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lamb themed dessert table

This Little Lamb Baa Baa Baptism & Birthday has me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside! Photographed by the talented Nicole Cantin and beautifully styled by Erica Courtney of Southern Juliette, the celebration included tons of sweet, fleecy decor — from strewn balls of yarn & “fluffy” cream hydrangeas to shabby chic burlap and twine elements for a country vibe. And those miniature white picket fences filled with the adorable sweet treats are such a cute way to display extra special details… like the incredibly detailed chocolate covered Oreos and cake pops!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Chocolate lamb lollipops, fluffy marshmallow-topped cupcakes, & sprinkled lamb cake pops
– Burlap-striped lamb wall hanging + lace inspired invitations & paper details
– Grassy green crispy rice treats + popcorn cones adorned with twine & mini flowers
– ADORABLE sleeping lamb cake with piped fleece
– The cutest sheep finger-painting activity for the little ones!

lamb themed party invitation

shabby chic baptism

lamb shaped cake and desserts

kids lamb fingerpainting activity

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Safari Baby Shower Centerpiece - Pink Blue Gold Animals

As much as I LOVE animals in (party) crowns, I’m actually excited to share this post with you guys for a couple of other reasons too:

1. If you’re looking to throw a Royal Baby Shower, you’re in the right place. You’ll find lots of very doable decorating ideas here + you can download all of my printables for free at the bottom of this post, which should make things extra easy for you to recreate at home.

2. I get to talk about the power of PAPER in parties… two of my favorite things! I was asked by the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds™ campaign to share tips on how paper can play a central role in any celebration and help us create unique & highly customized experiences for our guests. Since paper designs are pretty much front and center in all of the events I design myself, I don’t think there could be a more fitting topic to cover here. Hooray! :)

Royal Safari Baby Shower Banner - Free Printable

My career background is in graphic design, and I always rely on stylish paper elements to both inspire a theme and put the finishing touches on an event. You know, those things that take a project from good to great!

From small details like mini paper flags on straws to big elements like custom banners displaying the guest of honor name(s) across the room, paper is a wonderfully versatile decorative tool and always makes a huge impact on the party space.

I truly believe there’s no centerpiece, dessert table, place setting, or party favor that can’t be substantially improved with a cleverly placed paper detail (or two!).

As they say, though, a picture is worth a thousand words, so instead of just telling you that paper elements can bring your party to life, I designed this Royal Safari Baby Shower theme to help demonstrate it. Just think of how different this party would look without all the colorful paper details…

Gender Neutral Safari Baby Shower

Let’s start by taking a closer look at the place settings.
This set-up is very simple and a bit bland on its own, but a colorful paper onesie placed on top of the napkins makes ALL the difference! I have printable onesies for you guys below in both blue and pink so you can create a boy, girl, or gender neutral baby shower with them.

Baby Shower Place Settings - Paper Onesie

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Marbled Baby Shower Balloon Weights & Centerpiece Idea

I’m totally smitten with the marbled trend that’s popping up all over the party space these days – from marbled balloons & mugs to paper plates & napkins – and felt inspired to use this look as a fun spin on a baby shower!

So… what I have for you today is a fun Marbled Baby Shower Balloon Weights project that coordinates perfectly with store-bought marbled balloons. This combo looks super cute lined up in groups of 3-5 as a high-impact (and low cost!) party table centerpiece, but you can also use them individually as playful decor anywhere your baby shower needs a fun *POP*. ;)

The baby bottles used here are actually plastic favor containers, so they’re inexpensive – and you’ll also want to go the inexpensive route on your nail polish and craft paint here, since these materials get used up quickly. Let’s just say that dollar bins are your friend with this project! This concept is super versatile, too, so feel free to mix things up with your own favorite color palette.

DIY Marbled Baby Bottle Balloon Weights

Balloon Weight Materials

MATERIALS:

baby bottle favor containers
– white acrylic craft paint
– gold spray paint
– nail polish
– disposable tin
– bamboo skewers
– paper towels & paper plates
– nail polish remover + cotton pads (not pictured)
– dry rice or sand for “filler” weight (not pictured)

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Tutti Fruitti Baby Shower Ideas 1

What’s colorful, fresh, and adorable all over? A Tutti Frutti Baby Shower theme!

I was recently asked to participate in a fun Oh Baby! Shower Series over at 4moms by sharing tips and ideas on one of my own favorite baby shower themes. I’m not sure if it’s the imminence of spring or my year-round obsession with all things watermelon and pineapple, but I was feeling especially inspired by fruit! And since my personal design palette tends to lean contemporary, I also gave this fruit-bedecked baby shower a modern twist with the addition of geometric patterns and bold pops of black and white.

SO… here we go with some deliciously colorful and *tasty* party ideas, starting with the image up top:

Make a simple, yet super cute Pineapple Cake from Coco Cakeland and decorate with DIY Fruit Slice Balloons from Studio DIY.

Little Tutti Fruitti Monthly Stickers would make a great themed gift for mom-to-be, of course, but I’d also recommend picking up an extra set to use as decorations for charger plates or vases, or even to use as clever “drink markers” for glassware!

Hang this Pineapple Baby Onesie/Costume for guests to ooh and ahh over, then gift it to mom for photo opps later!

Deck out the buffet with cute patterned partyware like these Triangle Confetti Plates, Scalloped Pinwheel Plates, and Black Stripe Wood Utensils.

Make a playful OH BABY topper to add to your pineapple cake using this clever Clay Letters Cake Topper tutorial from Minted.

Fruity Baby Shower Invitation and Onesie

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Once upon a time, just shy of a year ago, there was a sparkly, magical baby shower in San Clemente, CA for more than 70 expectant military moms… I had the honor of designing the party theme and paper collection for this Operation Shower “Fairytale Forest” event, but it took a village of generous and […]

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For her sister with baby #2 on the way, Jenny Raulli of Bloom Designs hosted a “sprinkle” rather than a full-on shower because Nicole wasn’t sure about even having one! I love what Jenny wrote about it, though: “I am a huge believer that every baby should be celebrated. Plus, I’m always looking for a reason to […]

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