Monday, October 25, 2010

Alaskan Wildlife Baby Shower

My most recent party was another baby shower but with a very different theme... Alaska! It was for my friend Ashleen.  Her and her husband named their baby boy "North". They are very much into hunting and all things outdoorsy.

First the Invitation:

Envelope Front and Back

Invite Front and Back

Close up of the cool font I used for his name, the Welcome sign, and the Guest Book.  I think it's called Pinewood.

Okay- So I'll walk you through the house so you can see all the cool aspects of this party.

Here's the awesome wreath I put on their front door. My mom actually made this several years ago, but it fit the theme perfectly so I borrowed it. :-)

The Entryway when you walk in the door had a table set up with a camo table runner and a Welcome sign. We have this cool Elk candle holder so I used that and put shotgun shells in it.

I made a Guest Book for people to sign as they walked in.

Here's the Party Favors for people to take as they leave. Trail Mix in a bag with a Thank You bear on the front and a ribbon handle.

Then the banner was hung on the wall going up the stairs. In retrospect I probably wouldn't put it there again... It hardly got looked at because it was so long and in such an up-close space and people skipped right by it on their way up the stairs to the party.

I made the banners with my Cricut and used the Going Places Cartridge and a few images from the Camp Out Cartridge and I used the Moose from the Animal Kingdom Cartridge.

I made some decorative candles covered with paper to look like shotgun shells. I ran a bit of gold cording along the bottom to look like the lip on the shotgun shell and stamped stuff on the sides where they would have the brand and size of shell on them.

Here they are displayed on the mantle with the baby's name banner. The parents absolutely LOVED these! They even bought them from me after it was over because I hadn't planned on including them in the stuff I was gonna just give them.  I bought these LED pillar candles from Sam's Club to use in my party business and planned on recovering them to use for several different parties, but they gave me cash so I just went and bought some new ones.

I made some box lanterns with the Cricut and placed 6 of them along the hearth. There are LED tea lights in them shining through the vellum.

Those bags are the game prizes, Beef Jerky and Candy Bars. :-)  The other Lanterns were hung on a garland with shotgun shells in between. My husband actually helped me make it!

I love that you can see them glowing!!

So what do you think about the Moose Stork? I cut it out of Vinyl on the Cricut and had to piece it together to get it that big but it turned out great. They absolutely LOVED it!! It was so perfect for them, of course their baby was delivered by a moose instead of a stork!  :-)

Whew! This post is shaping up to be a LONG one!!! I'm not even done yet.... Lol!

I brought my Yukon Scentsy Warmer and we had that going during the party.

Along with the vinyl moose I also made a bunch of black bears out of vinyl and we stuck a large mama bear and cub on their sliding glass door and small bears on their dining room light fixture.

Now here's where I kick it up a notch...  :-)

Although I wasn't in charge of doing the food I did volunteer to bring cookies and cakes. But that just didn't feel like enough for me. I am such a control freak sometimes that it was hard for me not to be in charge of every aspect of the party, especially food since I like to coordinate everything to the theme of the party. So to compensate for my lack of control I figured I could at least spring for the plates and cups.

I bought a really nice clear set of plates from Sams's Club. But Clear? Seriously? That just won't do.

So I cut out Vinyl and decorated the plates and cups!!  We only got pictures of the bear plate, but I had at least 6 different designs on the plates. Bear, Moose, Compass, Pine Trees, Wolf, and something else but I can't remember it. All the cups were just bears.

I made Alaska cookies with the Big Dipper and North Star on them, Baby's name is North and they decorated his Nursery wall with some Vinyl stars in the shape of the Big Dipper and North Star, so I thought it would coordinate well.

This was the first time I got to use the new cake stand I got for my birthday and so I planned a design that would incorporate all three tiers. Again, with the Big Dipper on the bottom tier, the North Star on the middle right tier and Alaska on the upper left tier. I enlisted some help from my friend Melissa with the cake so I didn't actually do them, but I think she did a great job!

Although it's hard to see, I decorated the edges of my serving platters with Camouflage paper. I guess the camo did it's job, because it blends right in with the table! LOL! :-) I did this with the platters at Melissa's baby shower too but we didn't get any pictures of those ones. I like doing this because it just adds a little something extra, and I love that everything matches!

Lastly, a couple pictures of me and Ashleen. She looks like she liked her party, don't you think?

Um, try to ignore the huge cheesy grin I have, I don't know what I was doing! OH! Did you notice my shirt?? I bought it so I would match the party too!! That's gonna be one of my signature things, wearing something to match my parties!!


Anonymous said...

Hi! I followed your post off the cricut forum to your blog. I just wanted to comment and let you know that I LOVE everything you did!! I'm pretty outdoorsy too, and the way you incorporated the wildlife was amazing! I can tell you spent so much time on every single detail. I'm sure your friend was amazed and felt very lucky to have someone do this for her!

Great job!

Carolyn Easton said...

Oh my stinkin goodness crazy girl!! Holy crap, you are intense....and so cute. Cant wait til I see Scarletts bedding! I know it will be great. If you need anymore fabric and such let me know and Ill give you some moolah.

Janean said...

Once are awesome! I love it! I especially like the idea of the moose carrying the baby!

scrappingjoy said...

You did a fantastic job on everything. I love the idea. Thats such a unique baby shower. Those shotgun bullet candles are awesome. You are a special friend.

Shelley said...

OMGoodness, you are awesome!! I love, love, love everything you've done! i love the Lamb baby shower decor too!! I'm just blown away!! I helped my BF with her baby shower but it was before I had my Cricut! Oh, how I wish i had my Cricut back then! But I thought her shower turned out great anyways! We come up with some great ideas! I haven't posted the pics from it yet, but will soon! Do you have a subscribe option for email? I will definitely visit your site again! :) Great work! Oh, the picture spinners as well! Tell your hubby, Good Job! :) I also read about your daughter and I will keep your family in my prayers! I commend you as a great mom! Will keep in touch!


Jani said...

Oh, I love every single detail! The moose/stork, the shotgun shells, the bear silhouettes, the road sign banner...oh my. What creativity. I know how much work goes into planning all that. Awesome job!

Ariana said...

I love the moose with the baby! I came across your page because I did a search for just that "moose carrying baby". Working on a couples shower with some friends and the hubby has a thing for moose. I would love to see if I can get the image so that I can get a stamp made to make invitations. This is my first foray into DIY invitation making. If I could get the image as a high res jpg, or even vector artwork that would be amazing. My email address is arianabarbour at

Thank you in advance for your time!

Anonymous said...

I would like buy something off your site not really sure how to go about it?

If you can email me that would be great..

bunniepaige said...

What Cricut cartridge did you use for the baby in the diaper being held by the moose? Several of us are giving a woodsy baby shower in a month and I wanted to use my cricut to do the same thing with a deer rather than a moose.

Your shower was awesome! Thank you! Paige


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