Sep 21, 2014

My Woodland-Inspired Baby Shower!

Yes, you read the headline correctly. MY baby shower! I’ve been a bad food blogger these past several (well, more than) months, but life has seriously changed for the better. I’m actually 34-weeks pregnant expecting a baby boy in late October! My blog has been put in the back-burner mainly because pregnancy has been a little difficult. I was extremely exhausted in the first/second trimester. I’ve been nauseous since the beginning and still taking medication for it every day. My career also has been super tiring/busy. Despite all of that though, how could I NOT post my own baby shower?

Our nursery is woodland-inspired, so it made sense for my baby shower to follow suit. I could use some of the decor from the baby shower in my nursery and get a better idea of what it’s going to look like. My husband, Jared, is an eagle-scout. He grew up camping, being outdoors. With my creative sisters, Sharon and Sheila, we took that inspiration and designed an outdoorsy, earthy, woodland baby shower. It was a beautiful and fun occasion spent with 25 special people in my life.

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As you walk into my house, you immediately see our mantel. Right above it, we placed my nephew’s handmade wooden woodland toys. We also purchased pinecones online since they weren’t in season yet. I’ve purchased items before on Save-on-crafts for my wedding and other crafty things. Shipping is a little pricey, but if you buy in bulk, it’s worth it. With the pinecones, we made a simple and delicate garland using twine.

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A party isn’t complete with flowers of some sort. Since this was woodland-inspired event, we purchased these yellow-greenish flowers at Martin’s and foliage from Kroger and placed them inside tin cans. For an inexpensive vase, we used tin cans and spray painted them a copper color. It was rustic and earthy, ideal for a woodland-themed baby shower. We placed these floral arrangements around the house at different stations and on the tablescape.

To add to the arrangements, we purchased large and small wooden slabs at Michaels and added fresh green moss and rocks that I already had in hand.

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I re-purposed these wooden frames that I used at my wedding and made instructional signs for different stations. Instead of a traditional guestbook, my sister bought a cute fox watercolor print through Etsy and used it as a “guestbook.” It will definitely be hung in baby Canfield’s nursery.

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One of the baby shower games included an easy guessing game with gummy bears. Winner closest to the number of gummy bears in the bottle would win a prize. It’s as simple as that. Meghan was the winner at a close 89! The number of gummy bears was actually 91.

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Another game we played is a favorite of mine. We played this at my sister’s baby shower. We passed a roll of twine to the guests and each would cut a piece off estimating how big I am! It’s all in good fun. Some were way off. Cough, cough Bob Kelly. Some were less than 3 inches off. But the one who was just an inch off, was my mom! Mother knows best :)

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The next game was more artsy and creative. Guests had to create something baby-related with play-doh. I picked three of my favorites as winners. Congrats to Andrea with the best-looking carrot-shaped baby bottle, Sara for her building blocks and Kara for her baby in a carriage. For prizes, we gave winners a $5 gift certificate to Starbucks along with a wooden deer ornament.

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After all the games, it was time to open up gifts. It was by far one of my favorite parts. Not because of the presents, but I had each guests sit next to me, introduce themselves, say how they know me and give any baby advice they may have. It was filled with lots and lots of laughs and pretty good advice. Here’s a photo of my sister, Sheila, surprising me with a fox bookbag.

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I didn’t make my guests go through the games and opening up presents without eating and drinking first. What’s a baby shower without mimosas and yummy brunch food? For drinks, we purchased mason jars with handles at the Dollar Tree. Pretty affordable at $1 each, and a nice favor for guests to take home as well. To spruce up the mason jars, we tied twine around the rim of the glass with a wooden name tag and inserted birch paper straws.

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The drink station, situated in my kitchen, was comprised of water, sweet tea, champagne and O.J. The champagne was kept chill in a silver bucket. Frozen strawberries and slices of lemon were also provided. We also served coffee and tea, of course.

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Oh, how I miss a good mimosa…we will meet again soon.

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And now the for the tablescape! In my dining room shelf, we placed the paper plates, napkins which we stamped with a fox, and wooden disposable utensils. The wooden utensils were purchased through Amazon.

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And there she is! My beautiful woodland-inspired tablescape! I love it so much. Exactly what I had imagined, but more. We laid burlap over the table and found a checkered-print red and gray fabric as the runner from Jo-Ann Fabric. For the tablescape decor, we continued with the foliage and greenery in the copper tins, incorporated three large wooden slabs, scattered moss and rocks around the food, and used pinecones for the food descriptions. Sharon found fox-shaped salt and pepper shakers at Target, and I already had the vintage lantern from another event I had done.

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My sister, Sheila, wanted to do a DIY waffle bar. So, that’s what we did in addition to providing other brunch items. For the waffle bar, we served Nutella, sliced bananas, powdered sugar, maple syrup, sliced almonds, chopped pecans and whipped cream. Guests could top their waffle with whatever they wanted!

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Other brunch items that we served were fresh mixed berries so guests could top their waffle or enjoy separately. Fruit was from Costco.

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I made two different kinds of quiche. Actually, they were the same, but one didn’t have bacon. I prepped all the ingredients the night before and with my sister’s help the morning of, we assembled them and baked them in the oven just before guests arrived. The quiche were a hit, I’ll definitely be providing the recipe in another post.

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A simple, light and refreshing mixed salad was served. It included mixed greens, sliced pears, gorgonzola cheese (my fav), crutons and chopped pecans. It was served with an oil and vinegar dressing.

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Last, but not least, the best pre-made chicken salad from Costco! I love this stuff. There’s nothing wrong with purchasing pre-made food. It helps with time and lessens the stress of cooking the night or day before. For dessert, which I neglected to take a photo of, I made s’mores brownies.

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At the end of the baby shower, we gave our guests cookie cutters shaped like grizzle bears to continue the bear theme. We purchased these at Sur-la-Table. And lastly, here’s a photo of my sisters and I. For a month, we planned every last detail. I couldn’t have done it without them. Thank you, Sharon and Sheila! And another big thanks to all my friends and family who traveled near and far to attend my baby shower. I will never forget it. I love you all!

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