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Kid-Friendly Baby Shower Decor and Favors

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 8 2005


Let the little ones in on the fun! This shower is full of monkey business -- ideal for families with siblings eagerly waiting their kid sister or brother. Kid-friendly food and decor make it a festive time for everyone.

For memorable, fun invitations, send out construction-paper masks with details written on back (the same oval shape can be turned into a pig, bear, or other animal). Use template to cut outer shape from both brown and yellow construction papers; glue together with glue stick, and cut out eye holes. Then use template to cut out yellow features, and glue on. Punch holes at sides; tie on ribbons.

A theme kids can really identify with is a fun-loving animal like a monkey. For a centerpiece, pile stuffed animal monkeys of various sizes on the table. Young guests can help by drawing and cutting paper bananas for a game to play at the shower: Pin the banana on the monkey.

Serve drinks in cups animated with construction paper. Use hole and craft punches to punch construction-paper circles for eyes, ears, and mouth; attach with glue stick. For mouth, cut circle in half, and leave a gap; for ears, fold back a tab. Cut a paper tail; curl around finger. For a favor pail, punch holes in cup and add a pipe-cleaner handle.

Yellow lunch sacks become favor bags filled with candy and toys. Fold bag top, and punch two holes; slip a monkey bead or key chain onto cord, pass ends through the holes, and tie closed.

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