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Woodland Theme Baby Shower

January 16, 2018
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In another life, I am pretty sure I was a party planner. I have always loved planning and putting together parties and events. When it came time to plan my sister’s (technically sister-in-law, but she’s sister to me) baby shower, I couldn’t wait. It started with a simple request “I like this in to the woods theme” and a couple of Pinterest photos, and I took off. I am excited to share these ideas with you and hope you find some inspiration in planning your woodland theme party.

Tips:

These are the same tips I shared on previous baby shower posts, but they are important, so I included them here.

Co-host.  Don’t try to plan a whole shower by yourself and take on the full financial responsibility.  It can get expensive and is much easier on your wallet (and your sanity) if you divvy out responsibilities.

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The hostesses with the mom to be.

Plan.  What time do you want the shower to be?  Any food preferences? Be sure to work out all of the details and stay in communication with the co-hosts.  This will keep everything running smoothly. For this shower, I took on the responsibility of planning the menu, decor, and everything on my own and delegated duties and responsibilities to everyone.

Decor.  Keep decor simple.  If you are crafty…DIY your baby shower decor.  If you aren’t, look on Etsy to support people who are.  Since my sister wanted a woodland theme, we were able to use a lot of things we had around the house. Create an inspiration board from photos to help you. Pinterest is the best resource for all things party.

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Decorate early.  If possible, do the bulk of the decorating the day or two before the party.  This will insure that you aren’t running around the morning of with too much to do.

Get photos. Ask someone at the shower to take photos so that the mom-to-be can be present.  They will thank you, and it will be a great addition to the baby book.

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Entryway

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The first thing people see when they walk up is the entryway.  One of my sister’s friends, Amanda, owns a hand painted sign shop, so I asked her to recreate a Pinterest inspired sign for us. Not only is she incredibly talented, but it adds a special touch that they are good friends.

Woodland Theme baby shower ideas love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger

Woodland Theme baby shower ideas love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger

The entryway is a great spot to put the sign in book or whatever you choose to use.  We asked everyone to decorate a diaper with something funny, inspirational, or practical to brighten up late night diaper changes.

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On the way out the door, guests had a little takeaway too.  We made a trail mix with little gift tags that said “Happy Trails, Thank you for coming”.

Decor

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Décor for a woodland theme baby shower should include greenery, pinecones, and woodland animals. Fortunately, my mother-in-law has a ton of pinecones at home, so I borrowed hers and placed them throughout the house. She also had several fake pine garlands and deer antlers we set up throughout to spruce up empty spaces.

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We added floating candles to mason jars wrapped in raffia to add to the camping ambiance. If you have a fireplace, that adds a nice touch too.

Woodland Theme baby shower ideas love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger

I made this simple pine garland by tying pine needles and pine cones to twine. I used this pack of 20 piece mini pinecones with string and pine from a Christmas bouquet I kept.

Woodland Theme baby shower ideas love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger

Woodland Theme baby shower ideas love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger

We used our shelf to display some camping/woodland themed outfits (the majority I purchased at Hipster Baby, an online and local boutique for cool baby and kid clothes) and baby photos of mom and dad. One of my sisters made the adorable animal drawings.

Woodland Theme baby shower ideas love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger

We Lived Happily Ever After posted this adorable free printable banner that I edited and turned in to a GIFTS banner. These cutouts are so cute, so I used them on the baby photos clothesline too.

Food and drink

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In order to stay true with the woodland theme, we decided to make a variety of salads and camping style treats. We opted for biodegradable palm plates and wooden forks instead of plastic.

Woodland Theme baby shower ideas love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger

We opted for a green punch and cucumber mint infused water to keep with the greens theme. Don’t you love these birch straws? This was such a fun find. Grab your own here.

Woodland Theme baby shower ideas love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger

This cranberry almond broccoli salad was a huge hit, and so easy to make. Check out the recipe here.

Woodland Theme baby shower ideas love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger

Trader Joe’s wine country chicken salad is delicious too!

Woodland Theme baby shower ideas love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger

I picked up a couple of spinach, walnut and cranberry salad packs to make the spinach salad.

Woodland Theme Baby Shower Decor Inspo

We put together a veggie platter in the shape of an owl, Thank you Pinterest for the many inspiration photos.

Woodland Theme Baby Shower Decor Inspo

Guests love cheese platters and all the accompaniments.

Woodland Theme Baby Shower Decor Inspo

Trader Joe’s spinach and cheddar bacon ranch dips are always a crowd pleaser.

And then, there were plenty of sweets…

Woodland Theme Baby Shower Decor Inspo

Inspired Taste has a great smores pops recipe that I followed. Instead of using large marshmallows, I used the jumbo ones.

Woodland Theme Baby Shower Decor Inspo

Since I am a self-proclaimed ugly baker, these chocolate Oreo acorns are not as pretty as the original recipe, but they tasted delicious. I couldn’t find the peanut butter Oreos, so I used regular Oreos and added a couple of heaping tablespoons of peanut butter to the mix. Also, I dipped them in dark chocolate and milk chocolate to add variety.

Woodland Theme Baby Shower Decor Inspo

The most beautiful and prized piece on the table was this white chocolate raspberry naked cake from The Jenny Layne Bakery. Not only did it look gorgeous, but it was incredibly delicious and moist.

In addition to the cake, we had a fruit bowl and maple fruit dip too.

Activities

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Woodland Theme baby shower ideas love you more too

As guests walked in, we asked them to fill out a wish card for the baby. This was a fun way to get a record of everyone who was present, and it will be a good gift for the baby when she’s older. I ordered these Woodland Theme Baby Shower Wishes Baby Cards from Amazon.

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Instead of typical baby shower games, we played BINGO during the gifts. I printed off these free cards on cardstock and had everyone check off items as they were unwrapped. The winner received a deer coffee mug and Starbucks giftcard.

Be sure to check out these local places & shop small:

“Greatest Adventure” and “Welcome Forest Friends” signs created by Bits of Glory.

Hipster Baby Woodland Theme baby shower ideas love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger

Adorable baby outfits on the line from Hipster Baby (has an online shop too, so check them out!)

Jenny Layne Bakery Woodland Theme Baby Shower Decor Inspo

Cake from The Jenny Layne Bakery

 

I hope you got some inspiration for your next woodland themed party.

Pinterest Woodland Theme Baby Shower Decor Inspo

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What’s your favorite detail of the party? Leave me a comment below.

  • Karin January 16, 2018 at 8:55 am

    You did a fabulous job!! What a fun baby shower idea!:)

    • Jessica January 16, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      Thank you so much, Karin. We had a great time.

  • Masera January 16, 2018 at 8:56 am

    That buffalo plaid, the pinescone accent and that CAKE- I’m obssesed with it all.
    What a beautiful baby shower!! You did such a great job jess!

    • Jessica January 16, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you, Masera! We had so much fun!! <3

  • Jordan | Read. Eat. Repeat. January 16, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Love it! The veggie owl is so cute!

    • Jessica January 16, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      It’s amazing the things you can make with veggies!

  • Melanie January 16, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Oh my goodness!! This is the absolute cutest!! That veggie owl?! So neat!

    • Jessica January 16, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you, Melanie!

  • Liz January 16, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    This is such a cute idea! I love the woodland theme. I’m going to have to save this for later!

    • Jessica January 16, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      Thank you, Liz!

  • Destany January 16, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    What an adorable theme! The veggie platter made into the shape of the owl is just too cute for words!

    • Jessica January 17, 2018 at 9:26 am

      Thank you! My mother in law loved making it.

  • Joline January 16, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Wow. That’s one of the best baby showers I’ve seen! Your sister is lucky to have you! I love that cake.

    • Jessica January 17, 2018 at 9:26 am

      Thank you Joline. I am the lucky one for sure. And yes, the cake was the best part for sure!

  • Lois Alter Mark January 16, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    I love this! What a creative theme for a baby shower! Everything is gorgeous and so original. Congrats to your sister (in law)!

    • Jessica January 17, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Thank you so much! We had so much fun.

  • April Kitchens January 16, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Oh my gosh, the shower came out so cute! I love the veggie owl. And I fully agree with having a photographer.

    • Jessica January 17, 2018 at 9:44 am

      Thank you April!

  • April January 16, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    What an adorable baby shower! I love the theme and all the decor!

    April | http://www.thebluehydrangeas.com

    • Jessica January 18, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you so much! We had a lot of fun with it.

  • Marjie Mare January 16, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Absolutely beautiful, everything seems to be well thought. Thanks for sharing those tips as well.

    • Jessica January 18, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Of course!

  • LIndsay January 16, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Super cute girl! 🙂 I love planning events too and often think I must’ve been a planner in a previous lifetime. 🙂

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:17 am

      Thank you so much. Planning parties is just so fun.

  • Stephanie January 16, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    What a cute idea for a baby shower! I am the same way that I love planning parties and doing themes like this.

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:18 am

      Right? It’s a blast.

  • Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor January 17, 2018 at 8:12 am

    I love all of it! The break from the traditional pink or blue baby shower parties, but still fitting. Planning parties with Pinterest is always fun.

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:18 am

      Yes. My sister didn’t want a pink shower, so we made it different.

  • Cathy January 17, 2018 at 8:15 am

    This looks amazing!! I love the theme as well – such a refreshing break from the traditional pink or baby blue. You did an amazing job! 🙂

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:18 am

      Thank you so much, Cathy.

  • Jenny January 17, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Hoooo hoooo!!!! (Like an 🦉)
    Love everything!!!! You and I should plan some parties together : )
    Thanks for the shout out. You’re a wonderful sister, wife, and friend! I LYM too!!!!

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Hehe. I would so be on board for that. Thanks so much and love you!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine January 17, 2018 at 10:33 am

    What a unique idea for a baby shower!

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Thank you, Rebecca!

  • Belle January 17, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Such a cute theme for a baby shower! All the decors are so adorable and the cake looks amazing!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Thank you, Belle. The cake was the best part for sure!

  • Kapila January 18, 2018 at 5:20 am

    This is super cute theme for a baby showe. I loved the idea, decor and the food looks yummm

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Thank you so much! We had such a great time.

  • Harmony, Momma To Go January 18, 2018 at 5:58 am

    I want to come to a party at your house! I love the owl platter, how stinking cute! I think the best advice is to co host. Its so hard and $$$ to do everything yourself!

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:23 am

      Haha. Thank you so much! I love throwing parties and have such a good time entertaining.

  • Molly Tullis January 18, 2018 at 9:45 am

    This is so cute! I love the greenery and antler center piece.

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:23 am

      Thank you, Molly. I so appreciate it.

  • Tessa January 18, 2018 at 9:46 am

    I LOVE every single detail!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:24 am

      Thank you so much, Tessa!

  • Tammy January 18, 2018 at 10:08 am

    I absolutely love this idea! One of the best shower ideas I’ve seen in a very long time. The food and the decor is wonderful

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Awh. Thank you, Tammy. We had so much fun.

  • Kerri January 18, 2018 at 11:43 am

    This is just too adorable!!

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:54 am

      Thank you!

  • Elizabeth Keene January 18, 2018 at 11:55 am

    This is by far one of the cutest baby shower themes I have ever seen! I can’t wait for someone I know to get pregnant!!!

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:54 am

      Best part? It works for a boy or girl!

  • Katrina January 18, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Beautiful! This party is so Pinterest worthy! So inspired me to throw a party for no reason 🙂

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:54 am

      Thanks Katrina! That’s so sweet.

  • Kierra January 18, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Oh my goodness! You should be a party planner! What a cute baby shower idea. I am in LOVE!

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:55 am

      Thank you so much, Kierra. Maybe one day. 😉

  • Kusum January 18, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Such a beautiful shower! Everything looks so pretty. The theme is perfect for the season!

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:55 am

      I agree! It’s great for a winter party.

  • Rachel January 18, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    What a fantastic job planning! I love that owl veggie spread!

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:55 am

      Thank you, Rachel!

  • Ray Ruzzo January 18, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    This is so cute! And the details are wonderful.

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:55 am

      Thanks, Ray!

  • Valerie January 18, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    OMG that cake looks delicious !! I love the idea of the veggie owl :D. I did a woodland themed baby shower for my son too. It was a lot of fun ! Congratulations !

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Such a fun thing. You are so right, the cake was delicious!

  • Daniela January 19, 2018 at 6:10 am

    Girl. You have some serious skills. I absolutely love everything about this and may have just become obsessed with your blog. Your pictures and writing are so lovely!

    • Jessica January 19, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Awh. Thank you so much Daniela. That means so much to me.

  • Jazmin Williams January 19, 2018 at 11:40 am

    This is amazing! You need to be an event planner. Everything about this is amazing – might have to show my expecting sister-in-law!

  • Brittany Richmond January 19, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    That is such a cute theme for a baby shower…and that food looks AMAZING!!

  • Holly Lasha January 19, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Love this. It’s rustic and simple, while still being elegant.

  • Brittany January 24, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Aww this is so cute! I have NO clue what I want to do for my baby shower, I’m gonna have to check out your other posts for inspo! xo, Brittany | http://www.theblistblog.com