The first thing that we did was to find plates that we liked. The Mom to be did not know if she was having a boy or a girl which made it more challenging to find a neutral elephant theme. We decided to go with a pink and blue theme with yellow as an accent color. I found these plates at 1st wishes website.
One of my other friends was so gracious to let me borrow her Cricut to help me come up with these wonderful decoration, but if you don't have a Cricut or a friend that will let you borrow one like me, you still can do most of these decorations.
To make the napkins holders I cut out 25 elephants using the Cricut's Animal Kingdom cartridge and glued them to a small strip of paper. I rolled up the napkins a one end and placed the napkins holder around the napkins. I think the napkin holders really give it an elegant feeling.
This banner can be time consuming, but it looks so cute I could not help myself from trying to make it. I used my Stampin' up big shot machine to cut out the squares and the letters. For the elephants I just cut out one of the elephants from each paper plate and glued it to a square piece of paper.
We put up lots of balloons in pink, blue and white. We also had two elephant balloons that went with the plate theme. We played soft lullaby music in the background. On the right of the Television I made a wall hanging that says "Baby E". I gave it to the Mom To Be after the shower so that she can hang it in the baby's room. On the left of the televison I had two wall hangings of elephants cut out of pink and blue card stock using the Cricut.
Centerpiece on the kitchen opening: I had to get creative. to make the top so I used the Big Shot machine to cut out the scalloped square and the smaller embossed square (to embossed the square I used a stamp'n up embossed folder). For the pink elephant I cut out a 1 1/2 inch elephant (with the Cricut using the Animal Kingdom set). The letter were also cut out using the Cricut. ( I also made another side to this so that you have something to look at from both sides. I glued both sides together putting a dowel between the squares. I placed a yellow ribbon on the dowel and tied it in a bow (the bow was some how shifted). The dowel was placed in the stand. To make the stand I used the Cricut. To make the stand stand up I placed pennies in the bottom and covered them with pink tissue paper. The two elephants on either side of the stand are from The Little People zoo collection (one is my child's and one is a friend's child's). It took a long time to make, but I think that it is really cute and adds to the overall theme.
We filled this box up with M&Ms for the guest to munch on.
PS To see the Elephant cake check out Elephant theme baby shower: The Cake and Games