I love to host. I am a party planner at heart. My BFF calls me Oprah because she says I pay so much attention to detail. Every event I plan has to be perfectly coordinated with a little flair and a lot of personalization. Artisan software by Panstoria helps me make that happen.
A very good friend and co-worker of mine found out she was having a baby. Her name is Shuk Yi. We call her Suki for short. This would be her very first child. I was so excited for her. When she told me she would not be having a baby shower because in her culture that was not the norm, I was saddened. I asked her would she like to have one. She said “Of course, but no one will give me one”. I knew at that very moment that I would throw her a baby shower.
She doesn’t have many friends, so I knew that the crowd would be small enough to host the party in my home. We only needed a theme. Every great event has one. After having discussions with Suki to determine how we could infuse her culture into a traditional American babyshower we decided that she would have a Cowboy/girl theme. After all, it was the year of the horse.
A few months later we found out she was having a baby boy, so that meant full steam ahead on the Cowboy-themed baby shower. I was on a really tight budget, but I knew that Artisan would help me get it done.
It started with the invitations. I used the Boots and Braids and Boots and Buckles digital kits by Creative Memories and Fallin’ for You by Simple Pleasure Designs by Jennifer Fehr for my designs and edited the colors to suit my needs. These invitations were ordered from the Panstoria Print Shop and came out stunning. Suki nearly had tears in her eyes saying that they looked so professional. I was extremely impressed with the print quality of the 5×7 double sided cards.
Artisan Software worked like a dream when it came to favors. I ordered 5lbs of Jelly Beans and Glass Apothecary jars and created tags for the jar. I printed multiple tags on a 4×6 photo, cut them out and mounted them on the glass jars with foam dots. I also used chiffon ribbon to tie the thank you tags around the neck of the jar.
We needed an activity to do at the shower. I decided to create a game book. The game book cover featured a “WANTED” image. I used the threshold filter to achieve this look with ease. I was very pleased with the outcome.
Where there are games, there needed to be prizes. I purchased cookie tins and designed a cover for them. I used my Creative Memories Custom Cutting System to cut perfect circles and mounted them to the top of the cookie tins. A horse head orange-flavored lollipop with a ribbon tied around the next was the perfect touch.
I needed some sort of corsage for the guests, but I didn’t want the traditional printed ribbons. Instead, I created buttons. They had the same design as the cookie tin and everyone loved them.
I wanted to create a custom cake cover. I would have designed it in Artisan to match all of the party décor and BJs would have printed the design on the cake. My mom thought I was going overboard on the customization and talked me into getting just a simple cake from Costco – Which I did. The cake was nice, but it remains my only regret from the shower that I didn’t personalize the cake as well.
Beverages and food needed that something special as well. I knew I did not want to have to keep explaining to people what each dish was, so I created some signs for the sterno racks that matched the western theme and told our guests what each dish was.
Next, I had to get the decorations together.
- Life size cardboard horse cut out. It’s a cowboy theme. We NEED a horse.
- Cowboy Hats – We need to dress the part
- Bandanas – Royal Blue, Powder Blue and Teal Bandanas are a dime a dozen. Actually they were 4 for $1 because I went to the fabric store instead of paying $1 each at most convenience stores. I would use these to decorate the food table and the guests. J
- Burlap – Traditional table clothes would not do. The budget was tight so I couldn’t buy decorative bales of hay, but burlap would give that western look. I purchased 15 yards of burlap to place on the various tables we would have.
- Denim – What looks good with burlap? Denim! The amount of Denim I would need was way out of budget, however, I was able to find a denim look material for $0.50 per yard. I stocked up on that.
- Cut outs- I purchased horseshoe, cowboy hat and cowboy boot cut outs…then forgot to use them.
- Balloons – 3 dozen blue and brown helium balloons to decorate.
- Red bandana candy bags – The guests needed to carry the candy from the candy bar home somehow.
- Red bandana napkins – We wanted to tie up a few forks and spoons to put in a basket to decorate the table.
There were so many things I did to add detail to the event. It was all done out of love for a good friend. It was a lot of work. It took a lot of time….But in the end it was just perfect. We all had a blast. I have not yet done her scrapbook yet, but that is next on my list. I just love the Artisan allowed me to do this for a dear friend and coworker.