“It is understood that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of any storm. When a rainbow appears, it does not mean that the storm never happened or that we are not still dealing with it’s aftermath. It means that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover, but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy and hope.” -unknown
This poem set the theme for the baby shower. Last year our family suffered a tremendous loss that we still struggle with daily. A rainbow symbolizes hope and the promise of a happier tomorrow. We wanted to make sure this shower was a special as possible for my sister and her sweet little baby who will be here in a week from today.
I printed each line from the poem on a cloud and mounted them with double-sided adhesive to colored cardstock. We filled the entranceway of my mom’s house with these rainclouds so the shower guests would understand our theme upon entering the main room, where they walked through a giant rainbow!
Rainbow Balloon Arch:
I cannot take any credit for this awesome balloon arch. My husband and brother-in-laws made it and they did an awesome job! They referenced a youtube video to make it. I have no clue which video, but hopefully that link is helpful.
Hot Air Balloons:
Once guests were in the main gathering space, they were surrounded with bright cheerful streamers, additional bunches of balloons and hot air balloons to add to the sky theme.
I made these hot air balloons out of ordinary white paper lanterns. I cut cardstock and hot glued it to the lanterns. Then I attached little boxes as baskets with string, hot gluing everything together. I made 6 different balloons but ended up with photos of only 3. The gray and pink balloon will be saved and hung in the reading corner of Emma’s nursery.
I was SO EXCITED about this cake. We were very lucky to have someone offer to make this cake for my sister free of charge. Not only did it fit our theme perfectly, it was both beautiful and yummy too! No future cake will ever compare after cutting into all these colorful layers.
While we’re on the topic of cake, what’s a baby shower without a diaper cake? This was definitely the most colorful diaper cake I’ve ever made. Since my sister’s shower was in late November, and the baby is due days from Christmas, I decided to do a rainbow Christmas themed diaper cake. This will be my sister and brother-in-law’s first Christmas in their new house so I used Christmas tree ornaments as decorations instead of the usual stuff (binky, rattle, teethers, etc.)
To make the diaper cake, I used 3 different sized round cake pans. I spiraled the diapers tightly inside each cake pan (making sure to overlap them quite a bit) then I tied some fishing line around the spiral. This took less than 10 minutes to do all three. I stacked them up and used ribbon to hide the fishing line. I made sure not to get any hot glue on the diapers when gluing the ribbon on so that my sister can reuse the diapers for their intended use.
Fabric Name Banner:
I made this cute fabric pennant for Emma’s nursery and it also doubled as a decoration for the gift table. I’ll be sure to fill you in on how I made it in the next couple weeks.
Jelly Bean Bar:
In addition to all the other sweets at the shower, my brother and his girlfriend put together this cute hot air balloon jelly bean bar.
Only one more week until my sweet little niece arrives. I know I can speak on behalf of many people when I say we can’t wait to meet her!
Thanks for reading :)