Baby Shower Themes for Boys: Woodland Party
Finding a unique baby shower theme for boys can be difficult. The internet is saturated with parties featuring blue as the main colour choice and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with these parties, we wanted to try and feature something a little different than the norm. Enter woodland theme, and we just couldn’t wait to execute this adorable baby shower for a little boy.
Like all our parties, the first thing we did when we started planning was to make a list of Woodland Party Ideas, and write down everything we had on hand that could be used for the party.
We were lucky to have been gifted some tree rounds after a close friend of Margie’s was finished using them for her wedding. We also have a super cool old wooden ladder that we wanted to incorporate as well.
Next up was the sweet menu.
A cake and cupcakes featuring our cake toppers and cupcake kit was, as always, a must! We decided to make the peanut butter rollups mostly because they’re super nostalgic to both of us, but also because they work well with the colours. Growing up, every year after the Hamilton Santa Claus Parade the whole McLean family would congregate back at St. James Place for our Nannie’s Christmas Party. We would do crafts, play bingo and have lunch. The kids in the family were honoured to sit at the dining room table and all the adults had to fend for themselves. This party lasted long after the the grandchildren in the family had children of their own and the tradition is one of our favourite memories of our Nannie. Peanut butter rollups were always the star of lunch. The only difference between our version and the one we had growing up is a green or red maraschino cherry. We never did love that part, and our plates always had a little pile of discarded cherries on the side.
Oatmeal chocolate cherry cookies remind us of trail mix and are an adorable addition to our table, as well as little grab bags of trail mix for guests to take home. Lastly, for a little bit of fun, we made campfire treats using pretzels, marshmallows, chocolate and of course sprinkles. (Recipe coming soon!)
The supplies we created to decorate our party were easy and fun!
- Tassel Garland in our coordinating colours
- Woodland themed cake topper (We made 3 toppers, a deer, owl, and squirrel)
- Woodland themed cupcake kit (We created custom sprinkles and antler cupcake picks for this!)
- Wild at Heart Banner (This is such a sweet addition to the baby shower theme…already I’m pretty sure new moms are wondering what their baby boy is thinking. He could be wild and crazy with an adventurous spirit and that’s a pretty amazing quality to have.)
- Be Wild favour bags. (These are a great addition to the party because they’re a treat to take home and anchor the banner to the table.)
Below you’ll find a couple of recipes and some of our favourite images from the party set up. Enjoy!
Oatmeal Dark Cherry Cookies
This recipe came about while I was in baking school. We were learning about recipe conversions and the importance of weighing a recipe to insure accuracy and consistency. 6 Years later and this recipe has not only stayed the same, but it still works out exactly the same way every single time. The only catch, you need a food scale and a ¼ cup ice cream scoop.
- 155g All purpose flour
- 2g Baking soda
- 2g Salt
- 140g Unsalted butter
- 110g White sugar
- 110g Light brown sugar
- 1 Large egg
- 7ml Pure vanilla extract
- 95g Old fashioned oats
- 200g Dark (or semi sweet) chocolate chips
- 140g Dried cherries
- Preheat oven to 350F
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and both sugars together until pale and fluffy before adding the egg and vanilla and mixing again.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt before adding it to the butter mixture and mix.
- Next add oats until incorporated.
- Lastly, add the chocolate and cherries and mix only until just combined.
- Using the cookie scoop, drop cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven for 18-20 minutes.
If you don’t have an ice cream scoop, you can use a measuring cup; it will just take a bit longer.
If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can use a hand mixer, but the results may vary slightly.
I’ve made this recipe using the cookie scoop and then made two cookies from each scoop. They were super tasty, but absolutely not as good as a ¼ cup of batter in each cookie. I promise, it’s worth it.
To give these a little bit of added nutrients, I’ve added sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. The result was delicious, but not the same as the original recipe.
Peanut Butter Banana Rollups
- 1 package Tramezzini bread (That’s white crustless bread.) You can either buy it at the grocery store already cut like that or take a loaf of unsliced bread to your favourite bakery and ask them to cut it lengthwise.
- Peanut butter
- Spread a piece of bread with peanut butter. Make sure you spread it evenly and all the way to the edges.
- Place a banana (depending on the size of the banana you may have to cut it in half) at the end of the bread and roll the banana up.
- Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- When you’re ready to serve your sandwiches, remove from the fridge and slice them with a bread knife. You’ll get about 6 slices per roll.
This is a really easy recipe to make ahead of time. You can make it the day before the party and leave the rolls covered in plastic wrap in the fridge. Just remove from the fridge and slice them when you’re ready to serve.
What baby shower theme would you love to see us tackle next?
love and sprinkles,