When Faith Vera, better known as FaVeMom, contacted me to design a unique and custom safari themed baby shower for celebrity couple, Christie Lynn Smith & John Fortson, I was thrilled! Yes! Of course I would love to do it! She said Christie Lynn wanted something clean and simple that incorporated giraffes and elephants and was not a cookie cutter invitation. I had a few ideas but the one that I was hoping she would love was my boarding pass idea. I was thinking along the lines of a safari and passport to adventure. When Faith told me she loved it I was overjoyed. The boarding pass invitation set the tone for the rest of the event which we called the Wild Adventure. Over the next couple weeks my dining room was taken over by giraffes, monkeys, and elephants - oh my!
The baby shower took place at The Coop in Studio City and was catered by Artisan Cheese Gallery. Since the shower was also benefitting Celebrate the Military Child (www.cthemc.org) a number of vendors generously donated financially as well as with products like car seats, strollers, high chairs, and toys. I wanted to keep costs as low as possible so I browsed the aisles of my local Dollar Tree to find some things that would work for decorations. I ended up with centerpieces for the tables that were less than $4 each which I think looked great on the tables. Faith & I took a field trip to my local Party City and found brown plates and gold napkins and cups as well as favors for the kids that were less than $2.00 each. We were pretty pleased with ourselves.
I surprised Christie Lynn & John by creating a four page passport for them and their guests. I have asked Christie Lynn & John to send me a little message for their guests but wouldn't tell her why I needed it. She tried to get Faith to tell her but she wasn't budging! Inside were the messages from Christie Lynn, John, & their daughter, Abby, a message from Celebrate the Military Child, passport information about Baby Fortson, history of CtheMC, an Animals & Their Babies game, Help Name the Baby Game using Christie & John, a place for a keepsake photo, and on the back the list of vendors who donated. In each passport I placed a Wishes for Baby Fortson card that guests filled out as a memento for their baby boy.
All of the printed decorations I designed, printed and put together. I used a lot of animal prints but my main print was giraffe since I had used that on the invitation. The juice boxes were wrapped in animal print scrapbook paper and adorned with a piece of raffia which I had used throughout. The burlap tablecloths and moss runner were provided by The Coop which I loved since it brought everything together.
The souvenir stand was created with limbo sticks, two cardboard boxes, two vases, and rocks from the Dollar Tree. The limbo sticks were purchased at Party City but the other items were from Dollar Tree. I cut the bottom off of the boxes and cut a slit in the tops of the boxes for the pole to go into. The bamboo covering the box was paper I printed using a bamboo graphic. The vases and rocks were used to anchor the poles and keep them in place. I cut out vellum tropical leaves with my Silhouette Cameo and placed them at the base of the poles to add color and to hide the "hole".
The animal facts posters were placed around various tables at the party. I didn't take a picture of the backside but I created the "easel" by cutting a strip of cardstock, folding it at the top and bottom, and sticking it to the back of the poster. I will create a quick tutorial and put it on my blog. It's a very inexpensive way to make your tabletop posters stand up.
Christie Lynn & John are two of the lovliest people I've worked with. They were both so kind and grateful and appreciative of all the little details. I was honored to have been a part of their day and helping to create their Wild Adventure!
Cupcakes from Heavenly Layers
Adult favors were provided by Beth Brancale of NYR Organic
Activities / Games
Animals & Their Babies, Daddy Chug-a-lug (sippy cup game), and Name the Baby
Most Touching Moment
Abby kissing her mommy's belly.
The mom-to-be of course!
What People Ate
Pesto and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and a gourmet cheese platter from Artisan Cheese Gallery
What People Drank
Soda, lemonade, pink lemonade, and "Swamp Water".