The theme for the baby's nursery is Adventure Awaits, so we went with that for the shower decorations. Side note: the nursery is freaking adorable and deserves a blog post on how it all came together - if we can get pictures soon, that may just happen! But onto the shower - Karen came up with some adorable ideas to go with the theme and even got Jimmymeow involved in making some of the wooden items. Here's the decorations:
Jimmymeow made the mountains in the middle of the mantle, and I'm not lying when I say that we all want him to make us some! He also cut out the wood triangles, which Karen then painted and created this cute little hanger; the romper in the middle was Jimmy's from when he was a little guy, and the socks came from me - their colors just happened to go perfectly with the romper! There are also mason jar "lanterns" on top of the mantle that Karen made - everything was so cute and will look great in the nursery!
A tiny vintage suitcase holding a B, decoupaged with a map of New Mexico, along with a cute adventure print that I didn't get a clear picture of, darn it, and another lantern. When the baby is born and we learn his first name, Karen is planning on making another initial to go with the B, only she'll use a Texas map, honoring both parents. She's so clever!
Hot air balloon with bunting made from the New Mexico map; succulents are along for the ride.
This was the corsage that Beth ordered, made from a pair of tiny baby socks, with the perfect charms to go with the theme. Andi's dress provided the black backdrop for the picture.
I'm sorry that Cary's face is hidden in this shot, but it was too sweet not to include - I wasn't kidding when I said that Brian enthusiastically looked at and commented on everything!
The soon-to-be parents!
S'mores-inspired treats on a beautiful Bois d'arc (also known as Osage Orange) log, cut from a tree on Jimmy and Karen's property - the inside of the wood is yellow! You can see a bit of it on the edges, but when we flipped the logs over, the color was really intense.
Diane is our fruit goddess and these fruit kabobs were so beautiful!
Andi made this cheese hedgehog, which was delicious as well as being super cute!
Andi also made these birch log-inspired treats - just adorable!
I ordered bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes and they were yummy! I also made the toppers, with the special "baby pumpkin muffin" trio - until we find out his real name, that's what we've been calling him.
The hostesses - me, Diane, Beth, Karen, Mama Cary, Andi, Julia, and CC. Not pictured is Loretta, who was dropping Mason off at the babysitter (we did get a picture with her later, but it ended up being a little out-of-focus, unfortunately).
Drink table - iced tea, lemon water, San Pellegrino sodas. Plus birch tree paper straws for extra fun.
Julia came up with some fun games - you'd think I'd be getting better at these, but nope. Still do not have my baby trivia down.
Gift opening - several renegades either gave gifts from their pets to baby pumpkin muffin, or in Julia's case, her kitties gave Cary and Brian's dogs gifts - new food bowls with their big brother/big sister status, plus some toys so they won't steal the baby's toys. Good luck with that...
Karen made s'mores trail mix for goodie bags for the guests - yummy!
We had so much fun planning this shower and seeing it all come together in such a beautiful way was awesome - everyone did their part with bringing and/or making what we needed; the Renegades (plus Beth!) make a great team. And now, we wait a few more weeks for baby pumpkin muffin to be born!