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A Surprise Baby Shower with a Woodland Animal Theme

A Surprise Baby Shower with a Woodland Animal Theme

With their co-worker Katherine expecting her first baby boy, the team at Cacao Sweets & Treats decided to surprise her with a charming woodland animal themed baby shower. Cacao Sweets & Treats is an all-natural, organic, made from scratch bakery in Grayslake, a northern suburb of Chicago, and it made the perfect spot for this sweet shower. Everything was decked out with rustic, natural decor, including wooden chargers and moss scattered on tables. And of course you know a bakery throwing a baby shower would not disappoint on the desserts, offering a huge, delectable spread of goodies on an old cabinet. Read on throughout the post for all the details from creative director, Melissa Becker, then of course stop by the full gallery if you'd like to see more photos!

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"We chose a masculine woodland animal theme, and had some amazing invitations designed to set the tone."

A Surprise Baby Shower with a Woodland Animal Theme

"We wanted elements of the shower to carry into the baby’s nursery. So we had our designer create a baby boy garland and an initial illustration to frame and hang in his room. Using a mason jar topped with a spray painted gold wolf we also created baby’s first bank.

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"Using real moss, dahlias, stacked books with woodland animals under bell jars and real tree trunk chargers we were able to achieve a rustic feel. Each place setting was marked with a mini terrarium and name tag that coordinated with the invitations."

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"We spotted an old cabinet that we knew once painted brown would be the perfect spot to put all of our desserts! We made all of Katherine’s favorites, from lemon hand pies, mini cinnamon bread loaves, gorgeous hand decorated woodland animal cookies, 122 bars {our version of a snickers bar}, lemon cream puffs, biscuits with tons of topping choices and an awesome chocolate raspberry layer cake that resembled a tree trunk. All of the desserts mixed in with a mini wooden woodland toy set, moss and some gorgeous platters made our dessert set-up look so sweet! We sipped on virgin margaritas and iced tea to wash it all down."

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Mini Terrariums: The Gluestick