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


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I often hear brides say that they don’t want to spend a lot of money on their invitations. Or that they don’t really care about what their invites look like because it’s ‘just an invitation’. Well, it really is so much more than ‘just an invitation’! The invitation truly does set the mood for your wedding! It is the first part of the journey to your big day that your guests will see – and your invitation will either get them excited to see what else is to come along the way, or it will just make them feel like your wedding is another obligation on their list of things to do, people to see, places to go!

No one is saying you need to spend a fortune on your invites, but you at least should create something that will make people look at it for more than a second!

Some tips for a successful invite:
– make it reflect your personality and the type of wedding you plan on having
– triple check for spelling errors
– make sure the font and typesize you select is easy to read
– don’t be afraid of color, even if it’s just a hint of color
– flat printing can look just as pretty as thermography and letterpress, and is only half the cost
– don’t spend a fortune on hand calligraphy for your envelopes – computer calligraphy is just as pretty and much less expensive


So put some time into creating that invite, and see how exciting it will be when you start getting the text messages and/or phone calls that you’re invitation is the nicest invitation they’ve even seen!

Happy Planning!!