23 Jun

REAL PARTIES: Tropical Baby Shower

modern baby shower

You might already be familiar with the creative talents of Joanna Dyckhoff from her inspirational design blog, LotusHaus, or from the ultra-contemporary Chocolate, Raspberry, & Lime Baby Shower she threw that we featured here at HWTM in November. Well, I’m very happy to be able to share some details today from yet another fabulous baby shower that Joanna hosted earlier this year: a modern, tropical co-ed soirée! Here goes:

The Vibe: sunny & tropical

Colors: turquoise, tangerine, and green

Invitations: Digital invites were custom-designed by Joanna, a few of which were printed and showcased at the shower, along with a coordinating buffet menu.

modern baby shower

• Tostones (crispy fried green plantains with garlic cilantro sauce)
• Pastelitos (pastries stuffed with savory fillings)
• Shrimp Skewers with jalapeno glaze served from a pineapple
• Fruit & Custard Tarts
• Special Beverages: mango juice drinks & mojitos

modern baby shower

• Bird of Paradise, Oncidium orchids, mums, tropical foliage, and horsetail
• Table arrangements: bunches of horsetail displayed in silver napkin rings with orchid and mum blooms
• Tropical leaves used as table coverings

modern baby shower

Party Favors:
Lemon poppyseed scones wrapped in blue tissue & embellished with a custom favor sticker & colorful ribbon.


This fun theme and color palette could easily be tailored to any type of occasion! To keep this instance baby shower specific, Joanna included a few themed elements like the adorable little shoes pictured above and a few creative baby shower games, but you could easily swap those out to customize this theme for a special birthday party, bridal shower, engagement party, or anytime dinner party with friends.

Thanks for the inspiration, Joanna!

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Kati SAYS:

Love the colors! The invitations are really cute too – not to mention the tiny finger foods!

June 23, 2008 at 5:30 am

happyathome SAYS:

Thank you for the introduction to LotusHaus Blog! I was so inspired by her blog, I have postd about this post and added LotusHaus to my daily blog reading list!

June 23, 2008 at 6:08 am

amy SAYS:

I am so glad to see Joanna’s shower on here. She’s such a treasure!

– Amy

June 23, 2008 at 6:27 am

Simply maritessb SAYS:


June 23, 2008 at 8:44 am

Joanna Dyckhoff SAYS:

Thanks again Jennifer! HWTM is such an amazing resource and I feel so honored to have been featured!

June 23, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Christie @ fig&cherry SAYS:

The berries tarts are adorable! What a fantastic theme – love it!

June 23, 2008 at 6:34 pm

franki durbin SAYS:

I’m not normally a baby shower kind of girl… but this was outstanding. OUTSTANDING. As a designer, I am drooling over her choice of fonts and clever typography. As a shower-attendee I am disappointed I’ve never seen one quite this cool in person!

Fabulous – all the way down to the tiniest of details.

June 24, 2008 at 8:46 am

Taste of Cuba SAYS:

That is an AMAZING setup. I loved the menu choices, the food looks great. I’m used to Caribbean and Cuban themes ending up “Mexican”, but this is right on the money. Great job, great photos!

June 25, 2008 at 2:14 am


Does anyone know if the fonts on the invitation are stock or custom drawn? I absolutely love them.

March 17, 2009 at 6:11 am
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