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CrossFit Happi Tree Mashup - Decor & Activities (50 photos)
Our rag tag class of 6AM CrossFit is an extremely close knit community. We celebrate birthdays, housewarmings, play hooky to go to Disneyland, etc. So of course when one of our couples announced they were expecting, we couldn't wait to throw them a shower... CrossFit style!
The parents to be really liked the Happi Tree theme by Dena Designs, and told me they were planning on decorating the baby's room in various shades of pinks and greens with a few accent colors. So, I had my colors and my theme, and since the guests were all fellow CrossFit people, I wanted to make sure we included elements from that community.
Invitations were designed by, Andrew Deutsch, and assembled by me. We took the Happi Tree characters and designed them to be doing CrossFit activities... the owls now had kettle bells in one wing, the birds had headbands on and were sweating, the squirrel was now lifting a dumbell instead of sniffing a flower, and the porcupine was down below with his plyo box and medicine ball. Invitations were finished off with a belly band, that matched the envelope lining. Addresses were done by hand with acrylic ink to give a raised thermography feel, and stamps were custom created to match the theme of the invitation.
For decor, I wanted it soft and feminine. Giant tissue paper flowers were made and placed up in the trees to imitate the flowers on the Happi Tree pattern. A sign at the front of the house welcomed guests. (Our home gym is fondly referred to as "CrossFit Driveway".)
Amalfi tables were decorated with vintage doilies, dishes were white distressed square plates on top of mint green linens and adorned with "Adam" pink depression glass plates from 1934. Centerpieces was a collection of four types of arrangements in jadeite glassware, milk glass, vintage bottles and distressed bird cages with wood slices. Flowers were mostly a soft pink such as juliet garden roses, cafe au lait dahlias, soft peach carnations, and pink astilbe. For greens, I added in succulents, air plants, mint and varagated pittosporum.
For the guestbook, I purchased a mini plyo box from WOD Toys and decorated it to match the theme. At many CrossFit gyms, when you go to workout as a guest, it's customary to buy one of their gym t-shirts. So, for favors, we gave out t-shirts which were designed by Andrew.
There was an old bassinet to hold gifts which I got from a yard sale down the street. The two vintage chairs for mom and dad to sit in were purchased from a thrift shop and then the fabric was painted pink to match the theme. The curtain behind them was a collection of fabric strips that were cut at a 45 degree angle to prevent from fraying and then tied on. I also made them a diaper cake as part of our gift to them. On top I made an owl stuffed animal holding his own kettle bell. Inside contained diapers and bath products from Burt's Bees. But best of all, it also contained a quilt echoing the theme of the baby's room which had been hand made by my extremely talented aunt, Beth Norris.
Last of all... activities! Every year, there is a world wide competition sponsored by Reebok called "The CrossFit Games". Teams and individuals compete to get the title. This year our gym's team made it all the way to regionals! So, for us we had "The Shower Games" with pink kettle bells as prizes for the winners.
Workout Of The Day (WOD) #1 - 1 minute of water balloon pregnant burpees. Stuff a water balloon down your shirt, and do as many burpees as you can in 1 minute without letting your water break.
WOD #2 - "Full Term" In a team of two work as quickly as you can. One person works with a backpack containing a 15lb med ball on their front. They will complete 9 squats, 9 sit-ups, and 9 push-ups (9 = months of pregnancy.) They will then sprint 40 meters (40 = number of weeks). Meanwhile their partner will be holding a bumper plate over their head. They will then switch off, completing 3 rounds total. (3 = number of trimesters.)
WOD #3 - "Clean up the House" Colored blocks were scattered around. One partner had a laundry basket to hold behind the line to catch the blocks, the other partner wore the backpack with the 15lb med ball on the front and had to squat down, pick up the block and toss it into their partner's hamper. Whoever got the most blocks in 1 minute won.
To read about the amazing food and drinks by the talented Stefan Niemczyk of eliteEATS and Chris Hudnall, drink specialist, please see the "CrossFit Happi Tree Mashup - Food and Beverages" album.
Vendor Credits & Resources:
Event Design and Florals: Marla Hudnall - Fujiko's Flowers - http://www.fujikosflowers.com
Photography: Kaysha Weiner - http://kayshaweiner.com
Plate, Tub and Bottle Rentals: Town and Country - http://www.townandcountryeventrentals.com
Table, Chairs, Linens and Silverware Rentals: JC Party Rentals - http://www.jcpartyrentals.com
Jadeite Cake Stand Rentals: Minted & Vintage - http://www.mintedandvintage.com
Caterer: Elite EATS - http://eliteeats.net/
Beverage Consultant: Chris Hudnall
Quilt: Beth Norris
Mini Plyo Box: WOD Toys - http://www.wodtoys.com
T-shirt printing: OoShirts - http://www.ooshirts.com/
Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial: http://www.designsponge.com/2012/02/diy-project-giant-paper-flowers-from-ruche.html
Upholstery Painting Tutorial: http://www.hypheninteriors.com/2011/03/painted-upholstery-process-revealed.html