Northern NJ Event Planner | Safari-Themed Baby Shower at Pairings Palate + Plate

When Donna reached out to me to help plan the baby shower she was hosting, I was ecstatic! Donna is my sister’s mother-in-law and has been part of our family for years! She has a huge heart and loves all the pretty details just as much as I do so I knew we’d have fun working together on Kara’s baby shower.  Coming from a big Italian family, I have planned my fair share of baby showers through the years. Something I always challenge myself to do is make each one unique! Something I love to do when I plan a baby shower is find out if the baby’s nursery has been decorated with a specific theme in mind. This way, I can use that idea to personalize the work I do for my expecting mamas.

Kara decorated her son’s nursery with a safari theme so we knew we wanted to include plenty of elephants, giraffes, and tigers as our inspiration for her shower. Traditionally, safari-themed showers are rather colorful, though, and we wanted to create a more elegant take on the safari theme. We were inspired as soon as we saw Restoration Hardware’s safari decor line! Shades of brown, green dominated the color scheme but we used some pretty florals to soften it up for the lady guests. Check out this visual recap of all the little details that made this shower so lovely! And thank you to Donna for the images!

Northern NJ Event Planner | Safari-Themed Baby Shower at Pairings Palate + Plate

The Seating Card Table

This is one of my favorite baby shower seating card tables to date! I just love the mother and son theme that is represented in each seating card!

Northern NJ Event Planner | Safari-Themed Baby Shower at Pairings Palate + Plate Safari-Themed Baby Shower

The tablescape

For center pieces, we opted for low floral arrangements and The Potted Geranium outdid themselves, as always!

Baby Shower at Pairings Palate + Plate Florals by Vito Camuso @ The Potted Geranium

We wanted to bring green into the tablescape in a subtle and natural way and this little bit of greenery at each place setting did the trick!

Ideas for napkin decor Florals by Vito Camuso at The Potted Geranium

Safari-themed baby shower decor ideas

A clothesline full of baby clothes is always a perfect way to add some cuteness to any baby shower!

Baby hanging clothesline idea

In addition to the invitations and menus, we made these little tags for the guest’s favors – a personal touch goes a long way!

Baby shower cupcake favor

These bookends were the perfect  fit for the baby’s new book collection, wouldn’t you say?

Safari-themed bookends

Words of Wisdom and Wishes

Before saying goodbye to the guests, we asked them to stop by the Words of Wisdom and Wishes table. This allowed us to collect plenty of sweet words from the guests.

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I hope you enjoyed getting a little peak into this sweet safari-themed baby shower! Are you looking for a Northern NJ Event Planner to plan your next event? I’d love to help you plan it! Click here to contact us about our availability.

Vendor List

Event Design: NVS Events • Florist: Vito Camuso @ The Potted Geranium • Invitations: Vita Briggs @ NVS Events • Photography: Donna Briggs • Venue: Pairings Palate + Plate

Party Planners NJ | Franklin Park NJ Graduation Party

Last summer I had the pleasure of working with the proud parents of Blake, a high school graduate, and planning a perfect graduation party in Franklin Park, NJ. Blake’s mom, Porsche, and I chatted about her vision for the party and she enlisted me to bring her and her family’s vision to life last June. Blake’s parents worked hard to get their home just perfect for their son’s graduation party, as they really wanted to make the day just perfect for him! They are such a loving family, and their love and respect for each other shows through in their simple interactions, even when under the stress of preparing for an at-home party.

It was such a pleasure working with them all and I have only fond memories of the weeks leading up to the party and of the party, too! Here is a visual recap of the day for you to enjoy. Thank you to David Divad for sharing these images with us!

Party Planners NJ | Blake’s Graduation Party

On the day of the party we wanted to make it easy for guests to find their way to Blake’s home so we had this custom sign made for the front lawn. I love how this sign set the scene for the entire party because it brought together the colors, high school mascot, and graduation year all in one spot. The sign will also serve as a keepsake for Blake to remember this time in his life.

Welcoming the Guests

Graduation party in Franklin Park, NJ | Photo by David Divad

We decided to add these floating balloons as pool decor and they were a huge hit!

Notre Dame High School Graduation Party | Photo by David Divad

The food

The party was catered by The Fruited Plain and it was delicious! Normally, I’m too busy to eat on the day of an event like this one but I’ll admit, I couldn’t help myself and had a few bites. =)

Catering by The Fruited Plain | Photo by David Divad

Something I made sure of is that everyone was properly hydrated and fed at all times! To make food and drinks easily accessible we set up a couple of stations for drinks and appetizers so that guests could enjoy upon arrival and throughout the day.

Drinks station at backyard party | Photo by David Divad Catering by The Fruited Plain | Photo by David Divad

The tables

Since it was a backyard party for a young man, we wanted to keep the floral centerpieces low key. I love the floral centerpieces that I created thanks to these pretty florals from The Potted Geranium. We included lanterns throughout the space to complement the florals.

Florals by The Potted Geranium | Photo by David Divad

If there’s one thing that makes all the difference at an affair, it’s the chairs! I’m so glad we opted for these Mahogany Chiavari chairs from B&B Tents  because they really made the eating area look polished while still maintaining the relaxed and informal vibe.

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Graduation Party Decor

To bring in elements of Blake’s student life, we hung these graduation and soccer photos throughout the space. I loved seeing all of Blake’s family members and friends stopping by to check out the hanging photo gallery. I even caught Blake smiling when he saw them.

Backyard party planning by NJ Event Planner NVS Events | Photo by David Divad


I rarely get images of me working an event so I’m going to share these while I can! Here I am with Blake’s mother, Porsche! She was so wonderful to work with! (PS – I was four months pregnant in this photo; thus, the sneakers!)

Northern NJ Event Planner NVS Events | Photo by David Divad

I’m usually not this serious at parties, I promise! But balancing cupcakes without getting icing on your hands comes with it’s challenges.

Party Planners NJ NVS Events | Photo by David Divad Behind the scenes of a NJ party planned by NVS Events | Photo by David Divad

Yup, still checking on those cupcakes!

Northern NJ Event Planner | Photo by David Divad

The photographer took this next image of me a few minutes after Blake came up to me and thanked me for putting together the perfect party for him. Out of all the highlights of the day, that was my favorite! You can bet that this is the face of a happy planner who has accomplished her mission!

Northern NJ Event Planner | Photo by David Divad

The Desserts

Blake’s guests were able to enjoy a variety of sweet treats. From a delicious cake to adorable cupcakes, fresh fruit, and even a sweets station, there were plenty of options!

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From the hostess:

I thought it would be sweet to include Porsche’s perspective for those of you who are considering a backyard party for an upcoming graduation or other event.

Describe your vision for your son’s graduation party.

“My vision was an elegant, yet comfortable outdoor party under a tent that included great food and unique spaces where guests could flow throughout and enjoy a different activity as they moved from place to place under or near the tent (ie hanging photo gallery, photo booth, food, pool/deck, basketball, tennis, lounge seating, etc). This was a time of celebration and a time for my son to spend time with his fellow graduates, friends and family.”

What were some of your favorite details that helped bring your vision to life?

“The tent, lounge seating and hanging photo gallery.”

What was your favorite part of the day?

“Sitting down with friends and family on the lounge seating, as well as taking silly photos in the photo booth with everyone.”

What advice do you have for other parents planning a high school graduation party?

“Take photos, it is wonderful time to capture and look back on in photos. Get your graduate involved in the planning process by asking what they would like to see or experience at the party.  Blend their requests into your own (parents) vision of the party and everyone comes out happy.”

And there you have it! A perfect backyard affair for a high school senior! I hope you enjoyed this recap and if you’re looking for someone to plan your party please contact me here.

P.S. A quick shout-out to Johnny On the Spot for providing these super modern portable bathrooms. They are a must-have for any backyard affair! This is the type of detail that not many of my clients think of when they hire me but they are so happy when I arrange it.

Johnny on the Spot Portable Bathrooms in NJ | Photo by David Divad Johnny on the Spot Portable Bathrooms in NJ | Photo by David Divad

Vendor Credits

David Divad •  The Potted Geranium • Nick Trevor @ Classie Events • NVS Events • Classie Events •  Catering: The Fruited Plain • Portable Bathrooms: Johnny On the Spot • Tent: Millers Rentals • Furniture: AFR Rentals • Chairs: B&B Tents