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modern baby shower Bye-bye pastel booties and teddy bears; hello bold prints and vibrant colors for baby-to-be! Today, guest blogger Amy Belle Isle recaps a recent “Baby Gone Wild” baby shower she designed that is nothing short of fabulous!
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Plastic pacifiers, baby-related stickers and creative centerpieces are all you need to turn a little zebra print into a co-ed baby shower suitable for any hip parents-to-be!

The Inspiration: Zebra print. Can you tell? I know…it’s subtle. Zebra got even wilder with the addition of the fabulously fun colors in the “Rings” pattern platters and napkins from French Bull.

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Party Favors: These little wild thangs were simple pillow boxes filled with chocolate and then embellished with strips of zebra gift wrap from Michaels, chartreuse circle stickers from Paper Source and super cute baby-related stickers from Archivers .

modern baby shower Centerpieces: Don’t be intimidated by the thought of creating a centerpiece. A shallow dish, some Oasis floral foam, reindeer moss, a couple of bunches of flowers are all you need to create a focal point for your table that is sure to impress your friends! This one just happens to get a little fancy with this pregnant wire form to suit the occasion.

modern baby shower Wanna know one of the simplest ways to get a lot of bang for your buck? Lanterns, lanterns and more lanterns! Lanterns in bookshelves, lanterns on tables, and, in this case, lanterns on painted dowel rods secured in a tall vase filled with styrofoam. Add in the huge zebra lantern from World Market and look at what an entry hall statement this wild beast was! (These would make fantastic table centerpieces, too, because guests can actually see each other around them. Just make sure you weigh down the bottom of your vases. Décor-induced injury is a major party foul!)

Special thanks to Kristen Munson (social media info you need to know) and the talented Julie Enstall (awesome St. Louis photographer for your next party) for being such great hostesses. Congratulations again to the Durbins (check them out…seriously) and thanks for inspiring us all to live life a little more fabulous.
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Thanks so much for the fantastic inspiration, Amy! I love the idea of tailoring this theme for an adult celebration such as a milestone birthday or bachelorette party by simply swapping out the baby-themed decor with more adult-oriented details. This would even be cute for a graduation party – especially since the black would tie in well with traditional grad them colors!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

46 responses to “REAL PARTIES: Baby Gone Wild Baby Shower”

  1. Karen says:

    soooo cute! I’m loving zebra right now – and it’s very cool and “outside the box” for a baby shower indeed!

  2. kristen says:

    As the hostess of this soiree, I seriously suggest that anyone looking to do any type of party, hire someone like Amy (if not Amy herself) to do it all for you. Amy did the food purchasing, food preparation, party favors, and all decor. I was able to enjoy the party and serve my guests in style and stress free. It was amazing and I totally enjoyed myself.

  3. amy * stem * says:

    Thanks, Jenn for once again doing your magic. You know just how to post stuff to make it look its best!

    Thanks for the comment, Karen and Kristen, you know I think you were a dream! I dig your “why not hire someome else to do it” attitude. :)

  4. hoganfe says:

    How fun and cute – love the zebra!
    mary
    hoganfe handbags

  5. Mindy Rives says:

    Hi there! My name is Mindy Rives from Dallas. I love this theme…so cute! I actually hosted a couples baby shower for my cousin and his wife this past weekend…we did a “daddy” theme and it turned out really cute. Check out my blog for pictures and ideas…www.mindyrives.blogspot.com. The blog post is called “April Showers.”

    I love your blog by the way…I check it everyday!!

  6. Kati says:

    What an awesome shower! Amy’s work is amazing! I love the zebra print – I’ll have to link this up w/ the zebra print feature I did the other day.

  7. ellen says:

    This is just way too cute!!! I’m a huge fan of paper lanterns too – they make such a big impact – especially in zebra print! :)

  8. Scary Mommy says:

    Love this idea, wish I new a cool mom to be to throw a shower for!

  9. Caleigh says:

    I love personalizedpartyinvites.com to make party invitations. They always turn out beautiful and everyone loves them!

  10. Kenya says:

    Any ideas for a female 30th “All White Attire” party. Decorations, finger foods, and table decor????

  11. stacey says:

    Thank You!!! I have been looking everywhere for this theme for my friends shower, everything else was so cheesy. Thanks for the info- I love it!!!!

  12. Lindsay says:

    There is a super cute stationery company called Luscious Verde that has very bold, saturated paper colors, very fashion forward designs and is a very custom – anything you can think of – kind of line. Anyone who is interested in bright bold designs should definitely check them out. I love them and have used them for several events!

    http://lusciousverde.blogspot.com

  13. brittany rogers says:

    hey… i was wondering where you got the zebra tablecloths and i really want some for my sweet sixteen… it would be great if you would help.

  14. amy says:

    Britanny – I don’t know if you will still read this or not, but the zebra cloth is made from some fun, slightly fuzzy zebra fabric from Hobby Lobby. You should be able to find a zebra print at most fabric stores, if you aren’t having any luck finding pre-made cloths.

    If sewing isn’t your thing, just make sure and buy cloth wide enough that you can cut it and use no-sew tape to “hem” the edges. Or, leave the edges rugged if you want a really “wild” look!

    – Amy

  15. megan says:

    such a cute site!
    i love all of the zebra and bold colors…yay, no more pastels!

  16. Amber says:

    Love it! I’m thinking of doing something similar for my daughter’s 1st birthday. Any thoughts or ideas would be great! ~Thanks!

  17. Mandy says:

    Love this theme, So cute!! I espically love the lanterns on painted dowel rods secured in a vase, but how did you attach the lanterns to the dowel rods?

  18. Hey, Mandy – Amy here.

    Here are some directions I gave to another reader that emailed me about the dowel rods.

    (where I got the lanterns blah blah blah)…..I then just weighted down the vase with rocks and then place styrofoam inside. Then take some dowel rods (I painted them black), assemble your lanterns and “thread” the metal hook part of the lantern through the dowel rod. Stick in the sytrofoam and adjust your height accordingly. You may need to play with the heights and/or cut some dowel rods down to your liking. Next, just cover the top with some crinkled paper filler or moss. A couple of flowers in some moss would be really cute, too.

    Mine actually stayed perfectly happy threading the stick through the metal hook of the lanterns, but I had my trusty hot glue gun on hand in case I needed to reinforce them.

    I hope this helps. If you need more, let me know. [email protected]

    have fun!

    • Stephanie says:

      Hello Amy, i was wondering where you found the zebra boxes? any online store that has them? i plan to use them as centerpieces and add flowers inside but i cant find them anywhere…

  19. Love the all the great decorating ideas! I will have to start sending ladies here who purchase my Wildy Fun Baby Shower Invitations (in Zebra print and bright colors) so they can get great decorating ideas that will match their invitations. You can see my invitations at: http://www.joyfulheartdesign.com/catalog.php?item=13

  20. Baby Gone Wild Baby Shower « Events-ualities Blog says:

    […] Bye-bye pastel booties and teddy bears; hello bold prints and vibrant colors for baby-to-be! Plastic pacifiers, baby-related stickers and creative centerpieces are all you need to turn a little zebra print into a co-ed baby shower suitable for any hip parents-to-be!  And being as though I loooooooooove animal prints and bold colors, I’m in love with this total concept! […]

  21. Abby says:

    Hi Amy,

    I love the “Baby Gone Wild’ theme. It’s such a great idea! I’m doing a very similar baby shower for my sister and was wondering where you bought the baby shower safety pins? I’m only finding plastic ones and nothing close to what you have. I would appreicate your help! Thanks!

    Abby

  22. Kat says:

    I’m using this theme for a baby shower that I’m throwing my sister-n-law and it’s going to be so cute. Thanks for the idea! I know these weren’t used at the shower, but does anyone know where to find the hot pink plastic baby pacefiers? I would love to use those as napkin holders?

  23. jenn s. says:

    Hi Kat –
    Here’s a link to the large pink pacifiers pictured above:

    I’ve seen the hot pink pacifiers pictured above in-store at both Michael’s and Party City, and here’s a link to a place that sells them online:

    2.5″ size:
    http://www.crafta.com/2825-pk.html

    1.5″ size:
    http://www.crafta.com/2822-pk.html

    Good luck with the shower! :)

  24. Cheryl Munoz says:

    what other pregnancy sayings can be used for the favor boxes i love this idea it is very different

  25. Roxy says:

    Hi- I am working on an invitation for a BABY’S GONE WILD Shower. Is there any tips for websites you know of for good the invitation wording ideas? I found some general wording I like but they don’t go with the WILD theme :-)

    Roxy

  26. JoDitt says:

    Roxy,
    I just posted on my blog about some fun wording ideas for BABY GONE WILD baby shower invitations. Let me know what you think about the wording. Read about it on my blog at: http://www.JoyfulHeartDesign.blogspot.com

  27. Jess says:

    I love the pregnant wire form, I am going to order one but I was wondering what size you used? Thanks so much!

  28. Susan says:

    Hi there i was wondering where you got the zebra tablecloths and the stickers. i ram giving a shower and this is a great party idea. it would be great if you would help.

  29. Ebonie says:

    I LOVE the Zebra Print idea…..Wonder where she found the zebra prit paper lanterns. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Katy says:

    AMAZING this is supurb!

  31. jenn s. says:

    Susan – I’ve seen similar stickers in the baby section at a scrapbook store near me but it was a while ago. Your best bet is probably to check the baby section at a scrapbook store near you – or the scrapbook section of Joann, Hobby Lobby, or Michael’s.

    For the tablecloth – she actually made that using zebra-print material from Hobby Lobby. Quote form Amy: “The zebra cloth is made from some fun, slightly fuzzy zebra fabric from Hobby Lobby. You should be able to find a zebra print at most fabric stores, if you aren’t having any luck finding pre-made cloths.

    If sewing isn’t your thing, just make sure and buy cloth wide enough that you can cut it and use no-sew tape to “hem” the edges. Or, leave the edges rugged if you want a really “wild” look!”

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    Ebonie –
    Amy got the zebra print lanterns at Cost Plus. I only see them available with a set of 3 different animal prints right now though – but that could still work for a “wild” theme – using all different types of animal print ;)
    http://www.worldmarket.com

    Good luck!

  32. Susan says:

    Were can you find the stickers for the pillows? Can anyone give me this information? PLEASE
    I can’t see my feet anymore!

  33. Theresa says:

    LOVE this shower idea…want to use the pregnant wire form, can you tell me what size you used for the arrangement? Thanks!

  34. Sherry says:

    Hi,
    I just love the zebra print baby shower, it is adorable. I thought some of the ladies who like that, may also like other ideas. I decorated my daughter’s baby shower using the Paris Pink Poodle theme. It was darling.

  35. Jazmine says:

    hey i was wondering where can i get all these decorations ?

  36. Ashley says:

    My sister in law and friends used this theme and several of your ideas for my baby shower in November! I absolutely loved it! It was so much fun! My sister in law is very creative and added some of her own personal touches! I will forever remember this very special day!

  37. Sherry says:

    Hi Ashley,

    I understood that your sister-in-law used the Paris Pink Poodle theme. If so, would you mind sending me some pictures? I like to see ideas that other people come up with. Glad you enjoyed it!

  38. Jamie Lehr says:

    What an adorable use of zebra print, which is so popular right now!

    http://www.thepartypoodle.com

  39. Sandra Navarro says:

    Love this website!