Favorite Tools + Baby Shower Giveaway

Last week we shared an amazing rock star themed baby shower. If you missed it be sure to check out this post.

Cute Printable Rock Star Party Cupcake Toppers - you've also gotta see the paper plate faux records -- the CUTEST! via @PagingSupermom

Want to know what you’ll need (besides printables) to make your party just like mine? The craft store can be overwhelming — filled with a million different tools and gadgets. If you are wondering which ones are really essential, today we’ve got a cheat sheet of our favorite tools and supplies. These are the ones we use over and over whenever we style a birthday party, baby shower or holiday meal.

Want to decorate like a party stylist? Here are the must-have tools via @PagingSupermom

A :: Martha Stewart Craft Knife – The most comfortable craft knife, and we use it all the time for slitting the upper corners of pennants. Here is a little designer secret: never use a hole punch when making banners — slits don’t show as much, and the pennants slide on easily but totally stay put.

B :: Ikea Ribba Frame – Just $2, we have a stockpile of these frames in 5×7 and 8×10. We use white frames the most but also love the black and silver ones.

C :: Decorative Straws – We’re not sure why exactly straws make drinks more fun, but we do know that colorful, coordinating straws are a total bonus.

D :: Silver Cupcake Liners – While decorative cupcake liners seem like a good idea, we almost always prefer the way these silver ones set off the rest of our decor. Another designer secret: practice restraint. These cupcake liners are a great place to save money without sacrificing any style. We buy these quality, neutral ones in bulk.

E :: Lollipop Sticks – These look far better then toothpicks as cupcake toppers.

F :: 2-Inch Circle Punch – If you have only one paper punch, this should be it. We use it for almost every party.

G :: Scotch Expressions Masking Tape – We love coordinating tape to the party so we don’t have to try to hide it. Plus washi tape seriously has a million uses, but we’ve been burned in the past by washi tape that just didn’t hold. Scotch’s adhesive is far better than most of the other washi tape out there.

H :: Martha Stewart Large Circle Cutter – This tool cuts absolutely PERFECT circles from 6 to 12 inches. If you want to line a cake plate or make a circle garland you need this tool. It even cuts through a couple pieces of paper at once. Seriously it’s a must have.

I :: Martha Stewart All-Purpose Scissors – I’ll admit we originally bought these just because the handle matched our other Martha tools, but these scissors are really worthy all on their own. They are comfy and have a nice, sharp tip. Usually you need to switch to smaller scissors for precision cutting, but these do both. I always use these scissors to cut the points out of pennants. The plastic sheath comes in handy too.

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