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Sweet "Little Man" Baby Shower

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You won't want to miss this! One baby shower, a gang of super crafty sister-in-laws, and a whole lotta love.

This is me and my four fellow sisssies-in-law on Jason's side.
cute ideas for a mustache baby shower or first birthday for a boy #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame
A couple weeks ago Val (left), me (2nd from left), and Ayla (2nd from right) threw a Little Man baby shower for our newest sister Maddie (middle), and Caleb (in Maddie's middle, he he). Krista (right) is due very soon as well!

Get ready for a lot of pictures. Scroll through, and pin for later!

We were able to rent out the clubhouse in my housing community for the shower. It was a great space to decorate. Clean and uncluttered. Got to love those vaulted ceilings!
cute ideas for a mustache baby shower or first birthday for a boy #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

One of my contributions- this paper fan backdrop below. The small blue and green fans I bought ready made online, the larger ones I made myself from sheets of tissue paper. I channeled my inner 4th grader to remember how to properly fold up the tissue, a la those paper fans we all used to make out of construction paper. There's a handy tutorial how to make these from Trawler Girl. She used a glue stick, but I used scotch tape to hold them together.
good idea to use paper fans as a backdrop for presents or taking pictures #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

Val, or rather Val's handy hubby, made a 4x4 PVC stand to secure the fans onto. I tied some string in a grid pattern onto the frame, then taped and stapled the fans on.
easy diy tissue paper fans, so cute! #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

Peek a boo! We were hiding an ugly, non theme approved aerial photo of my neighborhood that was screwed into the wall. Can you see it through the fans?
easy diy tissue paper fans, so cute! #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

Val and Ayla created an amazing tablescape complete with custom art that became nursery art after the shower. On the menu: croissant sandwiches, Chinese chicken salad, fruit, and lots of sweet desserts <kissing fingers>.
tablescape idea for mustache themed babyshower. Framed art doubles as nursery decor. Clever Nest #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

tablescape idea for mustache themed babyshower. Framed art doubles as nursery decor. Clever Nest #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

tablescape idea for mustache themed babyshower. Framed art doubles as nursery decor. Clever Nest #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

One of the decor frames that doubled as nursery art. One thousand diy points to Val for the handmade bow tie she added in there:)
tablescape idea for mustache themed babyshower. Framed art doubles as nursery decor. Clever Nest #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

tablescape idea for mustache themed babyshower. Framed art doubles as nursery decor. Clever Nest #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

tablescape idea for mustache themed babyshower. Framed art doubles as nursery decor. Clever Nest #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

tablescape idea for mustache themed babyshower. Framed art doubles as nursery decor. Clever Nest #turquoisegraylime #littleman #hipsterbabyshower #glasses #bowtie #clevernest #bowtienapkins #babyshowergame

The bunting is also Val's handiwork. It definitely struck me once again how using a few bold elements completely changes a space. This bunting was simple, but loooooong. It draped around the entire room! And it totally completed our look.
baby shower idea- make an extra long bunting to reach all the way around the room for a big effect! #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

baby shower idea- make an extra long bunting to reach all the way around the room for a big effect! #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

baby shower idea- make an extra long bunting to reach all the way around the room for a big effect! #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

Mustached name tags for the family to wear.
chevron bow tie napkins with washi tape and family name tags. More ideas for a Little Man baby shower at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

special name tag for the mom to be, Little Man theme baby shower. Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

I got these mustache (dying!:), teal, and green polka dot balloons from Oriental Trading Co. online. I had planned to do a ton of balloons for a big effect, but apparently there is a helium shortage going on (?!). At least that's what I was told at two separate places I called. So to keep cost down I parred it down to a small bunch at each table. Yep, totally first world problems. :)
Aqua (teal), lime, and white baby boy shower. Balloons from Oriental Trading Co., links in post. Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

For one of our games we had the guests write cute, encouraging, or funny notes on a package of newborn diapers to make those 3am changing sessions a little less painful and a little more fun. Buckets that I had held onto from Andrew's nautical first birthday 2 years ago served as balloon weights slash sharpie pen holders.
Aqua (teal), lime, and white baby boy shower.  Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

If you have a mustache party, you kind of have to put one on the diaper package newborn model. So I did. We totally should have played Pin the Mustache on the Baby.
Cute Little Man themed baby shower! lots of good ideas, Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas




Ayla made these super cute napkin and cutlery bow ties, securing them with some sparkly washi tape in the middle.
amazingly cute bow tie cutlery napkins. Use an inch or so of washi tape to secure it. Little Man themed baby shower at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

amazingly cute bow tie cutlery napkins. Use an inch or so of washi tape to secure it. Little Man themed baby shower at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

My freshly painted kelly green yardsale table matched the theme so we moved it into the space where it made an appearance holding goodie bags filled with cookies for the guests to take home.
Little Man themed baby shower. Could also be a first birthday party. Lots of cute ideas at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

Little Man themed baby shower. Could also be a first birthday party. Lots of cute ideas at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

Little Man themed baby shower. Could also be a first birthday party. Lots of cute ideas at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

Little Man themed baby shower. Could also be a first birthday party. Lots of cute ideas at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas
We had a great time celebrating the soon-to-be newest member of the clan.

And, Caleb didn't disappoint! He arrived a whole week early, and so.darn.cute!
Little Man themed baby shower. Could also be a first birthday party. Lots of cute ideas at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas
Omigosh. Auntie loves you, little mister!


    

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Little Man themed baby shower. Could also be a first birthday party. Lots of cute ideas at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hipsterparty #littlemantheme #clevernest #babyshowergameideas

Family Birthday Calendar {Silhouette file}

This tutorial works whether or not you have a Cameo! Look for the alternate directions at some of the steps :)New take on a family birthday calendar using a Silhouette and paper key tags. This would be so special to give for Mother's Day or Christmas! #cameo #anniversary #chalkboardpaint #yellowgray #clevernest

This is one of those pins that I've had on my list for a long, long time! I've seen them and loved them on Pinterest, but unfortunately most of these pics link to Etsy shops, and don't show the full tutorial. I had to figure out how to make my own! 
Family Birthday and Anniversary Calendar inspiration. See how I made mine, using my Silhouette and paper key tags at Clever Nest. Silhouette files included #cameo #etsyfamilycalendar #grayyellow #clevernest

This is perfect for my big family, and keeping track of everyone's bdays and anniversaries. And it's a lot cuter than looking at Google Calendar on my phone, haha :) Yes, there are a ton of people in my family! This is my side, with my parents, aunt, and two little bros and their families.Celebrate Family Birthday Calendar by myclevernest. This comes with alternate instructions if you don't own a Cameo! #silhouette #yellowgray #handpainted #typography #subwayart #birthdaycalendar #clevernest

And this is Jason's side, with his parents, FIVE brothers, one sister and their families. This pic is from last year and there's 4 more babies born, or are due soon. My boys already have TWELVE cousins!
Celebrate Family Birthday Calendar by myclevernest. This comes with alternate instructions if you don't own a Cameo! #silhouette #yellowgray #handpainted #typography #subwayart #birthdaycalendar #clevernest

I'm so happy I have my own calendar up and running. I think I inadvertently memorized a few more birthdays by spending so much time looking at all those dates, lol. Let's call that an unforeseen bonus!

Family Birthday and Anniversary Calendar
Supplies:
Key tags like these
Sticker paper like this
Vinyl for cutting
Craft paint

Other helpful stuff:
Exacto knife
sand paper
Hot glue gun
Silhouette Cameo
Command strips (to hang on the wall)
1/8 in. hole punch

The board
I bought a 36x4 in. balsa wood board from Michael's for a few bucks. Any old board will do, but I love the featherweight of the balsa. This calendar weighs next to nothing and I stuck it to the wall using Command strips. There's no way this is falling off the wall.
New take on a family birthday calendar using a Silhouette and paper key tags. This would be so special to give for Mother's Day or Christmas! #cameo #anniversary #chalkboardpaint #yellowgray #clevernest

They didn't have any smaller size boards, so I cut mine down to 18 1/2 in. and sanded the edge.
New take on a family birthday calendar using a Silhouette and paper key tags. This would be so special to give for Mother's Day or Christmas! #cameo #anniversary #chalkboardpaint #yellowgray #clevernest

I've seen family calendars done with small wooden disks that you drill into to make the holes, but I have a mental block when someone mentions power tools that says, <<oh no, that is way to hard>>. Paper is more my speed!! Plus I like the retro look of the tags. Sort of vintagey. I bought a couple packs of these paper key tags for about $9 each.
New take on a family birthday calendar using a Silhouette and paper key tags. This would be so special to give for Mother's Day or Christmas! #cameo #anniversary #chalkboardpaint #yellowgray #clevernest

I took all the rings off the tags and hot glued 12 of them to the backside of my board (oh, yeah, and I painted my board black).
New take on a family birthday calendar using a Silhouette and paper key tags. This would be so special to give for Mother's Day or Christmas! #cameo #anniversary #chalkboardpaint #yellowgray #clevernest

To get my key rings to line up with the months, I measured 1 inch from the edge of the board to the center of the first ring. Then between all the other rings is 1 1/2 inches. Same goes for the left side, 1 inch between the center of the last ring and the edge.
New take on a family birthday calendar using a Silhouette and paper key tags. This would be so special to give for Mother's Day or Christmas! #cameo #anniversary #chalkboardpaint #yellowgray #clevernest

The rings only needed to overhang the board enough to slip another ring through. I eyeballed about 1/4 of the ring hanging over the edge.

In Silhouette Studio I made a "Family" and months stencil. (this part took me way.too.long. I wish I was better at Studio! Someday I will conquer you, o Studio.)

Click to download

If you're not using a Cameo:
"Family" is Times New Roman, size 340, and the months are Lucinda Calligraphy, bold, size 30. Print out the words and lay them over the board. Press firmly with a pen to emboss them on the board, then paint in the lines.

I used the stencil to paint on "Family" with craft paint, but I wasn't sure how the small month letters would do as a stencil. I decided to cut them with the Cameo on white sticker paper and stick them on the board. I gave the months a light dab of gray craft paint for some depth and contrast. They are super sharp looking.
Now I know!! easy visual to stencil using vinyl #silhouettecameo #cutting #familycalendar #birthday #distressed

As you can see, I had the most maddening experience of my freaking life some trouble getting the months to come out right. I think my problem was I was at the lower limit of the size of font the Cameo can successfully cut. These letters were incredibly thin and spindly and would rip off during the cutting process, or not get cut completely. It was a mess! If you know the secret to cutting tiny letters on the Cameo, I'm all ears. Trust me, I would love to learn this machine better. :)

I finally got all the months cut successfully and stuck on my board. For extra insurance I gave the whole board a coat of Modpodge to keep things stuck on!

The name circles
For the names and dates, I used the Cameo's "print and cut" feature (which is totally awesome). First I printed the birthdays on sticker paper using my regular printer. Then I took the printed sheet and ran it through the Cameo to cut the circular shape. If you use my Silhouette files, be sure to make the cut lines transparent before sending to the printer. Otherwise gray circles will print along with the names.

Click to download

and
Circles back Silhouette file

If you're not using a Cameo:
You can type the names and dates in a Word file. Use Lucinda Calligraphy, size 12 for the names and Times New Roman, size 48 for the date. Print it out, and use a 1 in. hole punch 
and 1/8 in. punch to make the circle cut and ring holes.

This is how my disks look in front:
easy and lightweight alternative to make a birthday calendar- balsa wood and paper key tags! No power tools needed #yellowgray #silhouettecameo #anniversary #christmasgift #clevernest

and in back:
easy and lightweight alternative to make a birthday calendar- balsa wood and paper key tags! No power tools needed #yellowgray #silhouettecameo #anniversary #christmasgift #clevernest

Remember to make the big and little circles transparent before printing your Silhouette file!

I used my 1/8 in. punch to make the bottom hole through each key tag. I stuck all the name circles to the key tags, linked the birthdays into chains according to the month each person was born in, and attached them to my board. Yes, it took me more than one try to figure out how to get them all facing front, durr.
easy and lightweight alternative to make a birthday calendar- balsa wood and paper key tags! No power tools needed #yellowgray #silhouettecameo #anniversary #christmasgift #clevernest

As a final touch I hand painted "celebrate" across the front freehand.
easy and lightweight alternative to make a birthday calendar- balsa wood and paper key tags! No power tools needed #yellowgray #silhouettecameo #anniversary #christmasgift #clevernest

Celebrate Family Birthday Calendar by myclevernest. This comes with alternate instructions if you don't own a Cameo! #silhouette #yellowgray #handpainted #typography #subwayart #birthdaycalendar #clevernest

It's tricky to share a birthday calendar without giving away every birthday of ever member of my family! haha, so I photoshopped out the names. Just imagine a cursive name centered above every number tag. The yellow tags are anniversaries. I rubbed a little yellow craft paint on those to make them stand out.
Celebrate Family Birthday Calendar by myclevernest. This comes with alternate instructions if you don't own a Cameo! #silhouette #yellowgray #handpainted #typography #subwayart #birthdaycalendar #clevernest

Celebrate Family Birthday Calendar by myclevernest. This comes with alternate instructions if you don't own a Cameo! #silhouette #yellowgray #handpainted #typography #subwayart #birthdaycalendar #clevernest

Celebrate Family Birthday Calendar by myclevernest. This comes with alternate instructions if you don't own a Cameo! #silhouette #yellowgray #handpainted #typography #subwayart #birthdaycalendar #clevernest

I love that I can finally keep track of every one of their birthdays and anniversaries. Now whether I get a card in the mail on time or not, that remains to be seen. :)



    
Celebrate Family Birthday Calendar by myclevernest. This comes with alternate instructions if you don't own a Cameo! #silhouette #yellowgray #handpainted #typography #subwayart #birthdaycalendar #clevernest
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