Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It's Jungle Time

Well it has been a little while since my last post, and for good reason :)  My hubby is finally home from a 7 month deployment and my time has been devoted to him and our family for the past month.  That doesn't mean I haven't been busy coming up and styling parties (the ideas never stop churning around in my mind).  My most recent party was for a dear friend of ours who after years of trying, she and her husband are finally about to welcome their first bundle of joy, a little boy named Ryan.

The mommy and daddy to be had first thought they were not going to find out the gender of the little peanut, so we settled on a gender neutral, safari/jungle theme.  After not being able to handle the suspense, they decided to find out the gender and it is a BOY!!  I also had the pleasure of designing the cupcakes for their gender reveal party, which I will share in another post.

Since the safari/jungle theme still fit, we decided to keep it.  For the shower, I designed a dessert table, fit for the king of the jungle.  With a custom backdrop to look like jungle vines and glass palm trees with brown gumballs, the table was the draw of the party.  I got burlap at our local Joann's and used it for the table covering and hand made a custom banner out of felt that the guests of honor could hang above the crib in the nursery.  I found a great burlap lined basket at our local Marshall's, turned it upside down and used it to elevate the cupcake stand.  The cupcakes stand and hand cut palm leaves and was custom made for this event.

As for the desserts on the table (the best part of the table), the mommy-to-be wanted Lemon/Blueberry cupcakes.  I handmade fondant cupcake toppers that were both 3D and 2D, as well as some that were animal print to go on top of the yummy cakes.  The dessert table also had hand dipped marshmallow pops, sugar cookie cut outs shaped like bananas and a small candy buffet.

As for the decor, we hung multi-colored green streamers on the light fixtures to resemble jungle vines and placed baby jungle animals in the center of the tables as well as on the autograph table (that the mommy and daddy-to-be could use in the little guys nursery as well) with green jungle vines around them.

For the games, the guests were greeted with a small pacifier necklace for the "Don't Say Baby" game ( pretty self explanatory, say baby and someone gets your necklace.  Person with the most necklaces at the end of the shower wins), and also played "What's in the Diaper" (where guests have to guess what melted candy is in a diaper by smelling, tasting or whatever else someone could come up with), "Mold a Baby" (where guests molded a baby out of play-doh and the daddy-to-be picked the winner) and "Guess how many M&M's are in the bottle" (where guests took a guess on how many M&M's were in a giant bottle, closest to the correct number won).

For the food, sub sandwiches were provided by an AMAZING local sub shop, Hungry Bear Sub Shop.  The guests enjoyed the subs, as well as pasta salad, macaroni salad, chips and fruit.

After lunch, the guests enjoyed some swimming in the club house pool and some casual conversation before the Mommy-to-be opened all over her great gifts!

The party turned out great, and was one of the funnest I have done so far.  Hope you enjoy all of my crazy ideas!

Until Next Time,
Lacey Cakes