Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Co-Ed Shower

...No, not that kind! What kind of blog do you think this is? I'm talking about our co-ed baby shower to be held on April 3rd in Perrysburg, OH.

(Wait, isn't any baby shower with at least one male fetus technically co-ed?)

It's going to be held at the Schaller Memorial Building (the VFW/American Legion), which is a pretty ideal venue given the location, kitchen facilities, size, etc. It will be nicely spacious without being too huge. As a side-note, I hate it when one encounters a small event in a big hall. It feels so awkward and lonely, like the feeling one gets when wandering around a store after closing.

Elva, Amanda's mother, is doing an incredible amount of work for this event and we're very thankful. With family as spread out as we have, it's no small feat to bring together even a small contingent of them. Hopefully we'll see some faces we don't get to all that often.

Amanda and I will be handling invitations, decorations, and a bit of planning. We don't want the shower to be excessively traditional; lots of people I've talked to seem to dread showers a little, so we're going to sort through the myriad of games and try to find the ones that are actually fun for all participants. One thing we know for sure is that we're going to hold a "Diapers Wild Texas Hold 'Em Tournament" in one area of the hall, off to the side, to entertain those who wouldn't normally come to a baby shower. Buy-in will be one box of diapers, any size, and the top chip holders will receive prizes. Here's the flyer for the event; it will be included with the invitations:

The idea is not original to me, by any means, but after reading about it it seemed like a great way to get those folks involved who would normally eschew such an event. I'm still trying to come up with some worthy (but below $50) gifts for the top three chip holders. Any ideas?

As for the invitations, Amanda had the great idea of using pre-made 5x7 sheet stacks typically used for scrapbooking, then applying a printed vellum overlay. We found a perfect match at Hobby Lobby for half-off and, needing 100 of them (and not yet knowing the sexes at the time), we picked up one of each and have sorted through them to pick out the best ones.

After that, I set about trying to design the overlay. I couldn't sleep one night, so I brought my laptop to bed and worked away while Amanda slept. I knew I wanted some type of image along with the text; originally I had something a little more mature in mind. I knew I wanted to use this awesome letter block font I had found located here, but I couldn't figure out what else to do. My original stylish design was pretty dull, so I scrapped that idea in favor of monkeys. After all, I had already started called the twins (by then we knew they were boys) my little monkeys, so why not? I found this super cute, cartoony clip art of two monkeys in a tree:

(Elva came up with the idea of having the baker replicate this on the cake, a pretty nifty idea!) I cleaned the image up (I think it was a scan from a coloring book), then slipped it to the right of the wording and the title, "Monkey See, Monkey Do." The result is as follows:

At this point, Amanda woke up, looked over at my work and mumbled sweetly "Monkey see monkey cute..." and then drifted back to sleep. When I asked her the next day about this, she had no recollection of the invitation. Happily she still liked it on seeing it when actually awake.

I printed these on vellum, but we had to come up with a way to attach them. Back to Hobby Lobby I went, this time to pick up pastel brads. I tried attaching the overlay a number of different ways, but one in each corner ended up being the best option. Here are a few examples of the results (the scans don't really do them justice; they're not nearly so off-white nor are they blurry):

I guess you could say that they're all "limited editions" with a maximum run of three each background. Which one will you get? I think that's my favorite part of this design; while they're not completely unique, they do still differ a bit from one to the next. I'll finish them up this weekend (punching those little holes for the brads takes forever!) and we'll get them out the door soon thereafter.

Ok, off to do some thesis work. The next update will probably be a bit shorter and news-oriented, but soon I'm going to post a review of the rather invaluable book "Juggling Twins: The Best Tips, Tricks, and Strategies from Pregnancy to the Toddler Years" by Meghan Regan-Loomis, which you can find here.

1 comment:

Chantal said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!

As far as the cloth diapers... Honestly, with two babies you are going to want it to be as easy as possible. I would look into the GroBaby diapers. They weren't out yet when I got our stash, but I wish they were because I would have gotten those instead. I have 50 diapers for my 2 and that is the perfect amount. My stash is usually in 3 parts with one part clean, one part in the diaper pail, and one part on the drying rack. The GroBaby inserts can go in the drier which is a huge time saver.

As far as fit, my two were around 5 pounds when they were born, and the babes have to be closer to 10 pounds in order for the diapers to not leak and work really well. My 2 weren't close to 10 pounds until 2 months. So we did have to use disposables until then (we didn't want to shell out the cash for newborn size cloth).

My advice would be to use disposables at the start. You don't have to worry about leaks and you can focus on juggling two newborns. After a few weeks you can start the cloth and add the extra load of laundry to the mix. The other option would be to do a diaper service for the first few weeks. It would take the hassle off your hands while being able to stay away from disposables.

We LOVE our cloth diapers and love the fact that we are not spending money week after week on disposables. Our stash and accessories were about $1200, which we would have already spent twice that on disposables.

Side note: my FAVORITE cloth diaper detergent is Crunchy Clean. It comes scented and is made by a mom which I love to support!

Good luck and I look forward to following you blog and seeing how it all works out! Twins are a blast. You're going to love it!