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Real Baby Shower: Pink Safari


Thursday, October 6, 2011


I love the whimsical nature and the animal motif throughout this ADORABLE baby shower! So many details from the very talented Dawn of Not Just A Mommy... where to start??? First, the Lily Pulitzer animal cookies are SUPER cute. Second, the mini chocolate chip cookies and oreos seen in the cupcakes and drink garnishes are such a fun addition. And... third, the hanging branch and ribbon vines along with the many paper rings creates such a magical space.

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From Dawn... I didn't want it to be too-over-the-top jungle so I used lots of animal print accents instead. I'm a huge fan of using coordinating scrapbook paper to line vessels and paired it with ribbon and fun printables from Kori of Paper & Pigtails. The special Lilly Pulitzer animal crackers were a must, not just because they coordinated perfectly but also as the baby's name. The rest of the cookies were a mix of homemade and store-bought; the cookies that were the most popular are the dipped ones. They are sugar cookies that I dipped in chocolate and sprinkles.

My favorite party was the branch over the table. I wanted to mimic the feel of jungle vines so I tied strands of sheer ribbon to the branch and hung with fishing line. I don't get to hang up party items often, so I couldn't wait to do it.

I found the perfect papier-mâché giraffes at Michael's and while I was there, I snatched up the black block letters. They are the family's monograms, Josh, Katie, Lily. What was funny was that no one got that, not even the couple, they assumed it was an alphabet thing. :)

Of course the cupcakes were strawberry and chocolate to keep with the color palate and I added mini Oreo and Chips Ahoy cookies as toppers. We served flavored milk and my favorite party tip is using cookies as garnishes, especially cookie straws. They were a big hit since the glasses and cookie garnishes made it seem glamorous.

The main table is actually 2 8-foot tables covered in kraft paper, and overhead I hung paper chains. For the centerpiece, I wrapped boxes as presents in the same kraft paper and used animal print and coordinating ribbon, along with stuffed animals, greenery and more paper chains. I die-cut letters and strung them on fishing line that was supposed to hang as a garland that says 'Lions And Tigers And Bears, Oh My' but I ran out of time so I ended up just stringing it along the table.

At each setting was a wooden berry box filled with party items like the Name The Baby Food card and a candy banana favor; I have a thing for candy molds and when I found one of a banana, it just had to be done. I even stamped the wooden spoons with the word 'baby'. For the kids' setting, I found a very clever idea at Garnish; they filled small gable boxes with shortbread cookie letters and turned it into an 'Unscramble The Words' game. I made a few of these up for the kids as a way to keep them busy.

The MTB was totally game for cheesy shower games so we did Name The Baby Food and Gift Bingo. I found an animal cracker candy mold that I used to fill acetate boxes with as game prizes. The hit of the shower was decorating onesies. We really wanted something the baby would actually wear, and I'm not a fan of drawing or painting onesies, many people are intimidated by having to be 'creative'. So, I purchased different print material and ironed fusible webbing on the back. Guests could choose their material and free hand a design or use cookie cutters and stencils as a template. They cut out their design then ironed on to the onesie! It was so easy and fun, and we had some great designs! My favorite, of course, was the 'Lily' shirt.

It was a wonderful day and I'm so proud they let me run loose with my ideas. I also included a photo of Katie and Lily on the day they left the hospital...both are doing amazing and I can't wait to see them again this Labor Day weekend! 
Design & Photography: Dawn from Not Just A Mommy / Safari printables: Paper & Pigtails / Gable boxes, clear labels, paper straws, wooden berry boxes, wooden spoons: Garnish / Cookies: local grocers / Banana candy mold: Home Cake Decorating Supply Co. (local store) / Ribbon, material for the onesies, fusible webbing: JoAnn's / Kraft paper, ribbon: Packaging Specialties (local store) / Block letters, papier-mâché giraffes, acrylic boxes, cookie cutters: Michael's 

1 comments:

fiona lynne said...

I love this party! A good friend of mine has just requested a baby shower with a pink elephant theme, so I am getting so much inspiration from these fabulous ideas! The paper chains and the animal crackers are my favourite...