A Great Baby Shower Idea

This baby shower idea has become very popular with my group of (very fertile) girlfriends. I can't remember who gets credit for this idea...the first time I did it was as my own baby shower hosted by my sister, Tiffany. But I've done this project at countless other showers too, and it's always a hit.

Supplies: Baby onesies in a variety of sizes, "puffy" fabric paints, a little imagination (if you're short on imagination, you might want to have some children's books on hand for ideas).

Activity: At the shower, have each guest grab a "blank" tshirt or onesie, and use the paints to decorate the onesie.

As you can see from the tshirt my Thomas is wearing, you can get some pretty fun little shirts out of this project for the mommy to be. The shirts below were done by my two oldest kids when I was in the hospital having Thomas. They were so proud of their creations!

- You might want to put a piece of waxed paper or foil on the inside of the shirt, in case the paint goes on thick and bleeds.
- Have a place available where you can lay the shirts out flat for about 24 hours while the paint dries.
- Encourage guests to put thier initials somewhere on their shirt so the mom can know who made it (or take pictures of guests with their creations).
- Have some pencils and scratch paper available for people to plan their design and maybe practice using the paints.
- Have a straight pin on hand to clear any clogs in the paints.
- If you're really feeling ambitious, you can use fabric dye to pre-color the shirts before painting for some really unique creations.
- A twist on this idea is to do a tie-dye project with the shirts (instead of painting)...I thought it was a strange idea at first, but it turned out so cute!

Design Ideas:
- Bugs: butterflies, caterpillars, lady bugs, grasshoppers
- Vehicles: trains, airplanes, cars, buses, motorcycles, backhoe, bull dozer
- Sports: baseball, basketball, football
- Symbols: stars, hearts, polka dots, smiley face, cross
- Phrases: "Daddy's Girl", "I Love Grandpa", "Jesus Loves Me", "What Smell?", etc.

The sky's the limit! Have Fun :)

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Becky Avella  – (6/17/2008 10:10:00 PM)  

This has become my favorite part of baby showers now. I plan ahead about what I want to paint. : )

I had so much fun dressing my girls in theirs when they were babies and remembering who painted which ones.

It was neat for me to help Ben and Clara with their onesies while you were in the hospital. They were so excited about their new baby brother.

BTW- I think the "Party! My Crib 2 AM" is the best one so far. : )

Bryce  – (6/17/2008 10:20:00 PM)  

Woah this is a great idea! I am definitely using this one! (though if I let my kids have a go I think the baby would be looking pretty scary! :)

Anonymous –   – (6/17/2008 10:40:00 PM)  

Great idea! So cute!

Liisa  – (6/18/2008 12:10:00 PM)  

What a cute idea!


Nicole - Life in Progress  – (6/18/2008 02:42:00 PM)  

I'm in the midst of planning a shower for my sister-in-law - she would LOVE this!!

Anonymous –   – (6/18/2008 03:31:00 PM)  

wow that is a great idea, I never thought of that :-)


Lana  – (6/18/2008 10:05:00 PM)  

love it! Those are too cute

Anonymous –   – (6/18/2008 10:06:00 PM)  


Anonymous –   – (6/18/2008 10:32:00 PM)  

What a rockin idea!!! I called one of my sisters and told her about this and she is soooooo excited because she is going to do it for her friend's baby shower this summer!
See... always learning something new from ya girl!!!
And what a cute photo of Thomas!!!


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