picnic in the park {baby shower}

My little sister, Hillary, is having her third baby {a boy} any day.  This is the last of the babies and so my older sister, Amy, and I hosted a special shower to celebrate sweet baby boy.

I have had this idea in my head for a while and was happy to pull it together for Hillary. Something different and memorable and simple: A picnic in the park.

{the invitations}

We set out a few cotton rugs and a large painter’s drop cloth to use as picnic blankets, scattered throw pillows for comfort and created a vintagey/picnic feel with a few tables and decorations.

The deconstructed chair is a project I have yet to complete but it was the perfect spot for the guest-of-honor to sit.

Our only activity for the shower was to think of a word {character trait} that we pray for this new baby.  Each word would be stamped on a unique note card and hung from a mobile for the baby’s room.

The mobile turned out really cute once the words were added. I’ll photograph it in his room shortly.

We wanted the food to be fancy picnic food – all easy to eat without extra utensils or serving dishes.

Pesto, turkey, mozzarella, tomato, arugula sandwiches, chips, cherries and the most delicious chocolate chip cookies from Specialties Bakery.

All packaged sweetly in a wooden basket.

It was a low-key party with close friends and family. Just perfect for showering my sister and her baby.

My girls: me, Hillary, Amy and our pretty mom.


Food packaging {wooden baskets . glassine bags . waxed tissue paper . straws}

Cookie packaging {chevron bags}

62 Responses to picnic in the park {baby shower}

  1. Rebecca August 27, 2015 at 7:28 am #

    I love your ideas! Can you please re-post a link to where you got your berry baskets and the bags. (The links at the end of your posts are not working – at least on my computer.) Thanks!

    • emily August 29, 2015 at 7:42 am #

      I purchased the berry baskets and bags from a company called Garnish, but they no longer sell these items. You could also try sweet shop lulu.

      • Rebecca September 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

        Thank You! Do you know what size glissene bags you used for each item?

  2. Amy April 26, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    Hi – what size were those picnic baskets for the food? i’m trying to do that for a bridal shower but want to make sure the food will fit and the garnish size it’s hard to tell which size you got. i like the size you used since the food all fit. please let me know

    • emily April 28, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      I used the larger quart size boxes.

  3. Talya August 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    What size box did you use for the lunches?

  4. Barbara B. April 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    Loved your ideas. Where did you find your wooden boxes for your picnic lunch?

    • emily April 21, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

      They are from garnish.

  5. Carmela Vázquez November 3, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    Hi!,, I’m from México and totally live your picnic idea! And I really like the múlti level table layer table where You placed the food. Where did You purchased it? Is there An online store I can buy it? Thanks!

    • emily November 5, 2012 at 8:29 am #

      I’m sorry that I don’t have a resource for the table.

  6. Brie June 26, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    I LOVE that invite!!! What font did you use for it? And how did you get the patterns in the clouds and balloon? LOVE it!

  7. Susan Mac June 14, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    mamma & her 3 ducklins’ look so happy & a perfect match; the whole shower of pictures are awesome & tells that you love what you did; tfs!!

  8. Jen June 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    You are so brave to do an outdoor party in Seattle in June. It turned out absolutely amazing…. and it makes me miss Specialties cookies!!!

  9. Katie B June 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Aaaahhhh! I love the owl print…please tell me I can buy it somewhere. I mentioned in an e-mail a while ago that I’d love to see you design an owl print with “Wisdom” on it, so I wondered if you did this one? Either way, can you point me to where I can get my hands on that precious little owl print?? :)

  10. erin June 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Emily!! This is ADORABLE and perfectly styled, just love every detail!! What a lucky girl your sis is!

  11. Chelle June 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Hillary you look amazing! Such a beautiful Mama! Congratulations! :) I miss seeing your beautiful smile at church (and talking in the nursing moms room instead of listening… I didn’t say that!) :)

  12. Annie June 13, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    I couldn’t love this anymore! What a perfect idea! I love that her shower wasn’t in a traditional home (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but it’s so nice to mix it up!

  13. Kim M June 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    Where did you get the mobile hanger? I haven’t been able to track these down.

    • emily June 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

      I bought it from amazon. Search for wire picture mobile. I’ll add the source when I post the finished product.

  14. Trish June 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Tell us something about that 3-tiered table. Did you make it, find the separate pieces and put it together, or buy it just like that? LOVE it! And I love the little boxed lunches! SO cute!

  15. Christine Roderick June 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Love this, especially the sandwich baskets.

  16. Molly Beth June 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Menu sounded very delish!!!! adorable idea. Best of luck to the new Mother and baby. Congratulations!!!

  17. Laura June 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    So cute!!! Planning my baby sister’s baby shower as we speak! On a side note – Emily, where did you find that adorable sriped dress?

    • emily June 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

      The dress is from Old Navy. Bought a few months ago.

  18. Rachel June 12, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    holy. cuteness. :)

  19. Hilary @ MSH June 12, 2012 at 5:54 am #

    I love this for many reasons.. my name is Hilary, I love all things air balloons, and it’s such a cute idea!

  20. laura June 12, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!! what a gorgeous shower. i love how personalized and thoughtful everything is. you did a lovely job.

  21. Shawna June 11, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Lovely, just lovely!

  22. Gina Diamond June 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    So creative and so much fun! What great sisters! A memory forever!

  23. Sarah Schneider June 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    This shower was absolutely adorable! My best friend is expecting and this post is great inspiration. I especially loved the clever meal packaging. I bookmarked your sources for further references. Thanks for sharing!

  24. tisa June 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    this is the most perfect shower I’ve ever seen…sooooo super cute!

  25. Sara McAllister June 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Too cute, Emily! What great ideas! I might have to take a few pointers from this shower so I can throw a great one for my sister-in-law!

  26. Audrey June 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Aside from the beautiful & creative setting…having a picnic in the park takes away the extra work and potential stress of hosting the shower in one’s home…the house doesn’t have to be “ready for company”! Congratulations on the new little blessing for your family.

  27. Stacey Taylor June 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Absolutely precious…what a beautiful baby shower!!!!

  28. Amy K June 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    What a great shower! I LOVE the chalkboard that has ‘baby’ written on it. Did you make that? I’d love to see a tutorial for that. It is exactly what I’ve been looking for! :)

  29. Sarah B Design June 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    This is such a great idea! I am in the middle of planning a shower for a good friend of mine and I think a picnic would be so fun! Casual but still very girly

  30. Hayden June 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    What a beautiful party!!! I love the vintage, Shabby Chic feel! The little baskets of food with the chevron bags are too cute and I love that you did the little stickers that said ‘Yum!’ It was the perfect finishing touch!!!

  31. Holly Ann June 11, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Love it, it is so cute. I just planned a baby shower for a close friend recently so I know it can be a lot to handle, but great when all is said and done! Love the whole look!

  32. Tracey Bartula June 11, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    OMG, In LOVE!!!! Would love to see the striped paper in your Printable collection! I know you have diagonal stripes, but would love the vertical striped paper too!!! Also, is the edging on the striped paper from a Punch? It’s like a reverse corner-rounder….where do you find that?

  33. Leilani June 11, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    I tend to stay far away from baby showers and babies but I would totally go to this baby bash. Lovely job! Beautiful food presentation, too.:)

  34. Emily @ Peck Life June 11, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    This is beautiful, such a fun idea and I LOVE the picnic packaging for the food! I’m so excited for Hillary – she makes the cutest kids {well, you ALL do!}

  35. Abby Isaacson June 11, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    omg hillary you are one lucky sister!!!!! so fun!

  36. Lisa Locklin June 11, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    What a beautiful shower and family. Your ideas and details are so precious. I love the mobile idea too. So heartfelt.

  37. Jen - athomeinthenorthwestblog.com June 11, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    It is just DARLING! Every bit of it. Love the furniture in the park. And love the picnic packaging. Thanks for sharing!!


  38. Stephanie Bangs June 11, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    I want to beeee you! Great job! You’re so inspirational!

  39. Just Jaime June 11, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    how gorgeous! I’m pinning this as inspiration for later!

  40. shelby@honeysuckle June 11, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    I absolutely love this. Taking pride in the small details of a shower is so meaningful – I speak from experience because my friends just threw me an adorable shower with several of the same sweet details: http://honeysuckleblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/baby-shower-of-love.html

  41. Liz June 11, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Just beautiful! My sister and BFF threw me a shower in the park for baby number 2 and I agree..it was the perfect way to celebrate in a casual way with our close friends. I can’t wait to see the mobile!

  42. Ashley June 11, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    This is the cutest baby shower ever!! Having the party outside is such a cute idea and I’m loving the picnic lunches!!

  43. mary beth June 11, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    um…has anyone ever told you you’re awesome at throwing parties?! ;-) love, love, love all the stuff you do. i really like that picnic idea!

  44. Annemarie @ Brunch at Saks June 11, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    This is gorgeous, Emily! I am in love! Congrats to your sister as well. Hope baby comes soon!

  45. amber P June 11, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Beautiful, Emily!

  46. Kim R June 11, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Everything is just perfect! So many good ideas – thanks so much for sharing!

    Your mom IS beautiful – and all of you are, too.

  47. RacheL H. June 11, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    Adorable shower! I love the picnic/park combination. :)

  48. Julianne June 11, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    So cute!!! And NOTHING beats a Specialties cookie…Nothing.

  49. Callie June 11, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Most precious baby shower ever! I can’t wait to see the mobile!

  50. Sara Karlson June 11, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Picnics and celebrating babies are the best-what a great idea to combine them! I’m crazy about those wooden boxes for the lunches! I’ve never heard of Garnish- what a great resource!

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