Friday, December 9, 2011

Overseas Baby Shower Invites

Have you heard of a long distance baby shower before?  My first time to receive this type of invite had me a little confused, but I quickly picked up on what was going down.  My friend and her husband had recently moved to the East coast prior to giving birth and wouldn't be back in TX to have a shower so we sent gifts for the little one and the parents opened them all together.  I believe the "host" also sent some goodies for the parents to snack on while they opened their gifts.

Well fast forward a couple of years and I find myself being the "host" of an overseas baby shower.  I may have mentioned before that my best friend is expecting and has recently relocated to Japan due to her husband's military orders.  It's their first child and I know that being away from friends and family during this special time will be hard, so I wanted to brighten their day and help them prepare for the arrival of their son.

I busted out the DIY invitation skills that I mastered oh so well during our wedding planning (and by mastered I mean I know how to work my paper cutter) and made the invites for the baby shower.  Since he's in the Navy and they're having a boy it was pretty easy to go with blue, gold and little hints of the Navy.


All of the paper and envelopes were purchased at Michael's, along with the baby stamp to spruce up the plain white envelopes.  I wanted colored envelopes, but they didn't have any big enough, so white it was.


Since there is so much info on the invite explaining the military orders and why it's an overseas shower, I added a little card out of left over paper for my contact info and more details on mailing the gifts.  To keep the two cards together, I fashioned some belly bands out of left over scraps from the patterned paper.


All packaged together, I love the finishing touch of the little boat 3D stickers on the belly band.  


Not that anyone will know, but I love the variety of the different little boats. So cute!

Have you used any of your wedding DIY skills after you were married?

14 comments:

  1. They look so cute - I'm really impressed! And I've never heard of a long distance baby shower before, but I think it's a really great idea!

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  2. that is so sweet of you and you really outdid yourself with those adorable invites--love the little wee boat stickers!

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  3. These are great! Your friend (and her baby!) are very lucky to have such a talented best friend!

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  4. That is such a sweet idea, I've never heard of it. The invites turned out so cute too. I'm sure your friend will love them!

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  5. Those are absolutely adorable!!

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  6. Those boats were my favorites!

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  7. These are awesome! I can't wait until my friends start having babies and I can use my wedding diy skills. :)

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  8. Those are fantastic!!! I'd never heard of a long distance shower before, but it's a wonderful idea!

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  9. First of all, your DIY skills are amazing! Those invites are so adorable. Though I've never heard of an overseas baby shower, it sounds fantastic for expectant moms who can't make it back to their loved ones for an in-person baby shower. As far as putting my DIY wedding skills to use, I broke them out when I made my Bee ornament, and I've been crafting little Christmas figurines and ornaments ever since. Crafting is a hard habit to kick, and it doesn't help that I don't want to kick it!

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  10. What a good friend you are! These are adorable. I got to use some of my wedding planning skills for a baby shower too. Thank goodness for paper cutters!

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  11. I think my paper cutter was the best investment from the wedding! Or at least the most used.

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  12. Ooo, can't wait to see how your bee ornament turned out! I was going to make mine (the reason why I was picking up the clay which turned into our cake ornament), but ended up going with Etsy.

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  13. Those are so cute! Love the belly bands. I've never heard of an overseas baby shower before, its so nice of you to do this for your friend!

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