15 Feb

Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

bird themed baby shower ideas

Today’s Real Party feature was created by Jessica of Pen n’ Paper Flowers.  It’s a stylish and adorable Birds & Branches themed baby shower that was thoughtfully inspired by the guest of honor’s nursery decor!

Added bonus: This theme could also be adapted for a “Love Birds” bridal shower or a baby shower for boys or girls hosted at any time of year swapping out some of the colors and winter accents. The centerpiece would be super cute for an Easter table as well!

bird themed baby shower ideas

Read on for lots of pics and all the fun details, as told by Jessica


bird themed baby shower ideas

Inspired by the baby’s nursery decor, this baby shower was centered around Pottery Barn’s Penelope Bedding, a white vinyl tree decal used on the nursery wall, and beautiful black nursery furniture.

For me, the invitation is the most important detail when starting to plan an event/party. I believe this is a key element in ensuring a good number of attendees as well as providing a platform of inspiration to follow for planning the details of the party/event.

bird themed baby shower ideas

With that said, I designed an invitation using crisp colors & simple lines to reflect the winter season in which the shower was held. I referenced the white vinyl tree decal used on the nursery wall to create/design the tree on the invitation, then recreated one of the birds from PB’s Penelope Bedding and added it to the tree.

I chose a green background on the invite to tie in the green in the crib bedding and created a digital black & white polka dot ribbon along the top of the invite for contrast and “pop” as well as to add a splash of whimsy.

With the invite finished I had 4 focus colors for the party:
White (winter/snow/crisp)
Black (nursery furniture)
Hot Pink (baby girl)
Lime Green (nursery bedding)

bird themed baby shower ideas

Simplicity was key for this shower. Focusing on a dessert buffet eliminated the need for excessive decorating.

The centerpiece would need to be substantial for the “wow” factor and it seemed a tree was the natural choice to infuse the design elements from the invitation. A DIY centerpiece proved to be cost-effective when I chose a container I already had and spray painted branches from my own yard. (The full tutorial is on my blog).

bird themed baby shower ideas

Using a white, pink & green paisley tablecloth from the mother-to-be, I chose to use a combination of white and clear vessels for displaying food.

By hosting the baby shower at 2 o’clock we were able to offer a buffet of simple food items.

bird themed baby shower ideas

Apothecary jars filled with powdered donut holes and fruit platters served with powdered sugar mimicked the appearance of snow.

bird themed baby shower ideas

An apothecary jar filled with meringues served two purposes…an easy baby shower game for guests to “guess the number of meringues” and then later as sweet treats.

bird themed baby shower ideas

Bite-sized polka dot sugar cookies and white cupcakes topped with a coordinating royal icing “cupcake button” added just the right amount of color to compliment the shower decor.

bird themed baby shower ideas

Coordinating food labels for two different types of chicken salad sandwiches were placed on the dessert buffet for those guests who needed something a little more substantial.

bird themed baby shower ideas

Pink lemonade served in pink sugar-rimmed glasses.

bird themed baby shower ideas

bird themed baby shower ideas

Water bottles were wrapped in solid pink scrapbooking paper along with a strip of black and white polka dot ribbon.

bird themed baby shower ideas

As guests arrived, they were led to a “sign-in” table where they were encouraged to grab a pen and a “wish tag“.

bird themed baby shower ideas

I created the circular wish tags to match the invites and they served five different purposes:

First, the guests were to write a “wish” of some sort for the new baby. Second, guests were encouraged to write down a suggestion for naming the baby. Third, the wish tags were hung on the buffet centerpiece as an added design element. Fourth, the wish tags served as another shower game because one of the wish tags was secretly marked & at the end of the shower a winner was announced. And finally, fifth, these wish cards were given to the mom-to-be at the end of the shower as a keepsake.

bird themed baby shower ideas

For the favors I decided to make jumbo sized sugar cookies to match the shower decor. The cookies were packaged in clear cellophane bags. For another splash of “winter” I sprinkled white cake sparkles inside the bag to mimic snow.

I stapled the bags closed using matching ribbon and then displayed them in a white wooden tray filled with snow. The tray also had a miniature white christmas tree in the center for the cookies to surround.

bird themed baby shower ideas

Keeping it simple, I created one large “thank you” tag and placed it in the branches of the tree instead of creating a “thank you” tag for each individual favor. It was just as effective.

bird themed baby shower ideas

I was repeatedly approached by guests commenting on how simple, yet how beautiful everything was!

Here are my two favorite “simple”but very effective elements used repeatedly throughout the shower decor:

Fake snowflakes – used at the base of the tree centerpiece as well as around jars/vessels/table decor and in the favor tray.
Ribbon – Black & White Polka dot ribbon in various sizes as well as some hot pink ribbon with black fake stitching. This was used on just about all glass vessels & serving trays, wrapped around the tree centerpiece, on the pen holder at the sign in table & used on the favor packaging.

The beauty of this baby shower is that it can easily be adapted to welcome a baby boy.
It could also easily be transformed into a “Spring” shower by removing the winter elements and adding bits of wheat grass to the decor.”

white iced cupcakes: – Sam’s Club (After our order with a local bakery was cancelled at the last minute due to a family emergency, we contacted Sam’s and made a special request to have them “swirly top” the icing.)
cupcake tower: CostcoBelieve it or not this is styrofoam & can be disassembled for easy storage and reuse.
white ceramic birds: JoAnn’sfound in their “shabby chic” collection
square centerpiece container:  Target – from their garden section a couple of years ago
cupcake buttons: made by me – I’d be happy to custom design some for anyone interested! *wink*
meringue cookies: Publixwe were going to have a bakery make these but Publix was a lot more cost-effective.
apothecary jars: HomeGoods
white cake sparkles: JoAnn’s – they are edible glitter by Wilton and can be found in the cake baking section.
sugar for glasses: – JoAnn’sYou can find assorted colors in the cake baking section. Dip your rims in lemon juice first and then into sugar.
sign-in table plate: Southern Living At HOMEYou could easily write on any pretty plate with a marker and use windex to remove the ink.


Thanks so much to Jessica for all the wonderful inspiration AND the detailed sourcing info!

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jackiefo SAYS:

SO FABULOUS! I love the branches!

Reply February 16, 2010 at 8:00 am

Vicki Cooley SAYS:

Wow…I’m so glad you were featured here. This was the most beautiful baby shower ever and I know I was there (the Nana) and had the pleasure of learning from Jessica! She is the best!

Reply February 16, 2010 at 9:37 am


Everything about this is just SO cute! Would be perfect for a bridal shower as well.

Reply February 16, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Shannon SAYS:

This is gorgeous! Even the water bottles dressed up for the occasion!

Reply February 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm

rein SAYS:

wow, you took great pictures. this must have taken a lot of preparation. very nice ideas. the food looks delightful.

Reply February 18, 2010 at 11:36 am

Asha SAYS:

What a fabulous shower!
I love the attention that was given to even the tiniest details. …And I would never think to spruce up water bottles – but I love it! Great job!

Reply February 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm

prior SAYS:

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE I did a baby shower using cloche. I do all the baby showers for our school, so am always scouting for ideas. Thanks! Lezlee

Reply February 20, 2010 at 9:07 am

joni lively SAYS:

I love this. I am planning a wedding and this would be great.

Reply February 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Rochelle SAYS:

Great job and nice pictures! I love the cookie favors.

Reply February 28, 2010 at 7:01 pm


So adorable! I loved the trees and the way the favors were served!

Reply March 1, 2010 at 11:00 am

suhaida SAYS:

cantik…( beautiful )

from malaysia

Reply April 6, 2010 at 12:36 am

Mary SAYS:

Where did you find the bird on the branch logo for your food tag and thank you?

Reply July 21, 2010 at 11:10 am

Nads SAYS:


Reply July 26, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Renee SAYS:

ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!!!! This is fabulous work.

Reply August 15, 2011 at 7:30 am

becky cross SAYS:

I was wondering where I can buy the the birds and the branches, so I can make a ceterpiece .Thank you Becky

Reply August 30, 2011 at 7:58 pm

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