Throwing a baby shower is one of the nicest things that you can do for a friend or family member. But just as the expectant mom is busy, so too are you and the other invitees. If you don't have a lot of time to spend or a lot of money, don't worry. You can still create a fabulous, welcoming, and memorable shower.
All that is required is a few supplies, some time, and some imagination. The results will be beautiful and much-appreciated by mama.
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Homemade candle favors are a great idea, and they can be used over and over again. You can find easy candle kits are craft stores or you can make your own with paraffin wax and some crayons for color.
Simply melt the wax with a double boiler, add in an old or broken crayon, stir, and when the mixture is melted thoroughly, pour into a glass jar or mold. Attach a length of wick to something heavier, like a washer and sink into the wax. You can make a large quantity of these, particularly if you make small, decorative or votive candles very easily.
Beautiful fragrances can be made easily with essential oils and ethyl alcohol. Mix two tablespoons of the alcohol with two cups of distilled water. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil - lavender, jasmine, or rose are perfect choices.
Pour your fragrance creation into a spray bottle and shake well. You can find small, cute spray bottles online at low prices, and if you're feeling ambitious, you can make a label on your computer or by hand to give it a professional touch. Spritz and enjoy.
Laminated, homemade bookmark baby shower favors are great for any guests, and are even more fun when you make them yourself!
Use strips of oak tag and decorate with drawings, stickers, inspirational sayings, and other designs.
Be crafty! And enlist some friends or family help.
If you have a small child, it will be an adorable idea for them to draw the bookmarks or write the guests' names.
Cover these with clear contact paper, punch a hole in the top, and tie with a ribbon.
Whether or not you have a women-only baby shower, food will be an appreciated favor.
Find a recipe for biscotti and make a batch for your guests. These keep very, very well, and will look great in a decorative bag or favor box. Lemon and thyme, apple and rosemary, and good old chocolate biscotti are excellent choices.
You can find recipes online or in cookbooks like the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. If you have a little more money to spend, put a few flavored tea bags or coffee packets into the baby shower favor boxes.
Chocolate and pretzels: a match made in heaven. Get some chocolate bark or just plain milk chocolate and some large pretzel rods at the grocery store (you can do pretzel twists, but it may be more time-consuming. Melt your chocolate very slowly, while stirring continually - it doesn't take long, but watch it the entire time so it doesn't burn.
Dip your pretzels in; leaving an un-dipped end is perfectly fine - it makes a nice little handle. You can leave these on wax paper to dry or dust candy sprinkles or drizzle white chocolate over them. Let dry, put in a glass jar or bag, and you're done. Oh, and you'll probably want to save some for yourself.
You can easily make herb-infused olive oil bottle favors for your guests.
Purchase a large bottle of olive oil or white or apple vinegar.
Find fresh sprigs of herbs, such as rosemary, dill, garlic, peppercorns, basil, or yummy lemon basil.
You can find beautiful glass carafes or containers to put the mixture into, and it makes a useful and decorative accessory for your guests' kitchens.
Practical, pretty and tasty! I can't think of anything better in a favor or guest gift.
If you really want to get into the baby theme, buy a large quantity of popcorn kernels and glass jars. Pour kernels into each jar and tie with a ribbon. Make a label or tag that says, "About to Pop" and instructions for popping corn on the stove (for guests who don't have an air popper). You could also buy or make caramel popcorn and pour it into decorative containers with the same message.
These homemade baby shower favors are thoughtful and very personal; you can be assured that your guests will love them and that your shower will be a success.