We had a small round table set up in the front corner of the room to display a special collection of Evie's belongings. Some of the items were given to us by friends, some I had purchased myself. The actual outfit Evie had worn was there as well, and her framed little feetprints. Each item held so much meaning.
These were individually wrapped tissue packets. I wrapped some in pink and some in white tissue paper, then wrapped that in a 2-inch wide strip of decorative scrapbook paper. The ladybug is a rubber stamp I had, as well as the circle punch out and the scallop circle punch. I attached everything together with a craft glue runner, which I usually buy at Wal-Mart. There were 60 of these, placed on every other seat in the auditorium.
This part is my favorite. The "Evie tree" as I affectionately call it. My mother-in-law purchased a large glass vase and filled it with glass rocks. She also scoured her neighborhood to find just the right branches to spray paint silver. I found tutorials for the various ornaments on Pinterest.
(I used a styrofoam ball, straight pins, and burlap)
(letters purchased at A.C. Moore, adhered with wood glue)
Since Evie's Memorial was so close to Christmastime, I wanted to make a little salt-dough ornament keepsake for each guest to take home. I used a small heart cookie cutter and a letter "E" from a cake decorating kit. Once the ornaments were baked, I spray-painted them silver and tied a pink ribbon through the hole. *Note* use a straw to poke a hole ... otherwise it's really hard to thread the ribbon :)
We also had a guest book for people to sign. I just bought an 8x8 scrapbook from the craft store and filled it with blank coordinating scrapbook papers. I really appreciated having this to look back on and see the sweet notes everyone wrote. This one is my favorite:
The dessert area was filled with special touches done by my wonderful friends. A cake, beautiful sweet treats, fabric strip bunting, bunting with Evie's name, tissue poms ... see for yourself ...
If you, like me, appreciate handmade touches, I encourage you to add them to your baby's memorial service - you will not regret it. But, again, don't take on more than you can handle. Whatever you decide, I know it will be just perfect.