One of my favorite party ideas is to have the decor do double duty as gifts for the guest of honor. I did that a lot with this party to make it more economical and to reduce waste. I’ll show you what I mean.
I needed a focal point for the food table–something taller and bigger than anything else on there that would draw your eye. Kind of like a wedding cake does. Hhmmm, a cake. So I chose a diaper cake. We all know that diaper cakes can be used later for the diapers and this is great because baby’s use up tons of diapers.

I wanted to make a paper celebration banner for this shower and I worded it so that it could also be used to announce the arrive of the new baby: “hooray its a girl.” A great way to give this banner a second life is to display it at the hospital or in your front window to proudly exclaim the arrival of your little one.

Glass bottles were needed to provide stability in the diaper cake, but the bottle pack that I bought came with three. So I used the other two bottles as decoration and as a gift for the new mom to use, if needed.

I wanted to make this elephant pull toy as a gift for the baby or as a nursery room decoration. It also became the “cake” topper.

Okay, can you see how I integrated all of these gifts into decorating elements to help reduce the amount of throw away decor? What can you do at your next party?

7 Comments

  1. Do you have a tutorial for the elephant? I love it!

    Joy    Thursday, September 24, 2009
  2. Really cute ideas, Brittany…..all useful and festive! The pull toy is darling!

    Karen Wilson/lillybelle Designs    Sunday, September 27, 2009
  3. If your guest of honor drinks, a bottle of wine or champagne is great for inside the cake (to be used as a celebration after the baby’s born). If they don’t drink, you could use pellegrino, or sparkling cider too.

    Rosita    Tuesday, January 19, 2010
  4. I am not crafty. I would never be able to make one of these. Would you be willing to make one & sell it to me?

    Alana    Thursday, April 28, 2011
  5. Hi Alana–Do you mean the elephant? I don’t have any time right now to make one. I’m so sorry.

    Brittany    Thursday, April 28, 2011
  6. Do you have a tutorial for the banner? I really love it.!

    Vanessa Serrato    Sunday, May 1, 2011
  7. Hi Vanessa–There is a banner tutorial. Look in the “diy tutorials” tab in our top header and you’ll see the banner and tons of other tutorials.

    Brittany    Sunday, May 1, 2011

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