Woodland Animal Themed Baby Shower

Whether one of your girlfriend’s or sister is having a boy or girl, this adorable Woodland Animal Themed Baby Shower is a perfect way to shower the mama-to-be in your life! From a previous post, this DIY Twine Letter & Branch Sign was made for my girlfriend’s nursery, and we decided it would act as the inspiration for the Baby Shower.

Going along with the rustic and whimsical approach, we added white Manzanita Trees donned with little Birds, and added Moss & Forest Animals to dress up the tablescape. The Bunting on top of the tiered cake was made with real twigs, and reflected the same colors and design on the invitation. We served up S’More Pops, Tea Sandwiches, and healthy snacks too! From the Sign In table to wishing the mama-to-be well with words of advice on vintage tags, we made sure to pay attention to the little details to make it extra special and memorable.

We played Guess the Baby Bump Size, and the all time favortie…Poopy Diaper Game! Everyone was a great sport, and we all got a few laughs out of it. For the Winners, we offered a Mustache Cup filled with a Starbuck’s Gift Card instead of something silly that your guests will never use such as a baby bottle…do we look like toddlers? I recommend giving your guests something they can use!

The Sugar Scrub Favors for the guests were also made with love consisting of a few simple ingredients, and I will post on how we DIY’d it later! Wishing my sweet friend and her husband love and well wishes as they welcome their baby boy soon!

Woodland Themed Baby Shower-Darcy Oliver Design

Woodland Themed Baby Shower

Baby Shower Cake & Bunting-Darcy Oliver Design

Baby Shower Cake & Bunting

S'More Pops & Snacks

S’More Pops & Snacks

Rustic Cake & Decor-Darcy Oliver Design

Rustic Cake & Decor

Vintage Wishing Tree & Tags-Darcy Oliver Design

Vintage Wishing Tree & Tags

Rustic Baby Shower-Darcy Oliver Design

Sugar Scrub Favors-Darcy Oliver Design

Sugar Scrub Favors

Sign In Table, Hydrangeas-Darcy Oliver Design

Baby Shower Games

Baby Shower Games

Baby Shower Gifts-Darcy Oliver Design

Baby Shower Gifts, Baby Photos-Darcy Oliver Design

Baby Shower Gifts

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Party S’More Pops!

You will want to party s’more after you try these pops! So easy to make, S’more Pops are perfect for Birthdays, Baby Showers, and even little get together’s or a sweet little treat for the kids. Not only can you keep the traditional campfire taste alive without all the mess, you can even melt White Chocolate and dye it to suit the holiday!

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, you can add a few drops of green food dye to your white chocolate and dip in Graham Cracker Crumbs or colored sprinkles! S’more Pops have all the sugary cuteness that Cake Pops offer, but are so much easier to make.

smore pops, dessert, candy, chocolate-Darcy Oliver Design

What You Will Need:

  • 1 Bag of Semi-Sweet Chocolate (Ghiradelli is preferred)
  • 1 Bag of Med/Large Marshmallows
  • 1 Box of Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1 Small Bag of Lolly Sticks

**Side Note: You can put Graham Crackers in a Food Processor until finely ground.

Directions:

  1. Line a Cookie Sheet with Wax Paper.
  2. Twist your Lolly Sticks into all of your Marshmallows.  Do not puncture through the entire Marshmallow, but nearly to the other end of the Marshmallow.
  3. Pour your Graham Cracker Crumbs into a small bowl.
  4. Dump your Chocolate Chips in a Microwave Safe Bowl.
  5. Microwave your Chocolate in 20 Second intervals, and stir until completely melted.
  6. Carefully & quickly dip and spin your Marshmallow Lolly in the chocolate, and then dip into the Graham Cracker Crumbs.
  7. Place Graham Cracker side down on your Cookie Sheet.
  8. Place in fridge when complete to harden, and then serve. Enjoy!

Spring is in the Air :: Gardening & DIY Spring Wreath

New buds are flowering, and the sweet aroma of Jasmine permeates the air. Springtime is for renewal and gardening! By freshening up your garden with new blooms, or simply cleaning up your yard is a fun and healthy activity to take in the fresh air and get your blood pumping this Spring.

Recently I just planted a small flower bed to brighten up the entrance to my home, as we all know the first impression lasts! By creating a tiered flower bed, you are able to get the light in where the plants need it, and you are able to show off some of the smaller plants and flowers that wish to be seen. I tilled the soil, and laid down around 4-6″ of new soil before I planted my Ornamental Grass in the back, then Lavender (perfect for future DIY projects & floral arrangements), Ornamental Cabbage, and finally to skirt the flower bed I planted the white and airy Alyssum.

I then added Pea Gravel instead of Mulch, as Mulch tends to “fly” away with the wind, and Pea Gravel keeps the soil moist without drying out the soil on hot summer days. I also added some Larger Mexican Pebbles where the eaves create to much shade for plants to grow, and the bonus is they look tidy and contemporary!
spring, yard, home decor, flowers-Darcy Oliver Design

Spring is also the time for Home Projects! One simple way to freshen up your home’s first impression is to hang a Spring Wreath. I purchased this dried Wine Vine Wreath at San Diego Florist Supply, along Design Master 24K Gold Spray Paint (seriously the best gold spray paint with most coverage & sheen). I also found a Mossy Garland wrapped around wire, and delicately wrapped my Gold Wreath for a Spring & organic inspired look. Voila! Spring is making a comeback here at my house, how about yours?
Spring Gold Wreath-Darcy Oliver Design