DIY Salt Dough Ornaments

 
This week I thought I would deviate from my usual edible suggestions and offer up a classic recipe that’s a perfect addition to your Holiday traditions. I don’t think salt dough needs any special introduction, but for those who are unfamiliar with it, it’s a fun & easy dough that you can use for lots of fun projects- in this case, ornaments!
There are only 3 ingredients- salt, flour & water. You can add food colouring if you like or paint & decorate your baked dough once it’s cooked & cooled.
Because this is our first family Christmas, I wanted to make some ornaments that we’ll put on our tree every year and enjoy with fond memories. They’re great to make & give as gifts (think: handprint ornaments for the grandparents!) and they’ll always have a special place on the tree. Plus there’s an added bonus: they’re pretty shatterproof. 😉
Salt Dough:
Ingredients:
1/2 cup table salt
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup all purpose flour
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
2. In a bowl, mix salt & warm water 
3. Add flour & mix until well combined; form into a ball
4. Lightly flour a surface and knead dough for approx. 5 minutes
5. Re- sprinkle surface with flour & roll dough to 1/4″ thick
6. Use cookie cutters to make desired shapes; using a skewer, poke to make holes so you can string through some ribbon or twine to hang the ornaments
7. Bake on a parchment- covered baking sheet for 5- 6 hours
8. Allow to cool overnight & decorate to your heart’s content (I used clear glitter for ours)

Baby Shower Ideas!

I am so lucky that the same year I had my lil bundle, many of my friends are also adding a generation to their family. One of my best friends recently found out she was having a little girl and I am so excited to help plan the baby shower!
I’m lucky because I got delegated a lot of the fun items on the to do list: theme, decorations, games, & favours! I love this stuff! When I planned my wedding I really enjoyed creating an overall look and bringing all of the elements together to form a style for my special day. Baby showers can involve many of the same elements and I can’t wait to do it all over again!
For starters, I want to figure out the theme. Since this will determine the decorations, favours, etc, and will determine the overall look of the shower, this is a perfect jumping off point. I want to have one that’s fun and personal, reflect my friend’s personality, and have it tie in with the all the baby- ness! Since she’s having a girl, I’m thinking sugar & spice would be a fun theme! (With lots of pink!)
For the sugar I’m thinking candy & cupcakes (!!!). I’ve seen the Hershey’s idea below and thought that was a simple & cute idea- maybe as part of the favour? And I’m sorry, but women & chocolate is a winning combination, no matter how hard you may want to resist! Indulge a little! There are many companies that offer personalised candy wrapppers, which I think is such a unique idea for favours. If I dont go with the Hershey’s idea I might look on https://candywrapperstore.com/. They have lots of different styles and ideas for personalised favours that I am sure my guests will love.

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I’ll let the rest of the elements make up the spice… 😉
For decorations, I would like to try and keep it simple & pretty. I also want to try and make them (time and baby permitting!). I LOVE these ideas…
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Even though balloons and streamers are standard fair for any party, I think you can really dress ’em up with some beautiful pom pom tissue flowers. They’re inexpensive & easy to make. Two criteria I love to meet with any project I undertake! 
Since my gal pal knows what she’s having, I thought it would be fun to help kickstart that lil lady’s wardrobe. I’m thinking a onesie decorating station…
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…and a headband making station!!! 
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Again, these ideas are fairly simple to plan & organize, but would be fun and something that Mom can take home with her. Because you can purchase plain white onesies just about anywhere, they’re an easy item for a busy Mom like me to pick up on the run and I plan on getting several sizes (probably 3m+) so the lil lady can grow into her fashionable DIY attire! I’ll probably hit up Michael’s, Walmart, & the $ store for the crafty supplies. 🙂
As for games… I’m still thinking about how I want to organize them… I want to avoid the really typical cheesy/ corny ones, but still have some fun that’s unique only to a baby shower. Let me know if you have any suggestions!
As for favours… To tag along with the sugar & spice theme, I think cupcakes would be cute & simple. Maybe with a little stiletto embellishment (for the spice!) since my friend is infamous for her towering heels!
So that’s where I am so far. I’d love suggestions for games & activities!

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