Sunday, February 24, 2013

One wild and crazy (unicorn!) bridal shower :)


 I think I've mentioned, my baby sister is getting married in a few months. She lives in CA and the wedding will be there, too. She was heading out here to visit for a few weeks, and my Mom and I decided it would be the perfect time to have a bridal shower for her. She balked a bit at first, being that she is not one who likes to be the center of attention. But I promised it would not be a "typical" shower.  I promised it would be a fun party that she would enjoy, and I think it turned out pretty good, too! :) We decided against games, and called it a "Sprinkle" instead of a "Shower." She has always loved unicorns, and I thought wouldn't it be both fun and funny to have a unicorn party for her, instead of a "typical" bridal shower. Now, the unicorn part was a surprise. She knew when and where the party was (my house), but I made it clear that she was NOT to know about the unicorns! I really wanted it to be a fun, and creative party-very fitting for my art school grad sister! ;)

To start off, the invitations! I got this Unicorn digi stamp from TiddlyInks. It worked great, since I had a very tough time finding a rubber or clear stamp that was a unicorn! Also, this was the look I wanted, a very elegant unicorn vs. a cutesy one, since it is a wedding shower, and not a party for a little girl. I kept the design simple, because I had 30 to make! I colored the manes and tails with Copics, and added some Diamond Stickles for some glitter. This patterned paper was old, and I had a whole pad of it, so it worked great. The strip behind the unicorns was punched with an EK Success border punch. The labels are Martha Stewart Crafts/Avery, I cut each one in half, so they went a long way! The sentiment stamp is an old acrylic stamp that actually goes with a baby set, unsure of the brand on that....




Here's the inside poem I wrote, I thought it turned out cute! :)

For the party decorations, I was able to get a few cute unicorn and rainbow things from Oriental Trading. I also got a lot of solid colored things (mostly in green, since that's Shelley's fave color).

I ordered this CRAZY, FUN cake for her, after seeing this one on Pinterest. There is a lady in my hometown who makes custom cakes, she also made C's Lego cake in November. Isn't this a kick?
I used my Cricut to cut vinyl letters and a unicorn to put on my sliding glass door. I started doing this for parties a couple years ago, and it's a fun way to personalize a party for practically nothing if you have a Cricut or a Silhouette.

One of my VERY favorite projects I did for this party, were these fun favor cones! I took a 12" paper and cut it in half diagonally, then curled it to make a cone. I used a stapler to hold them together, I tried two different adhesives and hot glue, and nothing held, so in the end I used staples, not as pretty, but it had to hold! I used my TCP Star Rosette CutUp, without creasing it to make the rosette-in other words, I just left the die cut flat. A cloud was the perfect spot for a sentiment, and the unicorns are Sticko stickers. I decided not to add the punched border at the top after making a couple, it just was not working well. They were filled with cute lime green Sixlets and white heart shaped candies from Oriental Trading, as well as a cute twisted sucker in each, that reminded me of a unicorn horn.


I used my banana hanging fruit basket to stash them! It turned out to be the perfect place as I could hang a lot of them from their (hot pink) ribbons, and the rest went nicely in the bottom fruit basket part.
I found these cute teeny frames at Michaels for 1$ each. I put pics of her as a kid in them, and spread them out on our breakfast bar, along with the cute candy boxes and adorable kissing unicorn salt and pepper shakers that were sent for the shower by our stepmother.








and a plastic unicorn I found at Michaels became the centerpiece for the taco bar! I knew she would want a taco bar and margaritas, it's just her style, and that's what I went with.


And, I kept my promise, no games! But I did come up with a craft (of course, it is *me* after all!) and it was also a keepsake for Shelley as well. I got a bunch of dish towels, hot pads, dishcloths, etc. then printed out a bunch of the digi uncorns onto printable fabric, then used some AWESOME Heat N Bond iron on adhesive from therm O web to adhere them (no sewing!). I die cut both the adhesive and the fabric unicorns with my Nestabilities and than ironed them right on to the hot pads, etc. Then people were just able to color one with fabric markers, and sign it for her, so when she's using them, she will know who made it!

In this pic, you can see the fun polka dot lanterns,
that were another decoration! :)

There were a few that didn't have unicorns, so you could decorate your own, which is what I did :) Used her new (and old!) last initial! 

Had a craft for the little girls that came, too. They each made her a sun catcher. :)

My sis is 7 years younger, and was also *MY* "first baby," in a way. I can't believe she's getting married! I'm really happy for her, he fiance is a wonderful guy and they are really happy. Now, just looking ahead to the wedding! ;) 

xo, Noelle



2 comments:

Beth Schneider said...

I love it, Noelle!! Looks like Shelley had a great time (:

Beth Schneider said...

I love it Noelle!! Looks like Shelley had a great time (: She is lucky to have such an amazing and talented sister!