Guys I’m so so excited because today I get to share these gorgeous photos from my bestie’s woodland themed baby shower earlier this month! I’ve known Chloe since we were in elementary school, and we became unlikely friends in high school and have managed to stay close despite geographically escaping one another for the past six years. She’s the first of my friend group to get pregnant, and that means I’m BEYOND excited. Chloe and her husband Peter are expecting a baby boy, and I’ve already called dibs on all the party plans down the road (parents don’t actually want to do that, right?). I got a little caught up.
Despite what should likely have been a red flag, I got to help make fun party decorations for the shower, and I couldn’t wait to share them with you! After really casually taking two photos before I got distracted, I was EXTRAORDINARILY grateful that the mega talented Rachael Minto captured the whole day, so I’m just going to share the gorgeous shots she got.
The best part of the shower (other than celebrating my gorgeous friend and her beautiful little family) was getting to work with another of Chloe’s friends, Jessica. Jessica was the brains behind this entire shower, and she had so many amazing ideas I basically just showed up with glue.
We based the shower decorations off the invite Jessica and I designed.
We wanted the shower to be pretty and simple while still having a lot of fun details, so we kept the colours muted and used a lot of natural accents. We made the birch tree cupcake wrappers to tie in with the other designs we’d made.
We also incorporated the woodland animals from the invite as well, in little cutouts around the room as well as in the different signage we made.
Jessica had the amazing idea of printing the little animals onto stickers for our mason jar cups, which was perfect and so so fun. We also tracked down birch tree paper straws, which was a huge victory because Jessica hunted like every party store ever and it seemed like it wasn’t going to work out.
We incorporated a bit of Peter’s Korean heritage with these chair signs using the Korean for “mom” and “dad”. We also made them their own mason jar stickers, because Jessica is the sweetest.
We made a photo booth backdrop using a roll of kraft paper and regular paint. I would say that you should invest in slightly more expensive paint than the dollar store variety if you’re going to DIY your own backdrop, because the kraft paper absorbed so much paint it took a million times longer. But the process is super easy. I cut three sheets 6′ long each and used duct tape to adhere them on the back. Then (because they were 6′ tall!) I bribed Justin into taping them to the wall for me because I couldn’t reach and it was a hot mess of frustration trying. Then just lazily paint tree shapes – birch trees are the most forgiving. We added a woodland owl for a sweet touch.
I’m obsessed with thumbprint guestbooks right now, so when Jessica asked one I was all over it. We made Chloe a cute version she could frame above the baby’s crib if she wants, and used finger paint (because I learned from my ink mistakes last time).
And last but not least Jessica hunted down a few bags of Chloe’s favourite popcorn (Chicago Mix fo’ life) and packaged them up in little bags for the perfect (delicious!) favour. We added these “Ready to Pop” stickers with a little P+C carved heart in the bottom for a personal touch.
We had the best time, and it was so much fun! I might be hooked on baby showers now. Make sure you come back on Thursday for a DIY baby shower gift that’s guaranteed to impress (from experience – I got a round of applause for this gift at Chloe’s shower!).