Woodland Baby Shower

My brother’s wife, Elizabeth, is pregnant with the first baby on my side. She’s having a little boy in March and we are all so excited! She lives in D.C. and the day after Christmas was really the only available time, so we went with it. It was a little crazy with all the busyness of Christmas, but it came together nicely, I think. This is the second shower I’ve ever thrown. The first was a bridal shower for the same sister in law last summer. Thanks for letting me practice on you, Elizabeth! haha

First up, the invitations. These are heavily based on another design I saw on an invitation site. I printed them on cardstock and rounded the corners. The kraft envelopes were leftovers from rehearsal dinner invitations I did last year. Purchased from envelopemall.com.

Wrap around labels made with Avery sticker paper

I just love big stacks of letters ready to go out!

Now…onto the shower

I only purchased a roll of ribbon and hooks for the pinecones for decor. The rest I found in nature or in my house! :) The ‘tablecloths’ are actually $9 drop cloths from Walmart. I bought up a few of these a month or so ago to make myself some curtains. Of course, that project hasn’t happened yet, so they were all available to stand in as tablecloths. I made a runner out of burlap. Remember this project? I had tons leftover. I also hung a evergreen wreath with a piece of burlap over the table.

I made my pinecone garland similar to  this one from Twig and Thistle. Luckily, my neighbors have some gorgeous pinecones. I had no problems finding good ones! I screwed the little hook in the bottom of the pinecone and strung them on a baby blue ribbon.

The mommy to be gave this little owl to my husband last Christmas. It’s sort of become a joke. He’s just so random and adorable! And he fit in just perfect with the shower.

My aunt Cindy (who was so generous to let me use her house for the shower) even had a coo coo clock with pinecones hanging at the bottom. Good job coo coo clock, you dressed perfectly for the occasion.

We had guests clip a mini clothespin to their shirt. If they said the word ‘baby’ at any point, whoever heard them first could take their clothespin. The person with the most pins at the end won a prize. I also had guests fill out a card of ‘Wishes for baby’. These had lots of starters and provided a sweet little keepsake for the mommy to be to take home. Download your own here.

Here’s the gift table all set up. I got the white tree at an after Christmas sale last year and had it out at my house for Christmas decor. It worked perfectly for the shower. Also, notice those little puffball animals in and around the tree? That was a Martha Stewart pom pom woodland animal kit I bought months ago. I didn’t know what I’d do with them, but mom had the genius idea to put the squirrel and owl in the tree and the rabbit at the base. I loved it!

Ashlie filling out the gift/guest list

Probably my favorite gift she got. A houndstooth onesie for a little Bama baby! Our family is full of Alabama fans and she’s for Auburn. They’ve agreed to raise their boys for Alabama and the girls for Auburn.  I have a feeling my husband and I (another ‘mixed’ marriage) will not be so civil. ha!

Blanket that Granny made for her. I can’t believe she’s going to be a GREAT grandmother!

Mom, Elizabeth, and her Mom, Judy

All the girls in the family. Me, Ashlie, Cindy, Elizabeth, Brittney, Mom, and Granny

Can’t wait to meet you baby A!

Reusing Christmas Cards

If you haven’t thrown out those Christmas cards yet, please donate them! St. Jude’s Ranch has a card recycling program. You can send in any type… thank you, birthday, Easter, etc. The kids there reuse the front of the cards to make new ones and they sell them to raise money.

I am always at a total loss with what to do with mine. It hurts me to throw them away, but if I keep them, they stay shoved in a drawer. This is the perfect opportunity to be a little green and donate to a wonderful cause.

They’re accepting cards through February 28th. Find out more info here.

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