I am very excited to share this Jungle themed baby shower that I was lucky to be able to help with a couple of weeks ago. My good friend, Bonnie was hosting a shower for our mutual friend and I was honored to be able to assist her with the planning, cooking and decorating. The mommy to be’s favorite color is purple and had gone with a Jungle/ Safari theme for the nursery, so that set the theme and color palate for the shower.
Bonnie made this banner for Baby Layla out of cardstock, patterned duck tape, string, clothespins and purple baby clothes. She hung it from the deck (where the food was served). I can not express how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how this banner turned out! So stinkin cute!
Now you knew I was going to have paper lanterns, right? :) We used green, purple & white lanterns. I had some old discolored lanterns which I mod podged zebra and cheetah tissue paper to. We also decorated with purple tissue paper pom poms and white and purple streamers.
We jazzed up the purple utensils and purple napkins by wrapping them with scraps of cheetah tissue paper and securing with tape. The plates, cups and extra napkins were all purple too. We got them from the dollar store. Yes, I am a dollar store junkie.
Even the water bottles were decorated. We wrapped them with zebra, cheetah and purple duck tape. In addition to the water, we had grape juice, lemonade and Jungle Juice (above). To make the Jungle Juice I used lemonade, orange juice, and Hawaiian Fruit Punch Soda. If you wanna get a little crazy at your party add some citrus vodka or rum. On the dining tables we used purple tablecloths and made zebra runners out of a zebra print table cloth. These little diaper cake centerpieces that Bonnie made were so cute!! She made a little diaper cake, wrapped with ribbon, topped with purple crinkle paper and then made the little jungle animals out of foam sheets. Now I know who to go to the next time I need a drawing, she is very artistic. They were inspired by something she saw on Pinterest, so forgive me for not giving credit to the original poster.
These goodies were a hit at the party. The paper cones were made out of cardstock using various prints of giraffe, zebra and cheetah. I filled them with animal crackers and set them in a basket filled with raffia.
These are chocolate dipped Oreo pops with zebra sugar paper stuck on with chocolate icing. I got the sugar paper at Walmart, I belive they are Wilton brand. They had all kinds of different patterns. You can bet that I will be using this product again… so easy to use and super cute too. I wrapped each cookie in plastic and tied shut with raffia. This way the guests could take them home as a favor. They were stuck in a trifle bowl with styrafoam in it. I placed some zebra print tissue paper in the bowl to cover the foam and used some green easter grass to cover the top.
I saw these cookies at the store the day before the party, I thought they would fit in perfect with the party theme! Plus you can never have too many goodies can you?!?!
Here are the three treats together on the table.
These are White Chocolate Dipped pretzel sticks with dark chocolate drizzled on them to create a zebra effect. Yum! Wish I had one now. I overheard someone say these were “banging”. Hollaa!!!
Another favor we had for the guests were the Hershey chocolate bars wrapped in personalized paper. It says, “Welcome Layla! Baby Shower June 24, 2012″.
Here is a picture of these goodies on the other side of the table. I guess this pic was taken before we put the almonds in the small bucket. ;) The treat tables were decorated with purple table cloths, zebra table runners and grass skirts for a table skirt. We also used ferns to bring a little life to the display.
Zebra cakes were displayed in a 2 tier sever with a piece of giraffe felt underneath and giraffe printed ribbon and raffia tied to it. Pretty
These are paper mache letters from Hobby Lobby that I mod podged zebra and cheetah tissue paper on. Great keepsake for the nursery.
These are regular brownies topped with chocolate icing and then “Duff” stencils bought from Michaels. The whole stencil took less than 2 minutes to apply. Very easy, and great result!
This is the diaper cake that I made for the new mama. I will post the tutorial on how I made it later. I kept it pretty simple and just tied giraffe, zebra and cheetah printed ribbon around each of the tiers. For the top I added some silk purple hydrangeas and a stuffed lion. I loved the way that it turned out, it ended up being really cute.
Here is the whole second table all together.
And last but not least here are some pictures of the cupcake display. Bonnie did an amazing job building this cupcake stand. She made the stand out of wood, painted it white and then embellished it with ribbon and purple and white tulle. This cupcake stand was absolutely adorable, and what’s even better.. she said I can borrow it anytime! All I would need to do it change the ribbon to match the next party! Whoop! Whoop! The cupcakes she baked were delish, they literally melted in your mouth. They were dressed up with purple icing and zebra and cheetah printed cupcake liners.
And there you have it, our Jungle / Safari themed baby shower. First off I would like to congratulate Steph and Kyle on their beautiful new baby girl, Layla. She is absolutely precious. And I would also like to thank Bonnie for including me and letting me be involved in this project. I had so much fun these past couple of months with our brainstorming and craft nights, thank you so much! I just loved how everything turned out and am so proud of the final result!
Oh, I have one last picture to share with you, my own little Jungle Princess, Tilly. She had a great time at the shower and had more sweets than I would ever admit to you … like her mama she is a big fan of the goodie table.
Until next time, friends!