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The other day I was sitting around making maps for my kids to record their travels when I found out our pal Sarina from Joy in the Commonplace is expecting! I’m so excited for her, and would you believe all the party gals wanted to do a travel themed virtual baby shower? You probably do believe it because you wound up here from one of them (but if not, you should check them out -links on bottom). Anyway, perfect timing! My maps became a travel themed baby shower guest book. Of course, these maps are kind of a hassle, and I like to stress the importance of not putting too much effort into anything, ever, so I’ve rounded up a couple of easier ideas too. Here we go!
Travel Themed Baby Shower Guest Book Ideas
For the record, I don’t think you NEED a guest book for a baby shower. If you do, I should probably go back in time and figure out one for the marine life baby shower I did for my sister. But, I do think they’re fun if you can make them (1) useful or (2) easily disposable. Disposable, you ask? Yes. You do not want an actual guestbook because you’ll feel bad throwing it away, and you can’t store a guest book inside a baby book. A silly piece of art you can hang up for a few years is much better! You can leave it in the nursery, then toss it or scrapbook it and leave it for your kids to ponder one day when they’re old.
Okay, so this idea is not technically mine. My mom told me about it months ago… but she doesn’t seem to remember telling me about it, so either I made it up or she’s getting dementia (kidding, mom). The point is, you can probably find a version of it somewhere on the internet, but I don’t know where. My version involves two maps. These are the ones I picked up on Amazon, and I actually picked up four, not two. One for each of my kids, one for my niece, and one for cut-outs. I didn’t read the dimensions at all, but they are quite big if you intend to hang them up. I do.
How To Basics
The basic directions for using them as either a travel themed baby shower guest book or just a travel map are the same. Since I’m using these for my kids, I don’t want to paste them all together and then have to redo it, so the pictures won’t show a completed map. You can’t expect me to finish anything in a timely manner anyway; if you’ve read my cat rug tutorial, you know I created time travel just to bring my completed projects back to our present. At any rate, you need some construction paper and your maps, then scissors. One of those maps is about to get cut into fifty unique states. Go ahead. It’s fun!
How to as a Travel themed baby shower guest book
This part will take the longest, but I’m doing three of them at the same time so I have no idea how long it will take you to do just one. It feels like a lifetime, but perhaps you’ll be able to do it without taking constant breaks to be the PJ Masks. Perhaps not; maybe I’m not the only one who made the mistake of buying capes for her kids. Anyway, after you cut all the states from one map, you trace them all on construction paper and cut them out too. You’ll see I used a variety of colors, but you could stick with all blues, or all pinks, or whatever color scheme you’re using. The next part is up to you. Either you go ahead and glue them on to your still-in-tact map now and hang it up for people to sign, or you give them individual states to sign and pin on themselves. Wah-lah. A cute travel themed baby shower guest book.
One Step Further – a Picture Map
My actual purpose for this is a keepsake for my kids so they will know where they’ve been. My son’s two and been to seven states, and there’s no way for him to remember that. Instead of signing the states, I’ll be using those construction paper states as frames for pictures of them in their travels. You can still do this as a travel themed baby shower guest book, but obviously the baby won’t have been anywhere yet. Instead, you’re basically taking over all the hard part for the mommy-to-be, and what mom wouldn’t love that? Give her a nice, colorful map, explain the premise, and hope her baby gets to see the country – or the world, I guess. You could always do different maps, I just happen to live in the states.
This is my second idea. It’s the same principle as a map, really, but it gives your guests more room to write and it’s less work for you. All you need is some construction paper, scissors, and a stapler. Fold your paper into fourths. Cut in half. Make it into a book with two staples down the center. That’s about it as far as crafting goes, but you’ll probably want to draw a little bit on the cover so you can tell it’s a passport. Then the fun part begins! Guests can choose a page to write their best travel-related message inside. If you want to get fancy, you can provide stamps and really make it feel authentic. Did you know there’s a place at Machu Picchu to stamp your real-life passport? I don’t know why I needed to tell you that, but I did. You’re welcome.
Ideas from the Internet
I would love to credit someone in particular for these ideas because I see all of them when I peruse travel related party ideas. But… there’s about 8 million of them, and half the time when I try to click on them for more info it’s just an image with no website. So, whoever you are that came up with these, good job.
Oh the Places You’ll Go Book
Dr. Suess to the rescue! Buy the book, have guests sign. Done.
Hot Air Balloon Picture
You buy this one. There’s many choices available. Cute though, right?
I thought of this myself, if you’re wondering, then googled it and discovered it already existed. Shocking! I don’t particularly love a globe for a baby, but the globe on my bookshelf is blue, and that seems great for a boy, so knock yourself out. Buy a globe, have guests sign. Done.
I hope you enjoyed these ideas for a travel themed baby shower guest book. Either way, make sure you stop by the rest of the virtual baby shower pages so you can have yourself the best travel baby shower around. Congrats, Sarina!