Here is an easy tutorial for the lace trim favor bags we made for my Vintage Glam Baby shower seen here. The idea for them actually came about last minute. We couldn’t find the specific style of favor bag in stores that would tie in with our party theme so we utilized what we had around the house to make our own, following the simple steps below.
Large Brown Paper Bags
Lace Trim paper punch (I used Martha Stewart’s)
Trim about 5 1/2 inches off the top of each paper bag and open.
Using lace paper punch, evenly punch the front side of the bag twice leaving about 1/4 inch between your first and second punch.
Repeat this step for the back of the bag.
Fill with goodies.
Simply seal each bag by hole punching the left and right side, tying them closed with a ribbon bow.
Posh little tip~
These inexpensive DIY bags are perfect for party favors and prizes. Change the color of the ribbon to match your celebration theme.
Our newest addition to the family will arrive sometime at the end of this month, or beginning of next. We celebrated the anticipation of her arrival a few weeks back at my vintage-glam themed baby shower brunch, which couldn’t have turned out better! I have my mom, sister and a few good friends to thank for their assistance in pulling together all the little details leading up to the event, the day was simply perfect.
In one of my previous posts Sunshine Yellow and Gray, I mentioned that I would be using that color scheme, along with some vintage and glam details, to pull together my concept for the celebration. Here’s a look back at my special day and all the details that made it so posh.
Brunch has forever been one of my all time favorite meals, so of course I had to incorporate that into the day when planning the menu. I am a big fan of little bites and appetizer portions so that’s how everything was prepared, in mini sizes. The delicious homemade menu consisted of the following; french toast rounds with maple syrup, a yogurt parfait station complete with fresh fruit, golden raisins, coconut, granola, white chocolate chips and pecans. We also served turkey sausage links, turkey bacon skewers, fresh fruit skewers made up of cantoulope, mango and pineapple and accompanied by a heavenly orange dream dip made by my Mother In-law. Lastly we ate mini frittatas, assorted cheese, fresh bagels and light cream cheese, donut holes and roasted potato cups.
To go along with the menu we served virgin mimosas using fresh mango orange juice and san pellegrino. We also prepared homemade virgin caesars, and a homemade cucumber lemonade. So fresh and perfect for a spring time soiree.
The sweet menu consisted of small bites as well, all of which were homemade and tied in perfectly with the color scheme. The dessert table included homemade lemon poppyseed muffin pops, skinny mango cheesecake bites, onesie lemon sugar cookies, mini cinnamon rolls, gray and white M&Ms, mango pineapple and lemon gummy bears, yogurt dipped raisins and almonds, and banana and vanilla saltwater tafffy. Each guest was given a favor bag to fill up with sweets of their choice as a little token of our appreciation.
The onesie sugar cookies were the perfect touch. I incorporated fresh lemon juice into the glaze so you could taste citrus in every bite. They were also hand designed by myself with the assistance of my sister and good friend using sugar pearls in our yellow and gray color scheme.
I found the recipe for the lemon poppyseed muffins in a cookbook and just cooked them in mini muffin pans. I inserted sticks into them the same way you would if making cake pops.
The recipe for the mini cinnamon rolls came from this fabulous blog: Iowa Girl Eats. I chose to use organic crescent dough from Trader Joes, just a personal preference. They were a big hit!
The decor and dishes used in the display tables and throughout the shower were a combination of vintage and modern. I added sparkle by adorning some decorative pieces with crystals, which I found antiquing. I borrowed the rest of the pieces from family and friends. The fabric for the tables was purchased from a local fabric store, and I found the birdcages at Michaels. Printed paper treat bags were purchased online and I found the damask plates and napkins at a local party store.
For the flower arrangements, I used milk glass, vintage decanters, vintage wine glasses, mason jars and teacups. The doily banners was hand designed by simply threading twine through doilies, and the adorable baby clothesline was hand designed by my sister using twine and the same glitter clothespins from my previous post Glamorous Glitter Clothespins.
To create the centerpiece on the left I used inexpensive flowers; carnations snap dragons daisies and spider mums and put them in a vintage decanter and mason jar. I used a vintage gold mirror, twine and a white porcelain bird to finish off the look. I used the same flowers for the centerpiece on the right and placed them in an old china teapot. I hung some crystals from the spout for the touch of glam. These same details were displayed all throughout the shower.
Here’s another look at some of the florals and table decor.
And here are some additional views of the decor from the celebration. The letter ‘M’ is the initial of our baby girl’s first name. My husband distressed it and painted it for me and we hung from the front door for a personal touch. All of the decorative pieces here will be incorporated into the nursery, which I will be revealing over the next few weeks once it’s finally finished!
To tie in our colors I custom designed all prints including invites and labels in a yellow damask with gray accents.
The fun games from the shower consisted of Guess Mommy’s Tummy size, Attributes, Never say baby Clothespins, Guess how many diapers, and Finish the Nursery Rhymes. We used the glitter clothespins I blogged about a few weeks back for “Never say baby.” Prize bags were hand designed. Check back next week for my easy and inexpensive DIY tutorial on these.
Here are some more snapshots from the celebration.
and more with my favorite people…
I whipped up these pretty pastel meringue cookies for Easter Sunday and they couldn’t be more fitting for the celebration. They not only look gorge, but taste delicious as well. The orange extract and food coloring I used adds the perfect Spring touch!
Easter Meringue Cookies
2 egg whites at room temperature
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup white sugar (You can add up to 1/2 a cup but I prefer less so they’re not too sweet)
1/2 teaspoon orange extract (or any extract of your choice)
a few drops of food coloring
Preheat oven to 225.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Beat egg whites, salt and cream of tartar on low, gradually increasing the speed until foamy.
Increase the speed to medium high and gradually add the sugar, a small amount at a time.
Increase the mixer to the highest speed and whip until glossy stiff peaks form.
Pour in extract and whip for a few more moments until thoroughly combined.
If you will be adding the food coloring, evenly divide meringue mixture into separate bowls, adding a drop or two of food coloring to each. Stir well.
Spoon meringue mixture into separate ziplock bags and squeeze out the air. Cut off a corner of the bag and pipe meringues onto a cookie sheet.
The meringue should hold its form.
Bake in the oven for 90 minutes.
Once done baking, turn the oven off, leaving the meringues inside to dry out. I suggest an hour or two.
When meringues are done they should be crisp on the outside with an airy interior texture.
If you have any extras, they can be stored in an airtight container.
posh little tip~
Put these cookies in your children’s Easter baskets this year. They’re a much healthier alternative to excessively sweet chocolates and candy and they will love them just as much! My daughter certainly does.