Is Your Dog or Cat Ready for The New Baby?

 
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Here’s some sweet ways to honor your pets at the Baby Shower—they Are a part of the family, after all!

When it was time to plan my sister’s baby shower, I knew we needed to honor their beloved fur babies as well. They’ve been there through thick and thin and are truly a part of the family. I’ve included some simple ways to honor our beloved pets as we make room for baby!

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At my sister’s baby shower, I created a personalized iron-on transfer onesie craft station where guests could create their own custom onesie for the baby on the way. I made sure to include some photos of their Goldendoodles as well as some phrases like “My Siblings are Goldendoodles” cut out in the shape of a heart. I outline specifically how I created it on this blog post

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Another great way to include your pups (or kittens!) is their very own page in a personalized ABC Coloring Book Activity! Not only is the book customizable with baby’s name or siblings and family pages, but you can also include a page for your beloved family pet. Guests each color a page and sign the bottom of the page so it doubles as a guest book as well. This is such a great activity for young and old! Low-pressure, low-key, and a GREAT memory! It’s also perfect for a long-distance baby shower. Mail the pages out to family and friends and ask them to color, sign, and return to assemble into a book for the baby.

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Not only is it a great way to include your pet, but it’s also a great way to remember this season and take a “snapshot” of life before baby. Personalized pages are also perfect for human siblings, too.

Buy your own Illustrated ABC Book and personalized pages in our shop here. (Available as an instant PDF download or printed and mailed!) Also, read rave reviews and find even more “Baby’s First Book” options in our Etsy shop here!

 

School Theme Baby Shower for Teachers (and Education Lovers!)

 
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Planning a Baby Shower for a teacher in your life? This is the perfect way to celebrate their new little one. I used a combination of classic vintage schoolhouse theme along with chalk boards, red apples, cursive, yellow pencils and stacks of old and new children’s books. Much of this theme can be pulled together with what you already have. And the best part was having each guest color a page from my new Baby’s First ABC Book (School Theme)! The Baby’s First ABC Book is not only a great baby shower activity for anyone, it’s also a great teacher appreciation gift from the class for a teacher that’s expecting. It includes the class in the excitement and gives the a teacher a sweet keepsake of memories.

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I created a table runner out of lined D'nealian paper by stapling pages together in a long line. Nothing had to be perfect and it came together so quickly. So simple to create and it would also work well for a photo backdrop or wall hanging. The vintage copy of Wizard of Oz was from my Dad’s childhood collection. I also had access to (too many!) children’s books to display around the room. Accents of black and white dishes and decor with pops of red apples along with jars of yellow pencils and stacks of children’s books all around. Chalkboard signs were also perfect to direct guests throughout the shower.

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My illustrated School Theme ABC Book is the perfect baby shower activity and keepsake to complete the theme! Each guest lovingly colored and signed a page for baby. The ABC Book pages double as a decoration—I hung them on a clothesline which made it easy for guests to choose their page to color. Then when they were done coloring, they hung them back up to display! Another great option would be to have small clipboards ready for guests to use as they color their pages. Then all the pages can be laminated and bound or put into a photo album. (See my ABC Book Template post about how to print and book and put it together.)

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The School Theme Illustrated ABC Book comes in 3 different page size options, as well as downloadable PDFs that you print yourself or 4x6” printed cards with photo album ready to go! See all the options in my Etsy Shop here.

I’d love to hear about your other School themed decoration ideas! Let me know in the comments.

P.S. When you sign up for my email list, you get these FREE COLORING SHEETS! Great for a Baby Shower or just a Children’s coloring activity! (Coloring Sheets include: “I’m a Big Sister,” “I’m a Big Brother,” and “B is for Baby,” illustrated by yours truly!)

 

Personalized Iron-on Fabric Onesie Station for a Baby Shower Activity

 
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by Samantha Brynn

The first baby shower that was thrown for me was lovely but times have certainly changed since that baby shower (this was almost 10 years ago!). We painted burp cloths with puffy paint. They were sweet and personal, however, some of the guests weren’t artistically gifted and I’m guessing the activity wasn’t one of their favorites. I've thrown several baby showers for friends and family since then (and I always love to include this ABC Coloring Book Baby Shower Activity. It makes a great keepsake and guest book, too!) Needless to say, fast forward many years down the road when I threw my sister a baby shower, remembering this personal activity, I choose to create personalized iron-on fabric onesies with sayings and photos specific to my sister and her husband. This simplified the artistic ability needed while still allowing guests to be involved. Also, the onesies had a consistent theme and look since they weren’t created freehand.

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I’m a graphic designer by trade so creating the iron-on transfer art was simple. However, if you are just a little tech savvy, you can do this without design programs! PicMonkey.com is perfect for creating some personal text and art to print. There’s tons of font options and graphics available to use right on the website. You can type onto your page and add and resize graphic elements, then move them anywhere on the page. Fit as many graphics as you can onto one sheet to preserve space on the Iron-on Transfer paper. Photos are also a great option for Iron-on transfers! (PicMonkey offers a 7-day free trial and then a low monthly cost if you need more time.)

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PicMonkey.com for graphic layouts

Once you have a few pages of artwork/text ready to go, you’ll print them using an InkJet printer onto Iron-on Transfer Paper OR Printable Fabric. Then you’ll want to cut out each graphic element separately. I cut them out before the shower so that they were ready to go for our guests. (PLEASE NOTE: In my examples, I used PRINTABLE FABRIC that does not need the text or images to be reversed (made it easier for guests to see what they were doing. Iron-on TRANSFER PAPER is cheaper but requires you to reverse your image and iron on upside down, then peel the transfer layer off. Reversing the image using PicMonkey.com is possible with the Rotate tool and easy to do once you have your graphics read to go. Also, If you want to use darker clothing, make sure you purchase the Iron-on Transfer paper especially made for dark fabrics.)

Pre-cut Iron-On Transfer pieces for guests to choose from.

Pre-cut Iron-On Transfer pieces for guests to choose from.

So here’s the basic step-by-step and materials:

Materials:

Optional:

  • Clothesline and Clothespins to hang onesies

  • Sign (to introduce/explain the process to guests)

  • Name cards and clothespins (for guests to label their completed onesie with their name)

Our Clothesline and Onesie station

Our Clothesline and Onesie station

Before the Shower:

  1. Create the artwork on your computer using PicMonkey.com or another design software.

  2. Print a test print of your artwork before printing onto Printable Fabric or Iron-on Transfer Paper.

  3. Print your completed pages (make sure you fill the page before printing!)

  4. Trim carefully around the artwork. (Remember that even the white/negative space will transfer to the onesie so the way you cut is important!)

  5. Pre-wash the onesies.

  6. Optional: Set up clothesline to display onesies (a great way to display completed onesies that also doubles as party decor!)

Decorate Onesies

At the Shower:

  1. Preheat iron on cotton setting for 5 minutes. (Make sure there is no water in iron and steam setting is off.)

  2. Guests will chose a number of design elements to put them together onto a onesie (don't forget the back!)

  3. Once they have their layout decided, simply use an iron to carefully iron the design on. (Make sure to follow the instructions on the package.)

  4. Guests can either label their onesie with a sharpie or clip a paper with a note and signature to it.

  5. Have guests hang them back up so everyone can see!

Decorate Onesies Baby Shower Activity

Need some ideas on what to put on the onesies? Make a personal spin off of some of these quotes:

  • I <heart> Grandma and Grandpa

  • I’m Grandpa’s Sweet <heart>.

  • Family Pet names

  • My siblings are Golden Doodles.

  • Call Grandma STAT.

  • Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

  • Parents career/job:

    • My <heart> belongs to a Geologist.

    • I’m acute baby.

  • My cousins think I’m the best!

  • Happy Camper.

  • You are our greatest adventure.

  • Worth the Wait.

  • My Daddy’s Jeep is cooler than your Daddy’s Jeep.

  • I'm hungry. Again.

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Free Coloring Sheets for Baby Shower

P.S. When you sign up for our email list, you get these FREE COLORING SHEETS along with access to our free printable library! Great for a Baby Shower or just a Children’s coloring activity! (Coloring Sheets include: “I’m a Big Sister,” “I’m a Big Brother,” and “B is for Baby,” illustrated by yours truly!)