Baby showers are an occasion for fun and frolic. Yummy treats, beautiful decorations, and plenty of presents embody the experience. One way to make the celebration meaningful is by asking the guests to share their experiences with the expectant mother. They can also pray for her, so she may be blessed with serenity and strength in the days to come.
These keepsakes, called 'favors', may be store-bought or homemade. If you are a creative person, making your favors at home will be a process that you will enjoy. Homemade favors are cost-effective and can also be personalized. If you decide to take up the challenge, these ideas should help.
Traditionally, guests at a baby shower are only of the female persuasion, which is what makes this favor so appropriate. Most women love scented soaps, though even men are warming up to them! Scented soaps are fairly easy to make at home. If you are a novice in the art of making soaps, you can go out and buy a kit that guides you through the process.
Candles are also easy to make, but care needs to be taken while handling hot wax. Perfect for the occasion are candles made in baby food jars. Pink or blue candles in decorated jars, look very pretty and have great ornamental value. The materials that are needed when making candles are wax, colors, and wicks.
The process followed is to heat the wax, add the color you have chosen, and pour it into the baby food jar, while keeping the wick centered in the jar. It is advisable to start the process with the help of a kit, so as not to get discouraged. For finishing touches, you can decorate the jar with ribbons, lace, glitter, or baby theme embellishments.
Baby Shower Bookmarks
To make these bookmarks, you will need a computer, a printer, a scanner, a stock of white cards, and iron-on mat finish vinyl.
The first step is to scan pictures of baby items from the books you have. Alternatively, you can find and use free images from the internet. Print the picture onto the middle of a white card stock in a 2 ½" x 5 ½" rectangle. Print 2" x 2 ½" blue or pink rectangles, one above the picture and another below it.
The rectangles should be touching the top and bottom edges of the bookmark. Type your guest's name along with a cute baby verse in the box on the top. Your name and a 'thank you' will go into the box at the bottom.
Next, cut a strip of iron-only vinyl that is slightly larger than the bookmark. Place the vinyl on the bookmark after removing the protection backing. Do it carefully without trapping any air bubbles. Repeat the process for the other side and iron it according to directions. Cut the vinyl to fit the edges of the bookmark.
People love making and receiving handmade gifts. As they usually take a lot of time and effort to make, the tradition of handmade gifts is slowly being forsaken. But, even though they are time-consuming and may not be as fancy as store-bought gifts, a lot of love is involved in making them.