Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dots for Drew - We Love You!

My sister, Janine and her husband, Jim were blessed with the birth of Drew Patrick.  This little darling entered into our family at 7:52pm on his due date of March 12th.  My new nephew weighed in at 8 lbs 5 oz and is 20" long.  He has a gorgeous head of dark hair and sparkly dark blue eyes.  We are all smitten over him. 

Baby Boy "Sprinkle"

I had the honor of planning, creating and hosting a "sprinkle" for Drew and his mommy.  My sister adopted my first nephew and at that time she would not allow me to throw a shower for her.  When she announced her pregnancy I strongly suggested that she allow me to throw her a party.  Since it is her second child we called it a "sprinkle".  I am thrilled to share the details of this event as well as some photos of his nursery as this was the inspiration/theme for the sprinkle.  Drew's nursery is chocolate brown combined with minty green with polka dots and a cute jungle animal theme. 


I color copied a cute little monkey picture and then cut around them with an exacto blade until I had a monkey army to work with.

Printing, cutting, pasting... repeat.  I am thrilled with the results!  Here is a close up below:

Diaper Wreath

I put together this cute diaper wreath to use as decoration and for a special and useful gift

This wreath has approximately 30 diapers wrapped and tied with curling ribbon, 2 pacifiers, a pacifier clip, a teether infant Tylenol, infant gas drops, baby shampoo, lotion, powder, diaper rash cream and several finger puppets.  I used Target brand, size 2 diapers wrapped around a metal garden wreath.  Like this:

Diaper wreath displayed above the gift table:

Diaper Cake

This diaper cake features a large package of wipes on the top tier and approximately 40 diapers on the bottom.  I wanted to keep it short so it could be used as a center piece on the dining room table.  The ribbons were all from the dollar bin at Michael's and the cardboard bases were cut from boxes that I already had, glued 3 layers high with hot glue and spray painted white.  The top ribbons and tulle were left over from previous projects.

The baby booties plant that you see to the left of the diaper cake was used along with several others as game prizes.  I found several cute baby pots at the thrift store and I rooted plants that I already had.  They were cute decoration and a fun frugal prize.



Hawaiian Meatballs

Veggie Pizza

Fruit Salad

Spinach Salad


Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate dipped pretzel sticks

Green Swamp Punch

Monkey cupcakes easily decorated with Nilla wafers (mini for the ears and regular size for the mouth), M&M's, and gel icing for the details.  Pretzels are rods dipped in chocolate bark with sprinkles added.

This "cupcake stand" is a freshly painted plant stand that I salvaged from the curb several years ago.  The canisters holding the pretzels are from salvation army.  I added the dot ribbon detail with hot glue.

Mommy-to-be, Grandma "La La", Aunt Sheri (me), Aunt Ashlee & cousins (Olivia, Amelia & Addison) & approximately twenty sweet ladies had fun celebrating Drew's anticipated arrival.

Drew's Adorable Dot Nursery

Jim and Janine did a fantastic job creating this special room for their little bundle of joy.  Jim painted and applied the chair rail molding.  They bought this darling furniture set a few years ago for their son, Owen off of Craigslist. The paint choices were inspired by the furniture and bedding from JCPenney.  Janine found the dot curtain panels at Pier One and was able to get a great deal on them on Ebay.  Throw pillows were hand made by grandma "La La".
Hi Big Brother, Owen!

Close up of the bedding from www.JCPenney.com

Welcome to the world, Drew Patrick.  God Bless YOU!
Letters I made to decorate Drew's bedroom.  These are white letters from Michael's covered in scrap booking paper.  Buttons and monkey cutout are added for embellishment and interest.  I can't wait to see these once they are hung!