So, there’s this party I was planning that I kind of went on and on about (yup, three different links there) but in a totally unhelpful and annoying way. So…
- my friend is all in the family way n’ stuff
- she wanted me to help with a gender reveal party
- umm… my friend is pregnant so I’m kind of going to plan that party for her so she doesn’t have to stress over dumb shit like font types and decorations and whatnot
- So I planned a gender reveal party for my friend.
Now on to the pictures because I know reading is so hard (unless it’s the Hunger Games series, that shit is a fast read, yo).
You’ll see that I was pretty heavy handed with the red and turquoise, but I think it actually came across well as opposed to over done.
Oh, and I’m going to make you read more. Sorry.
In the living room: As I was creating decorations it seemed that, in addition to a red and turquoise theme, a circle motif started evolving, too. I sewed hand-cut red and turquoise circles into several strands and hung them above our girl vs. boy tally chalkboard and boy or girl pins for everyone to wear. The bookcase held spray painted baby blocks along with paper and pencils for anyone who wanted to suggest a name for the baby. It was pretty hilarious to see what people wanted to name the baby. I’m just going to have to boast that my name choice, ‘Oprah Hawking,’ won for best suggestion. On the main wall I did something different and actually put paper plates on it. Yes, I really did that. Then on the ceiling I hung paper zig-zag strands.
In the kitchen: My main focus for the kitchen was finding a way to incorporate the oven clip art that we had on the invitation, but I also wanted to add a really interesting design piece for the food table. For that piece, I created about 55 paper rosettes in red, turquoise, and red with white polka dots and hot glued them to three foam core boards to create a large backdrop for the table. On the table, I used red and turquoise linens and made sure that the serving pieces all matched with the theme. I spray painted cake stands to match and hand cut turquoise doilies to go on them. The real pièce de résistance is the cardboard replica I made of the oven from the invitation. Then I also designed some signs to go up the kitchen that incorporated the bun in the oven clip art, too. I’m particularly happy with the fridge one – I thought of it at 2 in the morning one night and knew I had to make it.
For the backyard: I wanted the party to mix and mingle through three areas – the living room, the kitchen, and the backyard. Unfortunately I didn’t get a lot of photos of the backyard itself, so the photos I am posting are from the photobooth. I’m using a couple to give a sense of the backyard and to show off some of the props we had for the photobooth. To note, I put up red and turquoise tissue balls in the trees and set up several areas of chairs and side tables (covered with red and turquoise linens) in addition to the turquoise backdrop for the photobooth. The photobooth had a mix of handmade props and random stuff from around my house and seeherknit’s house. Also we took a group photo of the guests who thought the baby would be a girl and a group photo of the guests who thought the baby would be a boy.
The actual gender reveal: Here are a couple of pics from the moment when we all found out the baby’s gender. Isn’t this the cutest couple you have ever seen in your life??