Monday, October 26, 2015

Adoption Shower: Table Center Pieces (Part II)

Table center pieces can be a great accent to set the tone of your adoption shower, but what if you are celebrating a domestic adoption?  Instead of using country flags, there are plenty of alternatives to celebrate adoption.


Adopted With Love ornaments in pink or blue can be a great way to accessorize your adoption shower.  Hang them from an ornament stand, and place them in the middle of each table.
Want to personalize them even more?  No problem! Grab a Sharpie and add a name and adoption date in the hearts!
Don't want to focus so much on the adoption aspect but more on the love being shared by all those involved in the adoption process?  How about an ornament that emphasizes loving families?
Or just focus on the love everyone has for the adoptee, to which there is no end:
Once you have picked out your center piece ornament, you can easily accessorize everything else: matching balloons, confetti, cupcakes, ...

If you have any creative ideas, please post them on our blog or email them to us and we will discuss them with your permission.  The more the better!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Adoption Shower: Table Center Pieces (Part I)

Table center pieces can be a great accent to set the tone of your adoption shower.  When celebrating an intercountry adoption, the country’s flag can serve as a great basis.  Using a very simple flag, you can make some very creative and festive center pieces on a small budget if you incorporate napkins and confetti.

Chinese Flag Table Center Piece
Indian Flag Table Center Piece

Here is an idea with the Chinese flag.  We placed the flag on top of a red napkin, and laid gold confetti stars on the napkin to imitate the pattern of the flag. Very easy to do! The flag and base are available in our store and the napkins can be found at any party or dollar store in your area.

Another idea, as shown with the Indian flag, is placing the flag in a small vase filled with beads. We found this little glass vase for $1 at our local dollar store and filled it with decorative clear beads and orange metallic confetti.

Ethiopian Flag Table Center Piece
You can expand on this idea by adding confetti with words, and also sprinkle confetti around the vase. This looks really nice on round tables!

And of course these ideas can also be combined with two flags to show the joining of two cultures in one family.

Ukrainian and American Flags Center Piece


















If you have any creative ideas, please post them on our blog, our website (www.adoptedwithlove.com) or email them to us and we will discuss them with your permission.  The more the better!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Planning an Adoption Shower: Intercountry Adoption

If you are planning an adoption shower, I’m sure you have discovered there are little or no adoption-specific supplies readily available.  Standard baby shower supplies can be useful if throwing a shower for an infant, but “IT’S A BOY” or pink stroller and baby bottle decorations are not exactly appropriate when celebrating the adoption of a pre-teen or teenager.  Also, with the many uncertainties that come with adoption process, adoption showers are often celebrated after the adoption is finalized and the child(ren) can attend the party as well.

An adoption shower is, much like a baby shower, 
a celebration of family and mother/parenthood.  But with an intercountry adoption shower, you also celebrate the merging of different cultural backgrounds into one family. The adopted child’s country is part of his/her life story and has special meaning to the adoptive parents who spent a significant amount of time in the country.  The adoptive parents’ country becomes a new chapter in the adoptive child’s life story, and over time, s/he will start to feel at home in the adoptive country.

A creative way to celebrate an intercountry adoption shower is to incorporate country flags. You can do this either directly (using the actual flag in your decorations) or indirectly (simply using the flag’s colors, but not the actual flag). The great thing about this approach is that you can fit your designs within your party size and budget, whether large or limited. You can limit your decorations to a simple one-table center piece or color-coordinated streamers, or coordinate dessert tables and cupcakes with elaborate decorations and matching guest goodie bags.  

Over the next couple of blogs, we will outline some specific ideas for table center pieces you can dress up or down, as well as creative suggestions for cupcakes and guest goodie bags.  We will also offer some original ideas for domestic and foster-to-adoption showers.  There are so many things to cover, we can’t wait to share them all with you.

If you have any creative ideas, please post them on our blog, our website (www.adoptedwithlove.com) or email them to us and we will discuss them with your permission.  The more the better!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Welcome to our Adopted With Love boutique

The idea behind our Adopted With Love boutique (www.adoptedwithlove.com) originated from our personal experience of becoming parents through adoption. It was a rollercoaster ride, with ups and downs, tears and laughter, uncertainty and hope, despair and blessings. Throughout our journey, we had friends and family supporting us in a variety of ways, whether a small note with encouraging words, a thoughtful gift, or a listening ear.

When our baby came home, our friends and family threw us a baby shower. It was a wonderful party, a celebration of family and adoption. Many people commented on how they wanted to celebrate adoption with us, but found it difficult (if not impossible) to find adoption-related items. Plenty of newborn and baby gifts, and some books on how to explain adoption to children, but in a time when adoption has become more acceptable and open, still very little to actually celebrate families created through adoption.

So we thought of all the things we found important about our and our daughter’s lives coming together, and the little things we do to honor our history as an adoptive family. The holiday season spent with our loved ones, the memories of our travels abroad to finalize the adoption, our lifetime bond with a foreign country we never thought we would travel to. We tried to capture each idea in a thoughtful item and before we knew it, our adoption gift boutique was born.

We created blankets to give your children comfort on their travels home, bracelets celebrating adoption and family, journals to chronicle your adoption journey for your child, and of course gift bags and decorative table stands to really make a baby shower adoption-specific.

We hope you enjoy our gifts as much as we enjoy creating them. And we look forward to offering plenty more adoption shower ideas to personalize your celebration. Because in the end, the only thing that really matters is a family full of love and support, whether through birth or adopted with love.