Hello World! (A Paper Source Baby Shower)

It’s probably no surprise that we love celebrating here at Paper Source. When a fellow co-worker is having a big life moment, we see that as a great opportunity to create an event that perfectly matches their character with crafted and personal touches. We recently threw a baby shower for a member of our web team, Kristen, who has been with Paper Source for years. Kristen was expecting a baby boy, but also appreciates a subtle and sophisticated aesthetic. Because of that, this shower theme could easily be used for a boy/girl/gender neutral shower by simply using a different accent color. Here’s a look at some of our favorite touches.

We decided to hold a baby shower luncheon in one of our meeting rooms in the office. In order to make sure it felt intimate and inviting, we got rid of phones and cords, and added a Paper Bag table runner and D.I.Y. floral arrangements for a sweeping tablescape.

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We accented with small bud vases, gumballs, candy sticks and Mercury Glass Candles. We made sure to keep the accents within our neutral palette of kraft, white, and silver. Kristen’s mom added a personal touch by bringing vintage handkerchiefs (leftover from Kristen’s wedding) and labeling them with dates around Kristen’s due date. Each guest took one home as their due date guess.

For each place setting, we used Chalkboard Bracket Cards and calligraphy for a special touch. Each person also had a Hello, World! card on their plate, which carried the theme through and had a game on the opposite side to match popular baby names with their respective countries. (We made the game ourselves with a little research and self-printing on Square Cards).

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The treat table was adorned with a D.I.Y. Tissue Paper Tassel garland (instructions here) that incorporated Silver and Pool tissue paper and Cotton Twine. Special touches were added with a custom chalk sign on a Chalkboard Wallie, a custom Hello, World cake topper made with the Cameo machine and treats catered for Kristen, including mom-to-be’s favorite gourmet marshmallows (which, coincidentally, fit perfectly with our color scheme).

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To serve milk, we used Vintage Milk Bottles and Gray & White Striped Paper Straws with mini powdered donuts on top for a cute little touch and a perfect accompaniment to cake.

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On the other side of the room we filled a table with gifts for baby’s travels both near and far (including the Book of Maps). Before the shower, we compiled our favorite places in the world (along with pictures) as a keepsake for mom and baby.

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Everyone had so much fun, and the shower was made even more special by personal touches and a unique theme. Want more inspiration? Check out some of our past Paper Source baby showers from an ABC Theme, Something Sweet and Out of This World.

Girls’ Night In

 Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be a celebration of love between you and a special someone. Instead, have just as much fun with your girl friends in a festive themed party.

Decorate with hearts and glitter and bake sweet treats while sipping sugary cocktails. What more could you ask for? Here’s everything you need to make your party a hit.

Red and Gold. Create delectable drinks in these charming gold tumblers. Add a festive paper straw and your drink becomes a work of art. We love The Red Valentine Cocktail recipe found at The Stylish Type Blog.

 

Follow Your Heart. Get your home ready with this adorable pillow. Add more cushions and colors to create cozy seating for guests.

 

Inspo. We adore this pillow styling inspiration from The TomKat Studio.

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I pick you. What’s a cocktail party without hors d’oeuvres? Make them special for Valentine’s Day with these festive heart party picks.  Even decorate sweets and cupcakes with this simple statement decoration.

 

Candy Hunk. Laugh with friends over this mini dream man. Who needs a date when you have the “perfect man” candy? Now you’re really ready for a Valentine’s Day themed cocktail party for a girl’s night in!

 

Guess The Name Game. Now that everyone is enjoying the festive decor with drinks in hand you can play the hilarious Charades-like game found at Lifestyle Tweets. The steps are simple, just follow the rules of Charades but the actors can only be romantic characters- like Romeo and Juliet!

Courtesy of lifestyletweets.wordpress.com

Courtesy of Lifestyle Tweets 

Weekend Wants: New Year’s Party

Are you ready to ring in the new year? Here are some of our favorite things to make your party perfect. Pick them up at your local store!

Photo Booth Fun. Brand new for this year, this New Year’s Photo Props Kit will provide tons of fun for a D.I.Y. photobooth. Have everyone take goofy pics as a way to start the year off right!

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The no-hassle tassel. This striking Black, White & Gold Tissue Paper Tassel Garland is a festive party decor piece that couldn’t be simpler. Hang these along a buffet, across a mantel or use it as the background in the D.I.Y. photobooth we mentioned above! Another plus, this color scheme is a Paper Source exclusive that can’t be found anywhere else!

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Colorful confetti. Hand these Confetti Poppers out to all your guests to celebrate midnight in colorful style. An added benefit: they can reused year after year!

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Fun Accents. From glassware to table decor, we have the perfect accents for your New Year’s Eve Celebration. For example, this paper rosette accent piece is the perfect backdrop for guests to take photos. Hang on a wall or use behind your serving table for the perfect festive touch.

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Find pretty pops of color for any style in our Entertaining Essentials category.

Festive and Cozy Thanksgiving Table Settings

Create a welcoming space your guests will love with these beautiful decor ideas. From gorgeous table runners and place mats to thoughtful place cards, we can help you set a memorable Thanksgiving table with style .

A Grateful Gathering

Set the tone for your grateful gathering with this beautiful We Are Thankful Table Runner. An artful addition to any festive setting, this screen printed design features animals, objects, and silhouettes hidden in the branches of an intricately illustrated tree .

The simple and bright fabric will easily compliment your favorite fall decorations. But, it’s not only beautiful, it’s also machine washable- making this table cloth perfect for quick post-meal cleanup.

 

Thanksgiving Trimmings 

Elegant patterned papers create the beautiful fanned feathers of this beautiful decoration. Our Turkey Rosettes Centerpiece is a stunning yet simple addition to your Thanksgiving table.

 

This Thanksgiving Napkin Ring Kit makes a great Thanksgiving Day activity. Fun and easy, this set contains almost everything you need to create your own holiday characters.  Wrap your napkins with these festive bands, then use them for a mini puppet show after your meal!

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Our Thanksgiving Napkin Ring Kit is festive and fun! Just don’t forget your Scissors, glue, and a ruler! (not included)

 

Your little turkeys will love this Thanksgiving craft activity. This kit makes great place cards and will keep the kids busy while you make dinner.

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We love this arrangement from Design Roots featuring our Turkey Place Card Kit.

 

Create these thoughtful place cards to accent your Thanksgiving feast. Embellish one side with a Happy Thanksgiving Escorial Stamp and your guest’s name. On the other side, decorate with our I Am Thankful For Rubber Stamp and encourage each person to write a message of gratitude to share. Our Sketch Turkey Rubber Stamp, Pastel Washi Tape Set, and Glitter Fall Leaves Repeat Stickers also make great additions to any Thanksgiving place card.

 

Make your table glow with these beautiful place mats cut from our Chevron Table Wrapping Paper. This contemporary design adds a personal touch to each seat with a monogram craft letter to specify a place setting for each guest. Finally, keep your beautiful paper settings dry with our Thanksgiving Typography Letterpress Coasters to add a hint of color to your polished look.

 

One 50 ft roll of Chevron Table Wrapping Paper can go a long way in your holiday decoration. After your Thanksgiving celebration, use this elegant paper to wrap your holiday gifts!

Adorn your packages with Gold & Red Double-Sided Satin Ribbon and compliment with our Red Glitter Wrapping Paper. (Oh, and don’t forget the Super Tacky Tape! This double-faced makes wrapping your sparkly packages easy and flawless.)

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Warm & Toasty Dinner Party

Now that the weather is cooling off, warm your home with a cozy dinner party! With fresh table decor and contemporary cocktails, these party ideas just might make fall your favorite season to entertain!

 Simple Settings 

Set the table with this fun place setting idea. Just cut our Chalkboard Wrapping Paper into rectangular place mats or use as a table runner for a unique way to personalize your space. Write your guests’ names above their plates or let your guests doodle their own setting design. Simply arrange colorful chalk in a darling mason jar for a playful pre-dinner activity.

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Fill this trendy  Glass Mason Jar Mug with Colored Chalk or Extra Fine White Chalk Ink Markers for a cute, vintage way to display your creative table design.

A casual get together doesn’t need to be complicated to be beautiful. Set your table with a few fall textures and colors for a truly memorable meal. Cut strips of playful fine paper , wrap into sweet circles and connect with double stick tape for a beautifully simple napkin ring. Add a rustic touch to any candle or vase by wrapping it with a little burlap bow.

Finally, bring the scent of Autumn inside with a Rewined Cider Candle.  This scent features a rich blend of fresh apple, cinnamon and clove, with aromas of buttery dark rum. This premium natural soy wax is poured into repurposed glass for an eco-friendly design.

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We love this Lokta Moroccan White on Yellow Fine Paper for simple napkin rings inspired by rich fall colors. And this Natural Burlap Woven Ribbon adds a touch of rustic flair to any container-even our Rewined Cider Candle.

 

Warm & Toast-y

Your guests will love these inspired cocktails and trendy glasses. Cozy up with company to share an artfully-made refreshment with these contemporary drink ideas.

The beautiful photography and simple recipes in Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails will warm your guests with cool new drink ideas. This book makes mixing cocktails simple, social and fun, so gather your friends and pick your favorite recipe! You may just find a new seasonal favorite.

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If you’re looking for a classic concoction, our Moscow Mule Mugs are a trendy way to enjoy your favorite mix. Our box features the namesake recipe, but these stylish cups will add vintage charm to any cold drink. Plus, we offer our set for the lowest price around- Cheers to that!

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Have a whiskey-lover in the group?  These Whiskey Rocks are the perfect way to keep drinks cold without diluting flavor. Simply freeze, then pop these little stones in your favorite drink for five minutes. These soapstone cubes are milled by the oldest soapstone workshop in the United States- so you know they’re good.

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Fun & Games

Keep the party going with these beautiful game sets. These classic boards are definitely an oldie-but-goody combination. Chinese Checkers, Dominoes, and Backgammon add a little friendly competition to your intimate affair. And after you’re done, these bright and bold designs look gorgeous on your bookshelf.  Bonus points for you!

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Protect your table from those frosty mugs with these Authentic Record Coasters. Re-purposed from vintage records, this unique set is sure to be a conversation starter. Use this blast from the past to inspire your music choices for a fall party that is sure to rock all night.

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Pumpkin Party Inspiration

It’s time to decorate for Halloween! If you’re looking for a fun way to create your spooky decor, why not invite your friends over for a festive pumpkin decorating party?

These easy decorations and creative refreshments will delight your guests as they create their perfect pumpkins. We’ve also shared creative ways to glam up your gourd without the mess.

 

Painted Pumpkins 

Your pumpkin will be the talk of the block with these fun decorating techniques!  No need for the goopy mess- these carving-free ideas add fun flair to any pumpkin.

Add a splash of sparkle or dunk your pumpkin in gold glitz- either way your pumpkins are sure to shine with these decorating tips!

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Boo-tifully simple design: Simply paint your pumpkin with Black Acrylic Paint and let it dry. Next, paint liquid glue on the stem and sprinkle with Metallic Glitter. Shake off any excess sparkle and let dry. Finally, scrawl a spooky message on your pumpkin with a DecoColor Gold Marker.

Glitter-dipped and delightful: Paint your pumpkin from base to stem with Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint. Add an additional coat of paint that only covers the bottom half of your pumpkin and sprinkle with Metallic Glitter for a gold-dipped look.

Shiny Chevron: Create your own chevron-designed pumpkin using Super Tacky Tape. Cut this strong double-stick tape into zig-zag shapes. Then sprinkle your pumpkin with Metallic Glitter for a gold, modern look.

 

Pumpkin Carving Party Invites

Your guests will love these fun pumpkin party invitations. Make your own using our easy DIY guide!

Psst! Here’s a tip! Stamp and emboss pumpkins one by one using VersaMark Inkpad and embossing powders. Doing the colors separately will ensure that the embossing powders do not mix on the card. Print and cut text layer and adhere to card using Chevron Washi Tape.

 

Pretty Pumpkin Décor

Decorate more than just your pumpkins! Spruce up your space with these festive flourishes perfect for your decorating party. These jolly jack-o’-lanterns are sure to inspire your guests as they make they own pumpkin creations.

Use this festive Halloween Rosette Kit to add fun flair to your pumpkin-carving party.

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Pop up these Honeycomb Pumpkins to set your table or hang from the ceiling for quick and cute decoration.

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These jolly Pumpkin Gel Gems are fun additions to any window or mirror.

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Delicious Details   

Decorating your pumpkins outside in the crisp autumn weather? Help your guests stay warm with this sweet treat- hot chocolate paired with festive Pumpkin Peeps!

We love this idea from Home is Where the Boat Is.               Just use Halloween Peeps marshmallows in your hot chocolate for a sweet and spooky treat!

We love this idea from Home is Where the Boat Is. Use Pumpkin Peeps in your hot chocolate for a sweet and spooky treat!

 

Keep the pumpkin theme going by using a pumpkin to create a cute drink cooler. Just slice  in half, clean, and fill with a clear bowl with ice for a creative way to keep drinks cold.

Refresh your guests with cool drinks using this cute idea from Martha Stewart.

Refresh your guests using this cute cooler idea from Martha Stewart.

Weekend Wants: Quick Halloween Party Decorations

You might have noticed we love a fun Halloween party. Here are three quick ways to add decoration to your next scary fete!

Festive Paper Rosettes. These Halloween Rosettes are easy to put together and will add a layer of dimension to any space. Hang from the ceiling over your buffet or create a space for a photobooth background!

 

No Bad Luck. This Spooky Cat Garland is sure to add a little whimsy to your Halloween fete. Use these frightful felines as a garland or as party invitations. Make them with kids for a fun pre-party craft!

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Spell it Out. Create a classic look with this Happy Halloween Garland. Everything you need is included–just string it up!

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It’s a Monster Mash Bash!

It’s almost Halloween and we’re ready to party! Throw your little ghouls and goblins a Monster Mash Bash with these easy tricks and treats.

Monster Mash inspiration from Hostess with the Mostess blog.

Monster Mash inspiration from Hostess with the Mostess.

 

Monstrous  Invitations

Use our fun stickers and stamps to add creepy details to your party invitations. Wrap your note with playful washi tape or monster-themed paper tape to finish your scary stationery.

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Everything you need for fun and freaky invites: Poppy and Beet cards and envelopes with Halloween Monsters Circle Stickers and our Little Monsters Rubber Stamp Set . Tie your design together with Monsters Paper Tape and Skinny Orange & Black Ribbon.    Items not shown to scale.

 

 

Haunted house

Your little monsters will howl for these adorable door designs. Just paste black paper circles to the back of paper plates to create eyes for your monster. Streamers and cut paper make great hair for your monster and our pre-cut spiders add an easy, creepy touch to any door.

 

Creative door ideas from Good to Know Family

Creative door ideas from Good to Know Family

Greet your guests a scary start by playing a Halloween soundtrack or sound machine.

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These little monsters are too cute to be scary. They’re simple to make. Just fluff our pre-made tissue pom poms, cut some black and white circles for eyes, and glue together for fun and frightful monsters. Hang from the ceiling or use as table decorations.

We love these Monster Tissue Pom Poms from Persia Lou. Use Diamond Blue and Coral Tissue Paper Poms to create the look. (Don’t forget the scissors and glue!)

 

 

Scary Snacks

Your guests will gobble up these bright and silly monster cookies.

Kooky monster cookies from Lil' Luna

Kooky monster cookies from Lil’ Luna

These playful cups are easy to make- just add some monster eye stickers to a party cup and top with a fun straw. Cut washi tape to easily add a festive pennant.

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Check out these creative monster cups from Simply Creative Insanity. Our fun Black & White Paper Straws and Spooky Eyes Stickers are perfect for this project. Fold a piece of cut Party Washi Tape to create a cute flag for your straw.  Items not shown to scale.

 

Party time

Wrap coffee cans with fun Halloween paper tape, add some monster eyes and stack for a fun ball-toss carnival game. You could also fill balloons with a small treat, add silly faces and let your little ones pick a balloon to pop.

Party game photos from Catch My Party

Party game photos from Catch My Party

Your guests will love getting crafty with these fun creatures. Build your own creepy paper monsters using this fun kit then use your dolls to put on a puppet show!

 

Tricky treats

When your Monster Mash is done, send your guests home with these spirited treat bags.

Everything you need for these cute critters: Kraft Treat Bags with a Circle Punch for the eyes, Flag Hole Punch or Pennant Hole Punch for the teeth, and fun washi tape for extra decoration.

Everything you need for these cute critters: Kraft Treat Bags with a Circle Punch for the eyes, Flag Hole Punch or Pennant Hole Punch for the teeth, and fun washi tape for extra decoration.

Decorate colorful paper bags with a silly and simple paper face. Our paper punches make cutting perfect circles a snap. Flag-shaped or triangle punches make great teeth for your little ghouls. When you’re done,  fill with little zany treats like the ones below to thrill your visitors.

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Some frightening favors! Fill your bag with Finger Monsters, Flashing Bouncing Eyeballs, Light-up Pumpkin Balls, and fizzy Halloween Pop Rocks.

Paper Source’s New Year Paper Lantern-Themed Party

 

Things get mighty hectic around Paper Source during the holiday season, so this year, we decided to start a new tradition with a New Year’s Party.  Our Human Resources director came to us with a picture of Moroccan lanterns that inspired her, and a theme centered around light, warmth and renewal.

Check out our instructions for creating the pear-shaped Lantern (top, middle) and geometric lantern (top, right) at the bottom of this post!

With a palette of White, Cream, Silver, Bronze, Mint, Royal and Coral, paper lanterns of all shapes and sizes were created for the event, and accented with coordinating ribbon and orchids.  With battery-operated candles inside, a warm, convivial glow was cast over the whole event.

These accent lanterns in the cupboard are super easy to make (you may have even done so as a kid!)  If not, check out the instructions at the bottom of the post!

For instructions on creating this megastar lantern, check out the bottom of the post!

The designs came from the minds of many contributing employees.  Here are how to make just a few of them!

Accent Lanterns

These little guys are simple to make and sturdy enough to stand on a table by themselves, but are also ripe for hanging as well!

  1. Fold a piece of paper in half along its width.
  2. Cut lines across the fold towards the outer edges.  Leave a margin of an inch or two.
  3. For an extra-fancy touch, you can punch holes along the outer edges.
  4. Unfold and bring the paper’s lengthwise edges together and adhere them with tape, glue or staples!

Pear-Shaped Lantern (featured in the second photo)

This is a really easy one!  Simply cut strips of paper of equal lengths, then connect all of the strips at one end using a brad.  Join the other end of the strips together at the top and finish off with another brad, add a string and hang!

Geometric Lantern (featured in the second photo, on the right)

We followed this Megan Allan Cole‘s terrific tutorial video on Makezine.com.  All you need is an exacto knife, paper, a cutting mat and a lust for triangles!

Megastar Lantern (last photo)

This lantern was certainly the belle of the ball!  Grab a stapler and 15 sheets of equally-sized paper.  It doesn’t matter the size, as long as they are all exactly the same.

  1. Fold each piece of paper once, lengthwise.
  2. Fold each corner of each paper in towards the center fold-line, as if you were making a paper airplane with two noses.
  3. Arrange your first 5 pieces of paper so that they are lined up across your work surface, width-wise.
  4. Staple adjoining creases together.  It is very important that the staple lie precisely within the crease!
  5. Arrange your next 5 pieces of paper so that they are lined up both across your work surface, length-wise, and flush to your previous row of 5.  Staple adjacent creases.
  6. Follow suit with the last 5 pieces of paper.  As you adjoin creases, you will eventually close the lantern together into its final, starry shape!

 

We’ve just fallen in love with paper lanterns since the party and would like to know… do you have any paper-lantern tricks or patterns of your own you’d like to share?