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Bridal Shower Bingo

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BRIDAL SHOWER BINGO

Last night at the bridal shower for my nephews soon-to-be bride, we played Bridal Shower Bingo. It’s one of my favorite games to play at a shower (baby or bridal) because it gives the guests something to do while the gifts are opened. I will admit, it is a totally selfish reason for me, because I find the gift opening to be really boring most of the time. This turns it into a fun game with guests shouting BINGO when they’ve got 5 in a row. Then I let them pick a prize and the gift opening continue!

I created a really simple and FREE PRINTABLE Bridal Shower Bingo card. Have a great time at your next bridal shower with it! Simply print it out, distribute to guests with a pen and have them fill in the squares with gifts they think she might receive. Then as gifts are opened they cross off any they guessed correctly. When someone gets 5 in a row, they yell “BINGO!” and get a small prize. 

Bridal Shower Bingo Free Printable

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Birthday Cake Alternatives

I recently posted about the Brownie Dessert Pizza I made for my husbands birthday. If you’ve got a birthday headed your way and the person you’re celebrating doesn’t care for cake or can’t have it because of dietary restrictions, I’ve got some really great birthday cake alternatives they’ll be sure to love!

I think you’ll find that they won’t feel like an “alternative” at all, and you may just find yourself a new tradition!

10 Birthday Cake Alternatives

1- Dessert Pizza

I made this decadent brownie dessert pizza for my husbands birthday and it was amazing. It had a homemade chocolate buttercream, homemade quick caramel sauce and M&M’s® Crispy on top. It was awesome! You could do a sugar cookie base, cream cheese frosting and lots of fresh berries for a fruit pizza too – that’d be perfect for spring!

10 Birthday Cake Alternatives - eventstocelebrate.netBrownie Dessert Pizza by Events To Celebrate

2 – Waffle Cake

If you’re hosting a slumber party for your birthday boy or girl, this would be the ultimate way to wake them up! I love that Rachel at Eazy Peazy Meals used a boxed cake mix in hers. Genius!  There are so many fun waffle irons on the market in different shapes that you can really play with this idea!

10 Birthday Cake Alternatives - eventstocelebrate.netWaffle Cake from Eazy Peazy Meals

3- Cookie Tower

Whether your favorite cookie is an Oreo, Chips Ahoy or something else, pile them up and call it good! Serve with ice cold milk and you’ve really got a party going. The Birthday Cake Oreo Cookies would be perfect for this! 10 Birthday Cake Alternatives - eventstocelebrate.netOreo Cookie Tower from Fab You Bliss

4- Ice Cream Sandwiches

These homemade peanut butter cookies are only made better by one thing – the homemade strawberry ice cream sandwiched between them. Perfect for any size party because you can make the cookies large or small and pre-scoop the ice cream and keep them in muffin tins until you’re ready to use them! I made the ice cream in my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker (I got the orange one!) and we use it way more often than I thought we would! 

10 Birthday Cake Alternatives - eventstocelebrate.netPeanut Butter Sandwich Cookies by Events To Celebrate

5- Dipped Fruit

This is the perfect solution for kids with allergies or even if your looking for a healthier alternative. Set up a chocolate fondu station with lots of fruit options to dip or make chocolate (or yogurt) dipped bananas with lots of topping choices. 

10 Birthday Cake Alternatives - eventstocelebrate.netChocolate Dipped Bananas by Super Healthy Kids

6- Ice Cream Bar

I absolutely love this option. It let’s guests customize their own dessert. Simply offer a few ice cream flavors and lots of topping and sauce options and you’re all set! 

10 Birthday Cake Alternatives - eventstocelebrate.netIce Cream Bar by Events To Celebrate

7- Cookie Cake

I still remember when I saw Kelsey Nixon post this on Instagram when she made it for her son’s birthday. It’s brilliant, and she has step by step instructions on her website so yours can look (and taste) just as good! I love that you could totally customize this by using chopped candy bars instead of chocolate chips. 

10 Birthday Cake Alternatives - eventstocelebrate.netChocolate Chip Cookie Cake by Kelsey Nixon

 8- Build Your Own Pie

I’ve seen this idea done at showers, but using the snack packs really makes it kid friendly! 

10 Birthday Cake Alternatives - eventstocelebrate.netPie Bar from Play Party Pin

9 – Rice Krispie Cake

I happen to be one of those people that can eat an entire pan of rice krispie treats. So, for me, this “cake” would be heaven! Layers of treats are sandwiched with lots of frosting and sprinkles!

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Rice Krispie Cake by Sprinkle Bakes

 10 – Donut Tower 

II agree with them, that it is more striking when you have one type of donut, but mixing it up will make the most guests happy. No time to bake? Just pick up some donuts at the grocery store bakery. This would be the perfect solution to the no-cake-conundrum. 

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Donut Tower by Talkin Chow Playin House

And since these ideas look so much better, especially for a birthday party, served on a cake stand, I thought I would link you to my favorite. Its a simple white porcelain cake stand that is super versatile! You can buy it here: Porcelain Round Cake Stand

Song For a Fifth Child Printable

Song for a Fifth Child PrintableMy favorite nursery poem is Song for a Fifth Child by Ruth Hulbert Hamilton. Reading it makes me feel affirmed about having my first priority be all the rocking, snuggling and loving I do with my precious little ones. They are growing up much too quickly and I love the message in the poem that there is so much that can wait, but enjoying each moment with our babies is something we’ll never regret. It acknowledges all that pulls at us as Mothers and gives such a sweet and gentle image of the bliss you feel while rocking your baby, despite all there is to do. 

I created this printable to put in an 8×10 frame in my sons nursery and share it here with you if you’d like to do the same. 

Click to open and print the pdf: Song for a Fifth Child Printable

Celebrate each moment! 

Best Products for a New Mom

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Headed to a baby shower and don’t know what to get? 

I had our son just over three months ago and wanted to share with you some of what I think are the best products for a new mom. It’s amazing to me what I’ve discovered this time that I wish I’d had with my daughter. So, whether you are looking for yourself or shopping for a gift – take my advice, these items are sure to help them out whether it’s their first or fifth child.

Click on the photo’s to be taken to Amazon (affiliate links) where you can purchase these items.

Best Products for a New Mom

1- Oxi Clean Gel
My daughter only ever got poop on her outfit two or three times but my son does two or three times per week. Oxi Clean Max Force Gel to the rescue! Seriously, it’s been a clothes-saver!

2- Car Seat Mirror

We all know the importance of keeping your baby rear facing in the car, but it’s hard when you can’t see them! This attaches to your backseat and allows you to glance at your baby through your  rear view mirror or with a quick glance to the back seat. I can’t live without it.  

3- WubbaNub Binky

I didn’t have the Wubbanub pacifier with my daughter and it has been SUCH A LIFESAVER with my son. The little stuffed animal actually keeps the binky in their mouth even if they relax/fall asleep! It is my favorite find this time around and is a total life saver when the baby is in his car seat! Plus, there are lots of darling animals to choose from. 

4- Car Bottle Warmer

We are in the car A LOT and having a car bottle warmer that plugs into the lighter is genius! It heats up the water for a bottle in about 15 minutes and comes in handy when you’ve got a day full of errands to run or are headed out for a road trip! It was less than $10 too!

5- Car Seat Cover

Having an infant in the winter makes me extra paranoid! I’m always afraid that he’s freezing. We borrowed this fleece lined car seat cover from our neighbor and it keeps him SO WARM! Plus, he can’t kick it off like a blanket so I don’t have to worry. I love it, I had no idea how much I would love it. 

6- Diaper Genie
If you think a lidded garbage can will keep diaper odors at bay – give it a week and you’ll be gagging each time you open it. The diaper genie is an odor miracle, trust me!

7- Hand Sanitizer

Call me a germaphobe, but you really can’t be too careful when you bring your newborn home. I place several bottles around my house and invite guests to use it as they come for a visit. This hand sanitizer is my favorite because it stays on hands even if they get wet or washed! 

8- Bouncy Seat
Both of my children have LOVED the bouncy seat. Neither have enjoyed a swing, so this gets used a lot at our house when I’m making dinner, taking a shower or doing laundry. I love that they are light weight and has toys that are detachable for when you don’t want them.

9 – Bassinet

I prefer to keep my infant in a bassinet next to my bed for the first few months. The one pictured is very similar to the one I have and I love that it is the same height as our bed so the baby is truly within reach, and I love that it has a dim light that gives just enough light to care for your baby, but not so much that it really wakes them up. 

10- Sleep Training Book

 I recommend reading Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child about a month before your baby is due. Then, you can reference it during each developmental stage mentioned in the book as you go along with your baby. You’ll be much too tired those first months to remember a thing so reading it ahead of time is best. I have followed this with both of my babies and it works! I promise! Start the day you get home and you’ll be so glad you did!

11- Big Sister Gift

I am not sure why I’ve never thought of this. So many that came to celebrate the arrival of our son brought a small gift for our daughter as well and it was so wonderful. She got stickers, fun hair bows, special treats and other things that were just for being a new big sister. It did so much to help her in this new transition and is something I’ll be doing as well from now on!

12- Newborn Photography Session Newborn Photography - eventstocelebrate.net(this is my precious baby boy- isn’t he dreamy?!)

My sister in law Bree at Bluebird Pictures is an amazing newborn photographer. With both of our children she has gifted us a newborn photography session and they are the most cherished photos we have! They just can’t compare with the ones we take each day with our phones. Whether you live in Utah and can book her, or find another photographer in your area – it will be a gift that the receiver cherishes each day!

13- House Cleaning Session

I didn’t actually receive this gift, but my neighbor told me her mother gave her this when she had her fourth or fifth child. I think it’s brilliant, especially for moms that aren’t having their first. Your hands are full – literally- with a newborn and it would be amazing to have Merry Maids show up a few weeks after to give your house a good deep clean!

14- Gift Cards for Eating Out

The meals that family and neighbors brought in that first week were so wonderful. But a good friend of mine gave me a few gift cards to some eateries in town that came in handy about a month after our baby was born. There are just those nights when you can’t fit one more thing in to your schedule, you are exhausted from no sleep and these really rescued the dinner dilemma! The best part was that they were places with a drive-thru window so we could just grab it and bring it home!

15 – Video Baby Monitor

My husband bought me a video baby monitor this time around and I LOVE having it! No more crawling on the floor of the nursery to check on my little one! There are so many on the market from expensive to REALLY expensive so check out the different features and see which fits your style. There are some that have a longer range than others (good for a large house), some show room temperature, have two way communication and even allow you to control them from an app on your phone! 

Brunch Recipes

With Mother’s Day fast approaching I was searching for some brunch recipes to use this weekend and decided I’d share with you some of my favorites. I’ve used a few in the past and plan to use a couple of these this weekend. I’m hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch this Saturday for my Mom (here’s how last year’s brunch turned out) and can’t wait to share this years details with you next week! Stay tuned!

Another HUGE reason I’m on the hunt for recipes is because if I don’t prepare something that can be baked in the oven or put together really easily, I’ll be getting a bowl of cold cereal for my own Mother’s Day breakfast in bed. My husband, bless his heart, is not good in the kitchen – but he mows our lawn like a baseball field grounds keeper. 🙂 Isn’t it great that we all have our talents that we contribute to a marriage?

Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes:

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1 – Breakfast Pizza by Cooking with Curls (I’m on board with pizza anything)

2- Bacon Egg Cups by Sugar & Spice Gals (I’m doing a version of these this weekend)

3 – Dole Pineapple Mango Smoothie by Super Healthy Kids (I’m making this with coconut milk rather than regular milk this weekend)

4 – Cinnamon Roll Casserole/Breakfast Casserole by Marci Coombs (this is the one I made last year – YUM!)

5 – Blueberry Croissant Puff by The Girl Who Ate Everything (I seriously need this in my life each week!)

6 – Cheesy Frittata by One Creative Mommy (I love loading in veggies with my eggs and cheese!)

7 – Oatmeal Pancakes by Simplistically Sassy (I want this entire stack of pancakes please!)

8 – Homemade Granola Parfait  by Yummy Healthy Easy (I think this is something my husband could actually assemble on Mother’s Day for me)

9 – Omelette in a Bag by Favorite Family Recipes (kids would LOVE this and you can make several at a time – win, win!)

10 – Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Pie by Coffee With Us 3 (the danger with this one is that I might eat the entire pan)

Hosting a Shower on a Budget

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Whether you’re hosting a shower for an expectant mother or bride-to-be, the cost can add up. Here are my best tips and tricks for hosting a shower on a budget and still wow-ing the guests and guest of honor. 

#1 RULE FOR HOSTING A SHOWER ON A BUDGET- Don’t do it alone!

Seriously. Gone are the days of it being required to be the maid of honor who throws the shower. Showers for brides or babies can be hosted by the sister, mother, friend or a combination of all of them. I recommend having at least three people host the shower in order to split not only the costs, but the responsibilities of the shower.

How do I like to split things up? Invitations & Decorations by one (or a group) person, Food done by another person (or group) and Games or Activities done by another person (or group). 

Let’s talk about how to be frugal in each of these areas:

 

Hosting a Shower on a Budget: Invitations & Decorations

1- Look for free printable decorations. This should always be the first thing you do!! Google “Free Printable Baby/Bridal Shower” and you will get tons of results. One of my favorite sources is here. I’ve used them several times. All you do is download the package to your computer and either print at home or send to a copy/print center (highly recommended). Need something customized? Most of the time you can get the creator of the free printables to do a little customization for just a few dollars (like, less than $5)! 

I used these free Little Man printables at the last shower I helped with and it saved so much time and money! 

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2- Don’t mail invitations to every guest on the list. Just as outdated as the rule that the shower has to be thrown by a certain person, is the idea that a mailed invitation is the only classy way to do an invite. Now through social media and email you can contact tons of people without spending a dime! Create an event on Facebook, or send a digital invitation through email. You can still design a cute invite, just don’t have it printed – upload it and send it instead! Now, you’ll most likely have to still use snail-mail for great-aunt Beth, but the amount you’ll save from not mailing to everyone goes a long way in your budget!

3 – Incorporate your gift into the decor. I created a onesie garland for the last shower I hosted and at the end I gave the expectant mother the onesies as a gift. You can do this with all kinds of things, get creative!

Baby Shower Onsie Garland

 

 

Hosting a Shower on a Budget: Food

1- Don’t have the shower during a meal time. Instead, plan for a brunch shower from 10 – 11:30 or an afternoon dessert shower from 1:00 – 3:00. By not having to serve an entire or specific meal, your options are wide open and your savings just went up! 

2- Serve one item as a bar. I’ve mentioned this before in other posts, but the more options you offer, the more food people will eat. If you pick one item and serve it as a build-your-own-bar, then guests will make one and most likely not come back for seconds. Some of my favorite dessert bars are: ice cream sundae, fruit pizzas, fruit & yogurt parfaits or Crepes/Waffles. Some of my favorite savory bars are: Nachos, Bruschetta Bar (slices of toasted bread with 3-4 bruchetta topping options), Baked Potato Bar, Pasta Bar, and Salad Bar. For more ideas, read this.

Ice Cream Sundae Bar Toppings

3- Don’t buy Dinner Plates. The size of the plates and cups you offer will also help manage the portion size guests take. Purchase appetizer plates and smaller glasses. Chances are high they will get settled in their spot and not want to keep getting up for more. 

 

Hosting a Shower on a Budget: Games & Activities

1- Three is the magic number! Don’t plan more games or activities than three. I like to do one that can be done at the guests liesure, while they mingle and chat. Another that is useful or helpful to the guest of honor (creating the pages of their sign-in book, or making cute hair bows for their new baby), and the last is just something fun. 

I’ve got some really fun, and totally not lame ideas here, here and here. 

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2- Use Free Printables! Just like in decorations, there are tons of free shower game printables for bingo, candy bar games, guess the stats, etc. Use them – they are FREE!!

3- Incorporate the favor into one of the games. Rather than spending double to provide a prize for one of the games and a favor for the event – combine the two and give something sweet and special to all of the guests for part of one of the activities. 

So there you have it, my opinions on how you can host a totally awesome shower without spending a ton of money. What are your best practices for keeping to a budget when hosting a shower?

Inexpensive Centerpieces

Whether you’re decorating for a baptism luncheon, church activity, ladies lunch or any other event with lots of people, chances are you’re on a budget. I was asked by my sister to brainstorm some inexpensive centerpieces for her and thought I’d share the list I sent her with you. She was doing centerpiecesfor a large family lunch being held after a baptism and wanted something cute, but that wouldn’t break the bank either. Many of them double as favors for guests to take home, or have uses after the party is over!

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20 Inexpensive Centerpieces:

1 – House plants, potted flowers or a small pine tree (during the holidays) placed in a cute pot or wrapped in coordinating paper and tied with a ribbon are simple, and have a purpose after the event

2 – A cowboy boot filled with wheat or daisies

3 – A balloon bouquet – not helium filled

4 – A solid color gift bag filled with tissue paper and a few balloons on white plastic sticks coming out of it

5 – Place a large Tissue Paper Pom Pom in the center with confetti scattered around

6 – A vase filled with Tissue Paper Flowers (like these I made for Mother’s Day

Tissue Paper Flower - Mother's Day Gift

6 – A cylindar vase filled with wrapped candies, fruit or ornaments

7 – Serve the desserts on the table – a cake stand piled high with donuts or cupcakes looks cute and tastes great!

8 – Giant homemade party cone hats that have fun and crafty decorations (glitter, pom poms, tassels)

9 – Spray paint or wrap in scrapbook paper empty tin cans in different colors and put three on a table with white flowers in each one or make paper pinwheels to adhere to bamboo skewers and fill each container with a few pin wheels

10 – Grow wheat grass in tinfoil containers and wrap the base in streamers to hid the tin foil (like these I made for a Butterfly Themed Birthday Party)

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11 – Purchase candlesticks from a thrift store and spray paint them a solid color. Add a small tissue paper pom pom to the top. Put two on each table.

12 – Add Mod Podge to the bottom half of a clear glass canning jar and roll it in glitter or dip in craft paint

13 – Make a small double or triple layer cake for each table and add a pennant banner on sticks for a cake topper

14 – Wrap empty boxes in wrapping paper and top with lots of cute ribbon (like these from this Jungle Party)

Jungle Birthday Party Centerpiece

15 – Thin tree branches (like willow tree) spray painted and displayed in a cylinder vase

16 – Candy display – a bouquet of suckers, candy sticks or a bamboo skewer of treats all displayed in a vase (you could do something like these Mustache Suckers I made for this shower)

Sucker Bouquet Centerpiece

17 – Paper bag or tin can luminaries (make sure your venue allows open flames)

18 – String photos, Chinese lanterns, upside down balloons (put a marble in each one to help weigh it down) , 3D Snowflakes or tissue paper pom poms and hang them from the ceiling in a small cluster in the center of each table. I like to hang mine with fishing line and use a glue dot to adhere the string to a thumb tack that is pushed into the ceiling. (like these balloons from a Barney Themed party or the photos from my In-Laws 60th Birthday Celebration)

Balloon chandelier

Bold Birthday Decorations

 19 – Grow your own herbs in small terracotta pots and display a few on each table. (Like these featured in Good Housekeeping)

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20 – Stack a few books on each table and add a teacup or two on saucers at the top of the stack. Add a single large bloom flower (like a peony) to each teacup. 

Here are a few other ideas that are specific to weddings, but would also work really great!

Baby Shower Games

Recently, I got to help with the decorations at a baby shower. My niece planned three games that I thought were awesome (and we don’t think many shower games are awesome). They were fun, worked for any size group and didn’t take long, which left plenty of time for catching up with other guests and eating more dessert. 🙂

Baby Shower Games - Events To Celebrate

 

Baby Shower Games:

Baby Shower Talking Diapers Activity

A simple display of diapers and markers let the creativity of each guest blossom! It was great to have out as guests mingled and enjoyed lunch. We were invited to write a message on each diaper for changing time. Some of my favorites were:
“HOT & READY!”
“There’s more where that came from!”
“I’ll meet you back here at 3 am”

Baby Shower Games

Baby Shower Poopy Diapers Game:

This one was hilarious and gross at the same time! Each of 6 diapers was filled with a combination of 3 chocolate candy bars (she just microwaved them a bit). The diapers were passed around and each guest had to guess what candy bars were in the mix. The paper listed the candy bar options at the top and then the diaper numbers down the left side of the paper. The gross part was that they really looked like poopy diapers, but they smelled like a candy bar! It was hilarious to see them being passed around and guests smelling, smooshing and trying to figure out what was included. I’ve got FREE PRINTABLE player cards and a key card for you right here

Baby Shower Games

Baby shower games 

Baby Shower Candy Bar Game: 

Baby Shower Candy Bar Game Master List - Events To Celebrate

I was having way too much fun during this one to take a picture (sorry, but I won 4 candy bars!). But, to make up for it I made you some free printables. I kept them simple so you could print them on a coordinating color paper. 

Print a copy of the player card for each baby shower attendee. Purchase one of each of the candy bars to use as prizes. Read aloud the phrase and have guests try to guess which candy bar corresponds with that phrase. After reading all of the phrases, give the correct answer. The first person to chime in that they got the answer correct gets the candy bar. 

Click here to print the Master List: Baby Shower Candy Bar Game Master List – Events To Celebrate

Click here to print the player card: Baby Shower Candy Bar Game Player Cards – Events To Celebrate 

Looking for even more Baby Shower games that aren’t LAME? Check out this post

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