Celebrating New Cousins: A Woodland Creature Inspired Baby Shower

March 9, 2016

I didn’t think I was going to be able to post this blog because I was in such a rush I couldn’t take the time to take good photos and give proper credit to where it is due.  But the guest of honor is too near and dear to my heart not to shine a little spotlight on.

This weekend we threw a baby shower for my cousin Janna, who along with her husband Colin are expecting their first baby next month!  For anyone reading this who already knows Janna, knows that this new little bundle of joy is about to be welcomed into one of the funniest, coziest, playful, laid back and loving homes this side of Mabou Harbour!  I (along with 2 other lovely gals) was only too happy to throw a little love her way in the form of food, gifts and most importantly, friends!

Even though she’s expecting a girl, we wanted to get away from the typical frilly pink baby shower although I couldn’t help myself a little.  Janna is very much a nature lover so we went more in the direction of spring/baby woodland creature theme.  I apologize that you will have to use your imagination for some of the décor, as I would like to avoid any copyright infringement and I do not have permission to post some of the pretty things I used.  Nonetheless, I hope you will find some of my ideas inspiring.

For decorations I began (as per request of my 3- year old) a bundle of pink helium balloons.  It’s a party!  Balloons are a staple, am I right?  I also hung an adorable banner of woodland baby creatures that said “Welcome Baby” that I purchased and downloaded from Magic Party Designs on Etsy.  Check it out, they have some really beautiful designs.  As part of her gift I bought the new baby her first pair of rain boots and rather than wrap them I used them as a “vase” for a bouquet of flowers that looked super cute!

The rest of the decor I left up to a bit of a smorgasbord presentation of food but with a good balance of sweet and savory that looked (and tasted) great.  Some of the goodies served were chocolate covered strawberries, “Mom’s” cheeseball, caramel popcorn which I made doily cups to serve in, a 3 layer cake from Over The Top Bakery in St. Albert, salads, sandwiches and most certainly worth mentioning, the famous Campbell “domdee” cookies.  I think I ate about 6 of these.  Maybe someday they will share their recipe 😉

As for activities and games, I didn’t go the traditional route.  To be completely honest I hate cheesy games at showers so I left it up to others if they wanted to start something.  But I did put together a Baby Bucket List where guests were asked to write something special they would like for the new parents to experience with their new baby in the early years.  Also there was a station set up with Play-Doh where guests could create a baby and prizes were won for cutest baby, most creative baby, and damn! that’s an ugly baby!  I also picked up a pack of napkins from Party City that had little multiple choice questions about the new baby guests could chuckle over while snacking.  As a party gift guests were also sent away with fancy pink lollipops and a candle with a little note that asked on the night baby is born to light it and say a prayer in her name.

All in all, the party was a success and that little baby is coming into this world to a very large library, stylish wardrobe and the most adorable blanket specifically for snuggling with her dog-sister, Jazz.  I can’t wait to meet you Little Miss, and Janna I know I already said it, but why not let the world read it (or like 24 followers); it brings tears to my eyes when I think of how lucky your daughter will be to have you as her mother.  Happy pushing!!!

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By Three Happy Folk



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