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While in California, I (with my mom, a girlfriend and her mom – who did the heavy lifting) hosted my first baby shower. It was a bit of a head-game, as I’m still 20 (obviously) and therefore not old enough to have friends who are having babies.
But all my mental issues aside, we planned early that this wouldn’t be a standard issue baby shower – there was nary a diaper or duck insight. Rather it would be a proper party with yummy food and lots of drinks and oohing and aahhing over the guest of honor, who just happened to be hidden behind a really cute dress.
But since this party was more cocktail style than ladies lunch, we decided there should at least be some little activity, and if it was something that the future parents could use, all the better. And as little as I know about kids, I do know that they aren’t using the same plates as mommy and daddy. And yes, I know that eating real food is a ways off, but we figured they would have plenty of onesies.
Enter the Make-A-Plate.
Remember the ones you made in kindergarden, the ones that Mom may or may not still have hanging in a kitchen or laundry room?
We thought it would be fun to have the guests make these, as little mementos for the new family. It may take a while for the baby to appreciate it, but I am guessing that mom and dad will love having something tangible for their new family, especially the ones from the great-grandmas-to-be.
I bought the kits online from http://makit.com, but a little online search looks like you can find them at Target too. This particular kind uses Crayola markers and special paper, that you mail and shortly thereafter receive your custom melamine plates.
Next I am thinking about making some for myself, in a slightly more grown up version – stripes and dots and designs with maybe a monogram. I think they would be perfect for summer BBQs and much cheaper (and more personal) than the Neiman Marcus or Jonathan Adler versions.
The options are endless. Just look at a few of the cute ones that the guests made.
I’ll make sure to update with pictures when the plates and bowls arrive.