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Fireman Themed Baby Shower

Another month, another party, another easy theme.  My coworker is expecting her first baby, a boy, this spring and with her husband being a firefighter I went with that theme.  I tried to tie the theme in gently and not make is so in your face and I'm happy with the way it turned out.  If this had been a kids party, I would've really turned up the heat on the theme.

Ok, I am super proud of myself with how these turned out.  The design is of course nothing ground breaking and lots of ideas came from Pinterest.  However, this whole design I made from the background to the clip art on Photoshop Elements. I am self-taught and I'm delighted with how they turned out.  I mounted them on red silver-trimmed card stock I bought off of Amazon and their cost (minus printing) was under $15 for 25!
Favors, Prizes, Games & Activities:
These little "matchsticks" turned out to be quick to make and very economical.  I simply took pretzel sticks, dipped them in red candy melts and a quick dab in some left over Halloween sprinkles I had.  Each bag contained about 15.  I am keeping this favor in mind for my son's Boy Scout troop when then go camping later this year.  I think it would be a cute addition to some homemade trail mix.

Game time: We played Baby Bingo for one game as she opened her gifts and the Price Is Right for another.  For the Price is right I bought 8 low cost baby items and made a price sheet for guests to guess what the price of each item was. The guest with the most right or closest answers won a prize and mom-to-be got to keep all the baby items.  It worked out pretty well and mommy-to-be got to keep the items purchased for it.

For my prizes I scooped up some Thirty-One gifts during their clearance sale last December.  I also scooped up my teacher gifts for next year then too.  Seriously, the deals were insane for the quality of product they put out.  Each winning lady got a thermal wine tote with their choice of a bottle of wine in it.

This was one of the earliest parties I've hosted and I loved the time of it at 11 am.  One of my other friends hosted a similar menu at a shower last fall and it fit with this one too.  I wanted to keep it a variety of foods that were light, but still satisfying.  We had Chicken salad with grapes (Kroger's recipe, yum!) Caesar salad, and the cake came from my new in-home baker.  She did Cora's 1st birthday cake too.  She made this huge delicious one to match the invitation perfectly.  She is so talented!

My brother is a fireman as well and has been collecting fire artifacts for a long time so I was able to borrow some statues and other novelties from him.  It would have been very easy to go crazy in Hobby Lobby with their fireman motif items.  It is important to stay on budget and be practical when party planning.  I have to thank the fine people at Target for marking their party goods in the colors I needed on clearance just in time for my planning. I scooped up some black, red, and gray items including lanterns.  Too bad I didn't get pictures :(

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