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whimsical garden baby shower I designed a baby shower for some friends a few months that was particularly special because of the circumstances… The couple had been trying to get pregnant for several years without success, so when it finally happened for them and they found out a little girl was on the way – mom-to-be described the feeling as somewhat "magical ".

She wanted the shower to reflect that kind of feeling – so I came up with this "Whimsical Garden " theme that incorporates all sorts of girlie things like butterflies, rhinestones, metallic vases, and glittery details – as well as unusual organics like oversize moss balls, snapdragons, mini orchids, and stargazer lilies. For details on how to recreate this theme, read on…

Party Decor:

whimsical garden baby shower whimsical garden baby shower *Photos by Anne Geddes (taken from greeting cards & calendars) are displayed in frames decorated with ribbon, rhinestones and butterflies.
*The "b-a-b-y" sign was created from glittered scrapbooking alphabet letters and simple clip frames.
*Pretty Chinese Peony paper plates from Plum Party were used for the buffet. Matching Coral Peony dessert plates were used for the cake.
* Different styles of butterflies (from craft & floral supply stores) hang from trees and adorn flower arrangements

Table Centerpieces (2 styles)

whimsical garden baby shower *Centerpiece #1: Roses, artifical lucy balls , mini butterflies, and glittered curly ting ting are displayed in low metallic flower pots. Pots are adorned with a band of ribbon and embellished with pacifiers on one side and Chinese Peony Placecards featuring baby-related words on the other. Tip: Fill the bottom half of the vase with vase gems or floral foam to help the rose stems stand upright.

*Centerpiece #2: Same base as above, but utilizing a taller version of the vase. An oversize moss ball sits at the top with glittered curly ting ting peeking out the sides.

Favors and Details:

whimsical garden baby shower
*Party favors: chocolate & carmel Moose Munch Mix fills pretty favor boxes adorned with ribbon, matching tags , and glittery alphabet stickers. (favors were arranged in order of the alphabet) Tip: To create a "stair-stepped" display for your party favors, display them on cabinet shelf organizers.
* Tissue Poms from Martha Stewart Crafts adorned trees and bushes
*Rose petals floated in the spa

More details {not pictured}:
*Brightly-colored yoga mats purchased for only $7.99 each at Ross were used as surfaces for the food & beverage tables. These are especially great for the beverage area because the spongy surface makes it easy to clean up spills, and you’re not left with stains or wet spots on your tablecloth.
*Arrange pink and orange bottled drinks on multi-level shelf organizers for a pretty drink display
*Sprinkle rose petals on the cake/dessert table and in the bathtub of the guest bathroom
* Spray tissue poms with adhesive silver glitter spray to make them sparkle!

Special Note: Mike and Michelle’s baby girl arrived healthy and happy in December :)

By |2018-04-11T06:00:23+00:00January 10th, 2008|Baby Girl, Baby Showers|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Gina May 25, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    I would love to know what invitation you used or any ideas for invitations that would work well with this theme. I can’t seem to come up with one on my own! Help!

  2. jenn s. May 26, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Gina & Nikki –
    One of the other hostesses sent out Anne Geddes-themed invites for this party, but there are several designs available at TinyPrints.com and their sister site WeddingPaperDivas.com that would work great! Here are some of my favorites – most of these are the girl version, but have “boy” or “neutral” colorways available as well:

    Shower Flowers

    Dragonfly Garden

    Peaceful Posey

    (The following are from Wedding Paper Divas, but you can easily change the wording to be reflective of a baby shower instead of a bridal shower, and they should work just fine.)

    Floral Flurry : Midori

    Modern Marigolds : Azalea

    Fields in Bloom : Medium Pink

    Spring Beauty : Mauve

    Lovely Butterfly : Deep Turquoise

    Good luck! :)

  3. Nikki June 1, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Hi again,

    thanks for the invite info. have you seen by chance any similar boxes to those shown above? i clicked the link and looked and they are no longer offered nor are the plates. any website or store suggestion would be appreciate. thanks again for your help. you are a true inspiration.

  4. Gina June 3, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you so much for the invitation ideas! I picked some of those invitations as well so I guess I’m on the right track. Thanks again for the information and for creating such beautiful theme!

  5. jenn s. June 4, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Hi Nikki –
    Do you mean the favor boxes? Those are by Martha Stewart and I think she changes the designs a bit from season to season but everything she does has that same “signature style” to it. Check the Martha section at Michaels (it’s an entire aisle) and you should be able to find something cute/similar. The Brides (as in Brides magazine) collections at Michaels also have great favor boxes. Their stuff is in the wedding aisle at Michaels.

    Good luck! :)

  6. angie July 6, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I am so inspired by this for my sis. I am throwing her a shower. Any tips on food you served, that I could use? Thanks!!!

  7. Nicole July 13, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Does anyone know where i can find the little pink dresses to hang on the lights? I’m looking everywhere!!

    PLease help! Thanks so much


  8. Stacie August 31, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    What did the cake look like?

  9. jenn s. September 1, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Stacie –
    The cake was actually an Anne Geddes print that matched the invitation. (similar to the “photo” cakes that people do now a days..)

    Nicole –
    Those are actually just regular infant dresses that we used – ages 3-6m and 6-9m. They were only about $5 at Target at the time! (just now seeing your question – apologies for the delay in response!)

    Angie – same to you – just now seeing your question! You might have already had the shower by now, but for the food – we did catered Mexican because it’s mom-to-be’s favorite, so we veered from the theme, but I think these adorable “toadstool bites” would be perfect for a party like this:

    Jenn :)

  10. Tabitha September 10, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Hi there, your centerpieces are so adorable! I was just curious if you could tell me what size vase it was you used… Maybe it was a 4*4 or 6in.

  11. jenn s. September 10, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Thanks, Tabitha!

    Some of the vases were 6″ square and some of them were a little taller – about 6 x 9″.

  12. Tabitha September 10, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Thanks, they looked small in the picture so i’m glad i ask before purchasing anything! Thanks again.

  13. Colleen September 28, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Has anyone been able to find the vases. If not, any suggestion on how to recreate them. They will be the perfect centerpieces for my sister’s shower!

  14. Elaine September 29, 2009 at 7:56 am

    This Shower is gorgeous. I want to do the same kind of vases. Can you please point me in the right direction and tell me what kind of paint you used and where you bought the vases?

  15. Elaine September 29, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Okay, so the vases i found on the internet are called “square party vase” but most places only sell business to business or you have to place a minimum order.

    Jenn, by any chance do you have pictures of the event?

  16. jenn s. September 29, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Hi Elaine –
    I purchased the vases from a local florist supply, but they no longer carry them in anything besides silver and gold :(

    I did just find them here, but only in the smaller 4×4 size:

    The wholesale supplier can be found here:

    You might be able to email them and ask if there’s an online store that stocks the colors you’re interested in.

    Last but not least, you could also try to recreate this look yourself by using metallic craft pain, paper or gift wrap to cover any ceramic square vase. Here are a few places where you can purchase basic black and white square vases:


    Good luck! :)

  17. Colleen September 29, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks for responding to the post. After a little reseach from the information everyone provide…I found them! They are a wholesaler that seller to florist but they were very open to selling directly to me….I hope everyone has a wonderful party!

  18. April October 12, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Ladies, in case you are wondering, the bells of ireland and oriental lilies are quite common among florists and can also be found from online stores. One of my favorites is:


    What’s nice about the oriental lilies is that they make your room smell nice and sweet!

  19. Shannon January 13, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I love this party!!! Could you please tell me where you purchased the butterflies?

  20. jenn s. January 14, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Shannon –
    The large butterflies are from:

    and the small ones are from a local floral supply in San Diego, but you can even find similar ones at craft stores like Michael’s or online by searching “artificial butterflies”.

    good luck! :)

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