Woodsy Whimsical Baby Shower

This past summer we had a few backyard parties and one of my favorite celebrations was for my dear girlfriend and her baby BOY #4…We showered baby Duke with a Woodsy Whimsical party, featuring lots of sweet lil’ bucks, antlers, pine cones and woodsy elements.invite 1

invites

I found these adorbs Kraft Brown invites from Tiny Prints, under the theme “Forest Dwellers”. Tiny Prints is my go-to site for cards and invites.  They have the cutest designs and are so easy to customize through their step by step site. Plus they always have a great coupon or promo codes.

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craft projects

I designed and created a few simple craft projects for above the food/dessert table. My goal was to create a few cutesy items that the momma-to-be could use in the nursery/home for decor. The wooden name sign is a super quick and easy project that would be perfect for an woodland, cowboy, rustic or nautical themed baby shower. I pulled a piece of barn wood from our scrap pile and cut it down to my desired size. Next sketch the name of your choice in pencil and begin using your hot glue gun to glue down the jute rope. You may need a few finishing nails to hold the rope, while the glue dries.

Chalk Art

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I love these over-sized chalk boards for outdoor parties, they come in handy for charming sayings, menu boards or welcome signs. One of my summer obsessions was MOSS letters… all you need a is a wood letter from the craft store, a little sheet moss, and some hot glue. VIOLA! You have a sweet moss letter for a wreath or party decor, such as a baby shower, bridal shower or wedding.

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For the shower favors, I purchased splits or mini champagne and apple cider bottles from Costco and attached a paper straw with a cutesy Kraft paper tag, which reads “Oh deer…(enter momma-to-be name) is about to pop” or thanks for popping by”.

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Ashley Baby Duke (10)

Bring on the food and sweet treats… Our 1/4 mile farm driveway is lined with stunning birch trees and every winter several limbs fall off the trees during our wind storms.  But the not so stunning part to my daddy and hubby is when I beg and plea with them to cut up the limbs in to nice clean edged logs, solely for decor purpose. Therefore, I raided my gorgeous birch log stash and drilled several holes into a few limbs for cake and s’more pop holders.

food

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I hope you enjoyed my version of a Woodsy Whimsical Baby Shower and the most whimsical part was welcoming baby Duke into this world. Congratulations Ellis family on your new addition, making now four sweet and handsome boys.

Baby Shower Bliss

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Shower theme was Chic Vintage Baby Girl and the location of the event was my farmhouse on our ranch.

When I found out one of my long time best girlfriend was pregnant with her first baby and “It’s a Girl”…I immediately told her I wanted to host a baby shower. Kati {Mama –to-be} and I have been friends since high school, we even lived together all 4+ years in college…and she still talks to me even after our college years of living in the close quarter dorm rooms and our small rental houses.  HA HA, we had some good times! We have taken on the role of bridesmaids in each other’s weddings and love basically ALL the same things.  I knew exactly what kind of shower I wanted to throw Kati because she is my all-time favorite decorating and shopping partner. We LOVE the same things, especially vintage and shabby chic décor.

I immediately began the search for shower ideas… where else, Pinterest! Love this site for party planning…what did we use to do before Pinterest? (not spend hours and hours looking at all the great things I want to DIY or design in my house SOMEDAY)…but back to the shower. I made my Baby Shower Bliss board and began pinning.  My goal and passion was to make this shower chic, stylish and have some sparkle…not the traditional cookie-cutter type shower with the diapers, bottles and baby girl pink EVERYTHING!  Kati loves her neutral colors: ivory, ecru, white, and golds…and chalkboards! Chalkboards are the latest décor craze and so much fun with their ability to adapt and change the artwork/message based on your mood, party or season. In fact, Kati and I for one of our “DIY Chicks Night” made our very own magnetic chalkboards for some of our vintage and shabby frames (see below). Most of the shower Décor is DIY or my personal supply of party entertaining essentials. DIY includes: Free-hand Chalkboard Messages, Bedazzled Pearl “G”, food flags, garlands, & gold magnet letters.

{Mimosa Bar- Champagne & Sparkling Cider}

mimosa bar dress tablegarland drink of the dayfinger foods

{Gift Table}gift table pearl letter

{Headband Station}headband stationfavors chalk love

{Shower Game}shower gameoutdoor 1 outdoor 2

I have to thank the hubby for executing all my wishes on the outdoor décor.  He was very patient while hanging the “onesie garlands” on the front porch! Of course, men do not understand the meaning of DÉCOR…my father’s comment while helping my hubby hang the garland…”looks like you are doing laundry out here”… hubby’s response “no kidding…what a waste of clean onesie’s”…REALLY GUYS, it’s for the cuteness factor! But they made up for it by helping with the Valet Parking and parking all the cars in our barnyard.

Invite

Invitations: tinyprints, they are my go to site with their great card designs and so many options and add-ons (including the matching stickers on the water bottles).

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Baby Shower Success and now I am on pins and needles to meet this sweet baby girl! XOXO, Lindsey