You know the saying - "First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage"? Well, maybe it should be, "First comes a nursery theme, then comes a baby shower..."
Rachel had settled on a camping/outdoor adventure theme for the nursery, and we already have a campfire painting fundraiser planned, which made decor for the baby shower a given.
At my favorite craft/fabric stores, I found an unfinished decorative birdhouse in the shape of the classic teardrop camper, and a string of camper lights. I painted the birdhouse with acrylic craft paint, and set out to find other appropriate decor and food. Our sister-in-law had a woodland animals themed shower, and so we added a subsection to her Pinterest board for ideas for Rachel's shower.
Of course I was too busy hosting the shower to get many pictures, but here's a picture of the food table. Lots of summer picnic/camping inspired food, and there's the little bird house camper sitting on a slice of tree trunk in the middle! The camper fairy light string went on the gift table.
At the tables, we had themed centerpieces. Of course (!) I didn't get a picture of them, but the were make up of a vintage National Parks poster image printed on cheap printer paper that we decoupaged onto pieces of old barn wood from our parents' (soon to be grandparents'!!) farm. After the shower, they were hung in the nursery, and I did get a picture of them on the nursery walls:
As the wood was darkened by age, the posters turned out a little less vibrant than I had hoped. But they still had a great vintage, aged feel.
Thanks to that Pinterest board, also on the tables we had small camper pinatas made from foam core and fringed tissue paper and little campfires made of old CDs, brown craft paper, river rock from my flowerbeds, tissue paper, and an electric flickering tealight. The pictures hardly do it justice. It looked downright cozy!
All in all, it was a successful, laid-back shower, perfect for a little boy, who, if his Dad has any influence, will soon be rough-and-tumble and made of "snips and snails and puppy dog tails"!
Twins each with half a brain in reality; the other half displayed here!