Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Shower Gone Wild!

This year I had the privilege to host showers for a lot of my friends. Some are having a baby and some are getting married. First up - a safari themed baby shower - my friend Lisa loves giraffes, therefore that became my inspiration!

I did lots of research online for ideas to pull this off but I struggled with what everything was going to cost to make it as amazing as the parties I found google searching. So I took some of their ideas and made them my own to fit my $200 budget (for 16 guests).

First on the agenda... the invite! I found a reasonably priced invitation on Zazzle.com - $1.20 an invite.

The invitation is a great way to get the rest of the colors and theme down. So if you are stumped on a the direction you want the theme to go - look through invitations for inspiration.

Next on my list was the menu. I found some great food ideas at GreyGrey Designs. So with their help I began planning my menu.

Lisa's shower featured Jungle Juice, Lion Meat (sub sandwiches), Gorilla Grapes, Hungry, Hungry Hippo Hummus, Sticky Zebras (Zebra Cakes), Tiger Tails (Cheetos spirals), Giraffe Grass (salad), Animal Crackers and Animal Cakes (cup cakes). I also made little safari faced chocolates.

Plates and napkins found at Shindigz.com.

After the menu was set I began looking into decorations and party favors. I decided anywhere I could pull the theme in I would. Around the food I had printed pictures of baby jungle animals sitting on burlap and I also taped baby animals to the wall and had some framed for the table centerpieces.

Another way I brought the animal print in was to line the tables with animal print ribbons.
I found some cheap jungle picture frames in the dollar bin at Target that I framed the ultrasound in. I also found two little jungle notebooks in the dollar bin at Target to have in the prize gifts for the games.

I found the cute, affordable safari good boxes on PartyCheap.com as well as a cute blow up giraffe that was on the front porch. Each box had a package of Animal Crackers inside.

Added touch - I put the mom-to-be's picture on the mantle.
For the games we played name the baby animals (i.e. tiger=cub) - download here - and the measure the mommy's belly (not quite in the theme but very fun).
Other cost effective purchases - table clothes and utensils - Dollar General, ribbon, wooden balls, animal print scrap book paper - Michael's, animal print balloons - Party City, burlap - JoAnn's, safari bucket, monkey picture frame and safari journals - Target.

Thank you Lisa for letting me feature your shower!


  1. Everything you did was so creative and fun without being over the top. You do really good work. I'm sure she loved the shower!!

  2. I loved the shower and enjoyed reliving it with this blog. You are so creative!!!