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Hot Air Balloon Baby Shower Guest Book

Here's a keepsake that the mom-to-be (and baby!) will treasure for years to come: Have each guest press their thumb into an ink pad to make colorful balloons. Together, everyone creates a collective imprint in the shape of a hot air balloon. Later, it can be framed and mounted on the wall of the baby's room.

Photography: Shanna Sullivan

Source: Martha Stewart


This idea comes from Digital Editor Alexandra Churchill. It was presented from the guests as part of an "Up, Up, and Away" themed baby shower.


  • Picture frame

  • White cardstock

  • Ink pads

  • Pencil or fine-point marker


  1. Measure and cut cardstock to fit frame. (Tip: We used the backboard of the frame as a template.)

  2. Draw the details (and a special message or date of the event, if desired) of the hot air balloon with a pencil or fine-point marker.

  3. At the event, encourage each guest to leave their thumbprint on the print; let dry completely.
  4. Fit cardstock print in frame and present as a keepsake gift to the mom-to-be.

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