The purpose of my visit to Tulsa wasn’t just to stock up on Mexican food and Aunt NoNo time. It was to co-host a baby shower for my brother and his wife with my sister!
Bryan and Robbi are due in April with their first, a boy. Their nursery is camping themed, so Booh and I wanted to mirror that in the shower. Here are all the details, starting with the decorations.
Like the shower I threw for Booh when she had Linc, we did a garland of clothes that made for a cute present-opening backdrop, as well as bonus gifts for them to take home.
All of the clothes were outdoor- or camping-themed. This Utah girl especially likes all of the flannel numbers.
As you walked in, we had a camping alphabet book we re-purposed as the guest book. We also rifled through Lily and Linc’s toys to use this awesome Land of Nod campfire set as the center of the present drop-off.
Also, this Land of Nod teepee.
The tables were lined with camping-themed books (more bonus gifts) and our four shower activities. More on those in a minute.
The food was all on the kitchen island. (Seriously, get a look at Booh’s new kitchen! Gor-geous!)
We made a big batch of my dad’s famous salsa, which we had him test upon arrival.
And these cheese balls that look like pine cones (or hedgehogs, which still fit the woodland theme).
We also made “camp roll” sandwich pinwheels a la The Pioneer Woman…
…and fruit arrows. The strawberries staining the tips blood red was a nice realistic touch by Booh. haha
Lily and I made the campfire cake, which was soooo fun.
The logs are Pepperidge Farm’s chocolate pirouette cookies and the flames are made of butterscotch and cinnamon hard candies. Crush five candies of each flavor together in a bag, pour on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet that’s been sprayed with baking spray. Bake at 350-degrees for 6-8 minutes. Let cool completely and then break into shards.
The effect is so cool.
Definitely a triumph for us gals who love to bake.
The shower favor was a build-your-own trail mix bar. Happy Trails!
Booh found some really fun critter-themed games online that I made using some free woodland fonts.
The first we named “Who’s Your Daddy,” where you had to match the baby animal to its parent. The second was called “The Waiting Game,” where you had to match the animal to the number of days it gestates. Not so easy.
Lily made an answer board and was very official in calling them out so everyone could grade their papers.
The third activity wasn’t really a game, but a letter from Camp Jackson where you could pass on well wishes to the baby. Lily’s was by far the sweetest.
The “Build a Baby” stations we had around the tables were the funniest activity.
Two pictures, a pair of scissors and endless laughs.
And then it was time for gifts!
I loved the OSU basketball shorts (a staple of Bryan’s own wardrobe)…
…and the high-tops. Baby Jackson’s all ready for the court/field.
Their sweet gifts were a great mix of practical and fun sent from family near and far.
Especially this double-sided game-day blanket.
There were a few gifts whose cards made me cry…
…but it was all smiles and “oh-how-cute”s otherwise.
Then it was time for pictures, like our intentionally-closed-eye favorite.
And baby-kicking time…
…and sleeping in the teepee time.
What started as an innocent sibling selfie turned into a riot.
Overall, it was the perfect afternoon with family celebrating the newest addition to the team. We love you, Bryan and Robbi, and can’t wait to meet Baby Jackson in a few short weeks!
(And big props to Booh, my co-host and partner-in-all-crimes, in making this happen. I love celebrating anything with you.)