Another in my “Past Party” series, this is the party that started it all…
My best friend just had her first baby, a son named Cole. (Such a handsome lil’ bugger, I might add!) When she found out she was pregnant, I could hardly contain my excitement. I knew I needed to throw her a baby shower special enough for such a special little man.
I had never thrown a baby shower before. Actually, I hadn’t really thrown any party before. So I set out to Google. I had no idea how vast the word of party planning is! This is what started my love affair with Hostess with the Mostess and pretty much every other party planning blog written in English.
We settled on a jungle/safari theme and I came up with a catchphrase: Wild About Cole.
I was dead set on creating a passport invitation. Without Photoshop skills, however, it took me a very long time to create a look I was pleased with. (In fact, learning how to use Photoshop is one of the items on my 30 Before 30 list, which I’ll reveal soon.) But after much tinkering, the invite was complete.
It pains me so to have to block out the personal information! Just trust me – it was so lovely!
Guests were greeted with safari balloons:
The tables were anchored with vases full of sand with feathers and straw.
In hindsight, I wish I would have planned initially on three tables. I would have incorporated burnt orange runners on each of the white round tables.
I used basic ole’ scrapbook paper as placemats. Fantastic zebra plates were topped with orange giraffes and rafia strings. I was very impressed with the strength of those plates! Doug made sure I knew that wimpy plates are, well, wimpy.
I used burlap and scrapbook paper to create a banner that said “Wild About Cole.”
My apologies for the dark photo.
Our nearby bakery made a beautiful and tasty cake. Genius!
Guests left with “souvenirs” – cookie cutters in the shapes of jungle animals.
The BFF and I both agreed to keep games to a minimum. She is a huge celebrity gossip nut, so she prepared a matching game with celebrities and their baby names. I told her not to do a game for her own party but she insisted. That is how much the nut loves celebrity trivia.
We also played Price is Right with bidding exclusively focused on baby care products. (Credit due to my brilliant aunt on this one.) It was such a hit! I MCed the event in my best Price is Right voice. Each guest wrote down her estimate and the one with the closest value, without going over, won a prize. The baby item went to Lori.
I’m pretty sure the ladies had a good time and I think the BFF was pleased. I know I was p.u.m.p.e.d to plan another party when all was said and done.
I even started a trend with this shower! Well, maybe I didn’t start it but I was sure there when it happened. The Hostess Blog posted about a jungle theme baby shower just a few weeks after mine. You can read it here.
This party officially gave me the party planning bug! Now I can hardly wait for that little man to turn one so I can throw him a huge extravaganza!
Do you enjoy or dread baby showers? How can I plan future showers that make people want to come?
P.S. Want to see Cole’s “Wild Wild One” cowboy first birthday party? Click here.