This past Saturday was The Hazelnut‘s baby shower in Oslo. I was so lucky to work with two lovely, talented co-hosts, Audrey‘s good friends Zoë and Chelsea. Together we coordinated decorations, games and refreshments across international boarders (well, one boarder, Sweden to Norway) and to great success. Our theme started with The Hazelnut nursery mood board and shifted to be an even more camp-y feel. Thus Camp Baby was created.
I modified a few crafts from around the web to fit our theme, including these great animal face pins as our guest’s favors. Chelsea pulled together a full yogurt bar, complete with hand lettered spoon labels and Camp Yogurt Bar sign (No Boys Allowed!).
photos by Chelsea Ranger
I crafted up a little mountain + forest table-scape with orange tent (inspired by Pink Stripey Stocks) cut from cardboard and painted. And Zoë had the amazing idea to add a tiny campfire and mini marshmallows for roasting using toothpicks. So cute!
We also played a few literary themed quiz style games using Kahoot (which worked great). Zoë crafted up 20 paper birthday cards with simple, graphic fabric numbers and each guest wrote a a note to The Hazelnut for her to read on her first through 18th birthdays. I’m not sure how I missed getting a pic of these. They were really great and I know The Hazelnut and Audrey will look forward to opening them every year.
Chelsea did capture a shot of us reading Audrey’s “Telegrams” from friends and family in the States. There is always a few key people missing from parties like these because we are expats. To make everyone feel a bit more connected, I hosted a virtual baby shower (with Audrey’s mom and our best friend Amy) on Facebook for a couple weeks leading up to the party in Oslo. Everyone wrote in with welcome telegrams for the new baby and advice for the new mom. I printed all the messages onto 4×6 cards with a cute little fox logo. We passed them out at the party and had the guests (mostly literary folk) read them aloud. The idea worked beautifully and there were more than a few chuckles to go along with a couple tears.
// Party Crafts
Mountain + Forest Table-scape inspiration
Yogurt Bar + Sign
Years one to 18 birthday cards
Telegrams on 4×6 index cards