Camping Inspired Baby Shower


From Irene of  Petite Pomme Design: What better way to enjoy the last bit of summer than with a camping trip? Our client, Julia Lee, a talented graphic designer and photographer, invited us to collaborate on a backyard camping themed baby sprinkle for her newest arrival, a second baby boy! We used inspiration from the lovely invitation Julia created (which had natural tones and elements with pops of teal, orange and green gingham) to style the event. These colors and patterns were carried throughout the party in our s’mores bar and welcome table.

To bring the outdoors in, the welcome table was accompanied by a Camp Lee banner that hung off yarn-wrapped branches. Miniature 3-D paper deer heads hung on the striped wall (painted by the client, totally awesome). Pine cones and woodland figurines supplemented the picnic basket displaying goody bags. Guests filled out baby wish cards and took home the trail mix goody bags, all designed and handmade by Julia.

Our client also designed gingham pennant flags and faux bois signs that greeted and directed guests. A favorite of ours was “Please do not feed the prego mom any alcoholic beverages.”

One of the best things about camping is cooking and eating outdoors, especially s’mores! Instead of a typical campfire, we created a portable tabletop mock – fire pit for guests to roast marshmallows (perfect for kids). A metal bucket holding fuel cans surrounded by river rocks made an easy and safe flame for instant gooey marshmallowy goodness. The table was fully stocked with classic s’mores ingredients-grahams, mallows and chocolate. Blue-colored chocolate dipped marshmallows with sprinkles added a splash of color, and ‘fish in dirt’ (Swedish fish candy in crumbled Oreos) in a cast iron pan added a gross, but fun, factor. Skewers dyed green turned plain wood sticks into a fun customized (and functional) accessory for the table. Build your own s’mores instructions were displayed on the table in twig frames to guide first-timers.

To keep the kids occupied, a tent and fake campfire was set up for them to play in. Our client created an almost life-size baby cub pin the tail on the bear game for the kids to enjoy.

Credits & Resources

Photography: Julia Chen Design| Design: Julia Chen Design| Styling: Petite Pomme DesignSweets Table: Petite Pomme Design

PPD Tip: Bring the outdoors in with elements found from nature. Naturally fallen twigs, pine cones, branches, and rocks can easily be picked from the outdoors. Make sure you are not picking these natural materials from a restricted area like a state park.

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