Cool Baby Shower Activities for Your Guests

July 25th, 2013
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Match guests to their baby pics. Image: PamelaVWhite

So you’re hosting a baby shower. The guests have all arrived, the decor is perfect, the food is out…now what?

Baby showers are fun in and of themselves — the food selection and the opening of gifts provide entertaiment for the guest of honor and attendees.

However, some baby showers take a little something extra to get them off the ground. Here are a few great activities to get guests mingling and having fun.

 

Name That Tune, Baby!

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Advice cards make an adorable keepsake for Mom and Dad.

Play music selections that have “baby” or “babe” in the title (“I’ve Got You, Babe” by Sonny and Cher, “Babe” by Stix, “Maybe Baby” by Buddy Holly, “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears) and have guests guess the tune. The person who guesses the most titles correctly wins a prize.

Shh – Don’t Say “Baby”

Keep track of how many times the word “baby” is said during the shower (you might want to enlist a friend’s help for this) and who says it. Each time a guest says “baby,” she gets a diaper pin on her shirt. The guest at the end of the shower with the least baby pins on his or her clothing wins.

Who’s That Baby?

Ask each guest ahead of time to send or e-mail you a picture of herself as an infant. At the party, set up the pictures, along with a sheet of paper in front of each photo. Guests much guess which baby is today’s adult.

Celebrity Baby Match-Up

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Match celebrity babies to their famous parents.

Print out pictures of the children of various celebrities. Also print out a sheet of the parents’ names and have it visible. Gather guests around and have them guess who the celeb parents are. The most amount of correct matches wins.

Present Opening Lotto

Set a timer for a random amount of time and face it away from the mom-to-be as she’s opening gifts. When the timer goes off, the guest whose present Mom is opening wins a small gift.

Fun Party Scratch-Offs

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Scratch off a game and win a prize! Easy and fun.

Buy game-of-chance scratchoffs. Guests can win small prizes such as a $5 gift certificate to a spa or to a coffee house.

Advice Book for Mom and Dad

Buy or make a pretty book with blank pages, or print or buy advice cards and bind them into a book. As guests arrive, have each sit down with the book and write out a piece of advice for the new parents. This will become a keepsake to treasure forever.

Baby’s Time Capsule

When you send out the party invitations, ask each guest to bring one item that symbolizes the time period Baby will be born in. It could be a CD of current music, a newspaper clipping, a piece of fashion clothing, etc. Gather these items as the guests arrive and put them into a pretty box. After Mom-to-be has opened her gifts, give her the time capsule as a special gift.

These ideas will get guests into the party spirit and open up conversations among guests who don’t know each other very well. They’re the perfect ice-breakers to make the baby shower awesome, so try them…you’ll be surprised how much guests get into a little fun and games!

 

 

Hot Ideas For Summer

July 17th, 2013
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Image credit: Lapis Beach

Call me crazy, but I LOVE it when the thermometer pushes up into the 90s. Where we live, we get a nice coastal breeze to offset some of the fatigue of a truly hot day, but with the brilliant sunshine and lazy, warm, vacation feel of full-on summer.

Now’s the time for beachy honeymoons (even close to home because the weather is so balmy and beautiful), cute sandals, and tote bags loaded with beach towels and a really great book or two. Come celebrate the season with us with these great gift choices.

 

Cute Flip Flop Luggage TagspicFlipFlopLuggageTags

Going somewhere, darlings? Keep track of your luggage with these fun, summer-themed luggage tags.

Each measures 4″ X 2.5″, with plenty of room for your identifying details so your luggage will never get lost again. Available in a minimum order of 12, these tags make great gifts or wedding favors. They’re also fun gifts for your bridesmaids if you’re having a destination wedding.

 

picMuranoGlassCardHoldersMurano Glass Starfish Place Card Holders

Wow! Sophisticated yet whimsical (and oh so very summer), these Murano glass place card holders make great keepsakes. Give them as favors or set them up on your reception tables for an eye-grabbing presentation.

Each is 3″ tall, with a sea-theme swirl throughout. A heart shaped metal holder is attached at the top. On the bottom, a clear base holds them in place securely on your tables.

 

Summery Save the Date MagnetspicTropicalSavetheDateMagnets

Save the date magnets are great because your guests won’t lose them — and they won’t be surprised when the big day is suddenly upon them! Each is personalized with your info.

These courtesy reminders are beautiful as well as functional. They depict a tropical beach scene overlooking deep blue waters. A powder-blue sky arches overhead. Order minimum: 10 magnets.

 

picCherryBlossomFansCherry Blossom Fans

Guests keep cool with these pretty fans. Personalization is available if you’d like to turn them into keepsakes.

With a pretty Asian flair and bamboo handles, these fans will be a most welcome addition to your warm-weather outdoor wedding. They’re also adorable on your reception tables, doubling as both favors and decor.

 

 

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Cupcakes are the “next big thing” for wedding desserts! Brides are choosing collections of them in tiers, and they’re also perfect for wedding showers. These adorable wrappers have petals extending from the sides to make a pretty summer sunflower.

The example shown is just right — white icing with brown specks, like the inside of a fresh summer flower. These are a special-order item, so get your orders in early.

 

Summer goes by quickly, so make this one memorable. Here’s to a warm and wonderful summertime filled with good times, and memories that will last.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cake Toppers and Cake “Jewelry”: Wow!

July 7th, 2013

We know how it is. You have big dreams – on a less than royal budget. (Been there.) Yet your wedding deserves the very best you can give it; it is a testament to your and your groom’s love for one another.

Dilemma? Not with these gorgeous cake toppers and cake jewelry! We’ve selected only the highest-quality, most “oooh”-worthy pieces for our favorsbyserendipity.com catalog (and for you). These pretty pieces start at  just $39.98 (yes, really), and all of the choices show below are less than $120. Enjoy, princess!

picPetiteMedalionsCakeTopperSparkling Petite Medallions: Make Your Whole Cake Sparkle

Gorgeous clusters of 1” diameter Swarovski crystal make your cake special. There’s just something about Swarovski that really catches the light, setting off beautiful glimmers to highlight your pretty cake.

Arrange the crystals at intervals as shown, or have your baker place them randomly on the surface of the cake. You can also have them glued to faux flowers. $79 for a set of 12 medallions. (Also see our larger size medallions here.)

Contemporary Love Birds: Modern Love! picContemporaryLoveBirdsTopper

Like all things contemporary? Then you’ll love the gorgeous lines of these two nesting birds. One bird gently snuggles his partner’s neck in a show of true and forever-love. This topper is 5.5” long, the perfect size to grace the top tier of your cake.

Take them home after the wedding and use them as a table topper to remind you of your special day. Their meticulous quality means you’ll enjoy them for years to come. A steal at only $39.98.

picMonogramsSparkleCakeTopMonograms With Swarovski Flowers: Style and Elegance

Your first initial and his grace the top of your cake beautifully with these Swarovski crystal-glazed letters. Check out the detailing in the crystal flowers – simply gorgeous.

They’re set on a glimmering metal background to catch the light in brilliance during your reception. And they’re big enough for real eye-grabbing impact. Available in any letter of the alphabet on a background of either gold or silver; $69.99 for the set.

Starfish Cake Topper: A Dreamy Beach Wedding picStarfishCakeTop

Dreams of romantic walks on the beach come to life with this simple – and simply elegant – starfish cake topper. It’s a pure, traditional “wedding white” and is graced with a cluster of seashells at its base. This topper stands 6” high for great visibility on the top tier of any cake.

Our Starfish is extremely popular for destination weddings, but it’s also perfect for a “closer to home” venue with a beachy theme.

picFairytaleCastleCakeTopFairytale Dreams Castle: A Regal Touch

Okay, all you princesses out there, this one’s for you! (And aren’t we all princesses on our special day?) This glazed porcelain creation sits atop your cake for a fairytales-come-true effect. Match it with other princess and traditional décor at your reception.

We love the detailing in this piece. (Click the enlargement in the link for a closeup.) And at the foyer are printed the words “And they lived happily ever after,” such a sweet addition. 6” high; $59.99.

Check out all our cake jewelry options here. And may all your wedding dreams come true.

 

 

 

Fall 2013′s Coolest Wedding Color Trends: Spice Things Up!

July 4th, 2013

With fall just three months away — and the fall weddings that come with it — we’ve had a lot of requests lately about choosing colors.

I LOVE color in weddings. All white, black-and-white, etc. have their own impact, but adding onto those traditional hues can really transform your wedding.

But which colors? Well, to find out what’s hot for fall 2013, let’s start at the source. If you haven’t seen color guru Pantone’s palette for Fall 2013, have a gander:

Source: Pantone

Pretty, eh? I was glad to see at least one jewel tone in there (acai) and some dreamy summer cross-overs (emerald, mykonos, deep lichen green).

Wow...amazing what a great hue can do. Gown: Vera Wang Bridal Gown 2013 collection.

Overall, Pantone’s 2013 picks for fall seem to lean toward earthy, with a bit of a retro flavor. That makes sense — each of these styles is has been super-hot for approximately the last three years. That doesn’t mean the colors aren’t trendy and fresh; it means brides are continuing to love them. Which is a good thing.

Now, with that said: I’m not calling myself the Queen of Color or anything (though I do tend to have an eye for it), but I would have loved to see a few more intense jewel tones. Subtle and soft is wonderful, but a punch of “clear” color can really make the wedding.

Other than that, I like Pantone’s choices overall. There’s so much you can do with them, and they undeniably say “fall.” Here’s where you can use a splash of color to make your wedding beautiful:

Your Wedding Wear

Instead of the traditional all-white, select ivory or antique for your wedding dress color, then add a colorful sash or bow. A few faux colorful jewels on your headpiece look amazing, too.

The Groom’s Attire

Naturally, the boutonniere is the one place grooms and groomsmen typically show some color. So start there. He might also look into matching his cumberbund or choosing a different but complimentary color to the boutonniere.

Your Bridesmaids

How about turning things around and dressing your bridesmaids white or antique to match your gown, with ribbons of gorgeous color throughout the fabric?  A fascinator for the hair is another cool color option for bridesmaids.

For a beautiful maid of honor gift, choose a real or faux gem necklace in a color that coordinates with your wedding.

Yes, these do taste as beautiful as they look. Brownie pops, mmmm.

Your Wedding Cake

Cakes are seriously dressed up this year. Have the bakery put pretty ganache “leaves” in fall colors around the base; add a few sprinkled on top. Edible candy gems around the base or on the sides is pretty, too.

Another way to add color: ask your bakery to use an all-over ganache in one of the above Pantone colors (or the fall color of your choice). That makes a very dramatic look and will be memorable to your guests.

Or choose a individual desserts in varying fall colors. Cupcakes, brownie pops or tarts covered in red berries are gorgeous and yummy.

Invitations and Wedding Favors

Awesome autumn bouquet boxes in trendy 2013 colors.

If there’s any time of year to go super-splendorous with color, it’s fall! Your wedding invitations will be unique if you choose colors that match your color scheme. One dramatic look that I’ve seen (and love) is a deep jewel-colored background.

Favors are another great way to add pizzazz. Either have the favors themselves match your wedding colors, or wrap them up in a colorful organza bow or in a box.

I can’t wait to see what our brides come up with for their autumn 2013 choices. Have fun with your selections, lovelies!