29 Jan

REAL PARTY: Mod Menagerie Baby Shower

modern jungle menagerie baby shower

Today’s Real Party baby shower feature is especially near & dear… it was actually my own!

The shower was hosted earlier this month by 4 of my close friends – Leslie, Sarah, Mimi, and Jen… and they did such a great job – I was totally blown away! It was so odd to be on the receiving end this time… and I sincerely hope that the people I host showers for feel as special & loved as they made me feel at this one – thanks again girls! =)

modern jungle menagerie baby shower

Knowing my love for tropical flowers/foliage and all things giraffe, the girls created a “Modern Menagerie” (a.k.a. “modern jungle”) theme for the baby shower, which also coordinated with the nursery and felt especially thoughtful. I about died when I saw the huge giraffe-print paper lanterns!

The color palette was a fabulous bright pink, brown, and kelly green (no baby pastels!). The pink hue coordinated with the color of the gorgeous protea featured in the centerpieces (along with papyrus, china mums, & ti leaves)… and I absolutely adored the little toy animal figurines that were spray-painted copper and even glued to some of the vases!

modern jungle menagerie baby shower

Since the hostesses were from all over, the party was hosted at my own house, so it felt especially strange to not have to do anything for the party – from the design & set-up (which was a complete surprise!) to the serving & clean-up… but “strange” in a wonderful and very much appreciated way!

modern jungle menagerie baby shower

AND… being a ridiculous sweet tooth, of course this adorable candy & dessert buffet was one of my favorite elements of the party…

modern jungle menagerie baby shower

The buffet featured lots of colorful treats from ACandyStore.com, as well as sugar cookies, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and frosted marshmallow brownies – all homemade by Leslie. YUM!

Another favorite part of the shower – the signature drink! Bartender Mimi served up both mocktail and cocktail versions of this ridiculously yummy (and pretty!) Raspberry-Apple Mojito:

modern jungle menagerie baby shower

modern jungle menagerie baby shower

And now for more sweet stuff… the adorable cake perfectly matched the Modern Menagerie shower invitations from Tiny Prints!

modern jungle menagerie baby shower

The matching stickers were also used on the take-out-style candy buffet boxes, and the coordinating mint tin favors were included in the table place settings (see image #3, above) – which really helped to tie the entire room together.

modern jungle menagerie baby shower

For more of the party details & resources, check out Leslie’s recap on her blog: Modern Menagerie Baby Shower: Part 1 and Part 2.


Thanks again to the hostesses and everyone that came to celebrate with us! I’m excited to include all these memories in an album and show Macy what a fabulous welcoming party was thrown in her honor one day =)

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Susan SAYS:

Everyting looks AMAZING! Your friends did such a lovely job. Congratulations!

January 29, 2010 at 11:46 am

Tina- Bash Event Studio SAYS:

You are so lucky to have friends that truly care about you and if you hadn’t said so I would have thought it was one of your creations. Excellent job ladies and Congrats on the new baby!

January 29, 2010 at 11:46 am

Christine SAYS:

Such a fun theme and colour. The flowers are beautiful- Proteas- they are actually from South Africa so they go well with the safari theme!

January 29, 2010 at 11:52 am

Melisa, Project Nursery SAYS:

Congrats Jenn! What a lovely shower. All the best for the remainder of your pregnancy. I hope we will get a peek of the nursery next! :)

January 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Heather SAYS:

They definitely nailed it! Awesome job!

January 29, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Mrs. R SAYS:

Gorgeous! What a great theme :)

January 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm

amber kane SAYS:

I love the color choices, everything looks so wonderful!

January 29, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Cammi SAYS:

Wow – this looks incredible! You’re posts always amaze me! Great job to your friends (and you and your awesome parties!)

January 29, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Kendra SAYS:

Where do you find giraffe lanterns? I love those! The whole thing looks great! I bet they knew they had to bring their A game hosting a shower for the hostess!

January 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Dawn SAYS:

What fabulous friends to throw such an amazing shower; and I agree, they did bring their ‘A’ game. Congrats!

January 29, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Nicole - ACandyStore.com SAYS:

I Love it! Looks amazing. You guys did a great job.

The giraffe lanterns are legendary! :)


January 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Kendra –
They got the giraffe lanterns at World Market. They are even more adorable in person! Here’s the direct link:

January 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Ebony Sparkes SAYS:

This is so great! and i see so much of you in every single detail! :) I wish all of your fans could throw you a virtual baby shower because you are so truly amazing to us! Congratulations again!!!

January 29, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Vanessa SAYS:

Everything looked gorgeous! The colors are amazing

January 30, 2010 at 10:02 am

Angie SAYS:

Congratulations! Everything looks so beautiful! I looove the giraffe lanterns!

January 30, 2010 at 11:36 am

Amedy SAYS:

wow every thing is pink I love this color so much

January 30, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Sonya @ baby shower ideas SAYS:

WOW! Everything is simply stunning! I love those tropical centerpieces, and the feathers, and the cake, I just love everything!!

January 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Ellen SAYS:

Love the safari theme, the mocktails, candy bar, cake—LOVE.IT.


February 1, 2010 at 7:24 am


Jenn – I met you in NY before – you are so nice. I didn’t know that you are pregnant now…. all the best in your pregnancy… Congratulations!

February 1, 2010 at 9:50 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Thanks, MC! So sweet :)

February 1, 2010 at 10:07 am
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