Coming up with a fun and fresh baby-shower theme can be a bit of a challenge, but as soon as I saw Rebecca Turner’s “Jungle Fun” fabric, I knew it’d be perfect. The cheerful, illustrated pattern is just the right mix of playfulness and whimsy, and just begs to be the star of the show at the party. So, shower the mama-to-be with a jungle-themed celebration with darling decorations, freshly cut palm leaves, and plenty of tropical touches. Keep reading for our party-throwing tips…
Rebecca Turner’s “Jungle Fun” fabric inspired the whole shower vibe.
1. Set the tone with a bold print.
This table is deceptively simple to pull together: All you need are simple dishware paired with fresh-cut palms. This lets the tablecloth be the real star, acting as a focal point and infusing the tabletop with playful energy. I especially love how this print feels like a storybook narrative is unfolding across the table. And the beauty of using a strong statement print as the focal point on the table is it becomes a jumping-off point for all other party elements.
In addition to the table linen, I used details like this custom baby journal (above) to incorporate other patterns with a similar jungle vibe, like the winding vines and green palm prints on the cover.
2. Serve tropical-themed nibbles.
The party menu doesn’t have to be complicated; simple tropical-inspired flavors will create the right vibe. Think: coconut-lime chicken salad, tropical fruit skewers, or prosciutto crostini. For drinks, I served up this recipe for hibiscus soda (with a couple of minor tweaks—I went lighter on the hibiscus tea and swapped the raspberries for hibiscus flowers).
3. Get creative with gifts.
What’s a baby shower without a few presents for the mom-to-be? One of my favorite ideas: Gifting the guest of honor with coordinating stationery that she can use once the little one arrives (made extra-special by printing the new baby’s name up top!). Another idea: A custom baby book for her to record special events from baby’s first year.
These “Sprinkled Love” place cards complement the linen’s navy-blue snake illustrations.
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4. Decorate with lush greens and blooms.
Even the flowers were directly inspired by Rebecca’s fresh print! I incorporated fresh-cut monstera palms and pink proteas for a decidedly tropical vibe. And the best thing about tropical blooms? They tend to be exaggerated in volume or scale, so you can drop one to two stems in a glass vessel—they make a big statement without a lot of fuss. And don’t limit your blooms to just the centerpieces, you can use palms as placemats, for layering under food, or wrapping containers. Check out this inspiration photo to explore palms in varied shapes and sizes.
5. Plan out thoughtful shower games and party details.
Who says baby-shower games and favors must involve baby bottles and diaper-sniffing? Skip the goofy games and keep it chic by incorporating thoughtful activities, like this clever “Guess Who?” baby game. Upload baby pictures of your shower guests in advance, then pass out these booklets to see who can correctly identify their grown-up counterparts. Another idea: Since I also love any excuse to incorporate vintage books, for this shower, I used a vintage edition of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” as a guest book. A simple custom sticker affixed to the spine encourages shower-goers to write down their best advice and wisdom for the baby.
Want to work the jungle vibe into your nursery, too? Start with tropical-patterned prints and rattan furniture (I’m in love with this pint-sized peacock chair I discovered in this Etsy shop!).
• Want more tropical fabrics to inspire your table top? Check out “Bright Blooms”, “Bay Breeze”, “Cockatiel”, and “Painted Diamonds.”
• If you’re using proteas, it’s advisable to avoid the king protea variety (they are giant sized!).
“Jungle Fun” table runner: Minted
“Jungle Fun” fabric: Minted
“Ombre Stripe” linen: Minted
White dinner plate: West Elm
Wooden charger: Smarty had a Party
Blendo glasses: Etsy
Clear pitcher: CB2
Indigo bowl: CB2
“Sprinkled Love” place cards: Minted
Gold animal place-card holders: Etsy
Recycled glass vessel: Accent Decor
Coconut candles: Etsy
“Field” menu sign (repurposed enclosure card): Minted
“Wildflower” journal: Minted
Drink flags: Minted
Hibiscus flowers in syrup: Amazon
Wine glasses: Crate and Barrel
“Masked Wash” invitation: Minted
“Wild Side” stationery: Minted
Pink pineapple cookies: Etsy
Cookie boxes: Etsy
Cookie liner (repurposed envelope liner): Minted
Striped ribbon: Minted
Circle sticker: Minted
“Instajoy” booklette: Minted
Rattan peacock chair: Etsy
“Palm” art print: Minted
“Tiger” art print: Minted
Vintage “The Jungle Book” (navy): Ebay
Vintage “The Jungle Book” (swirl): Ebay
Bamboo straw: Etsy
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