Bird & Branches Baby Shower

One of my dearest friends, Aimee, is having a baby in July.  I have known Aimee for over a decade.  I watched her date, break up, date, and marry her true love, Casey.  Tim and I got the privilege of doing their pre-marital counseling.  Tim also performed their wedding.  Her husband, Casey had lived with us up until their wedding day.  He also worked as an intern for Tim and then they served alongside each other at a church in Washington.  We moved out to Indiana nearly 6 years ago and Casey and Aimee moved here about a year ago to be on staff at the church Tim works at as well.  To say our lives have been knit together is an understatement.  They are definitely lifelong friends.

Us and Casey and Aimee

(Tim, me, Aimee and Casey – December 2012)

Aimee loves natural elements like bird, branches, old wood, burlap, etc.  So we decided to throw her a bird and branches baby shower for her baby boy due in July.

bird and branches baby shower

For the food table I laid a white tablecloth on top and then topped it with a burlap runner.  All I did for the runner was purchase burlap by the yard and then fray the edges by pulling some strings.

bird and branches baby shower food

I found some branches curbside and arranged them into a vase I had.  Then I rubberbanded the bottoms together.  I took the branches and spray painted them white.  Next I cut out leaf shapes from some wax paper and then hot glued them on the branches.  I tied burlap and brown ribbon around the vase and I had myself a completely free centerpiece to added height to the food table.

white tree centerpiece

I found some glass jars at Joann Fabrics as well as some candlestick holders from Dollar Tree and used some E6000 glue to make some apothecary jars that I filled with donuts.  I added the burlap and brown ribbon to those as well.

wood place card holders


One of the adorable elements I added to the table was the branch place card holders (full tutorial here).  Then I took some brown cardstock and wrote the food items on it.


I also used it as a perch for a couple of painted Dollar Tree birds I have had for years.

bird baby shower

I covered some chow mein noodles in chocolate and then added three jelly beans to make them look like nests.  Then I added those to the top of store bought cupcakes.

bird nest cupcakes

bird nest cucpakes

A purchased Starbucks-to-go pack, water bottles with burlap and ribbon and punch made the drinking station complete.

bird and branches drinking  station

Since I have an amazing craft room that can accommodate a bunch of people we used my stash and decorated onesies.  It was a huge hit.  I was uber impressed with what a creative bunch we had.

decorating onesies baby shower

monogrammed onsie

And here is the co-host of the shower, Amber, modeling with the #stud onesie she made.

painted onesies

While the décor was beautiful, if I do say so myself, what made the party a hit was being creative together.  And in the end Amy got two dozen adorable hand painted onesies for baby Jude and they had a blast making them.