I had so much fun getting everyone in the baby mood when I went back home. I started about 3-4 weeks ago organizing the troops family. We got a secret Pinterest page going with pins from the mom-to-be's Pinterest page - and adding our own items. The theme was Native American with Woodland Animals (wolf, fox, owls, etc) and the colors were gray, coral, sea foam green green, gold, black and white.
You know I've been knitting up a storm these past few weeks, but now I want to share with you the overall effect of all this hard work.
Let's start with my favorite little helpers - Pierce and Grace. They really helped make our dessert buffet table extra special. We made acorn cookies using bite-sized Nutter Butter cookies, Hershey's kisses and chocolate chips. We melted a small amount of chocolate and used it to "glue" the pieces together.
Then I had my little helpers turn ordinary water bottles into Wolf Water. We laminated a picture of a howling wolf, cut a piece of 3" burlap ribbon to fit the circumference of the water bottle, cut coral and sea foam green ribbon about 6 inches longer than the bottle's circumference and glued them all together.
Next time, I would make the laminated image about half the size to let the burlap show. But it was a fun added touch.
We created some wolf cupcakes. "Nailed it!"
We made these cute little teepee cookies out of sugar cones. I cut the tip off the bottom of the cone and "glued" the pretzel sticks (cut in half) to the top of the teepee using melted chocolate. This was the trickiest part of the teepee as I had to hold it until the chocolate set. Then I painted a chocolate door on the base and used frosting to pipe on a zigzag design (which you can't really see in this picture).
My sister Teresa made my Mom's go-to cookie recipe and added the jelly beans to make Bird's Nest Cookies. These are the dad-to-be's favorite family cookie.
There were little bird sugar cookies to add a bit of color to the dessert buffet.
And we added some Indoor S'mores on 12" skewers that were poked into a cloth covered floral foam base.
Understanding that not everyone enjoys pure sugar, we also had some trail mix, M&Ms in white, sea form green and coral, and a lot of fruit. We pulled it all together with a burlap table runner and some paper arrows we made using gray, sea foam green and coral card stock and leftover skewers.
My niece Grace used her American Girl Doll and horse to help decorate the table.
She also helped me by collecting rocks and 3-4 foot branches to make a woodland animal tree
The overall effect was fabulous! The added bonus was I brought a new black scarf I purchased and planned to wear to the shower. When I opened it, I couldn't believe it had a Native American theme to the pattern. I used it to drape over the painting behind the buffet to keep the theme intact.
Welcome new little baby. We can hardly wait to meet you.