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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food and drink
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.
This cranberry almond broccoli salad was a huge hit, and so easy to make. Check out the recipe here.
Trader Joe’s wine country chicken salad is delicious too!
I picked up a couple of spinach, walnut and cranberry salad packs to make the spinach salad.
We put together a veggie platter in the shape of an owl, Thank you Pinterest for the many inspiration photos.
Guests love cheese platters and all the accompaniments.
Trader Joe’s spinach and cheddar bacon ranch dips are always a crowd pleaser.
And then, there were plenty of sweets…
Inspired Taste has a great smores pops recipe that I followed. Instead of using large marshmallows, I used the jumbo ones.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adorable baby outfits on the line from Hipster Baby (has an online shop too, so check them out!)
Cake from The Jenny Layne Bakery
I hope you got some inspiration for your next woodland themed party.
What’s your favorite detail of the party? Leave me a comment below.