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Ideas to make your Shower Extra Special

Below are some great ideas that will spice up your baby shower plans and add some little unexpected touches that will make your party extra special. The format for this page is a little different as these are easily explained. If extra space is required or detailed instructions, you will see a “More” link to another page with full details. Most of these ideas are very inexpensive as well as easy to do. Utilize the things you can find at any dollar store – silk flowers, ribbons, glass jars, dishes, and holiday items. These are not in any kind of order, so browse to your heart’s content. You can follow my Baby Shower Ideas board on Pinterest for more party ideas.

 Outback Steak RubSERVINGS 10
Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

Directions
Mix, sprinkle lightly on your favorite cut of beef, then cook as desired!

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Use a large muffin pan to hold stuffed peppers upright.Fill pots with spray foam to secure branches etc then drape your mini lights around branches Instant Metric Cooking Units Converter
Party TipFlowersSqueeze
Coffee beans & tea lights. The warmth from the candles makes the coffee beans smell amazing.Fruit and flower centerpieces. Line your vase or pitcher with oranges, lemons or limes. Fill with water and then add fresh flowers. Cool idea!Squeeze extra juice from a lemon by popping it in the microwave for 10 seconds, then rolling it on a firm counter before cutting.
Put lights under your
food/buffet tables
Put a water balloon with a glow stick on the inside in a stocking and hang from trees or ceiling.Use cupcake liners as cover for drinks at an outdoor party.
Bubble wrap in a vase gives texture to flowers and simple table settingUse a colander for drying cake popsMoney Balloons.  Insert cash and confetti into balloons before blowing them up.
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Spray paint coffee beans
and use as a vase filler.
Colored Glass: fill balloons with water, food coloring, freeze. break balloon, take outside and put them in the kiddie pool
Rainbow Ice
String a needle through and hang! So easy. Add glow sticks and you have awesome lights! Indoors or outside.Instead of plain ole’ veggies on a tray, place your veggies in glass and stand them upright.  Put your dips in martini glasses.Make several different flavors of Kool-aid or just use food coloring. Freeze the liquid in ice cube trays. Add the flavored or colored ice cubes to Sprite, 7-Up, or Ginger-ale.

Candle

Get glasses or jars of varying designs, place either fresh or silk flowers in them, fill with water, and float a candle on the top.  See more examples of centerpieces with glass jars with flowers in water below.

BubblesParty Tip
Cut open glow sticks & pour them into bubble solution. Glow in the dark bubbles. Great activities if you are having kids at your party!For a colorful and easy party table backdrop use balloons and crepe paper streamers.  For an added touch, place a photo of the mom when she was a baby.Glass jars with apples or whole limes and flowers. For an added touch wrap raffia around the jars and tie in bows.
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Get apothecary or candy jars at any dollar store and fill them with candies, cookies, etc., to make your party’s colors.

Again use the dollar store as a resource to find trays – silver or colored – and paint the bottom with chalkboard paint. Use as a sign or menu board at your party.

Let oranges, limes, or lemons soak in food coloring… Freeze and you could put them in a super cute punch. Cute idea for a bridal or baby shower, or just a hot summer day.
Party TipBlocks
Put fish-shaped ice cubes in punch for any ocean or water related baby shower theme. Get blank wood blocks at a craft store and paint them with non-toxic paints for baby’s playroom.Cool idea to make it easier for mom to send out all those thank you cards for coming to her party!
Party TipLights
Use trays or pie pans from the dollar store and candlesticks to make cake stands for your party.  Decorate them to match your party’s theme and colors.Get wood letters from a craft store and have your guests paint them. You can also provide silk flowers, bits of lace, yarn, paints, buttons, etc. Then mom can hang the letters in the nursery as wall decorations.Buy discount string lights at after holiday sales or dollar store. Transform your trees into a fairyland of lights. Great Garden Party idea.
Surprise your guests with a balloon walkway from the sidewalk to your front door. Secure the balloons with either long construction nails or golf tees.Blow up colored, polka dot, or striped balloons inside clear balloons.  Great for a reveal party!  Have the guests pop the balloons to reveal the sex of the baby.Color and flavor royal
icing with Jell-O.
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 Ice Roses – You need Distilled Water, Edible, Pesticide-free flowers, plants, herbs or fruit. Pretty, little, dainty flowers suspended in ice.  Use only organic, edible flowers. The last thing you want to do is poison your guest or make pesticide-laced ice cubes. You can also use berries, herbs, or fruits. A list of common edible flowers/herbs are:  chamomile, roses, pansies, lavender, begonias, Marigolds, Carnations, Day Lilies, Borage, Mint, Jasmine, Honeysuckle, Lilac.Deviled Chicks – Cut the eggs horizontally when the eggs are standing tall, dividing them about 2/3 tall instead of cutting them in half. It made them look more like little shell caps that way. Using a mini muffin tin is a life saver! Put the filling in a small zip sandwich bag with the corner snipped off. Use tiny bits of olives for eyes and little triangles for the beaks from a carrot. Place the “chicks” on to a serving platter with a couple lettuce leaves, adjusting the lettuce to help keep the eggs upright.Party food station ideas:

  1. Cookie Bar
  2. Mashed Potatoes
  3. S’mores
  4. Root beer floats
  5. Hot chocolate
  6. Cupcake
  7. Fruit
  8. Colorful Candy Bar
  9. Oatmeal
  10. Cereal
  11. Trail Mix
  12. Pasta
  13. Nacho Bar
  14. Pizza
  15. Yogurt
  16. Baked Potatoes
  17. Hot Dogs
  18. Chili
  19. Ice Cream
  20. Tacos
Backdrop
The Money Box – All you need is an empty Kleenex box. Oh and cash. Dollar bills. Tape the dollar bills together end to end with Scotch tape. Obviously the more dollar bills the greater the “WOW”. Stuff them in the Kleenex box with just one dollar sticking out of the box. It’s fun to watch someone’s eyes grow wider as they pull out the dollars that go on and on.Pick up 5-7 different colors of plastic tablecloths from the dollar store. Fold one side of the tablecloth back and forth into approximately two inch folds. Use a needle and string and threaded the string through the center of the folds. Once all colors are folded and strung, hang the backdrop from a couple of nails. After the strings were secured to the nails, spread the tablecloths out to cover the wall. Pretty easy, right? Use colors to match those chosen for your event. Mini Balloon-in-a-Box Invitations. You’ll need special 5″ balloons, which will hold the helium for a couple of hours. Tie your party invitation to the end of the string. When the box is opened, the balloon floats out and delivers your message. This means they’ll need to be hand-delivered. But that’s fine. Seeing reactions is the best part, right?
Coupon BoardCucumber Cups
Coupon Board – Great idea for a Sprinkle Shower. Instead of advice, give the new mom “coupon” gifts. Gifts of your time for household chores, shopping, babysitting, whatever will help make those first few weeks home easier.To get your balloons to hang down instead of up, put a marble in the balloon before you blow it up.Cucumber Cups
– To make the cups you simply scoop out some of the inside of the cucumber, as
shown above and then fill them with cottage cheese, yogurt, nut butters, veggie dips, hummus, tuna or chicken salads, etc. Also you can save the scooped out bits and add it back on top like a hat.
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