An “Oh, Baby!” Shower

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It’s been eight months and six days from my last post.

A lot of things has happened and not so much on posting any of them. For one, a baby girl was born.

Last year!


My nephew, Mario, and his wife, Kannitha gave birth to a healthy, baby girl named Olivia.

Before she turns one years old in a couple of months, here’s a snapshot of the sweets table and decor I threw together for a baby shower. Thanks to family members who helped move things, glue things, tie things and the patience to take explicit orders from yours truly. 🙂

 { props set-up }






{ sweets table }













{ head table set-up }






{ guest table set-up }





{ gift table }



{ before & after }




{ completed sweets table }


{ parents-to-be circa Nov. 2013 }


Here’s the breakdown of the stuff:

Sweets table
Cake: Homemade yellow cake with sweetened fresh whipped cream
Cupcakes: Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Homemade Oreo Cupcakes with Oreo Frosting
Homemade  Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks
Rice Krispies on a Stick

Backdrop (25 12″x12″ sequined cardboard): Michaels
Cupcake stand border: Michaels
Pink and gray vinyl:
Cake topper, One-sies banner craft paper: Michaels

Silhouette Cameo

BTW – I recently joined Twitter and Instagram (a newbie at both) so follow me!
And on that note I can say that I couldn’t have done it without my #silhouetteCAMEO because #SilhouetteRocks and I #Makeallthethings happen.


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Luau Themed Invitations and Sweets Table

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Double post coming your way.

First of….

After being asked by Kannitha to create 75 luau themed housewarming invitations (back in December) I knew I had work cut out for me.


Luau Invitation


Luckily, the Life is a Beach cartridge from Cricut had graphics that fit the theme. A hula girl, piña colada, palm trees, Hawaiian flowers, a funky font amongst other things worked pretty well for what I had in mind.


Luau Invitation


The layered waves was a challenge to cut from the Cricut machine not only because of the small size and curves of the waves but both the knife and sticky mat wore out too quickly, in my opinion. After wasting a reasonably amount of paper, I ended doing 150 light and dark blue waves. So worth the effort!


Luau Invitation


To give some depth to the palm tree, I used small pieces of foam tape just under the leaves. I grabbed a screen shot of a pattern from My Memories Suite and used that along with their monogram on the hut as well. I thought it came out cute!


Luau Invitation



Luau Invitation


An added surprise was having Aloha printed on the front of the envelopes as a teaser of what was to come.


Aloha Envelopes



The grass table skirt used as the background from the photos above were used for the sweets table I planned on giving as a housewarming gift.

The cartridge, Ribbons and Rosettes (again from Cricut), was from Michael’s Buy 2, Get 1 Free special.

Ugh! Don’t you hate those type of deals? Of course, I couldn’t resist cuz:

  1. the cartridges were on a good sale price and
  2. the 3rd item was free

It’s my weakness.

So…….I had these ideas swimming in my head a week or so before the event and it was only last Monday (Feb. 6) when I started to get the ball rolling.


Do it.

Within a week.

That’s all I’m saying.

It was a lot of work, a lot of paper and hot glue making these rosettes and banner but definitely worth it. I couldn’t have done it without my trusted assistant.


12 handmade paper rosettes and Aloha Banner


What better way to make it personal by adding their monogram on the rosette?


Close-up of M&K monogram


With all that cuttin’ and a-gluin’ done, a dry run of the table set-up is a must. The containers used on the table were:

  • 8″x10″ acrylic photo frame (orange box)
  • 11″x14″ acrylic photo frame (blue, green and black box)
  • 3 goblets
  • 16″x24″ glass cutting board (Salvation Army)
  • Large and small cake stands (Salvation Army)
  • 12″ round cake plate (Salvation Army, not pictured)

As you can tell, I love going to Salvation Army to look for hidden treasures on the cheap! I had my daughter, Alexandra, glue the flowers together that went on the rims of both cake stands.  Thanks, AJ!


Dry run of sweets table set-up


Brown craft paper was used as the background and hung on a couple of banner stands. The rosettes were simply hung using monofilament (fishing line).




I think the largest rosette (with the hula girl) measured 15″ in diameter and the smallest measuring 4″.


Rosettes close-up1



Rosettes close-up2



Now for the yummy part.

These Chocolate Covered Marshmallows On A Stick with Crushed Blue and Green M&M’s were super easy to make.

And so were the Oreo Truffle Balls.


Marshmallows on a stick and Oreo Truffle Balls


These White Chocolate Covered Pretzels were sprinkled with red, orange and yellow Wilton sugars.

Again, super easy to do.


White Chocolate Covered Pretzels


The glass cutting board was just too plain looking and needed a border to jazz it up a bit. The hula girl was extra and worked perfect for this.

And, yeah….those are Créme Brulée-filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache topped with a swirly design of white nonpareils. Mini versions of the marshmallows were used as fillers.


Créme Brulée Cupcakes and Mini Chocolate Covered Marshmallows



Cupcake Topview


Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, more Oreo Truffle Balls annnnnnnd (one of my favorite desserts)…Yellow Cake with Whipped Cream and Strawberries (tons of it!) finished the sweets table. The only thing I was not able to do were the dessert labels. Oh, well. Maybe next time.


Red Velvet Cupcakes, Oreo Truffle Balls and Strawberry Cake with Fresh Whipped Cream


And there you have it!


Sweets Table Set-up


As a side note, the Strawberry Cake did not photograph well (night time shot) so here’s a few taken in the morning. Ain’t it purty?!?


Close-up of Strawberries and Cream Cake


The cake plate was from SalArmy.

Love the design, low profile and price!.


Close-up of Strawberries and Cream Cake2


Head on over here if  you want to see more pictures of how this cake was made 3x within a matter of weeks.

Sooooo good!


Close-up of Strawberries and Cream Cake3


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