I was just going through some past photos to see what I have done before for Halloween decorating. I ran across the images below and realized I had never posted them. They are from a shower that I co-hosted for a good friend who was going to have a baby in November. (The baby is about to turn 2!) I had so much fun with the colors and other details as I planned the gathering.
I made the invitations with Publisher and designed the polka-dot border. I created a large dot on the top center of the invitation to highlight a glittery pumpkin sticker found at Hobby Lobby. I used those 3-D dots to make the pumpkins stick out even more. The post office folks shot me daggers when they saw the envelopes stuffed with these! You can see a little bit of the invitation displayed on the table in a black frame.
The glitter pumpkins also showed up one side of the tea-stained tags I created for party favors. (The other side of each tag had the guest of honor’s initials.) The favors themselves were fall-scented votives in mesh bags. I know — this is a typical, overused favor. However, they always go over well because they are something everyone can go home and enjoy.
The cupcakes (in lieu of a cake) were simple. A local bakery made the cupcakes and frosted them with chocolate frosting and pink polka-dots. I added a pumpkin candy (the candy-corn version) to each cupcake and — voila! Done! I displayed the sweet treats in a cupcake holder purchased a few years ago from Entertaining at Home (or one of those kinds of companies). It came with removable toppers, and I used the pumpkin for this occasion. I also tied coordinating ribbons on the outside cupcake rings to make the overall display even more colorful. (This is one of my favorite cupcake embellishments that I do for most parties.)
The gifts given out for games were packaged in some darling, tiny felt totes purchased at Target in the dollar section, I believe.
Anyhow, this was an easy shower to do because it tied in so well with the decor that I already had going on in my house. And I love pink and orange together! What great colors, and a great time of year, to welcome a new little pumpkin!