I threw a baby shower for my sweet friend that is having a little baby boy! She wanted a book theme and I merged it with a woodland/fantasy theme. On the invitation I invited friends and family to bring a book in lieu of a card. Mama went home with a library to get her little boy started in his new fictional world of words and imagination. I first went in search of books at my local Salvation Army and found some great classics. My favorite find is the black and white checkered Mother Goose book. I vividly remember hooking my finger in the top of the spine of another copy of this book and pulling it off the shelf many times when I was in elementary school. I also found some fun baby cardboard books at Target for less than $5 each. I also added a few of my own including Harry Potter, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and I had to buy the baby Green Eggs and Ham.
I found these cute pumpkins in the Dollar Spot at Target for $1 each and I added this garland I created from old book pages and photos I recently shot of my friend. So, since we last met, I’ve taken up photography and I’m a painter now. I know. I am creatively schizophrenic. The leaves came from Michaels and are for scrap-booking. I just punched a hole in the top of each one and strung them on some twine that I had in my stash.
I used that same twine to tie up the diapers in the diaper cake. This was the easiest project ever and created a big impact on the food table. I borrowed some firewood from CDB’s grilling pile and added some moss I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I then added a small grapevine wreath for the diapers to sit on. I added a bit more moss, second layer of diapers, moss again, and then the deer. The deer are actually Christmas ornaments! I simply removed the string and hook from the top and no one knew any better.
These little nests are also ornaments. Sssshhh….don’t tell anyone! I tucked in spheres covered in moss and a mushroom covered in moss here and there. I tucked in moss around the trays (not touching the food, of course) and the cake plate. I also added a few more stumps of wood to create height on the table. My pieces were not cut straight, but if your’s are you can place a tray or a piece of wax paper on top and add your cookies or donuts. I made a Dominican cake per request for the mother-to-be that had so many calories. So many. We also had cheese and crackers, donuts, fresh fruit, and cookies. I made a quick punch in my drink dispenser and of course there was coffee!
For not having much free time right now because of school, I was able to whip this shower together quickly and it turned out so cute. We also gave our guests little jars of honey on their way out as a thank you for sharing this joyous occasion that is long overdue.