A beloved and enduring tradition, baby showers call for memorable invitations. The idea explained here is easy to make and is sure to generate excitement over the occasion.
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Find a pattern for the teddy bear. (Cookie cutters make great stencils.)
Fold a piece of heavy paper or card stock into thirds. Each third should be the same width as the pattern. Fold the first third away from you so that the flap is underneath the rest of the sheet. Fold the second third toward you, putting it on top of the paper. Cut the excess away to form the last third.
Making sure the edges of the figure are touching the folds of the card stock or paper, trace the pattern onto the top layer. Use a pair of small scissors to carefully cut out the figure without cutting through the folds that connect the paws.
You can now write all the party information on the inside of the bottom layer.
Handmade Card Kit
Custom-Paper Stationery Kit, available at The Catalog for Living
Scalloped paper edgers
Teddy bear rotary craft punch by Marvy Uchida
White card stock
Blue or pink card stock
White envelopes (A-2 size)
Daisy patterned fabric (Schoolhouse Quilt Shoppe)
Before making the invitations, be certain of the date, time, and location of the shower, as well as the name of the person hosting the shower, and the number of invitees.
When choosing a date, determine whether the party will be held before or after the baby is born. If held before, the shower can provide welcome support for a potentially anxious mom-to-be; if held afterward, it can enable the guests to meet the newborn guest of honor for the first time.