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Martha Stewart Weddings celebrations expert Darcy Miller, second from left, threw a stylish woodlands-inspired baby shower for colleague and friend Kate Berry (the magazine's style director), center. Once the theme was decided, Darcy took stock of what she could make by hand. "Those personal touches are what Kate will remember," she says.
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The Invitation Suite
On Darcy's DIY list: drawing sweet baby animals, which were then printed on the invitations. An envelope liner featuring the little critters continued the theme.
Custom invitations, chereeberrypaper.com
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The motif was reflected in the food as well. Here, crackers in the shapes of forest animals elevated a standard cheese-and-crackers plate.
Cheese and bunny crackers, petercallahan.com
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Martha makes wool woodland stockings that are embellished with fuzzy felt creatures, they're the ultimate in rustic chic.
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The Sweets Table
Keep the food spread visually appealing. "I like to group like with like, displaying bites in an organized, pleasing way," says Darcy.
Candy, nuts.com, sugarfina.com, jellybelly.com. Cupcakes, $2.75 each, onegirlcookies.com. Winter deer cupcake toppers, $4 for 12, shopsweetlulu.com. Chocolate deer (under cloche), andiespecialtysweets.etsy.com. Flowers, seaportflowers.com. Mini birds' nests, $12 for 12, beau-coup.com. Birch rounds, from $1 each, michaels.com.
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A green-tea mille-crepes cake from New York City's famed Lady M Confections was decorated with a woodland scene.
Green-tea mille-crepes cake, 9", $80, ladym.com. DIY woodland cake-decorating set (includes sugar mushrooms and ladybug, shown), $109, andiespecialtysweets.etsy.com. Deer figures, from $3 each, safariltd.com
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Hop to It
One of the many highlights of the dessert table: bunny-shaped sugar cookies.
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Put a Deer on It
Buttercream cupcakes were each topped with miniature plastic deer for a hit of wildlife whimsy.
Cupcakes, $2.75 each, onegirlcookies.com.
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Darcy found these sweet deer-shaped gingerbread cookies from Picket Fence Confections.
Gingerbread deer, $14 for 24, pfconfections.etsy.com
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Be creative and continue the theme as much as you can. One of the favors given to guests was a custom-made soap bearing the fawn illustrated by Darcy.
Custom soap, justbubbly.com
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Darcy scoured the Internet for unique finds, like these adorable (and delicious!) marshmallow mushroom favors that reflected the shower's theme.
Mushroom marshmallows, $3.25 a lb., sockerbit.com