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Between all the ‘Divas’ here in the office, we’ve attended, planned and hosted our fair share of Baby Showers! Hence, baby chit-chat is a common topic in the office, and our Baby Shower invites, thank you cards and bonbonniere gift tags are some of the most popular products on our entire website!

The popularity of Baby Showers means that we are always talking to real-life customers planning showers for their sisters, friends, daughters, or for themselves. We see first-hand how planning an event for a crowd (big or small) can become stressful as all the little details mount up.

As we’re all self-professed experts in the matter, we decided to get together and compile a list of our Words of Wisdom for a 10 Step Guide on How to Host a Stress-Free Baby Shower.

Please leave your comments at the bottom with more advice to anyone planning a Baby Shower!

 

(Image: Hooray Mag)



1) Pick a host
Traditionally speaking, if you’re a first-time mum, a girlfriend or semi-distant relation (i.e. cousin) will host your first Baby Shower. Traditional etiquitte indicates that it is felt that if a mum or a sister were to host your first baby shower, they are seen to be soliciting gifts. Personally we find this to be a fairly old-fashioned approach, and don’t see many modern Australian women who worry too much about this etiquitte, as mums and sisters are often so proud to host such a celebration!

The task at hand here is to create a stress-free celebration. Choose someone close to you who understands your style and taste, your values and is organised!! Set your intentions with your family (or anyone who may be offended if they are not asked to host your celebration) that your last few months of pregnancy will be precious times, and you want to organise a celebration which will run smoothly, be uncomplicated, and at the very least – as stress-free as possible!


2) Write a Guest List
With regards to how may people to invite, everyone is different. Intimate high teas with a handful or ladies, or larger luncheons with the as many as you can squeeze into your venue! Traditionally most prefer a women-only event, while it’s becoming incresingly popular to hold co-ed baby showers like Baby-Q’s, which may also include children at your shower!

 

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3) Pick your theme with the help of Pinterest!
Once you’ve chosen your host/s, it’s time to start talking about how you might envision your celebration to be. Perhaps you’re happy for it all to be a surprise and let your host plan the whole thing! Or maybe you’ve seen some great inspiration and ideas floating around the web that you gave a few ideas of how your own celebration might come together! Either way, what better way than to share ideas together visually through Pinterest.

See some of our fave ideas on our own Pinterest board here.

Once you’ve settled on a general theme, location and appraoch then it’s time to start getting down to the nitty gritty...


4) Set a date at least 4-5 weeks in advance
If you’re having a baby, chances are a huge portion of your friends and family will already be busy mums who have kids and commitments. This means that settling on a date nice and early will erradicate SO much stress for your guests too! So try to pick your date nice and early to avoid disappointing anyone who already has commitments.

It’s fair to say that in most cases, you’ve been aware of your impending arrival for some time, so getting in early with your loved ones is the best way of ensuring that your Baby Shower is not a rushed affair that is too close to your due date!

Traditionally speaking Baby Showers are hosted in the 4-6 weeks prior to your due date. Usually this means that maternity leave will be about to begin, and you’re busy setting up your home for the imminent arrival of your new little life.

 

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5) Create a gift registry
Get what you actually want and need! Guests love to know what you want, it makes life easier for them, and you can receive what you actually want! A really popular trend is to ask for a book instead of a card. Lots of our customers personalise this sweet little message onto a matching wishing well card:

Books for Baby
A small request and we hope it's not hard,
Please bring a book instead of a card.

It doesn't matter if it's well-loved or brand new,
Either way your book will remind the baby of you.

Write a sweet message on the inside cover
And your words can be cherished over and over.


6) Send out Invitations (at least 3 weeks in advance)
Once you set your guest list has been set you can assume the size that the celebration will be which may define if you choose to do it in a private space, or book a table for High Tea somewhere public.

Be sure to include all the most important information (who the celebration is for, date, time, place) and give your guests a date to RSVP by so that you and the host have time to organise catering, drinks. venue bookings, games etc!)

Being clear with your intentions on your invitations will save you time and hassle answering questions i.e. is it co-ed? Are babies/children allowed? What shall I wear? What gift would you like?

Oh, and did I mention that we have you more than covered when it comes to Baby Shower Invitations!!

 

 

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7) Plan your catering with food & drink
Now that you have some RSVPs rolling in, it’s time to lock in your catering. As mentioned High Teas are a stress-free option whereby guests can pay per head, or you can DIY your own High Tea. Will you be offering alcohol, and if so, can guests BYO? Or would a selection of teas and coffee be suffice? Another important consideration is to pre-empt that some of your guests may have food allergies, so best to have options for all.

Sarah Wilson has created a great little blog all about how to host a sugar-free morning tea. Otherwise there’s no shame in creating a pot-luck! Get everyone to chip in and create a truly stress-free celebration with an array of home-made food.

 

 

8) Pick some baby games!
Now for the really fun part! Get your hosts or most creative guests to take the reins! There’s so many ways to get all your guests involved with too many adorable ideas! Revisit that Pinterest board you created at the beginning and seek out some games which are achievable & fun for all!

Pinterest & the web is full of resources, here's 25 Baby Shower Game ideas that we loved, as well as 30 Baby shower games that are actually fun!


9) Create simple & sweet bonbonnierres
Matching gift tags add a simple finishing touch to your day. These are affordable, and simple and you can even order them to match your invites or your theme on the day!

 

 

10) Pre-order thank you cards
It’s fair to say that once you’ve survived all the hype and excitement of your Baby Shower, you will be releived to think that you were so organised and pre-ordered your Thank You cards before the big day! Now all you need to do is write a personalised note to your guests, and send them out - simple!

 

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LET'S GET THIS PAR-TEA STARTED!

27/04/2017 3:42 PM

 

 

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is Cancer Council Australia's most popular fundraising event and the largest, most successful event of its kind in Australia.

The Biggest Morning Tea is a chance for people to get together and raise money for a great cause. 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Today, there are more than 1.1 million Australians who are either living with cancer or who have survived a disagnosis, but it is estimated 1 in 3 cancers in Australia are preventable. The official date for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is 25th May 2017 however if that doesn't suit you, you can hold it any date in May or June.

 

And if you are fabulous do decide to host a morning tea, the Cancer Council have created a huge range of DIY Printables for you to download and create, to add that special touch to your party. Check them out here.

If perhaps you have run out of time to boil the kettle for this event, don’t worry as High Teas are now a trendy, elegant and intrinsically feminine way to celebrate events such as baby showers, bridal showers and birthdays. While the art of doing it properly need not be stuffy or restrictive, it does require forethought and planning. Whether you’re a first-timer, or a seasoned morning tea pro, here are some pointers to help make being a host a breeze.

 

 

Decide on a Venue

Once you've decide who you're going to invite the next decision is to where to have it. The cosiest intermit setting is in your home or your garden, or you can also get your work colleagues involved and host it at work!

 

Decide on a Theme

You don't necessarily need to pick a theme, just a pretty tablecloth, tea cups and cupcakes. However there are three classic themes which will then help you choose your table settings and food; these are Vintage, Alice in Wonderland and British Morning Tea.

 

Make it Memorable and Get Creative

Have a little fun. Design some activities for the event. For example have your friends go head to head in a competitive bake off with blind tasting or have a lucky door prize for a cake at the end of the party.

 

Drink

Make sure the sugar and milk is set on the table ready to pour your guests a cuppa as they sit down. Try to provide a variety of tea - Earl Grey, peppermint, fruit, herbal and English Breakfast. A pot of coffee is also a good idea. Of course, if you're celebrating a special occasion, don't forget to pop open the bubbles!

 

Food

Where you do even begin with all the delicious morsels that a moring tea can have?! Here's a great article from Best Recipies with ample ideas that will make your mouth water! Or if you're trying to avoid sugar, Sarah Wilson has a brilliant blog on how to host a sugar-free morning tea here.

 

And last, but not least, invitations!

Here are a selection of some of our most popular invitations for a mornig tea, ladies brunch or a high tea. Simply click on the invitation to see the product on the website!

Don’t forget to tag with #WeArePaperDivas to show us how your event went!

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Unicorn Party- Free Printable

10/02/2017 4:57 PM

 

My niece Azaria has always really loved unicorns. When she was around 3 years old I vividly remember her playing by the door on the old wooden steps of my sisters country cottage with her unicorn toys. She would line them all up in the most perfect row. Next she would take each one in her little hands and brush their rainbow hair ever so carefully. The gentle and kind way she played with her unicorns was very different from the way she played with her pet cat Tigrus... Tigrus could often be seen trying to escape a giant bear hug from little Azaria.

With this happy memory in mind I created the “Pretty Unicorn” Invitation. This invite is for all the sparkling unicorn lovers, magical little fairies and princesses out there who are dreaming of a enchanted birthday celebration.



And just to make it a little easier for all the parents planning these magical affairs I have also created a print at home party game which can be downloaded below.

This gorgeous “Pin the Horn on the Unicorn” print out will add an extra little bit of fun to any sparkly unicorn or princess themed party. It could also be a crafty idea to have your child decorate all the horns with pretty diamantes or glitter before the party so each guest has a unique horn to pin on the poster.

Click here to download your free printable and here to download your unicorn horns, then head to your local printing shop to have it printed up for the special party!

All of the Paper Divas would absolutely love to see the poster in action so please share the happy memories to our Facebook or Instagram pages. Don’t forget to tag with  #WeArePaperDivas because there will be some gift vouchers up for grabs in the very near future!

 

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Christmas Holiday Hours

19/12/2016 4:53 PM

 

Christmas Holiday Hours

The beauty of being an online business means that we are always available for you to design, edit and purchase online! The Divas will be working hard to get all of your orders out in plenty of time before Christmas and New Year’s Eve!

Our office holiday trading hours are as follows:


WEDNESDAY 21 DECEMBER
If you place your order by this day we guarantee that we will dispatch your order before Christmas (please note that Courier times can vary over the Christmas period).

THURSDAY 22 DECEMBER
Paper Divas offices will close in the afternoon. If you place a Super Rush Service before midday QLD time it will be dispatched before Christmas.

You are still very welcome to place your order during this time, and it will be treated as a priority once we re-open (3rd Jan).

TUESDAY 3 JANUARY 2017
Hooray all our staff are back on-board to process and dispatch your orders according to our regular time frames!

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4 Christmas Desserts to Inspire

9/12/2016 2:06 PM

 

With only a few weeks until Christmas we know busy mums and dads will be rushing about organising the traditional feast for Christmas lunch. And we all know any good feast requires an amazing dessert to finish the food affair!

We’ve been lusting over decadent pavlovas and Moorish Christmas tree treats and I can confidently say our mouths are watering!

 

 

Did somebody say Marshmallow and Funfetti?? Yes they did! This delightful recipe is featured on the Camille Styles Blog and features a step by step photo journey of just how to create these delicious little treats.

Find the recipe here.

 

 

A good Aussie Christmas almost always features a pavlova but this unique recipe from Artful Desperado turns the traditional recipe on it’s head. You will be the talk of the table with this amazing Chocolate Meringue cake. Topped with fresh seasonal cherries + berries you won’t be able to eat it quick enough.

Find the recipe here.


 

 Donna Hay is the queen of beautiful desserts and we couldn’t go past these Rum and Raisin Brownie Christmas Trees. Cinnamon sticks make the perfect base and it is such a sweet touch adding a Star Anise to the top. These will be sure to impress your Christmas guests.

Find the recipe here.

 

 

Wow! This Gingerbread featured on the Aww Sam blog is so bright we almost need our sunglasses. This would be such a fun little project to make with any little helpers you have about the place. Little tiny hands would be perfect for adding the colourful decorative features.

Find the recipe here.

 

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Snap, Hastag & Win - $100 Cash Giveaway

22/11/2016 12:58 PM

 

Do you have a party or celebration coming up before Christmas!?

Maybe it’s the end of year work party or a baby shower for a mum-to-be? It could be an engagement party or a wild hens night out? Maybe you're welcoming a precious little baby into the world or simply celebrating a birthday? Whatever it is you’re celebrating – we want to know about it!

Just by sharing your special event with us, you could be the lucky winner of $100 cash to spend any way you please... a sneaky hundred won’t go astray before Chrissy! So start snapping and enter our "Snap, Hashtag & Win" cash giveaway!

To enter simply head to Instagram and follow these steps:

1. Follow @paperdivasaus
2. Snap a fun photo of your Paper Divas invites, party or event.
3. Use the hashtag #WeArePaperDivas & Tag @paperdivasaus in your post
4. Don’t forget to tag a friend so they can enter too!

At Paper Divas we love being a part of your celebrations! Seeing your party or gorgeous baby pics always makes us smile! Don't be afraid to get creative, crafty or clever with your photograph!

Maybe you'd like to share a flat lay of your invites or if your family pet is willing to participate in a cute snap we encourage this as well... because let's face it, there can never be enough pet pics on Insta!

 

TERMS AND CONDITONS:

Competition ends 12pm, December 19th 2016. The winner will be notified via Instagram on 20th December. Your entry may be posted to our instagram page, so please only post images you are happy for us to share; we will of course tag you in any shared photos. Only Australian entries will be considered.

Prize will be mailed in the form of a Mastercard voucher, works just like cash.

#PaperDivasAUS #WeArePaperDivas #InvitationDesign #Stationery #PersonalStationery #Invites #WeLoveInvites #InvitesWeLove #StationeryLove #InviteLove #DesignerInvites #PersonaliseMe #Designer #inviteme #Competition #Giveaway #Cash #CashForGrabs #SnapToWin

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REAL Wild One Party!

25/10/2016 3:58 PM

Let the wild rumpus start!!

Wild One parties have become a popular theme trending for first birthday parties. Due to demand from creative parents hosting such savage celebrations, we have created a large range of designs especially for the occasion. You can read about our latest invitations designed especially for a Wild One party on our previous blog.

Our good friends over at Sugar and Spice Events took the creativity one step further by creating the cutest Wild One-themed party for one of their own tribe, Archer. Inspired by his name, our designers helped Creative Director – Decinda MacDonald, create her own custom invitation to set the tone for the day. The invitation featured feathers and archer arrows, a cheeky little fox, golden tribal patterns and mint accents:

The experts in party styling went all-out to set the scene for a bespoke and lush setting that all the fierce little creatures could run rampant in! Imaginations ran truly wild as the backdrop for the party included so many intricate details and impressive coordination.

Be brave little Archer... it‘s time for an adventure!

Nestled down by the water, this outdoors event was a truly magical scene complete with feathers, arrows, ferns, garlands and tipi-inspired centerpieces. The floral arrangements by Gold Coasters, B Sweet Flowers added a dramatic sense of going-bush and sweet little citronella candles doubled as both cute and practical to keep the mossies at bay!

As the sun shone down, guests could embrace the cozy ambience framed by a light and airy backdrop of draped blues, greens and white tones. Natural, earthy ottomans encouraged the party goers to kick off their shoes and be at one with nature as they picked away at some cute fruit kebabs and cupcakes complete with feather arrow details.

As a highlight, guests were treated to a feast of epic proportions with one of the most amazing tipi cakes that‘s ever been made! Archer‘s eyes sparkled with delight at all the cute little details like the glittery feather garland backdrop, and hints of gold and glitter in the table setting and loot bags.

Life in Bloom Photography were there to capture the day so that Archer‘s busy and talented family could sit back, relax and enjoy being in the moment of this wild and rumpus scene!

We can‘t wait to see what type of party is thought-up for Archer's second birthday party!

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Want to have your party featured on our blog? Email us on [email protected] and don't forget to use #WeArePaperDivas on social media!

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Minimalist Christmas Charm

13/10/2016 5:09 PM

 

Gorgeous images of presents wrapped in delicate recycled paper and simply decorated Christmas trees have been appearing in our news feeds of late and it got us thinking about the festive season (After all its only 10 weeks away!!) There is so much fuss at Christmas time; The rush to get the tree up, buy the fancy gold wrapping paper, organise a grand feast and buy a multitude of pressies.

But what if a less is more approach was taken? Often beauty is in the most simple of things.

 

 This Christmas tree featured on Homey Oh My is just so pretty. The Star ornaments are a  DIY made from Clay! We love the idea of making your own Special Christmas decorations. Team your tree with some simple black, white and grey gift wrapping and your on the path to a beautiful minimalist look.

 

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Speaking of minimalist.. Would you ditch the tree all together?? This DIY tree from Almost Perfect is a fun modern idea for any small space or lover of the less is more ethos.

 

 We just love this Christmas styling from The Merry Thought. The idea of a Christmas tree with no decorations might scare some but if you love the idea of a simple, stress free and no mess Christmas this could be right down your alley. Elements from the natural world always give a wonderful feeling and this arrangement leaves us feeling very grounded.

A neutral colour palette and soft finishings could be all the fuss you need to make this Christmas special. We have used this minimalist style to create our beautiful new range of Christmas invites. Simple type on beautiful white card and a touch of copper shine.

 

O the Simplicity of it all.

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Halloween Treats

27/09/2016 3:37 PM

It’s nearly Halloween. This means it’s time dig deep into the costume box for your most frightening outfit... or the linen cupboard for a ghostly looking sheet if your costume ideas are anything like mine. Halloween is so much fun, and it is a frighteningly good excuse to throw a party.

All good parties need delicious food... So this week we hope to wake your taste buds from the dead with a display of creative Halloween Treats. From horrifyingly healthy treats, to devilish desserts we take a sneak at some spooky secrets to making the food table just as freaky as your costume.

 

If it is a kids party you are organising there are plenty of spooky food creations to keep the kids frightened. Try decorating mini pizzas with cut olives to look like creepy spiders or turn a simple cupcake into a witches hat with a waffle cone and some icing.

 

 

Keep in mind Halloween doesn’t have to be all about sugary treats and mountains of lollies. There are some really clever ways to make spooky Halloween goodies from natural and healthy ingredients! Try making mini pumpkins from mandarins and celery stalks, or some chattery teeth from apples and sunflower seeds.

 

 
While healthy is nice... a little Halloween indulgence never hurt anyone!  Think dripping poison (not really poison) toffee apples, and blood splattered cookies. We also love these rich chocolate bat wing treats which are so easy to create with a packet of Oreos! 

 

Our Adults only Halloween goodies are spooktacular! Create indulgent delicious blood red cocktails for the vampires in the room and decadent rich dark chocolate shards. These are just too special to give to the little goblins!

You will be the talk of the evening with these Halloween goodies and your guests will be dying to devour these treats, so time to get cooking! Enjoy!

 

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Religious Celebrations

8/09/2016 3:15 PM

 

Celebrations of faith are so important to many families. At Paper Divas we print and dispatch many invitations for Baptisms and Christenings each week. We have created 3 themes based on 3 popular religious invitations to help you decide on a theme and style for your little one's special day.

 

 

 

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