they are for a baby)
  • scissors
  • sewing machine

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Cut out a square/rectangle (about the same size) from both pieces of fabric.  Keep in mind the blanket is for the baby to cuddle so it doesn’t need to be too big.  Mine was about 15 in x 13in.  Next, find the “good side” of both pieces of fabric and put those touching, with the “bad side” facing outward.  So when you sew the blanket, it is inside out.

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Sewing along the edge around the entire rectangle leave about 1.5inches unsewn.  Be sure to double stich at the beginning and end!

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Next, use that 1.5inch area to turn the blanket the right way.  This will put the good fabrics on the outside.  This is your chance to make sure that you didn’t sew too close to the edge creating a hole where the seam missed.DSC_0307

Now, finish off the blanket by sewing around the rectangle again.  This will close the small unsewn hole and finish off the look.  I sewed about .25in inside the edge of the blanket.

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Well that’s it.  You’ve just made something your baby can cherish forever!  Not having a baby, think about making some for a shower gift.  It is one of a kind and everyone will love it!

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DIY: Rock N Roll Themed Baby Shower

Hosting a baby shower for a friend or loved one can be overwhelming, exhausting, and expensive.  You may have an idea of what you want the decorations to look like, what you want the food to be, how you want it to all turn out.  Sometimes, these great expections get in the way of preparing a simple, yet memorable event.  I think it’s definitely important to have inspiration, be it from Pinterest, an event you’ve been to before, or ideas you can pull from random blogs.

Last year, I was responsible for helping host a baby shower for my sister and her husband.  They are both huge fans of rock music from the 70’s, very laid-back, and I would consider them non-traditional.  It was decided it would be more fun to make the decorations; ALL OF THEM.  Unfortunately I didn’t get any of step-by-step photos of the decorations I made, but they are SO simple, a quick explanation should be sufficient if you want to duplicate.

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The theme was “Shake, Rattle, and Roll”!

Photos framed with Ornate, funky frames

Song lyrics put onto DIY canvas art

Treats: Pop Rocks, Rock Candy

DIY Signs

Candles

Cupcakes with DIY cupcake toppers

DIY Guitar Cupcake stand

DIY Backdrop

DIY Baby Clothes on Clothespins

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I am, by no means, an expert sewer; I’m not even somewhat proficient.  The idea of creating your very own backdrop may seem intimidating, but there are a couple of ways to do it, that don’t require sewing.  By making your own backdrop, you can pick specific fabrics and patterns to go along with your theme.

The center pattern was an Andy Warhol inspired pattern of the members of the Beatles.  The outside panels were red with black polka dots.  I simply hand sewed the backdrop together, but you could also get a fusing material to iron on to the fabric and attach the materials together.

Then, we gathered different styled onesies, socks, knitted hats, etc. My mom knit a pair of green socks and a couple hats and I ironed letters onto a tie dye onesie to complete a backdrop.

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Another aspect of the main table was a DIY canvas with song lyrics.  This idea was taken from Pinterest.  On a blank canvas, place your lyrics or phrase of sticker letters onto the canvas.  Spray paint over the letters and let dry.  Finish the canvas with mod podge to give it a finished, glossy look.

The letter “C” represents the last name.  This literally took me 5 minutes!  The wooden letter, purchased from Michael’s, was simply spray painted and place in a safe area to dry.  The candle gives the table a chic rock n roll vibe.  Although a ton of colors were used, they worked perfectly together.

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This frame, along with a black one and a lime green one, were purchased from TJ Maxx for less than $10 each.  They are ornate, yet work really well with the whole theme.  Inside the frame is song lyrics from one of the parents-to-be favorite songs.  I simply printed them off a computer and cropped the paper to put inside the frame.  It is a very cool, simple, and different decoration.

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These DIY invitations were inspired by a couple different of themes and pictures I found on Pinterest and Etsy.  I used Microsoft Word and printed them onto glossy photo paper.   Then, I cropped them and attached to a piece of cardstock.

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My favorite part of the shower was the DIY cupcake stand made by my very talented, very retired, and apparently very bored stepfather.  He literally bought old vinyl records to be the 3 tiers of the stand.  Then, he crafted the guitar using pieces of wood and painting it.  It still blows my mind he created this; always look to family and close friends as creative resources.  He by no means is a cupcake stand builder; but he knows how to use handyman tools so he was a huge help in all of this and blew all of us away!

The cupcake toppers were created again, using Microsoft Word and printed onto glossy photo paper.  They were cut out and attached to cardstock.  The cardstock was attached to lollipop sticks purchased from Michael’s.

Tips for Hosting a DIY Baby Shower

  • Make a list for everything!  I literally bought a journal to write all my brainstorming ideas, things I needed to buy, ideas I thought were lame but wrote down anyway.  It kept everything in one place and was a great resource for me throughout the planning process.
  • Create a budget and stick to it.  Although a baby shower is a monumental event, it shouldn’t put a dent in your wallet.  I recommend creating a table with decorations as the focus, rather than decorating an entire huge area.  It keeps the budget low and reasonable!
  • Print out pictures for inspiration.  Pinterest and Google Images should be your best friend.  Print out pics and put them inside your journal for inspiration!
  • Keep it simple. Take it from me, it is very easy to get caught up in making this event, the grandest, most fabulous, most fantastic baby shower ever.  Get real.  Less is more.  This goes back to having one focus area and keeping the rest of your space very simple!
  • Cater to the needs/wants of the person(s) being honored. I realized right away that what I wanted, wasn’t necessarily what the parents-to-be wanted.  At the end of the day, if they don’t want a cupcake stand made out of records and a guitar, just don’t do it.

DIY T-shirt Makeover Part III

 So, we have done a few plain onesie makeovers in the past and I came up with another.  This was inspired by some pinterest mug idea.  You put a sticker on a mug and just use a sharpie to make dots around the sticker.  Why not try with something you can wear?  I chose a onesie but be creative!! This is definitely a perfect summertime project to do with kids!

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You will need:

  • plain onesie, tshirt, bag, etc.
  • paint
  • scissors
  • freezer paper
  • iron
  • unsharpened wooden pencils

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This project is similar to the freezer paper t-shirt in the past.  First, lay out what you are planning to paint on, I used a onesie, and put a piece of cardboard between the layers to prevent the paint from bleeding to the other side.

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Next cutout, from the freezer paper, the symbol, words, shape, letter, etc. you want to be featured.  I chose a cross.  Once you have placed it on the t-shirt, bag, onesie, etc. where you want, iron it down on a medium setting.  Be sure to move the iron all over the freezer paper for a good seal.

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Once the freezer paper is ironed on, use the eraser or unsharpened end of a pencil to create dots around the shape.  I dedicated a different side of two pencils to different colors.  Note: I used the acrylic paints I had laying around the house (the colors make look familiar) and added a drop of water and mixed to thin out the paint so when it dries it isn’t as stiff.

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Continue until you feel like the shape will be recognizable when the freezer paper is removed.  Go as crazy or as simple as you’d like.  You can keep the dots concentrated just around the shape or spread them out!

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Framed Poster Collage

My nephew’s first birthday was in April, so my sister went ALL OUT for his first birthday bash.  For the main decoration she created a simple and modern photo collage of all his first, super important events that took place during the past year: first happy bath, first photoshoot, first wedgie, etc.

She went to Walmart.com, photo section, and selected the poster option.  Then, followed the simple uploading instructions-you can select up to 30 photos!  

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 The poster allows for a caption to be displayed on the poster, as you see here “Miles’ Year of Firsts”.  

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Once she uploaded the photos (she had HUNDREDS to choose from) and got the poster printed at Walmart, she simply wrote a short caption next to each photo using a Sharpie pen.

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The end product was a hit!  She included both sentimental events and silly ones: first ride in the car, first photo with his Great Grammy, first wedgie, first photo with Santa (he was scared for his life). 

This project can be used for any special event; wedding, milestone birthday, graduation.  The frame was $12.99 at Walmart and the poster cost less than $13.  If you’re really trying to be frugal, get a poster board from a craft store and attach printed photos using a tape runner.

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DIY Onesie Makeover

I didn’t think it was possible to make onesies any cuter, but I’m here to tell you it is!  Last week, Kristin jazzed up a onesie using a patterned fabric and a sewing machine.  This week, I’ll show you how to jazz up a onesie using little pom pom balls and a needle and thread.

You will need:

  • onesie
  • needle and thread
  • pom pom balls
  • scissors

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I recommend washing the onesie in baby safe detergent prior to giving it away as a gift.

Pick out the colored pom pom balls you want to use.  Thread your needle by placing one end of thread through the eye of the needle (the hole).  Pull the thread through for about 6-8 inches of thread.  Cut thread and tie the ends together in a knot.

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I chose to place the pom pom balls near the neckline of the onesie.  I see it as the baby version of studs or spikes on a woman’s blouse. Starting INSIDE the onesie, push the needle through the material and then through the center of the ball and pull firmly.

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Then, take the needle and push back through the center of the ball and through the material again.  Repeat this process several times until the ball is securely attached to the onesie.  You should secure the thread on the inside of the material by knotting the ends as close to the fabric as possible.  Trim the ends of the any loosely hanging threads.

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Repeat this process for the other pom pom balls.

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This is very simple for those who don’t have the patience to learn how to use a sewing machine (ME).  Another idea is outlining the shape of a heart with buttons or pom pom balls.

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Jazz up a onesie

Yesterday I went to a baby shower and decided why not post some of the fun things I like to gift.  So, this is very simple if you are a beginner, all you need is a threaded sewing machine. You can pick any color onesie, fabric, and any shape/silhouette.  Jazz it up even more with buttons, rhinestones, ribbons, etc.

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You will need:

  • Onesie
  • Fabric
  • Fusible webbing
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing Machine

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First, pick what you what shape you want.  If it is something you can’t easily draw, look online for a silhouette and draw it, like I did with the whale shape.  Once that is drawn, you will want to iron (on medium heat) the fabric onto the fusible webbing.

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Then, either cut the shape out from memory or use the drawing and place it on top of the fabric (connected to the webbing) and cut the shape out.

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Next, peel the back of the webbing off and place it where you want it to be on the onesie.  Once you have it placed perfectly, place the iron (still on medium heat).  When it is heated, it will be difficult to peal off, so, make sure you have placed it where you want it before ironing.

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After it is ironed, you will just want to sew around the shape, about 1/16 of an inch from the end.   This will have a better hold and not allow the ends to fray very far.  When this has been done, the onesie will hold up better in a washing machine.

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Hope you had a whale of a time (corny?).  Well you’re done.  Now go put it on a cute baby!!!

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