Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Curious George Baby Shower (Guest Designer for Decorate to Celebrate)

I'm so honored to be featured as a guest designer on Decorate to Celebrate today!  I love this craft blog and all the fabulous party ideas shared by the designers and challenge participants.  I just wish I had more events to try all those great ideas!  (Wait, did I just ask to get busier...?!  Uh oh.)

I did help host a baby shower last weekend, which fits -- with a little stretching -- into Decorate to Celebrate's theme for Challenge #8 - Baby Birthday.  We celebrated the impending birthday of Baby Sophia with a Curious George themed shower.

For the shower, I made a monkey decorations, monkey favors, Curious George invitations, and a banner:

  • Card Base - 5x5"
  • Paper - Recollections
  • Other - Curious George image edited with Adobe Photoshop to be a dark-haired baby wrapped in pink blanket; invitation text arranged with MS Publisher; ribbon by The Ribbon Boutique
Monkey Decorations:
  • Cricut Cut - monkey from Create a Critter, page 46, several monkeys cut at various sizes (7-9 inches)
  • Paper - Recollections
  • Hung the monkeys on vines draped from the ceiling around the room.
Banana Favors:
  • Cricut Cut - monkey from Create a Critter, page 46, cut at 2.5 inches.
  • Paper - Recollections
  • Sentiment - "Thanks for going BANANAS for Sophia" text arranged with MS Publisher; printed on 1" strips of red cardstock
  • Wrapped the sentiment strips around the bananas and secured with a staple; double-stick tape then secured the monkeys over the staple.
  • Paper - Recollections
  • Cricut Cuts - banner from Birthday Bash, page 64; font also from Birthday Bash; monkey from Create a Critter, page 46
  • Other - ribbon by The Ribbon Boutique

The mom-to-be and guests really seemed to love all the Curious George decorations, and I had a blast using my Cricut for party purposes.

If you have a baby birthday (or any event) to plan, be sure to share your creations at Decorate to Celebrate now through October 5.  And many thanks to Rhonda and Amy at DTC for featuring me as a Guest Designer today!  Now, get to crafting! :)


  1. how super cute great for a baby party. thank you for being a guest designer on my and amys blog decorate to celebrate. hugs

  2. Love your collection so cute, you did a great job. Thanks for joining us as guests designers at Decorate to Celebrate.

  3. OMG! How cute! Love what you did with the bananas!!!!!

  4. How cute is that little monkey. All your decorations are fabulous, but I especially love your idea for the bananas.
    Thanks for joining us as a guest designer at DTC
    I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

  5. So cute Jessica! I have to agree with the other commenter - I LOVE what you did with the bananas! :)

  6. Adorable!!! I just love the addition of the monkeys on the bananas!!!

  7. OMG!! Jessica how adorable is this set:) any baby woud love this theme! Fabulous job!!

  8. Oh my gosh this is too cute for words! Love it! You did a fabulous job!

  9. You decorations look fabulous, love them, great ideas:)

  10. Jessica, love your decorations...especially the banana with the monkey attached....monkeys was the theme for my daughter's baby shower and it didn't occur to me to use bananas as part of the favors...what a great idea...

    So honor to be a guest designer @ DTC with you and the other gals!

  11. soo cute! Love the banana with the monkey around it! bet the babys mom just loved it!

  12. Such cute decorations. Love the little monkey.
    Congrats on being guest designer at DTC.

  13. I found your blog from Decorate to Celebrate and love this theme! Create a Critter is such a fun cartridge - I love seeing how other people use it!! The banana favors are awesome! I never would have come up with that!

  14. Visiting from Decorate to Celebrate. Your Curious George creations are cute. My daughter liked Curious George when she was younger.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  15. What an adorable theme Love your monkey cuts and the banana favors are adorable! From DTC
    Big Blog Hugs Janet

  16. Jessica, thank you so much for being a Guest Designer for DTC!! What a privilege to feature your fabulous decorations!! I love everything you created, but the bananas are my absolute FAVORITE -- what a creative idea!! :)

    Thanks so much for decorating your celebrations at the Decorate To Celebrate! Challenge Blog!

    Amy :) at
    and Decorate To Celebrate!