You guys, this was one of the most fun parties I have EVER planned! I have had a lot of fun planning parties for my little boy, which have mostly been Star Wars themed… but, this was the first party for my little girl! I have a weird obsession with cacti and knew right away that this was the theme I wanted to do. As always, Pinterest is the first place I go to brainstorm and I found some super cute ideas that I would be able to DIY!
Of course, the first thing I did was design the invitation in my procreate app on my iPad, I absolutely love it. I ended up just doing a Facebook Event and posting it there because I ran out of time to send it, though I prefer to print and send actual invites this did save me about $20-$30. I texted the image to a couple of my older relatives that I realize are not as tech savvy to Facebook and didn’t want them to miss out on the invitation!
After deciding upon keeping the event much smaller than my first baby shower (I kind of went overboard on food and decor, and didn’t realize it was Memorial Day weekend so ended up with TONS of left-overs etc.) also, it was my second baby shower and some people get weird about having more than one so I just wanted it to be kind of low-key. I kept it open house so people wouldn’t feel obligated to stay, didn’t do games, and only did refreshments rather than a full-on meal, which most people don’t do but I did for my first! I still wanted to party, because this baby is a different gender than my first, and I love to party… so I didn’t really feel like I needed to justify having a second baby shower.
I still live in a small apartment and though the size of the party would be small, it was still more people than I felt would be comfortable in my tiny space. If you reach out to your ward-coordinator (if you are LDS) you can arrange to use the church very easily and for FREE. It isn’t always the cutest venue but it works! Especially when it’s too cold or too hot outside, so this worked perfect for me.
So, along with keeping it small and not really planning games, I did decide to make a cactus themed coloring page and put out crayons on each table. This print is available for free along with 4 other prints I designed for this party. I had my eye on this cute cactus goblet at the dollar store and thought it was perfect for this event, which I used to hold the crayons. I also printed out a little custom word search with words themed around my baby, you can make one at this website https://thewordsearch.com/maker/, for free!
For food, like I said before I just wanted to do refreshments rather than a full on meal so I decided to do a “chip bar” including 7 layer dip, guacamole, and some salsa and then I just did a cake and some small donut bites. I have been wanting to order some custom letter donuts from the Provo Bakery here in Utah for some time but needed to find the right excuse to do it and this was perfect!! I was a little sad about cutting up the donut letters and maybe in retrospect I MIGHT have just kept it as a display and ate them afterwards, but at least I have some cute pictures of them before cutting them! If you are interested in getting some they are only $2 each, so pretty affordable depending on your word or phrase haha! I also just did water and some raspberry lemonade crystal lite with frozen raspberries and lemon slices to make it look pretty! If you have planned a party before, I’m sure you know how easy it is for it to get expensive quick, but family members and some friends are usually willing to pitch in or do some kind of pot-luck. I asked a my sister-in-law to make the 7 layer dip, my Grandma to bring chips, and my Mom to bring the cake, so that was extremely helpful!
I found the cute teal tray and bowl at the dollar store, as well as the clear plastic bowls holding the salsa (12 for $1). My Mother-In-Law got me the cute tray holding the donuts for my birthday one year. The cake stand I made from a microwave plate I found at the thrift store and a candelabra from the dollar store, and the drink holders were I think $10 each from Wal Mart and I’ve used them for every party I’ve had since I got them and they have been super worth it! The cake toppers are 2 plastic succulents I found at the dollar store and a gold cut out that says, “oh baby”. And I went to a little hole-in-the-wall craft store called Pebbles In My Pocket in Orem to get the die-cut cacti I put on toothpicks into the donuts.
You can find cute plastic-ware, tablecloths, and paper plates and cups at the dollar store but Wal Mart has more color options and they cost about the same. I obviously went with a color theme of teal, mint, greens and pinks and so I just kind of kept that throughout. I wanted to display the forks and straws in terra cotta pots because I felt that would be cute and cohesive with the theme, and they are only 77 cents at Wal Mart. I used a sharpie and put little x’s and v’s on every single cup (40 cups) but I just did it while I watched a show. And my little metal bucket has been a perfect place to keep napkins for all my parties especially outdoor ones so they don’t blow away! I got 4 round table clothes, 2 pink and 2 teal, you can buy a pack of 2 at Wal Mart for $2.50. And the cactus tablecloth was also from Wal Mart, but it’s probably not in stock anymore!
As far as decor goes, I had a TON of fun with it… I made all the cute 3-D cardboard cacti, I put together the balloons myself, I made a cactus sign for the door, I made the banners and I also made the printables. And I also used some of my succulents and cacti as centerpieces on the tables which turned out really cute.
For Evelyn’s poster, I just got a green poster and cut it in the shape of a cactus then used some glue and glitter I got from the dollar store to put her name on the poster. Then I used a white paint pen to add “baby shower” and some graphic cactus elements! Easy peasy! The banners, I may have over-done, but I couldn’t stop myself haha! The cacti were die-cuts from Pebble’s In My Pocket and I also was able to buy the pink banner letters to spell “Hey Girl Hey”, and the tissue paper banner was actually given to me by a friend but I did see some at Wal Mart and the Dollar Store that were reasonably priced and you can also easily make your own. The balloons I did buy, but I used some green water balloons from the dollar store, my exercise ball pump, a sharpie and tissue paper to make the little arms and then tape them to the larger green ballon and add some v shapes to it as well to make them look like cacti!
I’ll now give some instructions on how to make the cardboard cacti because they were probably my most favorite decoration at this party! Medium thick cardboard is the best for this project, just draw your shape in pencil and cut out and then trace a second piece, unless you are doing some funky arms then I would suggest doing on the base shape and one the unique shape… so there isn’t a ton going on, if that makes sense. Then cut a slit in the top and a slit in the bottom to slide together and make 3-dimensional. You can use either tape or hot glue to secure the shape. Then paint with your choice of paint, you may need up to 2-3 coats of paint. Once dry, you can use some sharpie or white paint pen to make some cute lines or “prickles” on each one. And finally, to add some flowers get some pink, red, orange or whatever kind of color tissue paper you want and cut them into some squares, size is really up to you… then wrap the square around the end of a pencil and dip in some glue and repeat this step 3-4 times until you have the thickness or size of flower you want and dip one more time before attaching to your cacti (I did this on the small balloons too).
Here are the printables I designed for this party that are available for free, I created them all as 8×10 but printed them all as 5×7 except for the “Little but Fiece” print which is 8×10. I just purchased some gold frames at the dollar store because I did have some gold accents throughout the party and put them up with the food and the party favor table. Click Here to get the free digital download.
And finally, here is a picture of the “goodie bag” with the “Take your prick” printable… It’s just a play on words for “Take your pick”… hopefully no one is/was offended haha, but that’s just my sense of humor so take it with a grain of salt I guess!
I think that just about covers it! If you have any questions about this party, where I got anything, how to put things together… just shoot me a message or leave a comment and let me know! Otherwise, thanks for reading and maybe this will inspire you to have a cactus party of your own!