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The Easiest Bunting You’ll Ever Sew.

I mentioned this bunting in my post about the baby shower I hosted at my house a few weeks ago.

If you can sew in a semi-straight line, you can make this bunting.

I started with lots of blue and yellow fabrics from a decorator’s swatch book. (I don’t know where to find these, but I always stumble across them for free. Just a few weeks about a picked up several outside an Interior Decorator’s office for free!)

These squares could be easily replicated with a pair of pinking shears (available at any craft store). I folded about 2″ backwards and ironed it flat.

I did this to all my squares (13 squares gave me a bunting about 5′ long). Then I put them in the order that I wanted them to hang – separating stripes and plaids and spreading out the dark and light fabrics.

Then I sewed them together. In one continuous line.

I just kept feeding another square into the machine and added it to the string. Does that make sense?

To attach it to the mantle I used 2 big pieces of painter’s tape (my little secret) and I was done!

I told you.

It’s the easiest bunting possible!

(And PS – this baby boy the shower was for made his grand appearance last night! Hoorah!)

A Vegetable Garden Baby Shower

A few weekends ago my lovely friend Eva, who blogs at La Vie Urbane, and I threw our friend Johanna a baby shower.

Our friend, the mom-to-be, just finished getting her Nutrition degree and is a vegetarian/mostly vegan, and cooks the most delicious and unique dishes! The vegetable theme started as a joke… and it stuck!

We decided to use a yellow and green color scheme to keeps things springy (with the added advantage that I own a lot of yellow and green items already). We also added some blues into the mix since a baby BOY is on the way!

The shower was a luncheon. Instead of using a traditional centerpiece, we were inspired by the decorations at this baby shower.

The cascading circle streamers are made of regular white copy paper and fishing line. They were simply taped on with scotch tape and then hung at varying lengths to the chandelier.

And of course no vegetable shower is complete without lots of fresh goodies! We served quiche, cucumber sandwiches, pesto pasta salad, fruit tarts, yogurt parfaits, lemon bars, carrot cake muffins, and vegetables, of course!

Eva made these adorable soup can vases and filled them with daisies. They were spread throughout the house along with candles in ball jars from her wedding.

Sidenote: I can’t believe it was only a year ago that I threw her a Bicycle Bridal Shower! Seems like ages ago!

The sideboard was decorated with more vegetable seed packet artwork. The BABY frame is made out of letters cut from regular paper and backed with scrapbook paper.

200 points to anyone who noticed we have upper doors on our sideboard cabinets now! Another post for another day.

The mantle was decorated with my wedding accordion wheels (the DIY gift that keeps on giving) and a new bunting (tutorial to come).

In keeping with the seed theme, I purchased a few terracotta pots and straw raffia from the Christmas Tree Shoppe (I like to buy reusable party decor items). I printed out the B-A-B-Y-! circles and taped them to wooden rods. Then I cut out green leaves and taped them to the stick. Nothing fancy here people!

We also made some beloved Tissue Paper PomPoms. We hung them from tension rods that were put inside the window molding. (Anything to protect all my freshly painted window trim! I know I’m not alone!)

We played a few party games, including a Baby Predictions game. And all the guests wrote inside the cover of a children’s book as a memento for Mom and Dad.

On their way home, guests grabbed a bag of Birthday Cake Batter Popcorn. If you didn’t hear me singing it’s praises on Friday, hear me now!! YUM!

The funniest part of the day was while we were making the food. In the bag of carrots we found what appeared to be a pair of legs and a little carrot booty.

We had a wonderful time celebrating!

And why is watching your friends open gifts nearly as exciting as opening them yourselves?

We played the “clothespin game” where you weren’t allowed to say the word “cute”. Let’s just say I wasn’t in the game for long when the gifts started being opened!