Love, Joleen: Woodland Themed Coed Baby Shower (Image Heavy)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Woodland Themed Coed Baby Shower (Image Heavy)

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I apologize for the time it takes to load this blog post, but I promise it'll be worth it! Too much goodness to share. *wink* If you missed the last post, be sure to click over to see the Woodland themed maternity session, first. I don't usually post two separate posts in a row but it's one of those chicken and egg type deals. The idea for the Woodland themed baby shower and maternity session, both, were decided upon at the same time! 

This was actually my first time hosting a party for another person. I love planning parties and often say that in another life I would totally do it for a living. I was really inspired by this theme and had a great time perusing Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. So, let's talk vendors and décor, shall we?
I asked Crystina and Matt for a few of their favorite photos from their maternity session and had them enlarged as a gift. I ordered them from Mpix. It was my first time using that printer and I was very pleased with the print quality and matboard mounting. I picked up a few gold photo stands from Hobby Lobby to display them at the shower and then gifted them foam squares to display them in the nursery. 
I love the chalkboard look and have been collecting signs and tags for some time. My favorite pen is the Bistro Chalk Marker and I used that to handwrite all the signs we used. Matt and Crystina announced their son's name (Kaleb) at the shower and so I painted his full name across the food stand and included the meaning of his name on another sign. It's so fitting to the theme, isn't it?  
The GORGEOUS handmade ceramics we used for all of the food were from Sugarboo & Co. They were my among my favorite details.
The kid's favors were woodland animals masks that we purchased from Sarmon on Etsy. (Benjamin wore his own mask, which I purchased him for Christmas last year from All About Kraft.)
In lieu of a traditional guestbook, guests were asked to write well wishes for Kaleb, on rocks, and fill a jar for his nursery. 
These adorable fox cookies were the official party favors, and created by the ever-talented Deb of Yummy Delicious Cookies by Whimsical Originals. If you've been following me for any length of time, you know that I LOVE DEB!!! She's magic and a true artist. Plus, her cookies seriously taste so good! We've used her for Benjamin's first and second birthday parties and several of my friend's have used her for their parties as well. I highly recommend her! (P.S.- she ships!)
As soon as we nailed down a theme, incorporating this lemonade stand as a serving station was the first decision we made. I knew it would be perfect! Since there was quite a bit more space to cover on this particular sign, I actually used white paint to write his name. I wrapped empty shipping boxes with kraft paper to achieve a variety of levels and a uniform aesthetic. I threw in elements of nature but using sliced pieces of wood [in addition to the kraft boxes], wooden serving bowls, pinecones and needles. We printed 4x6 photos from their session and created a garland using hemp twine and mini wodden clips from Target's One Spot. 
We kept the menu really simple and fun. The party started at 12:30 but we made sure the h'orderves were brunch-style. The crowd favorite (and definitely the cutest) was the hedgehog cheeseball (yum!!) and cracker platter. The menu also included tots and weenies (with condiments), trail mix, fruit cones, mini quiches, veggie cups, and peanut butter + chocolate cupcakes.
 (Here is Benjamin with my husband and his best friend [and Benjamin's Godfather], Chris.)
There were also donuts (maple, glazed, and powered) and my personal fave - the mimosa bar! Cheers!
It was a beautiful shower and such an honor to be a part of it in this way! We couldn't be any more happy for our friends and their soon-to-be newest addition! Harmoni is going to make the best big sister to her little brother, Kaleb!

Lastly... I know I mentioned Matt's artwork in my last post, but I really wanted to share this piece he created, inspired by one of the photos I took. I have a lot of talented friends. Truly, special friends. This touched me. What a beautiful gift he has. If you haven't already, check out his website and Instagram.

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