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Entertaining guru Jennifer Sbranti shows us how to give your favorite little bathtime buddy, the Yellow Ducky, center stage in an adorable yet modern baby shower setting.
This adorable and modern setting is brought to life with "floating" glass and Styrofoam bubbles, tabletop "bubble bath" centerpieces, fluffy towels, pint-size terry-cloth robes, bright splashes of aqua and sunny yellow, and of course lots of our little rubber ducky friends.
Sources: Styrofoam balls, www.ssww.com. Rubber duck, www.amazon.com. Zoe Circle Wall Mirror Set, www.wrapables.com. Bubble Vase, www.save-on-crafts.com. No-Slip Place Mat, www.amazon.com.
Budget Saver: The white plates were purchased at IKEA for $3.50 each and the yellow plates on eBay for $1 each. If you want to keep the cost down even more, substitute the regular dishes with solid paper partyware from your local party supply store or an online vendor. Place your settings on aqua place mats or an aqua tablecloth for a bright splash of color!
These "Mod Fishbowl Bubblebath" centerpieces are so fun and easy.
Get the Look: Start with a clear glass fishbowl then fill the bowl about halfway with various sizes of white Styrofoam balls and clear glass "bubbles." Next, place a rubber ducky amidst the bubbles. To add height to your centerpieces, just flip a clear glass or acrylic dish upside-down and use it as a pedestal base for the bowls.
Choosing party decor for your Bubbly Ducky Brunch is a cinch -- just pick up some items that you'd normally need for a baby at bathtime (keep in mind to match your colors to the theme) -- like towels, baby shampoo, lotion and powder, etc. -- then stack the towels and arrange the toiletries in decorative groups.
A pint-size baby bathrobe is a very appropriate and adorable touch to your decor, not to mention it doubles as a gift for baby. You can find duck-themed or yellow bathrobes at most department or baby apparel stores. Duck-themed bibs, onesies, and washcloths make great additions to your party decor as well.
For a unique decorative idea, create faux "floating bubbles" by hanging small Styrofoam balls and glass bubbles (with hanging hole) from transparent thread or fishing wire. This works great from a high doorway, chandelier, or stair banister.